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Catalyst EU 2015: The three pillars of wisdom for retailers

Justin King

Justin King, CBE and ecommerce sceptic was CEO of Sainsbury’s for over a decade and delivered the final keynote at ChannelAdvisor Catalyst 2015. He told how he nearly cancelled Sainsbury’s entire ecommerce operation when he saw their P&L sheets, but fortunately found a way to make it work. It turns out that buying groceries online […]

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Pitch to Richard Branson to win share of £1m

Richard Branson

This is your chance to pitch Richard Branson your business idea, if you’ve got a vision he wants to hear about it. The ten best pitches will win a share of more than £1,000,000 in prizes and there are three categories of business ideas that you can enter – Grow, if you want to change […]

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James and James launch New Fulfilment Portal

James and James Fulfilment

James and James fulfilment specialists have launched a major upgrade to their cloud-based software platform, including a completely new interface and major functionality improvements. Their new ControlPort portal has a cleaner and more user-friendly interface, and now includes additional filter tools, allowing instant and accurate data mining of transactions. Retail clients now have a much […]

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British Food and Drink exports increased in 2014

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The Food and Drink Federation says that exports of British food and drink goods was up by 2.6% in 2014 meaning that the total exports in that market now total £12.8bn. And that excludes booze. The below infographic explores the breakdown of those sales by type and also looks at the destinations. Europe is a […]

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43% of Brits can’t be bothered to return items


We hear from lots of readers about the problem of returns and eBay defects or Amazon seller metrics impacting sellers accounts through no fault of their own. However there’s good news, recent research by Doddle suggest that a huge £1.6 billion worth of unwanted purchases are piling up in British homes as shoppers can’t be […]

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Doddle expand to University campuses

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Doddle is rolling out on university campuses across the UK with a new click-on-campus solution aiming to bring greater convenience to university students and staff. The new proposition, expected to be rolled out in 10 universities this year, launched its debut store at the University of Salford Student Village. Doddle is the only service of […]

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New book: Start a Business for £99 by Emma Jones

Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation

Emma Jones, the founder of Enterprise Nation, has published a new book: Start a Business for £99 She distills her years of experience of travelling the country helping people turn a skill or a passion into a sustainable business, into sensible, easy-to-follow steps for people on a budget. Emma says of her new book: “Five […]

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How’s it going with #vatmoss?

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The new EU VAT regulations came into force on January 1st 2015. So that means that now many of you will be using the VAT mini one stop shop (VATMOSS) for filing your EU VAT returns for digital products for the first time. Have you tried it out? It seems that it’s up and operational […]

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Sell on Russia’s Yandex.Market with Lengow


Lengow has partnered with marketplace Yandex.Market to take advantage of the Russian ecommerce Market. More and more merchants are looking to ecommerce opportunities outside of the UK, something that Lengow has not failed to notice. The company has partnerships with distribution channels in Europe, Brazil and now Russia. As of today Russia’s main marketplace, Yandex.Market, […]

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New kit helps female SMEs reach their potential

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A self-assessment kit, specifically aimed at supporting female entrepreneurship, has been developed after figures show a rapid increase in the number of women starting-up in the UK. The Government-funded online kit is designed to help women-led firms reach their potential by identifying gaps in knowledge, experience and confidence, and offering a solution. You can take […]

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