Month: July 2020

Burberry and Tencent team up for concept stores

Image copyright Burberry Burberry has partnered with China’s tech giant Tencent to launch a luxury concept store using social media interactions. The British retailer opened its first “social retail store” on Friday in Shenzhen, China’s technology hub. The companies want to roll the concept out across Burberry’s network in China. The tie-up comes as tensions rise between the two countries,… Read more →

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Coronavirus: ‘Chancellor must protect’ jobs of those shielding

Image copyright Getty Images Charities are calling on the chancellor to protect the jobs of workers who have been shielding during the pandemic. A total of 15 charities have warned in an open letter that workers will be forced to choose between health and their jobs, when restrictions ease. “Some of these workers will find themselves in an impossible position,”… Read more →

Amazon, Facebook and Apple thriving in lockdown

Image copyright Reuters The coronavirus crisis might be causing widespread economic upheaval around the world, but the world’s biggest tech firms are thriving. Amazon sales soared 40% in the three months ending June, while Apple saw a surge in purchases of its iPhones and other hardware. At Facebook, the number of people on its platforms, which include WhatsApp and Instagram,… Read more →

Argos axes ‘book of dreams’ catalogue after 48 years

Image copyright Getty Images “The laminated book of dreams,” was how comedian Bill Bailey jokingly described the plastic-coated Argos catalogue. But 48 years on from its launch, the catalogue is finally coming to an end. The encyclopedia-like catalogues, the basis of many a child’s Christmas wishlist, will no longer be regularly printed by the end of the January 2021. The… Read more →