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DPD opens first all-electric parcel depot

DPD

DPD has opened the first all-electric parcel depot of the United Kingdom. In Westminster in London the logistics company has opened a depot that’s 465 square meters in size and will deliver up to 2,000 parcels a day using the electric vehicles. Continue reading

Yodel launches 7-day service and Inflight

Yodel

UK parcel carrier Yodel will launch a seven-day service next spring. It has also launched Inflight, a new feature that allows customers to change delivery options using the Yodel app, even when the parcel is one hour from being delivered. Continue reading

Waitrose tests grocery delivery while customers are out

Waitrose & Partners

Waitrose is the first supermarket in the United Kingdom that will test the delivery of groceries to customers’ home addresses, while they aren’t at home. The supermarket, now officially called Waitrose & Partners, will test the ‘While You’re Away’ service with 100 customers in the south London area. Continue reading

‘Amazon Go comes to the UK’

Amazon Go, the checkout-free stores from Amazon, will roll out in the United Kingdom. The ecommerce giant hasn’t officially announced this, but there are several reports Amazon is looking for locations across the country to roll out the innovative grocery stores. Continue reading

Amazon Storefronts launched in UK and Germany

Amazon Storefronts

Amazon has launched its latest website: Amazon Storefronts. This is a new store for customers to shop from small and medium-sized businesses that sell on Amazon and learn more about them through videos and stories. Amazon Storefronts is now active in the US, the United Kingdom and Germany. Continue reading

HubBox adds 2,000 Collect Points in the UK

HubBox

HubBox, which runs a network of shops that operate as parcel collection points across the United Kingdom, will add 2,000 extra click & collect locations across the country. The expansion of its Collect Points network follows after forming a partnership with payment provider Epay. Continue reading

87% of UK retail purchases made online

The United Kingdom (UK)

Online shoppers in the United Kingdom make 87 percent of their retail purchases (grocery shopping not included) online. That’s an increase of almost 9 percent compared to the situation last year, when 80 percent of retail purchases was conducted online. Continue reading

M&S customers can return online orders in Simply Food stores

Marks & Spencer

Customers of Marks & Spencer can now return their online orders at one of many Simply Food stores across the United Kingdom. Previously, consumers already had the possibility to collect their online orders at these stores, but now returning them can happen at the same location. Continue reading

Eve Sleep backs off in Europe

Eve Sleep Mattress

UK mattress startup Eve Sleep no longer sells its mattresses in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and many other countries in Europe. There is no official reason given for this radical change, but fact is that Eve Sleep is now focusing on France and its home market in the United Kingdom. Continue reading

Merch by Amazon launches in Europe

Merch by Amazon in Europe

Amazon has launched its online print on demand platform Merch by Amazon in Europe. The service is now available in Germany and the United Kingdom. The launch in Europe follows three years after Amazon introduced the platform in the US. Continue reading

Stamps.com acquires MetaPack

MetaPack

Ecommerce delivery platform MetaPack has been acquired by Stamps, a shipping software solution from the US. Stamps.com, which also offers provides postage online, bought the UK business for approximately 197 million euros. Continue reading

UK Mail rebrands as DHL Parcel UK

UK Mail (now DHL Parcel UK)

UK Mail will become DHL Parcel UK. After Deutsche Post DHL Group acquired the British parcels and mail company in December 2016, it has now become time for UK Mail to fully integrate into the group’s network of European parcel companies. Continue reading