Online retail news in brief (28 February 2018)


In case you missed them, we’ve pulled together a few online retail news highlights from around the web this week.

Here are some of the latest stories in online retail.


The Met Office has issued a red alert in parts of Scotland, and across the country roads are grinding to a halt, and the public are being urged not to travel.

One presumes final mile logistics could suffer somewhat – and on-time delivery rates have already been under pressure over the past year or so.

Vehicles in snow

Joe Giddens/PA


RFID boosts sales 5.5% in trial

Research sponsored by GS1 UK has found that Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology on shelves improved stock availability, boosting sales by 1.5%-5.5% in the 10 companies who took part in the study.

The report also found that 6 of the ten companies trialling the technology were able to reduce their total stock holding between 2% and 13%.

Toys ‘R’ Us and Maplin fall into administration

Toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us and electronics high street brand Maplin have both fallen into administration. Both were in need of a buyer, and neither could find one.

Julie Palmer, regional managing partner at Begbies Traynor, suggested that Toys ‘R’ Us had having "fallen foul of a perfect storm hitting bricks-and-mortar retailers across the board".

Maplin administrator PWC promised to "explore all opportunities to find a new owner".

Suit retailer in ‘homosexual’ image controversy

Dutch suit retailer Suitsupply has encountered homophobic criticism for advertising featuring men in romantic poses, including kisses and embraces.

Fokke de Jong, the founder and chief executive: "The attraction between people is an important part of fashion advertising. A campaign featuring the attraction between men was long overdue and particularly relevant for our brand."

Not all reactions were negative, as plenty of people praised the campaign and mocked those who took issue with it.

Snapchat loses value over tweet

Kylie Jenner, daughter of former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, has damaged Snapchat’s value by $1.3bn, simply by tweeting her disapproval about an app redesign.

The app’s change was controversial on its own, but the complaint by the personality with 24.5m Twitter followers caused catastrophic damage to the company’s market value.

Let no-one dismiss the power of the ‘influencers’.

Kylie Jenner Snapchat tweet

8% of Britons shop from the toilet

A survey by OnBuy has found that the toilet is one of the top ten locations for online shopping among British customers.

Nationally, 8% report browsing and buying from the toilet.

People from the West Midlands were the most inclined to shop from porcelain, with 22% admitting to the practice.

The three most popular locations were in front of the TV (54%), in bed (43%) and at work (20%).

Where UK customers shop online

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