Online Retail News In Brief (27 September 2017)


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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.


A new store every week

Aldi’s success sees it opening one new store every week.

In 2016 its sales rose 13.5%, and its sustainable low pricing may be due to its heavy bias towards own-label products.

And from a discounter to one of the big four…

Sainsbury’s trials checkout-free payments

Sainsbury’s Euston station has introduced a payment app for shoppers purchasing their lunchtime meal deal. The app lets customers scan and pay for their £3 ‘On the Go’ meal and leave without having to use a checkout.

Tesco has also previously introduced Tesco Pay+, which shoppers can use to pay for shops of up to £250 with their phones.

One-hour delivery trial at M&S

Marks & Spencer is trialling one-hour delivery for selected items. As part of the trial, loyalty card holders at the Camden store will also get 20% off and free one-hour delivery.

At the end of June, we ran a story about Tesco Now, Tesco’s own one-hour delivery service for central London.

eBay click and collect at Doddle

Selected Doddle sites are now receiving a selection of eBay orders for click and collect. The service is due to roll out to all Doddle sites.

For a nine-year ‘deep-dive’ view of the developing delivery expectations and perceptions of UK shoppers, download the ‘IMRG-BluJay UK Consumer Home Delivery Review 2017’.

Deloitte Data Breach

Deloitte has confirmed that a cyber-attack compromised its data security earlier in the year. While the attackers stole client email addresses, Deloitte reassured the media that ‘very few’ clients were affected.

The firm released a statement: "Deloitte remains deeply committed to ensuring that its cyber-security defences are best in class, to investing heavily in protecting confidential information and to continually reviewing and enhancing cyber-security."

Compare Comparison sites

The Competition and Markets Authority has advised shoppers to use more than one price comparison site when searching for the best deals.

The regulator has warned that in some sectors, the sites worked better than for others, and that it was “investigating one website over contracts that risked raising home insurance prices”, according to the BBC.

Whether the CMA’s advice will lead to the birth of price-comparison-site-comparison-sites is a matter for speculation.

Man visits Birmingham by mistake

John Hoopingarner, a cyclist from Ohio, has taken part in a race in Birmingham, UK, having signed up for what he presumed to be a race in Birmingham, Alabama.

My Hoopingarner flew to the UK, having already paid his entry fee when he realised his error.

He is quoted as wishing to ‘make the same mistake again next year’.

Birmingham, Alabama: where freedom lives, but cycling does not

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