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Rakuten stages weekend UK launch event in Glasgow

Friday 21 November 2014 - 14:37
Rakuten stages weekend UK launch event in Glasgow

E-commerce website Rakuten is staging the latest in a series of roadshows around the UK this weekend, designed to tell shoppers what it has to offer.

Since it bought the website Play.com in 2010, Rakuten has been quietly setting about incorporating it into its global Rakuten.com brand.

But earlier this year, it relaunched in the UK as Rakuten.co.uk – and it is in Glasgow today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) as part of a major public awaren ...read more

Ma promises to bring Alibaba to English audience

Friday 21 November 2014 - 11:40
Ma promises to bring Alibaba to English audience

The founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has said an international version of his company’s shopping platform is a big priority.

Jack Ma let out the disclosure behind the scenes at a meeting between his country’s Premier, Li Keqiang, and several of the country’s leading online business figures.

The meeting was itself taking place at the same time as other top movers from the internet world were gathered in the country, at Wuzh ...read more

Retail sales volumes climb for 20th month in a row

Thursday 20 November 2014 - 12:54
Retail sales volumes climb for 20th month in a row

The combined value of goods bought both online and in physical stores rose in October for the 20th successive month.

Official figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics, however, showed a slight fall month-on-month in the proportion of total sales accounted for from online channels.

At 11.2 per cent, this was 0.1 per cent down from the September figure.

Discounting by stores as they try to c ...read more

eBay to veto sales of London ceramic poppies

Thursday 20 November 2014 - 11:13
eBay to veto sales of London ceramic poppies

Anyone trying to sell one of the poppies from the commemorative Tower of London display on eBay faces having their listing removed, the site has said.

There has been huge demand for the 888,246 ceramic poppies which formed the installation, called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, put on by two artists in the centre of the English capital as the centrepiece of this year’s Remembrance Day events.

Each one has now been sold, for £25, by Historic Roy ...read more

TV anchor’s ‘sexism’ suit is red-hot on eBay

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Wednesday 19 November 2014 - 12:17
TV anchor’s ‘sexism’ suit is red-hot on eBay

A blue suit worn every day for a year by an Australian TV news presenter which has ignited a huge debate about sexism in the media is enjoying even more media spotlight – after being put on eBay.

Karl Stefanovic, a news anchor for Channel Nine, wore the same blue Burberry suit for all of his broadcasts for 12 months, in an attempt to prove that viewers only ever commented on the attire of his female co-presenters.

And after coming clean about his stunt, thereby causing an online storm, the To ...read more

National report gives Black Friday shopping tips

Wednesday 19 November 2014 - 10:28
National report gives Black Friday shopping tips

As Amazon starts its countdown to its now-yearly ‘Black Friday’ push to get us all shopping in good time for Christmas, a national newspaper has offered some key tips for snagging the top deals.

It notes that shoppers are enticed to keep going back to the site by offers of constantly-changing deals which run for limited periods.

But it adds that there are big potential savings to be made for those who are prepared to be persistent and patient, so says its five tips are designed to help peopl ...read more

Paper points to perils of early gift-buying

Tuesday 18 November 2014 - 16:58
Paper points to perils of early gift-buying

British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror has today provided a timely warning about a potential danger in early Christmas shopping.

It points out that those who get their present-buying out of the way early might run the risk of not being able to return their purchases if the recipient decides they aren’t suitable after opening them on Christmas morning.

E-commerce giant Amazon comes out of the findings well, however, as the arti ...read more

Top BBC tech writer tells of PayPal scam near miss

Tuesday 18 November 2014 - 08:48
Top BBC tech writer tells of PayPal scam near miss

The frontman for the technology coverage of the BBC has divulged that he narrowly missed falling victim to a scam surrounding a payment for an item he auctioned for the channel’s annual Children In Need appeal.

Just a few days after the latest instalment of the fund-raising extravaganza, Rory Cellan-Jones told how he’s “had personal experience of how sophisticated [online] fraudsters can be.”

The attempted scam involved a payment via PayPal for one of a number of items which Cellan-Jones annually puts up fo ...read more

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