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Mail order clothing sales hit £56.5m in December
Sales of clothing through mail order hit £56.5m in December.
Lakeland bolsters etail as sales move online
Homewares retailer Lakeland is ramping up its online offer with targeted merchandising on its website, as its non-store sales migrate from mail order to online.
Boden profits surge 16% in 2009
Online and mail order retailer Bodens pre-tax profits increased 15.9% to £28.7m in 2009 as it focused on cost control.
Next to ramp up online and Directory overseas
High street fashion giant Next is to further expand its online and mail order Directory business overseas as it aims to quadruple international sales in the next two years.
Mail order clothing sales hit £56.5m in December
Sales of clothing through mail order hit £56.5m in December. The figures was lower than that recorded in November when apparel sales through catalogues reached £59.9m according to GfK Retail.One of the most notable trends in December was demand for items under £10. Sales of these items increased from a negligible amount to represent 6.3 per cent of outerwear clothing sales in December. Home shopping groups have been moving much of their sales away from mail order to online which has lead to thousands of jobs being slashed in the home shopping sector.Otto UK is currently under a consultation period for its 3,800 employees as it works to slim down its business.Shop Direct Group last week also announced it was under consultation with over 1,000 staff at its Merseyside call centre which could be shut down
Delivery transparency key to good online shopping experience
Clear information on delivery charges and the ability to track the progress of items ordered are important factors in a good online shopping experience, a Royal Mail study has revealed.
Bestseller to buy MandM Direct
Bestseller, the Danish fashion company behind Jack & Jones, Vero Moda and Vila Clothes, has agreed to acquire online and mail order retailer MandM Direct for up to £140 million.
No let up by fraudsters as online card spend soars
Many of Britains high street shops may have been affected by the economic downturn, but millions of consumers have been more than happy to spend their money online and through mail order with their favourite retailers.
Ironmongery Direct recruits new product managers
Online and mail order retailer Ironmongery Direct has appointed two new managers to its product management team.
Firebox.com announces same day delivery options for Christmas
Firebox.com, the gadget, games and gifts e-tailer, is expanding itsrange of delivery options in time for Christmas by offering its customers in London the opportunity to have must-have items delivered the same day.
Sofa Workshop founder outlines plan for revival
Sofa Workshop's founder and new owner has vowed to give the retailer back its "sparkle" after lambasting former owner MFIs management of the business.
Findel sales increase 3.9% in first quarter
Findel sales edged up 3.9% in the first quarter driven by a revenue jump at mail order business Express Gifts in the 16 weeks to July 23.
Seasalt launches mail order catalogue
Lifestyle clothing brand Seasalt is to produce its first ever mail order catalogue. The move follows a 22% increase in sales year-on-year in 2011.
Promotions lift Laura Ashley sales
Sales at Laura Ashley jumped 8.4 per cent in the 17 weeks to May 30, due mainly to targeted promotions and store openings. Like-for-like sales rose 6.9 per cent.
Royal Mail to trial Sunday parcel deliveries
Royal Mail is to trial Sunday parcel deliveries to addresses within the M25 motorway later this summer as it looks to meet the growing demand for goods ordered online.
Steady progress at Laura Ashley for 17 weeks to end-May
Clothing and homewares retailer Laura Ashley delivered an increase in UK sales of 8.4 per cent for the 17 weeks to May 30 despite facing continued challenges in the tough marketplace.
Eurostop announces Multi-Channel Retail capabilities at Retail Solutions
Eurostop, a specialist supplier of retail systems to the Apparel, Footwear and General Merchandise sector will be launching its new Multi-Channel Retailing services.
Mail order giants fail to deliver the goods
Traditional mail order companies are operating some of the worst performing websites in the whole of the UK retail sector according to the results from the Q4 testing of the Retail 500 of top UK retailers' online stores. By Glynn Davis
Plastic card fraud losses up 14% to £301.7m in first six months of 2008
Figures released today by APACS show that total card fraud losses increased by 14 per cent in the six months to June 2008 compared with the first half of 2007.
Coachwise gets up to speed with Maginus E-commerce
Coachwise, a specialist publisher, mail order catalogue and online retailer of sports books, DVDs, training tools and sports related software, has selected Maginus to design and build four new web sites.
Online retailers worried about Royal Mail strike affecting Christmas sales
A survey of online retailers carried out by the IMRG has found that 85% believe that the continued threat of postal strike action will discourage customers from placing orders with them for Christmas.
Organisations fail to educate employees about risks from online shopping
Organisations allow employees to shop online but do not educate users about risks, exposing employees and employers alike to spam, malware, phishing and loss of productivity in the workplace.
The White Company improves online shopping experience as customer base grows
The White Company is improving the online shopping experience of its growing web customer base.
Intelligent Retail, the multichannel retail company, premieres at Retail Solutions
Intelligent Retail will be demonstrating its 'Connect' line of Multichannel EPoS systems at Retail Solutions for the first time.
Royal Mail reveals Easter Bank holiday online shopping hotspots
Royal Mail has revealed the top towns and cities where the most online shopping took place over the Easter bank holiday.
Argos and eBay turn away from Royal Mail as strike looms
Argos and eBay have joined a growing number of retailers seeking alternative courier services after Royal Mail voted in favour of strike action yesterday.
Ideal Shopping is anything but ideal for shopping online
The recent dire results from Ideal Shopping Direct again highlighted how some retailers have been shockingly bad at utilising the internet. It has never ceased to amaze me that there have been various home shopping retailers that have failed to leverage their infrastructures to successfully sell over the internet.By Glynn Davis
The White Company sales leap over Christmas
Upmarket homewares and clothing retailer The White Company saw sales climb 14 per cent in the 10 weeks to December 27. The retailer's EBITDA rocketed 35 per cent to £6m in the year to March 29, 2008.In the full year period, sales also grew 14 per cent to £69.9m, while online sales climbed 32 per cent, and now account for more than half of its direct arms sales.The White Company said it is cautious of the rapidly changing economic outlook but believes it has a strong offer and is well positioned as a true multichannel business to trade through these tougher trading conditions.Managing director Patricia Alford-Burnett said: It is clear that we are now facing the most challenging retail environment for many years, and the next few months will be testing for all retailers.We have a financially robust business model which, together with tightly controlled costs and strong operational disciplines, gives us the confidence to look at the challenging times ahead with optimism and renewed creativity, supporting the long-term growth prospects of The White Company.The retailer said growth was particularly strong in The Little White Company, Clothing and Fragrance categories, and it continued improvements in operating margin.It opened six new outlets opened since April 2008, taking its total to 24. It also trades from mail order catalogues and its website.
Card fraud grows - what a surprise
It beggars belief that the banking industry and APACS can announce that card fraud losses increased by 25 per cent in 2007 to £535.2 million and at the same time state that chip and PIN has been an undoubted success.
Conran Shop reaffirms growth plans as sales soar
The Conran Shop is bucking the downward trend in the furniture sector with orders for the year to date rocketing 35 per cent since last April. The company is planning further international expansion.
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