Articles about John Lewis

John Lewis, inside Magna Park

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
John Lewis Innovations Team

It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

Pics It might be hard to believe that during the hottest week of the year so far, the great and the good of the PR world (is that an oxymoron?) are setting out their stalls with Christmas fare. Yet it’s not as daft as it sounds: the magazine world, in particular, needs to plan its spreads and this is a way for the great and the good …
Bob Dormon, 01 Jul 2015

John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package

Exclusive Flagship British retailer John Lewis is starting a massive ERP rollout on Oracle as part of an ongoing business transformation project. John Lewis has picked Oracle over SAP and unnamed “other” candidates in a four-year project to modernise its inventory and customer systems, The Reg has learned. Oracle will replace 50 legacy …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Axe hovers over John Lewis IT jobs

The Reg understands that an "increase in efficiency" at John Lewis's Computer Services team could involve job cuts. Computer Services at John Lewis handles the back-end IT for John Lewis, Waitrose, johnlewis.com and waitrose.com. It would appear that over 100 jobs in the department are facing the axe. A reader has told us that …
Anna Leach, 26 Jul 2012

John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

Microsoft has brought in premium retailer John Lewis to flog its Surface RT slablet just days after shooting down its pure direct sales strategy. Redmond confirmed on Wednesday that it was enlisting a network of retailers to push its device in Europe from next year, claiming it was ramping production to meet demand. This is …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2012
Samsung Chromebook

John Lewis appears to punt Chromebook with Windows 7

Careful, web designers: always check a gadget's specs before you tinker with images of the product. A salutary example of when they don't is provided by John Lewis. The Middle Classes' favourite retailer is offering Samsung's £379 Chromebook - key feature: it runs Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS - seemingly with Windows 7, if …
Tony Smith, 30 May 2012
The Register breaking news

John Lewis touts own-brand broadband

The British middle classes' favourite high street retailer, John Lewis, is renowned for its customer service. Britain's ISPs are not renowned for their customer service, although sometimes they are fast and often they are cheap. So one can see why John Lewis thinks it will make a significant splash with this week's own-brand …
Drew Cullen, 21 Apr 2012
John Lewis, inside Magna Park

John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

The CIO of John Lewis makes no apologies for what he’s about to do. Quite the contrary. I’m meeting Paul Coby at John Lewis's offices in Victoria, a concrete tower fitted with JL’s fittings and furniture that overlooks the jumbled innards of London's £700m upgrade of the Victoria underground line. It's also a tube-strike day. It …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

John Lewis pitches 80-quid colour e-book reader

If Samsung's 7in Galaxy Tab is too big for you - let alone Apple's 9.7in iPad - then how about this 5in "colour e-book reader" that the middle classes' favourite retailer, John Lewis, will be offering this Christmas? Out under the name of UK electronics supplier Sovos, the SVEBK5-B has a 480 x 800 LCD and measures a neat 149 x …
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2010
The Register breaking news

John Lewis flogs first 3D TV

There you go, John Lewis - the Oxford Street branch, naturally - has sold its first 3D TV set. This is what the buyer, biz consultant Matt Rajah (28) has to say for himself. "I have been waiting for this for a long time, there's lots of exciting 3D content on the way, and it's set to be the TV of the future. It's more money than …
Drew Cullen, 20 May 2010
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John Lewis 'leaks' Apple iPod refresh details, say reports

Claims that UK department store chain John Lewis today let slip what Apple is preparing for the annual September iPod refresh are bollocks... probably. We were there when the besuited buyer of audio products for the chain's 29 shops and online business said he didn't know what Apple was planning to announce but was making a wild …
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2010
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Dell does a Chrimbo deal with John Lewis

Dell has inked a deal with high street retailer John Lewis to exclusively punt its range of ultra-thin Adamo XPS laptops. Financial details of the agreement were kept secret. Dell made a big song-and-dance about how John Lewis would be selling the Adamo XPS laptop to customers in time to slot it into their loved ones' Christmas …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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John Lewis JL22LCD HD

Review John Lewis may have some odd traditions, such as the one about the chairman being the only person in the partnership allowed to write in green ink, but the posh store has also long been popular with canny TV buyers. Besides a decent selection of tellies, the other reasons are because of the company’s price match promise and free …
Niall Magennis, 29 May 2010
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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

BT Broadband is one of the most complained about ISPs, according to UK consumer body Which?, scoring particularly poorly in technical support and value for money. Moreover, complaints in general about ISPs and mobile companies are up 20 per cent on the year, according to numbers released by the Ombudsman Services. Consumers …
Simon Rockman, 23 Mar 2015
Targeted Spam

Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

It's 9am. You open your email client and wade through the usual pile of spam that's dropped in overnight. It's boring and tiresome. But what if you could earn yourself a few hundred quid and kill the spam off as well? In a landmark court hearing last week, Sky News producer Roddy Mansfield won unspecified damages from retail …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Jun 2014
Longchamp Boxford Hobo Bag

Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

Product Round-Up If you’ve been promising yourself a new laptop holdall for ages, why not use this Bank Holiday weekend to get yourself, as the saying goes, a brand new bag? We’ll be looking bags for women tomorrow, so everyone can get kitted out with something chic, but first the swanky stuff for men. It’s not all about eye candy, though, as …
Jennifer Newton, 23 May 2015
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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

Pics Hey folks, it’s Christmas. Well it is if you’re in the PR world, as July is the time of year when the great and the good of the UK’s press get invited to wade through the decorations and mince pies to see what goodies will be on offer to punters at Yuletide. This week John Lewis was hauling out the baubles and Sony rustled up …
Bob Dormon, 04 Jul 2014

Blighty's biz bods get their paws on Nokia phondleslab

Businesses channels will have real but only limited supplies of Nokia’s first tablet in the next few weeks, while the phone giant has signed an exclusive deal with upmarket Blighty retail outfit John Lewis. Arguably the Lumia 2520 makes more sense in a business than anywhere else, with Windows RT now capable of running an almost …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2013
The Register breaking news

John Lewis to can buy.com

Never knowingly undersold British retailer John Lewis is to close Buy.com in the UK after experiencing a bumper Christmas in its own Web site. The department store's site - Johnlewis.com - took 1,000 orders a day in the run up to Christmas and on the back of this success feels there is little point running Johnlewis.com and Buy …
Tim Richardson, 22 Jan 2002
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Don't RELAX! Euro tech market still 'volatile' – Datatec

Logicalis is locked in recovery mode following the sales crash during last year’s World Cup and the loss of the Wales PSN contract to BT, but it is the Westcon distribution arm of parent Datatec that is really motoring. The group, listed on both AIM and South Africa's Johannesburg Stock Exchange, reiterated today in an interim …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2015
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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Alistair Dabbs is away. This column is a repeat publication from all the way back in 2013. Enjoy! “Thank you for using Fast Checkout.” Whuh? “Thank you for using Fast Checkout.” It’s nice to be thanked by a machine but I haven’t used Fast Checkout. Not yet, anyway. I’m still standing at the automated till with a heavy metal …
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Jun 2015
The Register breaking news

John Lewis to snap up UK ops of Buy.com

John Lewis, the department store chain, is close to buying the UK arm of computer etailer Buy.com, the FT claims. A deal could be announced as early as next week, according to the paper which says that John Lewis will operate the Buy.com brand alongside its own, rather rudimentary Web site. It will also use the etailer's …
Drew Cullen, 04 Feb 2001

One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

The number of PC running Windows 8.1 nudged past Windows XP for the first time in November. Windows 8.1 broke the global 10 per cent market-share barrier a year after general release, and has now hit 10.95 per cent, according to latest data from StatCounter. Windows XP, released in 2001, slipped down 1.26 percentage points to …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2014
The Register breaking news

John Lewis goes for Dixons' jugular

John Lewis is really not happy about the upcoming exclusive supply agreement between Packard Bell and Dixons. It's not that keen on the same agreement that the high street retailer has with Compaq, either. It threatened it would get legal and it has. Enlisting Tempo on its crusade, it has complained to the Office of Fair …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2000

Orange unleashes API assets, hires San Fran firm to lure in devs

Orange has released a bunch of APIs into the world and has inked a deal with some Bay Area tech types to help convince developers on the idea of building mobile and web applications using Orange core networks and services. Apigee’s digital platform will power the APIs for Orange Partner, the telco's biz hub for developers, …
Simon Rockman, 18 Jul 2014
The Register breaking news

Cyrix now wins Tempo and John Lewis

Fresh from its success in making headway in retail stores in the USA, sources at Cyrix-NatSemi said today they had made new inroads into the home market. The source said UK superstore Tempo will now sell Compaq Presarios using Cyrix chips. And, real soon now, John Lewis -- whose motto is never knowingly undersold -- will follow …
A staffer, 11 Jan 1999
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Salesforce's $20 billion challenge: to go deep, deep, deep

Salesforce last month announced another quarter of growth, up 23 per cent, year on year. Only this time, there was also profit — the first in 18 quarters. Thirty per cent of “top” deals for the quarter were new customers – Bank of America, John Deere, Western Union and Zurich Insurance, the toast of Wall St. Not just that, but …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

Feature The season of horror and expense will soon be upon us, and with it lots of gift guides telling you what you should be forking out for. But before we get stuck into that, how you should buy it is just as important. Youtube Video As the recent collapse of Phones4U showed, even something as simple as choosing the wrong way to pay …
Nigel Whitfield, 16 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

John Lewis suit looms over Dixons PC supply exclusives

John Lewis may sue rival Dixons over anti-competitive practices in the PC market. The department store chain has taken legal advice from a top QC and is considering either suing Dixons directly or taking the Office of Fair Trading to court. It is upset about Dixons signing exclusive PC supply agreements with vendors Compaq and …
Linda Harrison, 10 Apr 2000
The Register breaking news

John Lewis back in e-business

John Lewis Partnership has relaunched its Website with six-times more product lines than first time around. At the same time it's ducked the famous 'never knowingly undersold' marketing commitment for its ecommerce venture. The souped-up site went live today. TAlthough the range of lines has increased, the number of computer …
Robert Blincoe, 08 Oct 2001
Boring Christmas

Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

We love our gadgets and phones and suchlike. Gadgets can also make great gifts, so long as you get the "right one". Some this Christmas season - like me - will no doubt have thought what a great idea it would have been to buy their partners (or some other significant loved one in the family) a new laptop, device, or tablet as a …
Stuart Burns, 25 Dec 2014
Panasonic TH-103PZ600

Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

Feature This month, the fabulously wealthy owners of houses with curved walls will be delighted to know that the world's largest curved TV arrives at the Knightsbridge tat-palace Harrods. With a 105-inch screen, LG's new set, the snappily named 105UC9V boasts a 21:9 aspect ratio, and all the latest technology. LG 105UC9 105-inch 21:9 …
Nigel Whitfield, 01 Mar 2015

MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

Eight MPs are backing a call in Blighty for Christmas shoppers to boycott the convenience haven of Amazon after its aggressive tax avoidance regime in the country. Ethical Consumer magazine has launched a campaign to get people to stop using the mega-etailer over the holidays and politicians including Margaret Hodge, chair of …

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

Breaking Fad Among my collection of radios, I have a couple of DAB sets, a 1940 Pilot Twin Miracle, a 1950s Ferguson that needs a bit of repair, and a rather long-in-the-tooth Marantz tuner as part of the living room hi-fi. It's a while since I powered up the Pilot, but it still more or less worked, which is not bad going for something that …
Nigel Whitfield, 01 Apr 2015

Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

Do you want to look like a hipster hobo but don't have enough fertile facial follicles to grow a Jesus beard? Help is at hand, as long as you're willing to shell out more than $8,000 and travel to New York. Cosmetic surgeons in the Big Apple have claimed the trend for biblical beards is driving a boom in facial hair transplant …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Struggling bookshop Barnes & Noble has been taken to task by the UK's advertising watchdog for running out of stocks of its ebook reader, the Nook, just a few days after slashing prices down to £29 in a nationwide campaign. B&N started an ad campaign on 24 April that touted the whopping discount from £79 to £29 for the ereader …

Microsoft 'in talks' to recruit UK partners for Surface Pro biz sales

Secret squirrel conversations are taking place between Microsoft and five B2B resellers over flogging Surface Pro to corporate customers, The Channel can reveal. Up to now Microsoft has sold Surface Pro only via its webshop direct and through a few select UK retailers including PC World and John Lewis. The device launched in …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013
The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' view to help find the kids

Be your own Big Brother: With the help of Apple, Facebook ... oh, HANG ON

So far in this series, we've looked at ways of monitoring specific things, but this time round, people are the topic. There are, the media would have you believe, dreadful things out there – predators lurking behind every corner, dreadful accidents waiting to befall the unwary. The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' …
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

Amazon to sell Kindle through Currys, PC World

Dixons' stores are to sell Amazon's popular Kindle e-book reader. Amazon already makes the Kindle - in both its Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-plus-3G versions - available on the high street through John Lewis shops. Like John Lewis, Dixons will only sell Kindles through PC World and Currys bricks'n'mortar outlets, not online. Prices are the …
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
Making conversation Google Glass style

REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

Pics A Google Hangout of a different sort took place at its London offices yesterday. And, neatly fulfilling quite a few of our expectations of the Choc Factory, we ogled tech while milling around a real chocolate fountain. Making conversation Google Glass style Making conversation Google Glass style: record it so you can enjoy it …
Bob Dormon, 23 Jul 2014

Google hops into bed with Brit red-top: Cooks up 'draw an app' coding compo for kids

Comment British red-top The Sun is running a campaign to “Get Kids Coding” in collaboration with Google that demonstrates failures of judgment and technology that have reduced my family as well as some Reg staff to helpless laughter. The tabloid is, of course, a contentious choice for promoting any academic activity - teachers mostly …
Dominic Connor, 14 Aug 2014
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Microsoft: We need a pro to flog our Surface slabs in UK

Microsoft UK is seeking a captain to steer the good ship Surface. The candidate will need a sturdy pair of sea legs to navigate potentially choppy waters and prevent it from running aground. Ten-year Microsoft veteran and senior Windows consumer marketing man Rob Epstein is currently moonlighting as Microsoft's lead on the UK …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2013

A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

Review My bit of London is phablet city... or phondleslab city, if you prefer. But it isn't the media luvvies* or the bankers or the barristers who live here who carry the phablets, it's the people who work for them. The 4G-LTE-supported smartphone-cum-tablets are wielded by the nannies and cleaners, for whom it might be their only …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2014
Shop Direct Skyways House entrance

The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

Shop Direct is a £1.7bn group that owns some of the best-known brands in retail - firms that pioneered what the cutting edge of shopping. Among the names it holds are Kays and Littlewoods, household brands that actually first pushed the idea of shopping without leaving your home to the UK using paper catalogues, home delivery …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2014
Danielle Zimmerman LG webOS product manager

Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

Feature There’s nothing particularly clever about most smart TVs. While their Internet connected functionality is undeniably useful, the user experience is clunky at best, with apps and streaming services typically kettled away from everyday operation. But LG’s webOS connected platform is different. Debuting on around 70 per cent of the …
Steve May, 04 Aug 2014
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Glowing Nook knocked to under 50 quid for Xmas

Barnes & Noble will today knock a tenner off the price of its Nook SimpleTouch Glowlight e-reader, reducing the price to just under £50. It’s the latest move in the US bookseller’s attempts to battle for second place in the British ebook business. The Nook e-reader’s launch price was £109, but B&N has been selling the device for …
Tony Smith, 25 Sep 2013
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Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

Want a free HDMI cable? Buy a telly from either John Lewis or Currys and you'll get one - not from those retailers but from upstart Aussie e-tailer Kogan. The online store claimed "some retailers have decided that it’s appropriate to trick unsuspecting UK shoppers into thinking a £100 HDMI cable is better than a £4 one", so it's …
Tony Smith, 04 Jul 2011
Aln Sugar's not a Sugababe

Inside Lord Sugar's 'you're fired' YouView bust-up with TV baron

YouView has announced that Lord Alan Sugar will leave the consortium two years after he headed up the organisation. It was reported over the weekend that he stepped down after an especially animated Apprentice-style boardroom bust-up between the peer and Richard Desmond, owner of Channel 5. Lord Sugar was apparently told "you're …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2013
Myer's website crash notice

IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

Update Australia's largest department store's website crashed for the week of post-Christmas sales, leaving IBM and possibly Oracle scrambling to fix the mess. The department store chain that suffered the outage is Myer, Australia's analog for the UK's John Lewis or North America's Macy's inasmuch as it is positioned beneath more …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014
Amazon Kindle Touch

Amazon Kindle Touch touches down early

Amazon's Kindle Touch has gone on sale a week ahead of schedule, with the second of the company's latest-gen Kindles now available from select retailers. Of course, Amazon.co.uk fronts the Kindle Touch sales, where customers can pick up a Wi-Fi only version for £109 or a 3G model for £60 more. Other outlets include John Lewis, …
Caleb Cox, 23 Apr 2012