With Amazon in the US finalising the lease of 20 Boeing jets and Alibaba in China securing a US$ 3 billion loan, it is interesting times for e-commerce. In the UK, councillors declare their support for proposed changes to Sunday trading laws and Tesco sets its sights on the mobile market. Have a great day, and don’t forget to share.
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Pre-owned trade gets easier Internet classifieds platform Quikr has launched online payments. Previously, buyers and sellers of second-hand goods had to meet physically to exchange goods and cash. Now they can complete entire transactions without leaving home.
Tesco eyes mobile market The British grocery retailer is planning to expand its presence in the mobile market and buy O2 out of its joint network venture, a turnaround from last year’s attempts to sell off Tesco Mobile to fix finances.
Step-ups & step-downs Pennsylvania-based supermarket company Weis Markets has appointed Crystal Osunde as Director of Pharmacy Operations as well as Ed Sheedy to the newly created position of Director of Category Analysis +++ The CEO of gourmet foods gift retailer and distribution company 1-800-Flowers.com, Jim McCann, will transition to the position of Executive Chairman while his brother Chris McCann will take over as CEO.
developments to watch
E-commerce growing pains UK warehouse space isn’t growing fast enough to meet the runaway growth of e-commerce. A new report by property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton claims that if the present construction rate of warehousing continues, the demand for space will exceed supply by 25 million square feet by 2020.
Virtual mobile shopping A cutting-edge mobile app is poised to cause some big changes in consumer buying behaviour. The @home: Your Space app allows you to use your smartphone or tablet to browse items from the @home catalogue. Then, using the camera on your device, you can place items virtually inside your home.