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IAB unveils annual '250 Direct Brands to Watch' list

IAB unveils annual '250 Direct Brands to Watch' list

Fashion and beauty brands comprise large percentage of IAB's second annual 250 Direct Brands to Watch list.

Facebook acquires visual search business GrokStyle

Facebook acquires visual search business GrokStyle

Facebook confirms acquisition of US-based online visual search business, GrokStyle.

Amazon's UK revenue growth outpaces wider online market - study

Amazon's UK revenue growth outpaces wider online market - study

Amazon grew UK revenues by 23.3% in 2018 which was slower than 2017 but at a much faster pace than the overall online retail market, according to Coresight Research.

Visa outbids Mastercard with increased offer for Earthport

Visa outbids Mastercard with increased offer for Earthport

Visa trumps Mastercard with £247 million raised offer for payments processor Earthport.

Foot Locker invests in online marketplace Goat.com

Foot Locker invests in online marketplace Goat.com

Foot Locker invests $100 million in GOAT Group, the parent company of online marketplace Goat.com.

Barclays takes minority stake in loyalty app Bink

Barclays takes minority stake in loyalty app Bink

Loyalty mobile app Bink closes £10m funding round led by Barclays.

Made.com UK revenue hits £100m

Made.com UK revenue hits £100m

Made.com reports record results as it unveils expanded tech-heavy London showroom.

Snack box company Graze gobbled up by Unilever

Snack box company Graze gobbled up by Unilever

Unilever acquires snack box company Graze for undisclosed fee, strengthening direct-to-consumer offering.

Apple names new retail and online stores boss as Ahrendts quits

Apple names new retail and online stores boss as Ahrendts quits

Apple names Deidre O'Brien senior vice president of retail and people, replacing soon-to-depart Angela Ahrendts.

Ocado to test one-hour delivery service

Ocado to test one-hour delivery service

Ocado Zoom will offer customers small batch delivery on less than 10,000 SKUs.

M&S rolls out on-the-go charging service

M&S rolls out on-the-go charging service

M&S is rolling out an in-store portable charging service as part of its joint venture with Founders Factory.

Wayfair pushes hard in Germany with major new ad campaign

Wayfair pushes hard in Germany with major new ad campaign

Online retailer Wayfair launches first major TV and marketing campaign in Germany.

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