Amazon Fresh to Soft Launch in May & Amazon Appoints ex Asda Exec as UK Managing Director

Amazon’s China country manager Douglas Gurr will move back to the UK to replace Christopher North as the Country Managing Director. Mr Gurr will start in late May following the departure North. Before joining Amazon, Gurr was a Senior Executive at Asda for over 5 years. His supermarket experience is likely to come in useful for Amazon as it moves further into online groceries in the UK. The Grocer reported today that they had heard from Amazon Fresh suppliers saying a soft launch of Amazon Read more [...]

Asda hands £95m media and creative to Publicis Group

http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/asda-hands-95m-media-creative-publicis-groupe-double-coup/1390768 Asda has handed both its creative and media accounts, worth an estimated £95 million, to Publicis Groupe agencies without a pitch in a dramatic move. Saatchi & Saatchi, which already handles creative for Asda's US parent company Walmart in New York, has won the creative from VCCP, which has had the account since 2013. Blue 449 has snatched the media from Carat, which has held Read more [...]

Sainsbury’s Drops Brand Match scheme

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is to stop running its Brand Match scheme, which gives money back when branded goods are cheaper at rival Asda. Sainsbury's, which has been running the promotion since 2011, will end it in three weeks' time. It says it will use the money saved to cut prices on basics. Increasingly shoppers buy little and often, which means fewer baskets contain the 10 items needed to qualify for Brand Match. Earlier on Thursday, the Co-op credited the "little and often" method Read more [...]

Aldi Starts Selling Wine Online

Aldi have launched a site selling wine online. From looking at the cookie we can see they are using a JEE application, which points towards Hybris as we know they are developing their Grocery site on Hybris. Aldi have placed their wine site very prominently on aldi.co.uk home page. The Aldi online wine store launched today (19 January), with the retailer offering home delivery for the first time to UK shoppers. More than 90 wines will be available online and customers will be able to choose Read more [...]

What are the key digital strategies for 2016?

https://econsultancy.com/blog/67431-what-are-the-key-digital-strategies-for-2016-stats The strategy and operations arm of our Internet Statistics Compendium is one of the fastest growing documents within the ISC series. Last month saw the addition of data published by ourselves in-house and a wealth of freely-available stats from a number of other research houses in the UK and beyond. I thought I would use this post to share some of the most notable digital strategy trends according to Read more [...]

Home Retail Group Confirms Homebase Sale

http://internetretailing.net/2016/01/home-retail-group-confirms-homebase-sale-enabling-it-to-focus-on-argos-transformation/ Home Retail Group today confirmed its plans to sell Homebase for £340m, in a move that will enable it to focus on transforming Argos [IRDX RARG] into a digital retail leader. The sale of £1.5bn turnover Homebase [IRDX RHMB], which trades online and through 265 stores and is a Leading IRUKTop500 retailer, to Bunnings, a subsidiary of Australian group Wesfarmers, is subject Read more [...]

Asda consulting on jobs as shoppers change the way they buy

http://internetretailing.net/2016/01/asda-consulting-on-jobs-as-shoppers-change-the-way-they-shop/ Asda is consulting on head office jobs as retail goes through a generational shift towards online and away from stores. Up to 300 jobs are reported to be under threat, at a time when more shoppers are turning to websites to buy rather than visiting their local store. The speed of change appeared to step up a gear over Christmas, when all sales growth was ascribed to mobile commerce, and today Read more [...]

Digital is Not IT by Sridhar Ramakrishnan

With an increasingly connected world, businesses have to think "digital" in order to tap into this huge opportunity. "Digital is not IT" - Quite often the confusion is due to the fact that it sits within the IT function. So how are they different ? IT = Science & Digital = Art: IT is an engineering science aimed at "how" best to use technology in order to solve a business problem. It involves the know how of different products, latest technology trends, programming languages, provisioning Read more [...]