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Visionary UK designer Terence Conran dies at 88

London - British designer Terence Conran, whose Habitat chain brought high-end furniture and homeware to the high street in the Swinging Sixties, died on Saturday at the age of 88.

Which retail technology trends will survive COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technology trends, for businesses and consumers, and shone a light on certain consumer habits. The question is: which ones will remain in place “after the virus”?

Q&A: Consumer sentiment trends as businesses open back up Special

Consumer sentiment improved as businesses emerged from the lockdown and looked to open back up. But with some areas shifting back to business restrictions, sentiment has dipped slightly, as trend data reveals.

Amazon mistakenly tells workers to take TikTok app off phones

San Francisco - Amazon on Friday said it mistakenly sent workers an email telling them to dump the TikTok mobile application from their cell phones because of security concerns.

Amazon tells workers to take TikTok app off phones: report

San Francisco - Amazon workers were given a Friday deadline to dump the TikTok mobile application because of unspecified security concerns, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Microsoft to permanently close all retail stores

San Francisco - Microsoft said Friday it will close all of its stores and move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centers.

Mixed fortunes for London shops hit by pandemic

London - Behind the colourful shopfronts in England's Lane, a picture-postcard street near north London's Primrose Hill, business owners are experiencing mixed fortunes as a result of the pandemic lockdown.

British supermarkets threaten Brazil boycott over Amazon land law

London - Leading British supermarket chains have warned Brazil they may be forced to boycott its goods if lawmakers in the South American country pass a bill that would "encourage further land grabbing" in the Amazon.

COVID-19: Analyzing data to discover trends for consumer spending

Two technology-driven companies are collaborating in order to analyze retail data and to discover significant trends for consumer spending behaviors during COVID-19 crisis. Such data will aid building an economic recovery.

How the cannabis sector is embracing digital transformation

As with other sectors of the economy, especially those which need to trade in products, digital ways of working are becoming more commonplace for the burgeoning cannabis sector in North America. We consider some examples.

European recession is driving an increase in online sales

The global economic downturn is affecting every business. In response, many businesses are accelerating digital transformation programs. This includes the retail sector, particularly in Europe where digital purchases have lagged behind other economies.

How COVID-19 is reshaping shopping habits

With social distancing guidelines and shelter-in-place orders in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way consumers shop for their groceries has changed. A new study surveys the changing retail landscape.

Mixed reception to Italy's easing of virus lockdown

Rome - Italy allowed bookshops and children's clothing retailers to reopen on Tuesday but some business owners chose to stay shut, fearing it was too soon to lift the coronavirus lockdown.

Harrods shuts its doors over coronavirus

London - Where the Blitz failed, coronavirus has succeeded. The luxury London store Harrods, which stayed open throughout the bombing of the capital during World War II, announced on Friday it was closing its doors.

Last of Apple's 42 stores in China reopen

Bejing - The last of Apple's 42 stores in China reopened Friday, as the country slowly goes back to work following weeks of quarantine that forced the closure of businesses.

Virus panic buying prompts toilet roll rationing Down Under

Sydney - Australia's biggest supermarket on Wednesday announced a limit on toilet paper purchases after the global spread of coronavirus sparked a spate of panic buying Down Under.

Amazon hits #1 spot on Brand Intimacy Study

Amazon ranked #1 for the first time in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2020 Study, a major study of brands based on emotions, now in its 10th year and previous profiled on Digital Journal. Disney and Apple are placed second and third.

Q&A: AI is helping to leverage improved sales solutions Special

By implementing AI to power your forecasting process, companies can enhance their ability to predict business outcomes more accurately and identify risk earlier. Geoff Birnes of Atrium explains more.

New data finds 28 percent increase in fraud for 2019

A new report finds new account fraud increased 27.8 percent worldwide in 2019. This is compared to full-year 2018 results, and more than 100 percent compared to 2014 levels.

German Amazon workers strike on 'Black Friday'

Frankfurt Am Main - More than 2,000 Amazon workers in Germany walked off the job as the US online retailer kicked off its "Black Friday" sales bonanza, escalating a long-simmering battle for better pay and working conditions.

New cyber and physical safety tips for Black Friday

Black Friday has become established as the most popular time of the year for online sales, moving beyond its U.S. origins to other parts of the world. Big online sales, however, bring with them cyber risks.

Chinese consumers smash 'Singles' Day' shopping record

Shanghai - Chinese shoppers set new records for spending during the annual "Singles' Day" buying spree despite an economic slowdown and worries over the US trade war, with state media calling it a sign of China's rising economic strength.

What slowdown? Chinese shoppers set new 'Singles' Day' spending record

Shanghai - Chinese consumers spent a record amount on Alibaba platforms Monday during the annual "Singles' Day" buying spree, the world's biggest 24-hour shopping event, which kicked off this year with a glitzy show by US singer Taylor Swift.

What slowdown? Chinese spend big in 'Singles' Day' shopping spree

Shanghai - Chinese consumers closed in on a new spending record Monday during the annual "Singles' Day" frenzy, the world's biggest 24-hour shopping event, which kicked off this year with a glitzy show by US megastar Taylor Swift.

Russian e-commerce booms despite economic doldrums

Moscow - Moscow photographer Galina Goryushina says that online shopping has changed her life. "I've got more time for myself," said the 30-year-old freelancer."I don't have to haul heavy shopping bags.

Q&A: Retail policy abuse is costlier than payments fraud Special

Payment fraud costs online retailers an estimated $26B in losses last year. However, retail policy abuse could cost even more, as Assaf Feldman, Co-Founder and CTO at Riskified explains along with the strategies that retailer s need to adopt.

Q&A: How can small retailers compete over delivery times? Special

These days many consumers can expect to receive their packages almost immediately from big companies, with one to two day shipping and convenient “Buy Online and Pick up in Store” options. With this occurring, how can smaller retailers adapt?

First Magecart attack traced to Google Cloud Special

A Magecart attack has impacted the Google Cloud infrastructure and with it thousands of stores. The attack is indicative of some weak cybersecurity protocols, according to Eve Maler of ForgeRock.

Still scanning: 40th anniversary of the barcode

Spalding - Wednesday 2nd October will be 40 years since the first barcode was scanned in the U.K. at Keymarkets in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Today the barcode is used in hospitals, the food industry, helping to identify allergens, and the retail industry.

NZ sports store apologises over porn played on big screens

Sydney - The New Zealand arm of Japanese sports brand Asics has apologised after pornography was broadcast on large television screens above its central Auckland store for several hours, startling Sunday morning shoppers.
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