Articles about High Street

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Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week. According to the Sunday Times (£), EE has until tonight to secure a deal to buy 60 stores from Phones 4u. The move comes after rival mobile network Vodafone …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014

My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Worstall on Wednesday Interesting news on the Blighty high street as Tesco continues to lose market share: now it has fallen behind Amazon as the retailer of choice for the sort of shiny-shiny we buy each other for Crimbo. Fruit and vegetables on display on the shelves of a supermarket Roomy fridge, isn't it? I think we'll put the kids' room here. …
Tim Worstall, 12 Nov 2014
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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

Tens of thousands of UK retailers will go pop over the next five years, leaving hundreds of thousands of their employees scratching about for work, says the Centre of Retail Research (CRR). In a particularly bleak forecast, the sector-watcher says close to 62,000 of the near 282,000 outlets currently open for business in Blighty …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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O2 to save the British High Street ... with money-off vouchers

O2 is opening its free voucher scheme to every small retailer in the UK, even those which aren't O2 customers, as long as they're not franchised from a megacorp and have a high-street presence. The free scheme, which allows retailers to offer money-off vouchers to O2 customers, was launched in July, but was only available to …
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2012
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Motorola minimum-wage sheriffs ride in to SAVE the HIGH STREET

Ready to save the high street comes a smart badge from Motorola, promising to turn physical shopping into a connected experience designed to lure back the Amazon generation. The SB1 Smart Badge isn't the only technology Motorola reckons can save physical shopping, but it’s a key component in the push to bring the convenience of …
Bill Ray, 28 Mar 2013
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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

Britain's biggest high street banks are launching their own digital payment services to fight off Apple's invasive Pay system. Cupertino's steady conversion of its eToy market dominance into the active, omnipresent control of the entire universe has found an opponent in yesteryear's foremost public enemies: the good old high …

E-tailing beats the high street: eBay

Australian internet retailers are making hay while the sun casts shadows on their high street cousins, according to eBay Australia. In its annual survey, eBay's Online Business Index (OBI), research revealed that ebay’s top 2000 sellers experienced 45 per cent revenue growth in the last year with around 160 Australian businesses …
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eBay biz millionaires proliferate as high street suffers

The number of eBay UK millionaires could rise to over 150 this year, while high street shops battle increasing retail gloom. The online tat bazaar said million-pound businesses were set to rise by 25 per cent in 2011, with most of them (98 per cent) boosting their sales through exports. "New figures project that 11 of this year …
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PayPal whips out barcode app for high-street glad rags

Vid PayPal's barcode-driven payment app has crossed the pond and now works in all manner of UK high-street stores … as long as they're selling women's frocks. Oasis, Coast, Warehouse and Karen Millen are chains that have taken the PayPal shilling - so (deep breath) wander into any of those, pick a new outfit, open PayPal's iOS or …
Bill Ray, 31 May 2012
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The reshaping of Apple-cored Square: Leaving high street is a GOOD sign

Feature It's a well-worn phrase that appearances can be deceptive, but when a flagship business disappears from public view after years on London's premier high street, most people would assume this isn't a sign of progress. Square Group new premises Square Group's new premises brings its three former buildings into one Yet when …
Bob Dormon, 18 Mar 2013

Apple fanbois cry (bless) as site motionless during iPhone 6S pre-order wrest

Apple suffered website woes overnight – just as its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were meant to be available for fanbois to pre-order online. The multinational's site was spewing out unfriendly error messages, instead of the sunny, life-affirming sort of stuff that we've all come to love from Cupertino chief Tim Cook. Friday …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Sep 2015

Apple crushes High Street in UK web shopping stakes

Apple overtook Tesco, Argos and M&S this year to become the second most popular online retail site in the UK. Only Amazon UK beat them for hits in the latest quarterly figures published by IMRG HitsWise. The frenzy around the launch of the iPhone 4S in September probably drove up the number of people clicking on the Apple site …
Anna Leach, 24 Nov 2011

Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

Not content with crushing the high street, touting cloud services, and dominating e-books, Amazon has launched a music streaming service set to rival Spotify and Apple Music in the world of heavily marketed, mediocre pop acts. Amazon Prime members will now have access to one million songs and hundreds of playlists, it said. …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015
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Typosquatters set up booby-trapped High Street names

Fraudsters have established thousands of typosquatting sites designed to hoodwink customers of popular shopping sites into handing over personal information to fraudulent dopplegangers. Utilising slightly misspelled domain names, prospective marks are taken to mirror sites designed to either harvest personal data or subject …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2011
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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

British high street bank HSBC denies it has been frozen out of Apple Pay, after its customers were surprised to learn they could not join in the mass British bonk-banking bonanza earlier today. In a statement, HSBC told the Register it had always been the plan to launch at the end of July. The bank also insisted the two-week …
Kat Hall, 14 Jul 2015
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IBM grabs Harriet Green to run IoT and education divisions

Listing tech tanker IBM has hired former Thomas Cook Group CEO Harriet Green to head up two new business wings – Education and Internet of Stuff. “Harriet brings to IBM a strong, proven track record as a transformative leader,” said John Kelly, Big Blue senior veep for the solutions portfolio and research. Green – who …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2015
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Lossless music goes High Street

British digital download store 7Digital is expanding the range of lossless music available for download. Albums will now be available in the industry standard FLAC format from artists such as Radiohead and Enya - in some cases cheaper than the MP3 equivalent. Both 24-bit and 16-bit versions will be available; FLAC is a container …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2011
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Everything Everywhere goes all over the High Street

Orange and T-Mobile's joint sales tentacle Everything Everywhere is opening 30 new shops in the UK. These are on top of the 720 shops already run by the two networks. The two firms are trialling various different formats, including concessions and joint stores with both Orange and T-Mobe branding. But it claims footfall ( …
John Oates, 08 Jun 2011
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Nexenta flogs virtual storage to High Street bank

VMworld ZFS storage system supplier Nexenta has dived into the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) pool, with an automated storage provisioning product, claiming that what took days now takes minutes. The NexentaVDI product deploys NexentaStor as a virtual storage appliance – the software running inside a virtual machine – across a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2011
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Fanbois of Britain, flick your heads so your post-ironic full bottomed wigs no longer block your ears and listen! Apple Pay is launching in the UK! The bank-worrying NFC payment solution will allow fanboiyim to tap their iThings on terminals in high street shops in the UK to pay for items costing up to £20, in a manner …

Ebuyer MD Carlisle exits following board level bust up

Online tech bazaar Ebuyer has waved goodbye to UK MD Stuart Carlisle following a disagreement over strategic direction – he wanted to open bricks and mortar retail stores, and the powers that be, well, didn’t. In the interim, the business will be run by FD Mark Pullen and board director Armando Sanchez, the company confirmed …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

Chocolate and exercise together, whatever next? Well, for the chocoholics and general lovers of cacao based products, there are various chocolate tours springing up at various locations around the country including Edinburgh, Oxford and one taking place in London this weekend. The Chocolate Festival, London Naughty, but nice … …
Simon Crisp, 28 Mar 2015

Carphone Warehouse, RootMetrics ink data deal, declare customer love

Carphone Warehouse will use RootMetrics data – essentially network performance information – to help customers choose which networks they should be on. A deal between the high street super-power and the frozen frothy coffee-led research organisation will see staff in the shop look up the places where customers want to use their …
Simon Rockman, 20 Feb 2015

Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

UK High Street retailer Argos, which recently made a big deal of sexing up its store, is suffering from a major online outage right now. The company coughed to the blunder just before midday by saying sorry to its customers. We’re sorry for problems you’re facing online this morning, we’re working to fix these as quick as we …
Team Register, 28 Oct 2014
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John Lewis stakes £100,000 on building a working tech creche

John Lewis has launched a £100,000 technology incubator competition to encourage tech start-ups to get involved with its business. The 150-year-old retailer unveiled JLAB 2 earlier this week, a 12-week program of pitching and mentoring for up to 10 technology firms. The prize for one winner is £100,000 funding, plus the chance …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2015

eBay officially not cheaper than High Street

eBay has been told not to republish adverts claiming its prices are 25 per cent cheaper than the High Street. The Advertising Standards Authority found in favour of a complaint that the claim was misleading. eBay based their advert on third party research and not all the evidence was available. But the online tat bazaar …
John Oates, 22 Apr 2009
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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

Apple Pay has upset a few people already. People who can’t get to work, people who’ve been charged twice, and people who bank with HSBC. HSBC has felt the wrath of Apple fanbois for failing to launch Apple Pay, with negative tweets about the bank outnumbering positive ones five to one on the day of launch. These are the …
Simon Rockman, 17 Jul 2015
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More Brits desert high streets to spend £50bn online

Evidence of the agonising demise of Blighty's high streets piled up today as comparison website Kelkoo announced that UK e-sales jumped 14 per cent to nearly £50bn last year. The average Brit web shopper spent about £1,400 online, picking out 39 items, in 2011 - and Kelkoo is predicting that's going to rise again this year. …
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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

High Street optician Optical Express has been admonished by Britain's data watchdog after thousands of customers complained that the company was sending them nuisance text messages. The Information Commissioner's Office warned Optical Express to halt its actions, or else face further action. An enforcement notice (PDF) was …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2015
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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

Amazon has decided to say goodbye to the dismal satellite town Slough and moved its British HQ to the heart of trendy Shoreditch. The giant etailer decided to leave the Slough of Despond after signing a deal with the developer Brookfield which will see it become the major tenant in the £500million Principal Place building, which …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Sep 2014

High Street chains vow to play fair on warranties

UK retailers have offered a number of concessions after the Office of Fair Trading had a word about their extended warranties on electrical goods. Dixons, Comet and Argos have all told the OFT, which was worried about unfair competition, that they will set up a warranty comparison website and provide punters with more …

Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want MONEY from a BANK?

Exclusive Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) failure to settle debts with some tech suppliers over the past few months has reached “crisis” point, and could have dire consequence for smaller players, sources tell us. The High Street lender recently automated its payment processing system and brought it back on-shore with the intent of speeding …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2015

Datameer rolls out Hadoop-as-a-service for impatient IT bods

Big-data analytics startup Datameer is rolling out analytics-as-a-service running on Hadoop. Called Datameer Professional, the service targets potential Hadoop users unable to build their own large-scale Hadoop clusters or unwilling to wait for an enterprise-wide rollout. Datameer claims a number of big-name customers for its …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015
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Currys brings solar panels to the High Street

Electrical retailer Currys will start offering solar panels for sale from three of its stores. Currys will stock the Sharp panels in Croydon, Fulham, and West Thurrock. The press release promises "a detailed in-store consultation with a trained advisor" and a free house assessment. Information will be available online, …
John Oates, 31 Jul 2006
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Wally found on Street View

On releasing Street View UK this week, Google set users the challenge of finding "Wally", the elusive, bespectacled children's cartoon character, somewhere in the UK. Within hours he was clocked: here he is loitering outside the O2 shop on Putney High Street: Bit easy that, Googlers, although a mildly diverting distraction …
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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

EE has scooped up 58 Phones 4u stores from the beleaguered High Street retailer, one week after it slipped into administration. The mobile operator, which was partially blamed by Phones 4u for its surprise collapse, revealed the £2.5m purchase in a brief statement to The Register: We can confirm that we have agreed with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2014
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Failed would-be COMET saviour now FAILS to save his own biz

A creditors' meeting has been called for Lewisons Wholesale, an electrical retailer run by Clive Coombes, the man that tried and failed to resurrect the brand name of fallen UK High Street giant Comet. As revealed by the Register last month, Lewisons Wholesale was struggling to remain afloat and had notched up eight County Court …
Paul Kunert, 15 Dec 2014
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Comet’s might-have-been saviour 'not paying biz debts'

Clive Coombes, the man who tried and failed to save the Comet brand, appears to be struggling to keep his existing business Lewisons Wholesale (LS) afloat, with supplier debts now mounting. The electronics retailing entrepreneur had planned to buy the name of the once mighty High Street giant that went under in late 2012, but …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2014
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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

Vodafone has swooped on 140 Phones 4u stores just days after the retailer blamed the operator for contributing to its untimely demise when it slipped into administration late last Sunday. Administrator PwC said in a statement late on Friday that Voda had struck a deal with Phones 4u to re-brand the stores over the next few weeks …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

Breaking Fad The evolution of TV once again fell under the spotlight at the annual DTG (Digital TV Group) conference held earlier this week in London. The event provides a high profile platform for engineers, service providers, manufacturers and software developers to compare notes and scout out the ever undulating broadcast landscape. If …
Steve May, 15 May 2015

Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

Analysis Remember "Peak Apple"? It looked vaguely plausible a couple of years ago. For years, the media had stoked consumer expectations of Apple continuing to launch blockbuster, category-defining, market-making new products at regular intervals. Jobs’ biographer had disclosed that his "secret legacy" was “four years of new products …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Sep 2015
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BTo takes ADSL to the high street

BTopenworld has teamed up with high street electrical retailer Maplin to show off its business-class broadband service. SMEs will be able try out the service before deciding whether they want to fork out for the high-speed Net access. What's more, with more than 65 retail stores and in excess of 400,000 customers in the UK, …
Tim Richardson, 11 Oct 2002
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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

High street retailer Maplin will be stocking NFC tags, surely demonstrating that the technology is mainstream even if no one is quite sure what it's for. The tags, which  come from RapidNFC, are supplied in packs of twelve which retail at £9.99. That's a £1.70 premium on the manufacturers price of £8.29 but the manufacturer …
Bill Ray, 12 Sep 2013
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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

+Comment Imagine fighting a big UK company for years for the simple right to campaign fairly online against an under-regulated industry. You go on to win a dispute resolution case probed by Nominet to keep your perfectly legitimate gripe website alive. You also successfully defend yourself against the firm's strong-armed appeals. Then …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2014

ICT globalisation survey: UK's tops - 'cos we don't care who buys our firms

The UK has topped an industry ranking of countries on ICT globalisation. But before PM David Cameron and co start patting themselves on the back, they should consider this stand-out performance is entirely down to the UK's willingness to sell its promising tech to the highest bidder rather than nurture it to maturity. An …
Joe Fay, 12 Jun 2014
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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

Analysis Most security experts estimate that the security offered within (and by) Apple Pay is superior to that seen in existing contactless credit or debit card systems. However, the success of the technology in the UK may well depend more on commercial factors than anything else, with one payments expert warning that merchants fees …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2015
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Brits to do £5bn worth of their Christmas shopping online

Online sales in Blighty are forecast to reach £5bn this Christmas, making up just under one-eighth of the total £40.3bn in festive shopping this season. Beancounters at Deloitte said that Brit shoppers would push online retail up 19 per cent year-on-year, driven by the general rise in popularity of internet shopping and the …

Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

The axe fell on nearly 1,700 jobs at Phones 4u last night, a little over a week after the High Street retailer went into administration. It brings the total number of staff laid off with redundancy packages so far to 2,325 – nearly half of the company's workers. The staffers had been based at 700 outlets, including 550 stores, …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2014
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Online stores 'pricing out' high street retailers

More consumers are turning to the internet instead of the high street for their Christmas shopping. High street retailers feel the pinch of disappearing footfall, as consumers stay home to take advantage of cheaper online goods, according to a report by CyberSource, an electronic payments firm. A recent UK government study, …, 10 Dec 2004
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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

The Amazon Fire phone has failed to set the world alight, so now it seems that Amazon is looking to O2 for help. There were great hopes for the 3D Fire phone when details leaked ahead of the launch but when it transpired that the 3D was only head tracking that enthusiasm evaporated and it failed to find the traction of the …
Simon Rockman, 08 Sep 2014