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Online Retail News In Brief (13 December 2017)

By IMRG

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.

November inflation hits 3.1%

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) reached 3.1% in November, the highest in almost six years.

Weekly wages are growing at 2.2%, and the target inflation for the Bank of England is 2%.

The ONS suggested that computer games and airfares were major contributors to the rise.

Oxford Street consultation period extended

Westminster City Council had extended the period of consultation for the proposed pedestrianisation of Oxford Street. The council was due to take the public’s views until 17 December, but will accept input until 3 January.

The plans include the transformation of the Oxford Circus-Orchard Street stretch of Oxford street into a pedestrian-friendly zone, as well as improved cycle routes and wider pavements in the surrounding area.

Currys PC World Offers same-day delivery

Shoppers at Currys PC World can now select a same-day delivery option, available between 12pm and 10pm.

The service is available for small items, ordered before 4pm, for delivery within 10 miles of a Currys PC World Store, at a charge of £9.95.

For a view of current delivery trends and shopper expectations, download the IMRG Delivery Index.

Amazon Treasure Truck arrives

Last week we mentioned that the Amazon Treasure Truck was due to arrive in London and Manchester.

It did.

The Truck sends a message to shoppers who sign up for updates, with information about where the Truck will be and what product is for sale that day.

On Saturday, Amazon was selling an updated Super Nintendo Entertainment system (SNES) by Charing Cross station in London and Portland Street in Manchester.

25% of shoppers planning Christmas Day purchase

Research by Savvy has suggested that a quarter of shoppers intend to buy online on Christmas Day.

  • 58% plan to shop more online in the approach to Christmas
  • 65% say they are influenced by discounts when shopping for presents
  • 26% plan to buy something online on Christmas Day
  • 76% plan to do their Christmas shopping at one of the Big Four supermarkets

Conjuring food

Takeaway gateway JustEat has launched a wand that shoppers can use to order a meal. The device allows shoppers to order their favourite takeaways by swishing the wand. The device sends a signal to the JustEat app, and flashes at the tip to indicate that an order has been successfully placed.

Westfield sold

The Westfield Corporation is set to change hands for £18.5bn.

French company Unibail-Rodamco is acquiring the group, and Westfield founder Sir Frank Lowy is to stand down as chairman. He will chair the new advisory board, and his son Peter will join the supervisory board.

The new owners intend to implement a ‘progressive roll-out’ of the Westfield brand over existing malls.

Man cements microwave onto head

A Wolverhampton man stuck his head into a microwave oven and cemented it into place. Friends called the fire service to help free the 22-year-old, after trying in vain for an hour and a half to rescue him.

Fireman managed to extract the man after an hour, and remarked wryly, “…this was clearly a call-out which might have prevented us from helping someone else…”.

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