Volkswagen is to use commercetools’ cloud-based software to launch a new group-wide e-commerce platform. The partnership will help the car manufacturer deliver new commerce functionality and online channels.
An Oxfam report initiated by Marks & Spencer (M&S) has revealed concerns about human rights and working conditions in the department store’s supply chain. The report is based on interviews with nearly 400 workers at the retailer’s food manufacturing sites in the UK, and leather footwear factories in India, which supply both the M&S and other well-known retailers.
Lidl has beaten Aldi to be named the cheapest supermarket in 2020. Which? tracked the price of 45 popular branded and own-label products, including Hovis bread, Knorr stock cubes, and free-range eggs, across eight major supermarkets for 100 days between January and December last year.
Primark could lose £1 billion if store closures remain until the end of February. The figure is up from the retailer’s previous estimate of a loss of £650 million, which was based on announced closure dates.
Online fast-fashion retailer Boohoo experienced revenue growth of 40 per cent, representing to £660 million sales boost, in the last four months of 2020. The 10 months to the end of the year also saw revenue growth of 42 per cent to £1.47 billion.
ASOS expects profits of £40 million in the first half of 2021 as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the online fashion retailer has said. In the company’s latest trading statement it said that for the four months to 31st December, revenue growth surpassed its expectations.
The ethics of retailer supply chains has been called into question recently, with brands now rushing to implement technology that gives better visibility into how products are made, sourced and shipped. The scandal that brought the issue into focus most recently was a report in July on Boohoo’s UK supply chain that had a significant impact on the company’s share price and reputation.
The Coronavirus crisis has hit many industries hard, but those grocers expected to keep the nation fed and watered have been criticised in recent weeks for not being able to handle the surge in demand. The self-isolation advice and eventual lockdown across the UK has led people to stockpile certain key items, putting a serious strain on ‘just in time’ replenishment models not prepared for such spikes in sales – especially while dealing with staff shortages that cut available manpower by as much as a quarter.
Retail Systems editor Peter Walker sits down with Brother’s senior commercial client manager Jessica Stansfield to talk through the company’s solutions for retailers and hospitality businesses, what’s new in labelling technology, and the benefits of outsourcing printing.
Fluent Commerce’s EMEA managing director Rob Shaw sat down with Retail Systems editor Peter Walker to discuss omnichannel opportunities, the best way to tackle technology and how the company is expanding into the UK and Europe.