Maternity wear retailer Mamas & Papas has partnered with Tesco and Amazon as it looks to evolve its ecommerce strategy. As of June 2012, the entire Mamas & Papas range, excluding clothing, will be available through Tesco Direct and Amazon Marketplace. In a statement Rob Jennings, ecommerce director at Mamas & Papas, says, “Simply put, Amazon is one of the world’s largest high streets, enjoying up to half of the UK’s internet shopping population on their site. And as a launch partner on Tesco’s new marketplace model we are extremely excited about being a part of the development of what is certain to be a huge online shopping destination. Merchandising our products through these platforms makes accessing our brand even more convenient. Both Amazon and Tesco are super brands that we’re proud to work with.”
HMV, the global entertainment retail chain, has agreed to sell off its 9,000 seated venue Hammersmith Apollo to Stage C for £32 million as part of a wider turnaround. According to a report in the Guardian, HMV has said that once the deal has been sealed the group will see £220 million in bank loans extended to September 2014. HMV also revealed that the deal will allow it to focus on retail, while the proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce the group’s debt.
Drapers reports that womenswear and menswear retailer Reiss has increased like-for-like online sales by 84 percent from last year after upping its editorial content online. Reiss noted that returning visitors make up 48 percent of total visitors, up 20 percent on last year.
Sir Philip Green, the owner of shopping chains Bhs, Topshop and Burton, has threatened legal proceedings against Asos for taking an “unfair advantage of our trade mark”, according to a story in the Telegraph. Sir Philip Green sent a legal letter to Asos to immediately take down Topshop’s name from its website, otherwise he would sue.
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