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Delivery giant to hire 10,500 amid UK online shopping surge

Image copyright Hermes Delivery giant Hermes says it will create 10,500 jobs in the UK after seeing a surge in demand from people shopping from home during lockdown. This will include 1,500 full-time roles across its delivery network and head office, and 9,000 freelance couriers. Hermes also said it would not accept any money from the government’s job retention bonus… Read more →

OnlyFans: ‘I started selling sexy photos online after losing my job’

Image caption Mark has resisted pressure to post explicit content on his OnlyFans page “It was through necessity, I needed an income. It wasn’t because I wanted to just get naked or post pictures of myself,” says Mark. He lost his job because of coronavirus in March and began posting semi-nude images on a subscriber-based social network. The 32-year-old had… Read more →

Tesco launches online refillable container trial

Image copyright Tesco/Loop Tesco is trialling a scheme in the UK where online shoppers will get products in reusable packaging. The supermarket giant is joining forces with Loop, which styles itself as a “zero waste shopping platform”. The trial covers 150 items, which will be delivered in reusable containers for which consumers pay a deposit. Greenpeace said rising demand for… Read more →

Sainsbury’s sees online sales soar during lockdown

Image copyright Getty Images The rapid roll-out of more online shopping capacity has helped Sainsbury’s to report soaring sales over the lockdown period. Online sales have more than doubled compared with last year as consumers shopped and ate at home. Overall, grocery sales were up 10.5%, including in-store and online shopping, but fuel and clothing sales were lower. The second… Read more →

Creating an online course ‘changed my life’

Image copyright Lucy Gough Image caption Lucy Gough launched an online interior design course Like many others, interior stylist Lucy Gough saw her income disappear when the coronavirus hit and naturally felt anxious about her future prospects. “Within one week the four shoots I’d been prepping for were all cancelled,” she recalls. However, rather than do nothing, London-based Ms Gough… Read more →

Fake online reviews under investigation by competition authority

Image copyright Getty Images The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into fake and misleading reviews on several major websites. It said it would examine whether online shops were “doing enough” to protect customers as they turn to online shopping during lockdown. The authority warned it would “not hesitate” to take action if sites are disobeying… Read more →

Amazon trials online food delivery in India

Image copyright Getty Images Internet giant Amazon is entering the meal delivery business with a trial in four parts of India’s Bengaluru. The move comes as pandemic lockdowns prompt a surge in online ordering in some places, such as the US. However in India, the two big players in the market have seen significant declines in demand. Uber Eats retreated… Read more →