Online shopping

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When Amazon came to town: Swindon feels strain as new depot sucks up jobs
Firm has hired 2,000 staff in a matter of months in Wiltshire town, with ripple effect on other businesses

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

03, Dec, 2021 @2:16 PM

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Operation Save Christmas: retailers’ desperate dash to meet demand
Large stores are having to be creative to meet booming online orders at time of staff and stock shortages

Sarah Butler

01, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Shoppers go to town as UK rings in biggest-ever Black Friday sales day
Data from banks and card issuers suggests consumers on track to spend almost £9.2bn this weekend

Sarah Butler

26, Nov, 2021 @6:43 PM

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AO World warns of product shortages as Black Friday nears
Electricals retailer has problems with supplies of items such as iPhones, PlayStations and Xboxes

Jasper Jolly

23, Nov, 2021 @1:14 PM

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Boost for shareholders as parcels help Royal Mail to £311m profit
Company unveils £400m payout saying pandemic has created permanent rise in parcel volumes

Jasper Jolly

18, Nov, 2021 @9:54 AM

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UK firms offer up to £2,000 sign-on bonuses amid Christmas labour shortage
Number of vacancies now 25% higher than pre-Covid figure as companies struggle to recruit workers for festive season

Richard Partington

10, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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UK business rates review may tax streaming services and online goods
Netflix and Spotify, digital newspapers, ebooks plus click-and-collect goods also targeted in online sales tax

Sarah Butler

03, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Small firms’ fury as Amazon offers £3,000 sign-up bonus to attract Christmas staff
Warning that online giant’s move will lead to higher prices and empty shelves in shops

Jon Ungoed-Thomas and Michael Savage

17, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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How to sell items online safely and profitably
Here’s how to declutter your home, from eBay to MusicMagpie – and make money in the process

Shane Hickey

11, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Guardian view on Amazon’s shops: benefit society, not just consumers | Editorial
Editorial: Is a low-tax corporate form of work intensification where staff are tracked and assessed to ensure they meet exacting targets good for Britain?

Editorial

10, Oct, 2021 @5:25 PM

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Frozen turkeys in high demand as Christmas shopping starts early
Aldi selling four times usual amount of turkey crowns as consumers heed warnings over festive shortages

Zoe Wood

05, Oct, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Nearly half of toys from third-party online sellers found to be dangerous
UK industry body warns of ‘wild west of safety’ after investigation into toys being sold on major sites

Zoe Wood

05, Oct, 2021 @5:25 PM

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