Articles about Dabs.Com


dabs.com says sorry for delivery debacle

dabs.com has apologised to customers for months of delivery delays following the replacement of its back-end purchasing systems. The BT-owned online reseller dragged itself into the 21st century by replacing its DEC Alpha monster - running software reputedly designed by founder and previous owner Dave Atherton - with one running …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2011

BT Engage IT to merge with dabs.com and Biz Direct

BT Engage IT chief executive Martin Balaam is stepping down as part of a re-organisation that will see the telco-owned reseller merge with BT's Business Direct and dab.com operations. The consolidated firm, which BT claims will have a turnover of £400m, is to be managed by John Thornhill, currently the boss of BT Business Direct …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011

Dabs warns staff: Your roles are 'at risk of redundancy'

Dabs.com has notified a significant number of sales staff that their roles have been placed at risk of redundancy. The move at the etailer follows sweeping changes that parent company BT made last year as it merged its three reseller businesses under the leadership of John Thornhill and laid off some workers including senior …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2012

BT axes 20 jobs at Dabs.com

BT has laid off 20 Dabs.com staff at the e-tailer's Bolton warehouse. The online electrical retailer told employees about the latest round of job cuts yesterday morning. A Dabs.com spokesman confirmed it had axed jobs to The Register "We regularly review our organisation to ensure we are efficiently organised to deliver the …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2009

Dabs.com founder accused of attempted rape, drugs offences

The founder of Dabs.com, David Atherton, has been charged with attempted rape and possession of Class A drugs. Atherton, who sold his business to BT in April 2006 for £30m, is in custody after appearing in court in Bolton earlier this week. A spokesman for Manchester Police said: "A 50-year-old man has been charged after a …
John Oates, 21 Aug 2008
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Dabs.com courier goes titsup

Online retailer Dabs.com has told customers to hang fire for a few days while orders due to be delivered by Amtrak are reassigned to another courier. Netfold Ltd, trading as Amtrak, went into administration last Friday (22 August). It’s the second time in two years that the company has ceased trading. The Aldridge, West …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Aug 2008
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Dabs founder Atherton cleared of rape charges

David Atherton, founder of Dabs.com which he sold to BT in 2006, has been acquitted of rape charges at Leeds Crown Court. Atherton, 51, said he was considering legal action against the woman who made the allegations. But he also said the case had probably saved his life. After being charged in August with rape and possession of …
John Oates, 06 May 2009

BT buys Dabs.com

BT is to flog computers, TVs, cameras, and other digital gear after it announced today that it has bought Dabs.com. The deal follows weeks of speculation that Dabs.com was on the block. However, the identity of the successful bidder will come as a big surprise to many in the channel. The giant telco said the deal was designed …
Team Register, 28 Apr 2006
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dabs.com buys French reseller

dabs.com is dipping its toes overseas with the cash purchase of SOS Developers, a French B2B software reseller. The online PC retailer will pay up to €8m, funded out of its cash resources, for the reseller, but there's an unspecified, both in time and amount, earn-out element. According to dabs.com, SOS Developers turns over € …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jan 2003

dabs.com in £500k makeover

Online retailer dabs.com is revamping its website in a bid to increase the number of visitors who actually make purchases after visiting the site. It hopes to boost its conversion rate by up to 50 per cent and increase the value of sales by improving the site's search and navigation features using technology from software …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2005

Dabs founder released on £10m bail

David Atherton, the founder of Dabs.com who is charged with attempted rape and drugs offences, has been released on £10m bail surety. Atherton, 50, is checking into a Priory clinic in Cheshire, "where he has been ordered to follow an in-patient programme for one month", the Bolton News reports. He will then have to report to the …
Team Register, 24 Aug 2008
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dabs.com pushes into corporate market

dabs.com, the Bolton-based direct reseller, is gunning for more corporate business through a new outbound telesales division. dabs already sells to businesses through a corporate sales team, but most of its customers - it claims half a million registered shoppers - are end-users buying off the Internet site. The company says …
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2002
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dabs.com rings up Xmas sales

Online retailer dabs.com enjoyed a bumper festive season with sales up 26 per cent in Xmas 2003 compared to the same period in 2002. The number of orders dabs.com processed also increased last Christmas. In November and December 2003, dabs.com recorded total sales of £30.47 million compared to £24.1 million for the same period …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004
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dabs.com owner goes on TV

David Atherton, the founder of dabs.com, is launching his own interactive shopping channel on digital TV. Technology TV goes live from 18 October on the Sky platform. The station claims an equal divide between editorial and interactive sales programmes. It hopes to tempt viewers looking to learn about new technology and …
John Oates, 26 Jul 2004
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Dabs.com opens vISP doors

Dabs.com, the UK online IT reseller, has set up a virtual ISP service, courtesy of Affinity Internet. It's kicking off with three plans: netspeed: self-install ADSL at £27.99 per month netinfinity: Fixed cost, "all-the-time" access at £15.99 per month (fair usage applies) netdial: subs-free, pay for local rate calls …
Drew Cullen, 30 Aug 2002

David Atherton: 'I don't miss Dabs'

This is part one of a two-part interview with Dabs founder and channel legend David Atherton, which we ran earlier this year. We enjoyed it so much, we thought we'd highlight it again, in case anyone missed it first time round. Part two is here. “I logged on to my bank account on about 3 May 2006, and found there was £24m in it …
Robert Blincoe, 03 Mar 2010
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Man logs into dabs.com customer account shocker

Blind chance has helped to expose a password security issue at dabs.com over the way it and many other online retailers deal with forgotten passwords. Reg reader Dave (not his real name) recently received emails from dabs.com about an order he'd supposedly placed for a digital camera. He received a receipt and despatch …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2005
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Dabs.com fined £8k for recycling failure

Dabs.com has been fined £8,000 for failure to comply with recycling rules designed to cut the amount of packaging waste. The Bolton-based online computer retailer pleaded guilty to eight offences under Producer Responsibility Regulations 1997. Under UK law, companies handling "significant amounts of packaging with a sufficient …
Drew Cullen, 04 Dec 2002
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Dabs.com claims record Xmas

David Atherton, owner of online computer retailer Dabs.com, is talking again of IPO, after record Christmas sales, The Sunday Telegraph reports. The Bolton-based firm reported Christmas sales of £7.5 million, of which £4.5 million were "unassisted Internet sales". Dabs reported Christmas sales of £6.8 million in 1999. Based on …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2001
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Drobo tarts up storage boxen: Now they're APP SERVER platforms

External storage box-maker Drobo has turned its 5N desktop filer/shared network storage array into an app platform, with supported apps running on the 5N's controller. Drobo makes simple-to-use, stylish and scalable file storage and sharing boxes which protect the data within and require little management by consumers, pro- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2013

Buy IT Direct: Sales up by a third, but IT kit NOT behind boom

Buy IT Direct, one of the last major independent tech e-tailers of size, pushed up turnover by more than a third in '13 but told us demand for kitchen appliances and baby products were largely behind the bounce. Revenues for the Huddersfield-based online trader climbed 34 per cent to £93.4m in the year to 31 March 2013, …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014
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dabs.com profits double

dabs.com today announced pre-tax profits of £5.1m, doubling 2002's £2:5m, on sales advancing 30 per cent to £152m (2002: £117m) for the year to March 31, 2003. The company claims its operational efficiency was instrumental in "enabling it to maintain its high level of customer satisfaction whilst offering competitive pricing …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2003
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Dabs.com and Time bow to OFT pressure

Dabs.com and Time Computers have agreed to stop using misleading ads for interest-free credit. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) won the assurances as part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on companies it believes could be in breach of consumer law. In particular, it was unhappy with Time Computers and Dabs.com which were …
Tim Richardson, 12 Sep 2002
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Dabs.com offers free online credit

Online retailer dabs.com is offering its customers interest free online financing for any purchase over the value of £500. The site teamed up with Halifax-Cetelem to create an online finance approval process. Check-out with more than £500 of goods, choose the interest free finance payment option, fill in your details, wait …
James Watson, 29 Nov 2001
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Dabs.com threatens legal action over its own pricing cock-up

Dabs.com is threatening legal action against an Irish IT firm after it bought a stack of mispriced goods from the computer etailer. Point to Point IT Ltd - based in Buncrana, Co. Donegal - bought almost 30 items from the "Clearance Corner" on the Dabs.com site. Adam Porter, of Point to Point told us: "We found a number of …
Tim Richardson, 11 Jun 2004
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Chopped cable knocks dabs.com off the web

"Could you please tell everybody my web site is down?" This is not ordinarily the kind of request you get from the boss of a giant online reselling outfit, but it is precisely what dabs.com CEO Dave Atherton just asked us, and we are happy to oblige. He has, after all the HP Halloween Ball to attend tonight (another one of those …
John Lettice, 25 Oct 2002

BT to swing axe at sales account managers – sources

Staff at BT Engage IT are bracing themselves for further redundancies amid talk of a shift away from traditional reselling to managed services. The reseller arm of the telco giant merged its disparate brands last autumn, laying off a number of staff in the process including chief operating officer Chris Leigh and former bigwig …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012
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BT Engage IT's big cheese shown the door

The chief operating officer at BT Engage IT has been handed his pink slip as part of the planned redundancies at the reseller giant, The Reg understands. The telco giant is integrating its three reseller businesses including BT Engage – comprising the Basilica and Lynx Technology acquisitions – the Business Direct brand (dabs. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2011
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dabs.com boasts record sales, orders

dabs.com, the UK online IT reseller, posted record profits and sales for the year to 31 March, 2002. The privately-held firm posted profit before tax (PBT) of £2.54m, up 237 per cent on 2001's £755,000 on sales advancing 11 per cent to £116.5m (2001: £104.4m). The profits boost has worked out nicely for David Atherton, dabs.com …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2002

BT Engage IT overlord Thornhill slips off

BT Engage IT CEO John Thornhill is leaving the organisation after less than a year in the role, The Channel can reveal. Thornhill was head honcho of BT Business Direct and dabs.com, until last September when the two businesses merged with BT Engage IT and he was made overlord of the group He then oversaw restructuring activity …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2012
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BT axes staff amid reseller biz shake-up

BT is making a round of redundancies amid the integration of its three reseller operations – Engage IT, Business Direct and dabs.com – and has parted with former bigwig Martin Balaam. The circa £400m turnover supplier insists that only 20 positions are to go where there is an overlap: IT, logistics and pre and specialist sales …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2011
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Dabs Direct preps IPO with dotcom namechange

IT mail order company Dabs Direct is to change its name to dabs.com next month in preparation for an IPO by the end of the year. Dabs MD David Atherton is not yet sure how much of the Bolton-based company to float, but said he would expect 20 per cent of the business to fetch around £20 million. He plans to invest part of the …
Linda Harrison, 04 May 2000
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BT mum on plans for dab.com

BT is remaining politely evasive about what its plans for e-commerce outfit dabs.com. Three weeks ago BT emerged as the new owner of the business, which flogs equipment such as computers, TVs, cameras, and other digital gear. Since then, founder David Atherton has stepped aside and been replaced with BT man Simon Curry as the …
Team Register, 18 May 2006
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dabs.com sponsors space ‘cement mixer’

Thunderbirds are go! dabs.com is expanding horizons beyond the earth's atmosphere. The online IT retailer has struck a "major sponsorship deal" with Cheshire-based Starchaser Industries Limited. Starchaser (motto: The Sky is not the Limit) intends to be the first private organisation to fly people into space. At stake is the …
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2001

More BT heads roll amid biz transformation

BT Engage IT company insiders claim staff morale has hit rock bottom as further details of the redundancies come to light. The reseller arm of BT is integrating the three operations - BT Engage IT, Business Direct and dabs.com - and are trimming the workforce, with COO Chris Leigh among those leaving the business. It has since …
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2011
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Dabs makes £1.2m loss

Online IT retailer Dabs.com made a pretax loss of £1.2 million on sales of £86 million for the year ending 31 March 2000. This is the first time the company has turned in a loss in thirteen years of trading. The sales were it's highest ever. MD David Atherton said management accounts for the half year to 30 September 2000 are …
Robert Blincoe, 05 Feb 2001
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Bakers dozen win Dabs Eggsbox pricing row

UK etailer Dabs.com has changed its mind and decided to honour the sale of mispriced Xbox bundles. Dabs' change of heart coincides with the launch of the new games system in the UK and should ensure that this important launch is not soured by a row with angry consumers. On Tuesday, The Register reported how 13 people took up …
Tim Richardson, 14 Mar 2002
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BT channel overlord ponders still-bigger empire

The CEO of BT's newly integrated reseller firm is aiming to build a £1bn operation in the next three to five years, but said he does not expect organic growth alone to help it get there – acquisitions may be on the cards. As revealed last week, John Thornhill, the boss of telesales outfit BT Business Direct and etailer dabs.com …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011

BT Engage IT big boss goes on whistlestop tour of offices

BT Engage IT says its new chief exec has already done the rounds at the majority of its sites since taking control of the business a little more than a week ago. Richard Lowe was ushered into the big chair after John Thornhill left the telco two weeks ago, after 24 years of working in various roles there. There were claims from …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2012
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Dabs scores Xbox web-pricing own goal

As the UK braces itself for the eagerly anticipated launch of Microsoft's Xbox games console on Thursday, some gamers are feeling cheated after their orders were rejected by etailer dabs.com. Giles Essame from Milton Keynes and Matthew Coleman, from Northampton are among 13 people who took up Dabs' offer of an Xbox Ultimate …
Tim Richardson, 12 Mar 2002
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Ebuyer.com slashes coding teams

British online computer retailer Ebuyer.com has made job cuts in a bid to increase its efficiency against bigger competitors like Amazon and Tesco. The Register understands the firm's entire next generation development team have been given the heave-ho, with one month's notice. Also cut were the entire quality assurance team …

Thai floods flush storage channel clean

Distribution giant Computer 2000 has put disk drives on manual allocation to spread supply among its customer base while other distributors have completely frozen sales while they review the impact of the flooding in Thailand. The Far East country has been hit by the worst flooding in over half a century, with the world's …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
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David Atherton on football, why mags beat Google, and what he's doing next

This is part two of a two-part interview with Dabs founder David Atherton. Part one is here. David Atherton, the multimillionaire founder of Dabs.com, is heading back into the technology industry and sees electronic security and Facebook games as strong bets for his money. Last week he made his first industry appearance since …
Robert Blincoe, 05 Mar 2010
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Letsbuyit.com ducks out of float

Like a bunch of boy scouts in a raft race who built their craft fastest and are now hesitating before they get onto the precarious-looking thing, Britain's dotcoms are watching everyone else before they hit the stock exchange. The latest bank-dwelling company is Letsbuyit.com, which has gone for the old "market volatility" …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Jul 2000
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Police investigate e-tailer as site goes off air

Shortlived ecommerce outfit PCPartsandMore.co.uk disappeared from the web yesterday afternoon as Dabs.com accused the site of lifting its HTML and Trading Standards and police both confirmed they were investigating the operation. The site's disappearance followed days of mounting concern about the firm in forums. Posters …
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2007

Seven lessons from the HP Touchpad fire sale

The unfolding saga surrounding the HP Touchpad contains a goldmine of salutary tales. So, just what can we learn from the last few days? Anyone who says they expected the fire sale of HP touchpads to turn into a global gadget grab is a liar. Fortunately nobody has yet, not publicly anyway – indeed, apart from a few bits of …
Jon Collins, 29 Aug 2011
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BT courts SMB IT outsourcing

BT is promising to makes small businesses' IT headaches all better as its Business IT Manager outsourcing service gets a nationwide rollout today. The service offers hardware and software installation and maintainance options tailored to tiddlers' needs. A package of PCs, a server, and all other necessary hardware costs from £ …

BT storms Basilica for channel goodness

BT's small business division has ponied up an undisclosed sum to acquire another IT firm as part of its plan to drive unified communications downmarket. It has bought Basilica Computing, an SME provider based in Hertfordshire. Basilica resells kit and software from Microsoft, Cisco, HP and VMware, among others. It employs more …

Packard Bell to push BT broadband

PC supplier Packard Bell are to jointly market BT has signed up Packard Bell, the retail PC maker, to preload its broadband software on all new desktops and notebooks in the UK Packard Bell will promote BT's broadband packages through its website and through other promotional channels: early sign-ups will receive a free Packard …
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2006
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1.3GHz Athlon out and about

AMD's 1.3GHz Athlon is poised to make an appearance in public at last. Online reseller Dabs.com is advertising the processor in the April issue of PC Pro magazine. It's quoting £220 for the 1.3GHz Athlon with either a 200MHz or 266MHz bus. Competitors complain that Dabs has jumped the gun, and as the chips aren't available, …
Robert Blincoe, 19 Feb 2001