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Online delivery charges total £3.5bn a year

Delivery charges for online shopping add up to £3.52bn a year, according to a OnePoll study for consultancy Trimble. Parking charges and the cost of petrol were cited as a major factor alongside the convenience of shopping from home. Almost two-thirds of those polled said they bought more online than five years ago, while 89% ruled out spending less online over the next five years.

Aldi recruitment drive to create 3,000 UK jobs

Aldi has announced it will create 3,000 jobs in the UK over the next year. The discounter said it would be looking to fill roles across all parts of the business, from store managers to stock assistants. It will also look to fill over 100 spaces on its graduate recruitment scheme.

Sainsbury's calls out Tesco for new round of fish fight

Tesco’s efforts to shape shoppers’ choice of fish have been branded ineffective… in a report published by Sainsbury’s.
The study - dubbed Our Future of Fish - singled out Tesco as wielding the least influence over its shoppers’ choice of fish among the major retailers, despite selling the most fish. Based on industry and Sainsbury’s data, as well as a survey of shoppers earlier this year, the report was commissioned by Sainsbury’s and compiled by trend analysts at the Future Foundation.

The Daily Mail launches mobile commerce app

Daily Mail readers will soon be able to use smartphones to buy products from their newspaper’s pages in what is thought to be the first mobile commerce service of its kind. Readers download the app onto their phone and can buy products including music, film and books from the Mail’s newspapers and web site, and a dedicated ‘Mail shop’ within the app.

Nike side-steps Olympic sponsorship restrictions

Nike has launched an ad campaign starring former Team GB athlete Paula Radcliffe after she pulled out of the Olympics due to injury. The British marathon runner’s injury lets Nike avoid rules that stop non-sponsors from using Team GB athletes in ads. If Radcliffe had not been injured, Nike, which unlike its arch rival Adidas is not an official sponsor of the Games, would not have been able to run the ad because of rules protecting sponsors during the Olympics.

John Lewis on the up

John Lewis Partnership has reported a 9.1% increase in sales for H1 (28 weeks to 28 July 2012). Sales at its John Lewis department store chain rose 12.9%, a result described by Managing Director Andy Street as “hugely encouraging”.

Upmarket frozen food retailer Cook launches online delivery

Premium frozen food retailer Cook is trialling an online delivery service as it looks to expand its multichannel operations.
The family-owned retailer said it has begun a trial of an online and over-the-phone delivery service from its Clapham store.
The retailer already offers a home delivery service for customers who spend more than £35.

Next powers ahead in online fulfilment war

Next’s compelling delivery options powered growth at its Directory arm in the first half, as fulfilment increasingly becomes a critical battleground in the fight for online spend. The retailer plans to launch same-day delivery and will also introduce Sunday and evening delivery, which will be charged at a premium, this year.
It joins a raft of retailers that have stepped up fulfilment options to meet customer demand for speed and convenience.

Etailers experience sales surge as shoppers avoid London's high streets

Online retailers have reported a surge in sales as consumers avoid trekking to London’s West End during the Olympics.
Sales at etailer BrandAlley doubled year-on-year on Monday when many Londoners are understood to have worked from home to avoid potential travel chaos. Tuesday’s sales also jumped 60%. Data specialists Experian revealed that visits to retail websites have also reveals that visits to retail websites have increased by 15% year-on-year.