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Woolworths goes Door Busting for daily deals

Woolworths is the latest Australian retailer to enter the deal-of-the-day online fray, quietly launching "Door Buster” over the holiday period. The website, registered on 20 December, is an extension of Woolworths’ Everyday Rewards loyalty card system, offers a raft of products under two areas “Instant Buys” and “Mega Deals". …
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Woolworths cuts off Dick

Woolworths has rung the death knell for bricks-and-mortar electronics retailing in Australia, as it announced that it is divesting its iconic Dick Smith electronics chain. The company has decided that gadgets won't ever match groceries, booze and gambling, and yesterday outlined plans for a $AU300 million restructure of the high …
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Apple chokes on Woolworths logo

Apple has moved to prevent Oz retailer Woolworths from trademarking a logo - something which would allow it to "slap its branding and logo on every imaginable product", as The Age puts it. The Woolworths and Apple logos The problem is, according to Apple, that Woolies' brand frontage is too close to its own. Woolworths' …
Lester Haines, 05 Oct 2009

Aussie builds contactless card cloner app, shops at Woolies with fake card

Money hacker Peter Fillmore has created an Android app that can clone some of Australia's most popular contactless credit cards. In attacks that slipped beneath banks' and credit card providers' radars, the Aussie boffin probed the protocols behind Visa and Mastercard payment cards and proved the viability of an attack by …
Darren Pauli, 07 Oct 2014

Shazam! Record labels shovel $9m into name-that-song app

Three of the world's biggest record labels have clubbed together to invest in London-based name-that-tune firm Shazam. Access Industries, the company which owns Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group owners Vivendi have teamed up with Sony Music Entertainment to each take a rumoured $3m stake in Shazam. Recent estimates …
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2014
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Street View projects Woolworths through temporal portal

Here's a good one for those of you who might have considered the time-shifting capabilities of Google's Street View: An impressive example of how to project a Woolworths store through a temporal portal... The Woolworths branch on Street View, still open for business That's the Edgware Road branch of Woolies in London, seen in …
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2009

Woolworths stores to stop selling HD DVD

Woolworths has thrown its high street heft behind the Blu-ray Disc format. From March, it will no longer sell HD DVDs in its shops. The change will coincide with the release of Pixar's Ratatouille, but while Woolies's shops will go Blu-ray only, the company will continue to sell HD DVDs online. This move is the a result of a …
Scott Snowden, 28 Jan 2008
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MVNO misery will be pain for Oz mobile users as well

With the departure of yet another mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) from the Australian market, it's clear that margin protection has become the next obsession of Australian carriers. The collapse of ISPOne earlier this year, which sent some MVNOs (such as Aldi) scrambling for new arrangements and ended Kogan's push into …
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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

It appears someone has taken steps to cover their tracks after accidentally revealing the existence of a new Apple Store on Apple's map app. Even though the existence of a new "iStore" was one of the worst kept secrets in Edinburgh, it seems someone was determined to maintain its blown cover. Apple has denied making the change …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Oct 2014
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325 Dicks sell for AUD$20m

Australian retailer Woolworths has offloaded the 325-store electronics chain Dick Smith to Anchorage Capital Partners for just AUD$20m. The retailer signalled its intention to do so earlier this year after a review of its operations decreed the electronics retailer was not core to its business or a likely source of future growth …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2012
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Woolworths.co.uk collapses under mispriced TV rush

The UK website of the high street retailer Woolworths, fell over today as British punters rushed in to place orders for ultra cheapo LCD TVs. For a few hours, all LCD TVs were offered on the site for £150 - the going rate for a Sharp 42" LCD TV is around £ 1500. Woolworth LCD pricing snafu No it wasn't an unnannounced pre- …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2006
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Dick Smith faces tricky times

Australia's iconic high street gadget, TV and computer retailer Dick Smith faces an uncertain future, following the announcement that parent company Woolworths will be conducting strategic review of the underperforming electronics chain. Woolworths has already closed seven Dick Smith in the 2011 financial year. Analysts are …
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Woolworths punts must-have kids' book for £99m

The parents among you know how it is: your kid wants that must-have item and you will stop at nothing to ensure your offspring's happiness. Indeed, some long-suffering, cash-dispensing mums and dads will recall with a chill in their hearts the Thunderbirds Tracey Island emergency, which saw normally well-balanced adults …
Lester Haines, 16 Jan 2007
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Woolworths targets digital music rivals with price cut

UK retail giant Woolworths today put pressure on rival - and better known - online digital music services like Napster and Apple's iTunes by offering sales tax-free downloads, bringing the per-track price down to 67p. Albums are similarly reduced, to £6.80 from £7.99. There's a catch, of course: the new price is only available …
Tony Smith, 25 Feb 2005
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Firm Dick sales excite buyers

“A number of potential purchasers have expressed interest” in acquiring Dick Smith from Woolworths, according to half-year results released today. The report shows why the chain may not be an entirely impotent force in the market – sales were up 2.4% for the half despite generally tough retail trading conditions. New format Dick …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2012
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Woolworths to take on Apple iTunes store

UK High Street retailer Woolworths will this year launch a digital music download service, the company's parent revealed today. In an announcement detailing the Woolworths Group's interim results for its 2004 fiscal year, the company said the Woolworths-branded service would launch "in the run up to Christmas". However, …
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2004
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Woolworths flogs Disney Princess chair for £100m

Those of you who saved a few bob on last week's yuletastic Xbox 360 offer down at Tesco may well have been considering how to spend the cash you'd otherwise have spunked with the UK supermarket monolith. Well, what about something for the little princess in your life, like a magical Disney Princess Folding Chair? Mind you, your …
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2007

Bolton biz kingpin tables '7 figure' offer for Comet website

The future of Comet's stores hangs in the balance: but the business brain behind Appliances Online has tabled a million pound plus bid for the website part of the drain-circling retailer. As previously revealed, Dixons and Maplins are understood to have expressed interest in only a handful of Comet stores as administrator …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2012
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Woolworths join Net dunce brigade

UK retailer Woolworths has joined the illustrious list of companies unable to deal with the Internet. It was the old tale - people being able to read customers credit card details and telephone numbers. Displaying the same ignorance of Internet security as Barclays and PowerGen was one thing, but Woolworths has gone one better …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Aug 2000
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Woolworths blocked e-mail during anti-capitalist demos

High Street retailer Woolworths blocked the receipt of external email yesterday amid fears that it might be targeted by virus writers during Mayday anti-capitalist protests. A spokesman for Woolworths confirmed that its system admins decided to block external emails on its Exchange server after protestors congregated near its …
John Leyden, 02 May 2001
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Woolies to be resurrected as online-only store

Woolworths has been given the kiss of life as an online-only store after Shop Direct bought the now defunct UK High Street retailer’s brand name. Financial terms of the deal were kept secret by the David and Frederick Barclay-owned company, which is Blighty’s biggest home shopping dealer and operates under well-known brands such …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Feb 2009
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Woolies Pic'n'Mix bows out with eBay auction

The last bag of Woolworths legendary Pic'n'Mix has popped up on eBay, the Telegraph reports. The last bag of Pic N Mix The 800g bag - containing faves such as fizzy cola bottles, white mice and rhubarb & custards - was bought by Ed Adams, former manager of Woolies Petts Wood branch. He explained: "I spotted at least a bag's …
Lester Haines, 20 Feb 2009
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Woolies Pic'n'Mix goes for £14,500

The last bag of Woolworths Pic'n'Mix has sold for a cool £14,500.10 down at the world's favourite tat bazaar. The last bag of Pic N Mix The 800g bag of sugary goodness was sold off by the former manager of Woolies Petts Wood branch, Ed Adams, who snapped it up just before he pulled down the shutters on the store for the last …
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2009
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Music on plastic discs still popular, apparently

Every year the story's the same – but every year it is stranger to report. People continue to buy pre-packaged plastic music discs – most containing as little as one album – despite the rise in digital album sales, the cheaper option of listening on demand, and the risk-free option of downloading entire discographies in one go. …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jun 2011
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Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

Comet's fiscal light was burning less brightly well before OpCapita entered its orbit, but the venture capitalist's involvement snuffed it out entirely. Signs that all was not well can be traced back to 2008, when Comet's profit before tax tumbled from £56m to £25m. In successive years it posted losses of £8m, £3m and finally £ …
Eddie Pacey, 22 Nov 2012
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Need a new duster? Avoid Woolies

If you're in the market for a new duster to do a bit of light spring cleaning we'd advise you to nip out to your nearest hardware shop rather than pop down to the UK ecommerce tentacle of retail monolith Woolworths, where a search query for this most innocent of household items returns a nasty shock for innocent inhabitants of …
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2008
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Woolies enters home software market

Woolworths, the UK-based family and entertainment retail behemoth, is set to release its own range of home PC software. The firm has teamed up with white label software developer Formjet Innovations to offer seven software products including word processing, internet security, anti-virus, and "edutainment" packages. Formjet …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2007
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The internet ate our homework

What went wrong with Borders? The story so far is that a mouse is eating an elephant. According to my own back-of-the-envelope calculations as well as a more serious report from Frost & Sullivan, online shopping accounts for about five per cent of the Australian consumer’s retail dollar. That’s enough to cause private equity …
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Parent power pulls Woolworth's 'Lolita' kiddies' bed

Woolworths has withdrawn a kids' bed from its online tenctacle after campaigning parents objected to the fact it was rather unfortunately called the "Lolita Midsleeper Combi". The outrage was spotted earlier this week by the editor of Raisingkids.co.uk, Catherine Hanly, who promptly asked in the site's forums: "Am I being …
Lester Haines, 01 Feb 2008
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UK DVD sales plunge...

Britons may be turning away from the DVD, but Blu-Ray Disc isn't replacing the decade-old format in consumers' affections. The British Video Association (BVA) this week said DVD sales in the UK during the first six months of 2009 were down 9.5 per cent by volume - and considerably more than that by value - compared to the totals …
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2009

HD DVD fights back in the US

HD DVD managed to cut itself a rather larger slice of US hi-def player sales in the third week of January, according to one analyst group's figures. But a rival market watcher still believes that HD DVD will be dead before 2009. US Standalone HD Player Sales BD vs HD DVD Source: NPD According to the NPD Group, HD DVD …
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2008

Retailers warn Nintendo Wii pre-orders may arrive late

Major UK retailers have begun warning customers they may not get their hands on Nintendo's Wii on the launch day - even if they pre-ordered the console. Sellers say the vendor has shipped too few units to meet demand. Reg Hardware today received a number of emails from readers who were last night contacted by Woolworths to tell …
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2006
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Shops caught out in underage videogame sales sting

Several High Street stores have been named and shamed for selling 18-rated videogames to a 15-year-old underage girl during an undercover operation by Harrow Trading Standards and consumer advocate Which?. The girl was enough pocket money to try to buy games from nine shops, including HMV, Debenhams, Currys Digital, Tesco and …
James Sherwood, 24 Jun 2008
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Dixons plunges to loss

Dixons Store Group International posted a £30m loss for the last six months of trading. The firm, which operates as PC World and Currys, said interim results for the 24 weeks ended 18 October showed sales fell seven per cent to £3.5bn and it made a pre-tax loss of £29.8m. Total loss after tax was £41m. UK Computing sales fell …
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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Game Group growth slows

Game Group saw sales growth slow to 11.4 per cent in the 44 weeks ended 29 November, down from 44.1 per cent in the same period last year but recent trading has been substantially worse - for the last 18 weeks of the period like-for-like sales fell to just 1.5 per cent. Game's international sales were even worse with like-for- …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Dec 2008
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Currys to cease stocking cassettes

The end of the road for cassette tapes has been widely heralded as Currys, the UK high street electrical heayweight, announced today that it will no longer be dealing in the classic storage format. Woolworths and HMV have already made the move. Cassettes were something of a cultural icon to many, though perhaps never as …
Lewis Page, 08 May 2007

Netflix falls in behind Blu-ray

Online video rental outfit Netflix has raised its colours in the Blu-ray camp by announcing it will stop buying new HD DVD discs and phase out existing stock by "about the end of the year". According to Reuters, Netflix has stocked both hi-def formats since they joined battle back in 2006, but says that recent announcements by …
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2008
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Zavvi goes titsup

Music, DVD and game retailer Zavvi UK called in administrators this morning, confirming itself as the latest high street name seriously threatened by the slide into recession. The firm called in Ernst and Young to run a refinancing bid two weeks ago, but today announced it had formally gone into administration. Zavvi was hit …
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Alcatel launches 'My First Handset'

It’s hard to believe, but there’s actually a sector of society where people exist without owning mobile phones. Alcatel is trying to change that though and has unveiled a cheap-as-chips handset for first-time phone users. Alcatel_OTS520 Alcatel's OT-S520 is basic Someone who’s never owned a mobile before probably won’t be …
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008

Medion preps personalised portable PC

Centrino notebook for a mere 400 quid, anyone? That's the deal Germany's Medion is offering British buyers next month when Woolworths begins selling its latest machine. Buy direct and you get the chance to have your favourite picture or logo fitted on the lid. The MIM 2220 incorporates a 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M 735A processor - …
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2006
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HMV swaps digital music partners

UK music retailer HMV is to ditch its digital music partner Loudeye subsidiary OD2 in favour of MusicNet, it emerged last night. HMV announced a massive relaunch of its digital download store last December. The retailer vowed to spend £10m in a bid to catch up with higher-profile providers like Apple's iTunes, Napster, …
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2005
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IT industry plugs into UK.gov green scheme

Intellect, the UK’s trade body for the technology industry, has signed up to a government plan to phase out energy-guzzling consumer electronics products. The organisation's consumer electronics council will join the government-led scheme alongside the British Retail Consortium and retailers to look at ways that manufacturers …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2008
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Tesco opens digital music store

UK retail giant Tesco today launched itself into the digital music market today with a Windows-only "instant music" offering pitched against rival services from Woolworths, HMV, Virgin and others. The service covers the UK and Ireland, and currently offers up to 400,000 songs from major labels and indies at 79p a throw. Albums …
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2004
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Grand Theft Auto 4 queue man stabbed in head

A hooded male stabbed another man in the head and neck yesterday as they both queued to buy copies of Grand Theft Auto IV from a Croydon Gamestation store. Onlookers witnessed the Niko-style stabbing, which some bystanders have said they initially thought was a stunt pulled to whip-up yet more excitement for the eagerly …
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2008
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UK anti-fraud firms pool resources

Surrey-based anti-fraud firm the 3rd Man Group has bought merchant-focused anti-fraud firm Early Warning as part of a plan to offer a more comprehensive service to tackle internet fraudsters. Terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed. By adding Early Warning's CardAware database to the 3rd Man's SuperSearch system …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2007
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Spare some change - for the sub-£10 mobile

Alcatel has slashed the price of its latest no-frills mobile phone - but only for three days. Over the UK Bank Holiday weekend, the already cheap as chips OT-E201 will sell for less than the price of a takeaway. Alcatel_OT-E201 Alcatel's OT-E210: yours for eight quid, but only this weekend The handset was originally launched …
James Sherwood, 24 Aug 2007
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Tesco beefs up under 20 quid software offering

Tesco is upping the ante in the software market by widening the availability of its own-brand applications off the back of what it described as a hugely successful initial roll-out. According to reports, the supermarket giant is to begin selling it six software titles, which were developed by Formjet, in 200 more stores across …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2007
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Top Ten Arcade Classics

What do you remember about being twelve? I remember spending a whole summer wishing I could hang out with the cool kids but instead nicking stuff from Woolworths and ramming coin after coin into Dragon’s Lair and Defender. Seventeen? Sometimes I ponder my misspent youth playing pool in Sneaky Dee’s and ramming coin after coin …
Lucy Orr, 19 Nov 2010
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The Darkness opens digital song service

Rock band The Darkness have begun selling their own digital downloads, courtesy of online music and merchandise partner recordstore.co.uk. The group this week began offering the 11 songs from their album Permission to Land, plus assorted b-sides, for 99p a pop. The whole album can be downloaded for £9.49. Encoded in Windows …
Tony Smith, 16 Sep 2004
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HMV to spend £10m to catch up with Napster, Apple

UK music, movie and games retailer HMV will finally relaunch its digital music download service in the second half of 2005, the company said today. The Register first reported on the store's plan in June this year, when we covered the retailer's move to open an online store selling iPods. Then as now, HMV offers downloads via …
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2004