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Ocado sees sales surge by over 50% prior to M&S switchover

Ocado sees sales surge by over 50% prior to M&S switchover

Ocado reports sales grew 52% in the 13 weeks to 30 August, and reveals baskets has increased substantially since the go-live of M&S products.

Avon enters payment partnership to offer integrated service

Avon enters payment partnership to offer integrated service

Avon partners with global payments platform APEXX to enable its representatives to select the most suitable payment method in different geographies.

Online grocery and supermarket sales remain strong in August

Online grocery and supermarket sales remain strong in August

New data from Kantar and Nielsen shows that online grocery shopping continued to surge in August, despite the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Burberry to livestream fashion show using Twitch technology

Burberry to livestream fashion show using Twitch technology

Burberry reveals it is livestreaming its Spring/Summer 2021 fashion show in partnership with Twitch, providing multiple perspectives.

Home Bargains stores to install motion sensor traffic light system

Home Bargains stores to install motion sensor traffic light system

A motion sensor traffic light system will be introduced across all 550 Home Bargains stores in the UK to help control customer numbers.

Cath Kidston appoints ex-Dune eCommerce boss as digital director

Cath Kidston appoints ex-Dune eCommerce boss as digital director

Cath Kidston appoints former Dune marketing & eCommerce leader, Rob Silsbury, as its new digital director.

Aldi trials click & collect in UK for first time

Aldi trials click & collect in UK for first time

Aldi UK announces it is trialling click & collect for the first time.

Online sales dip slightly in August but remain high

Online sales dip slightly in August but remain high

The latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index showed online sales grew 43.5% year-on-year in August, but fell by 4.1% compared with July.

The UK economy continues to recover in August, with retail a major driver

The UK economy continues to recover in August, with retail a major driver

New ONS figures show GDP grew by 6.6% in August, while the wholesale, retail and repair of motor vehicles subsector went above pre-pandemic levels.

Umbro plans new global website combining social, webzine and e-tail

Umbro plans new global website combining social, webzine and e-tail

Umbro embarks on new global website development, in partnership with digital agency Absurd.

Morrisons ramps up online but profits slide in H1 
2020

Morrisons ramps up online but profits slide in H1 2020

Morrisons expanded its online order capacity five-fold in the six months to 2 August, but profits fell 28.2% due to additional Covid costs.

Tesco opens up to new innovation with 'Red Door' disruption programme

Tesco opens up to new innovation with 'Red Door' disruption programme

Tesco launches 'Tesco Red Door', inviting those with new products, ideas, and emerging technologies to work with its group innovation team.

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