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Ocado ups the stakes as Hene appointed Head of Grocery Retail Wednesday, 13th April 2011
The online grocer is determined to compete with the supermarket giants as it announces a newly created position for Lawrence Hene.
Previously Ocado’s Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations, Hene has been promoted to the brand new role as Ocado drives to “deliver an even better experience” for its customers.
After playing a major role in Ocado’s stock market floatation last year Hene’s new position will involve overseeing key teams of trading at the company.
As Waitrose launched is multimillion pound in ecommerce investment earlier this year, and Morrison’s online venture on the horizon, Ocado will need to stay competitive in an area it has previously led.
Miu Miu goes multichannel Tuesday, 12th April 2011
The high fashion brand owned by Prada hopes the move to ecommerce will provide consumers with another level of interaction for the label.
Available in both English and Italian, Miu Miu’s e-store is now live across Europe, the United States and Japan. As a name with worldwide appeal, the Italian brand has ensured all listings are available in the relevant currency relating to the user’s country.
Miu Miu will also use the website to stream live videos from its fashion shows, publish lookbooks, short films and campaign photos.
Prada and Miu Miu are yet to brave the realms of Facebook and Twitter, but with consumers posting their excitement across the social networks at the rumours of a new ecommerce site for the label it should only be a matter of time.
M&S customers hit by e-mail hack Wednesday, 6th April 2011
According to This is Money, Marks & Spencer customers have been warned about receiving fraudsters' spam after hackers stole email details from its marketing supplier. The retailer has contacted online customers to warn them about a data breach, which could lead to them receiving a wave of phishing emails trying to obtain their personal and financial details.The breach was part of a wider attack on marketing firm Epsilon, based in the US.The email said that 'no other personal information, such as your account details, has been accessed or is at risk. Read full story on This is Money
Click to buy that bag in Vogue as magazines become e-tailers Monday, 4th April 2011
Vogue and Elle have long influenced what clothes and handbags image-conscious consumers buy. Now, in a bid to reverse flagging sales and stay relevant, fashion magazines may sell the products they feature in their articles.As Apple Inc.’s iPad and other mobile devices change the way people stay informed and shop, e-commerce is creeping onto editorial agendas. Fashion magazines that have gone as far as to add links on their websites to online vendors such as Yoox SpA, may integrate the reading and buying experience, a move that would transform the likes of Vogue and Elle from just trendsetters into virtual shopkeepers. Read more on Mergers & Acquisitions
Returns charges could cost online retailers €10bn a year Monday, 4th April 2011
Amendments to the Consumer Rights Directive will see e-tailers foot the bill for the return of goods valued at less than €40, further ramping up delivery costs, says IMRG.
Heinz to sell ketchup via Facebook Monday, 7th March 2011
Consumers will be able to purchase Heinz's tomato ketchup with a hint of balsamic vinegar exclusively on Facebook, in an attempt to combine social networking sites and grocery sales. The brand will be offering 3,000 bottles of the new sauce via the Heinz Facebook page. Users need to 'like' the page to buy a bottle, while sharing the news with their friends.Ian McCarthy, marketing manager at the firm, told the Press Association: "Social media is increasingly at the forefront of this consumer consumption evolution which is why we've decided to use our popular UK Facebook page to ensure our most loyal fans get the chance to try Heinz Tomato Ketchup with Balsamic Vinegar before anyone else."He added that the firm expects demand to be high and the product to sell out within days.
Twitter Co-Founder, Vivienne Tam Offer Device for Entrepreneurs and Retailers Goodbye, cash registers. Hello, Square. Sunday, 13th February 2011
When Brandon Arnovick was purchasing a credit card payments system last year for his cupcake bakery in San Francisco, he had not heard about a small device created by Twitter's co-founder that would later transform his business. Read more on ABC News
Singapore brands as famous as Louis Vuitton on social media Friday, 11th February 2011
According to Independent, local firms using Facebook and other social media to market themselves are garnering brand recognition on a par with luxury heavyweights like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, a study showed Thursday.Findings by research firm Firefly Millward Brown showed Singapore retail chains being identified alongside famous international labels as the most recognisable brands. Read full story on Independent
Beauty chain launches ingredient-focused online shopping Tuesday, 8th February 2011
Sephora has introduced a new section, called Makeup Plus, that allows shoppers to browse products by particularly "beneficial" skincare ingredients. Read more on Independent