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11:11: Tmall Global to livestream brand events in warehouses

11:11: Tmall Global to livestream brand events in warehouses

Tmall Global targets more overseas brands for 11:11 shopping festival, and plans livestreaming from bonded warehouses to fuel consumer interest.

Smart checkout tech will process $387bn in 2025, says study

Smart checkout tech will process $387bn in 2025, says study

Smart checkout technology will process $387 billion in 2025 – up from $2 billion in 2020, according to new research.

Co-op introduces zero-emission same day delivery

Co-op introduces zero-emission same day delivery

Co-op partners with delivery firm Pinga, allowing residents in East London to have groceries delivered by foot, bicycle, or electric scooter.

Online sales dip slightly as in-store records best figures since February

Online sales dip slightly as in-store records best figures since February

The BDO's latest High Street Sales Tracker finds a sustained shift to eCommerce in August, although this is a slight dip compared to recent months.

Levi’s introduces new digital experiences to target back-to-school season

Levi’s introduces new digital experiences to target back-to-school season

Fashion brand Levi's is providing a range of new digital experiences in collaboration with apps, primarily targeting the US back-to-school season.

Pret A Manger launches in-store coffee subscription

Pret A Manger launches in-store coffee subscription

Pret a Manger is offering a digital coffee pass for £20 per month.

The Hut Group set for £4.5bn September float

The Hut Group set for £4.5bn September float

The Hut Group confirms it is set to float on the London Stock Exchange in September, at a value of £4.5 billion.

Lidl launches customer loyalty app

Lidl launches customer loyalty app

Lidl has today launched Lidl Plus, a smartphone-based app that provides users with potential discounts and rewards when they shop.

Retailers creating new roles for more digital environment

Retailers creating new roles for more digital environment

Some 15% of retailers have created new digital-focused job roles to meet changing consumer demands posed by the pandemic, and Amazon announces 7,000 new jobs.

Spar UK appoints new operations and strategy director

Spar UK appoints new operations and strategy director

Spar UK appoints Lee Johnson as its operations and strategy director, in which his responsibilities will include IT and supply chain.

JML reports strong sales performance with rapid online growth

JML reports strong sales performance with rapid online growth

JML records a 118% year-on-year sales rise in the quarter up to 31 July, with online its fastest growing channel.

Man City in buy now, pay later tie-up with Laybuy

Man City in buy now, pay later tie-up with Laybuy

Manchester City announce partnership with buy now, pay later provider Laybuy.