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Amazon launches collection points at Next stores

Amazon has launched a service for customers to collect parcels from pick-up points inside Next shops. The new service is called Amazon Counter, and Next said its participation would help the chain stay relevant in a tough retail environment. UK shops have been struggling with many pressures, including competition from online retailers such as Amazon. […]

Vodafone first to 5G service in UK with July launch

Vodafone has said that it will turn on its 5G service in the UK on 3 July. It is the first firm to confirm a UK switch-on date, and both business customers and consumers will be able to sign up. Vodafone said the benefits of the next-generation mobile network would include faster and more reliable […]

WhatsApp discovers ‘targeted’ surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users, and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”. A fix was rolled out on Friday. […]

Fashion chain Select falls into administration

Fashion chain Select has fallen into administration, putting 1,800 jobs at risk at its 169 stores across the UK. The firm, which targets women aged 18-45, has been struggling despite having struck a deal in April last year that cut rents at its stores. Select’s administrators said stores would continue to trade while all options […]

Arriva suing the government over rail franchise

Rail giant Arriva is suing the government after it lost its bid to run the East Midlands railway franchise. The firm, owned by Germany’s state-backed Deutsche Bahn, said it wanted more information on how the Department for Transport assessed the bids. The move comes after rival Stagecoach, which was banned from rebidding, announced it was taking […]

Three in four 18 – 34 year olds rate experience over products

A new survey of 1,000 UK consumers from leading retail and shopper marketing agency, Savvy takes a closer look at how UK consumers have been getting involved in live brand experiences, the different types of activity that appeal to them and it also assesses the building blocks of great live campaigns. “The way people consume […]

Uber shares sink on stock market debut

Uber shares slid to close 7.6% down on their first day of trading, as the highly anticipated share market listing failed to win over investors. Boss, Dara Khosrowshahi, was among those who rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to begin trading. By the end of the session shares were at $41.51 […]

Stagecoach to take legal action over railway franchisee

The operator of the East Midlands railway franchise is taking the government to court after it was barred from re-bidding for the contract. In April it was announced Dutch government-owned Abellio will take over the service in August. Stagecoach, which was banned over pension concerns, said the government had “breached its statutory duties”. The Department for Transport […]

Debenhams administrators reject all bids

The owners of Debenhams have said administrators have rejected all takeover bids for the struggling firm. Celine, a consortium made up of the retailer’s lenders, said the bids were “not at the level required to be taken forward” and it would retain ownership. It said it was confident that creditors would back the turnaround plan, […]