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Alibaba says Singles Day event generated $12bn in first hour

Alibaba says Singles Day event generated $12bn in first hour

Alibaba says annual 11.11 shopping event generates $12 billion in gross merchandise volume in first hour.

Sainsbury's strikes wholesale deal down under

Sainsbury's strikes wholesale deal down under

Sainsbury's own brand products will be sold via Australian grocer Coles' stores and website.

Royal Mail requests injunction to halt Christmas postal strike

Royal Mail requests injunction to halt Christmas postal strike

Royal Mail seeks injunction to stop its staff going on strike during the Christmas period and election next month.

Shop Direct announces University of Liverpool STEM partnership

Shop Direct announces University of Liverpool STEM partnership

Shop Direct announces it has become an employability partner of the University of Liverpool, with a focus on STEM subjects.

Puttshack tees up more sites

Puttshack tees up more sites

Indoor golf brand driving for growth

New London showroom for Mandarin Stone

New London showroom for Mandarin Stone

Tile brand is on the expansion trail

Ikea UK sales soar and retailer promises faster fulfilment

Ikea UK sales soar and retailer promises faster fulfilment

Ikea promises stronger eCommerce proposition before the end of the year, off the back of rising sales online and in stores.

US brand Morphe turns to UK for IT support

US brand Morphe turns to UK for IT support

US digital native beauty brand Morphe turns to UK for IT support, as it continues to open stores.

Arcadia makes key IT and digital appointments

Arcadia makes key IT and digital appointments

Arcadia recruits group chief digital officer, and new digital & retail technology director, adding to recent CIO appointment.

M&S makes online changes as sales disappoint

M&S makes online changes as sales disappoint

Marks & Spencer says it's trialling new online delivery options as digital sales and company-wide trading disappoints in its first half.

Ex-Tesco Mobile CEO takes group innovation director role

Ex-Tesco Mobile CEO takes group innovation director role

Tesco appoints ex-mobile CEO, Claire Lorains, to newly created role of group innovation director.

Yoox enhances virtual styling tool with avatar addition

Yoox enhances virtual styling tool with avatar addition

Luxury e-tailer Yoox rolls out changes to its virtual styling tool, Yoox Mirror.