EU Accuses Google Of Abusing Search Dominance

EU Accuses Google Of Abusing Search Dominance

The European Union has accused Google of abusing its dominance by distorting search results and has also launched an antitrust probe into its Android mobile operating system. The EU Competition Commission said the US technology company had been sent a charge sheet to which it can now respond, accusing it of amending results to favour its Google shopping service. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement: “I am concerned that the company has given an…

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Top Tips For Finding Your Niche

Top Tips For Finding Your Niche

Giles English, Co-Founder of Bremont Watch Company, provides seven top tips for niche businesses looking for global market success. Niche markets are extremely valuable, if sometimes tricky areas in which to establish a business. Usually containing fewer competitors, growth in niche markets can be fast, though this can be a double-edged sword as the number of possible customers is not only smaller than normal, but harder to find as well. The Bremont Watch Company operates…

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UK Mail Group Strains To Cope With Ex-City Link Volumes

UK Mail Group Strains To Cope With Ex-City Link Volumes

The mail and parcel carrier UK Mail Group has warned that its costs have been hit by taking on too many parcels in the wake of the collapse of rivals City Link. The Birmingham-based company said yesterday that it is expecting its financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2014, and for the full year, to be at the lower end of forecasts. It said parcel volumes in the final quarter rose 12% year-on-year, partly…

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Aldi To Launch UK Online Store

Aldi To Launch UK Online Store

German discount grocer is considering the launch of an online store in Britain, according to reports. While the retailer has offered the online delivery service of alcoholic beverages in Australia since 2013, its entrance in the online grocery market would be the company’s first foray into UK ecommerce. Its discounted prices have made Aldi a strong contender in the grocery sector, while the company’s move into cyber retail would give the likes of Asda, Tesco,…

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Why is the logistics market still focusing solely on revenue?

Why is the logistics market still focusing solely on revenue?

By Laurence Armiger, Director, Zizo The simple answer is that it is difficult. It is however achievable when organisations change from having very little focus on data, to being rifle-focused on the use of data to gain insight and drive the business forward. Once an organisation knows how much a parcel costs to deliver; how much it costs to service a customer and how profitable a particular delivery route is, it is able to make…

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eBay Said Postage Costs, Delivery Issues Hampering SME Growth

eBay Said Postage Costs, Delivery Issues Hampering SME Growth

E-commerce giant eBay has said small online businesses in the UK believe postage costs and delivery issues will be the major limiting factor to their growth this year. The firm has commissioned a YouGov poll that showed nearly one in three small online businesses (31%) believe postage costs and delivery issues will limit their growth in the coming year. The company said 74% said the cost of overseas shipping would be an obstacle in their…

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Shell Sells A Quarter Of UK Petrol Stations

Shell Sells A Quarter Of UK Petrol Stations

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell around 185 petrol stations in the UK to two forecourt operators. The number is a quarter of Shell’s portfolio and is part of an attempt to grow its fuel dealer network instead of owning retail outlets directly. The UK’s largest oil and gas company will reduce the number held under full ownership to 550. Shell will part with 90 of those 185 stations, selling them off to Motor…

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Like-for-like retail sales up 3.2% in March

Like-for-like retail sales up 3.2% in March

Retail sales increased by 3.2% in March on a like-for-like basis compared to the same month last year. On a total basis sales were up by 4.7%. Figures published in the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor show that total food sales experienced their strongest growth since July 2013, growing by 1.8% in the three months to March although they were helped by the Easter distortion. On a like-for-like basis food sales edged down 0.4% David McCorquodale,…

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Poundland Sales Pass £1bn For First Time

Poundland Sales Pass £1bn For First Time

Poundland has reported that its full year revenues topped £1 billion for the first time after a “solid” fourth quarter of sales growth. In the 13 weeks to 29 March, total revenue excluding a trial in Spain increased by 7.1% on a constant currency basis. During the year, total revenue excluding Spain, climbed by 11.8% to £1.1 billion. Poundland opened 15 new stores in the UK and Ireland during the fourth quarter, taking the total…

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FTA: Government Must Increase Logistics Support

FTA: Government Must Increase Logistics Support

UK government must provide better support to the logistics sector in order to make it more efficient, according to the Freight Transport Association at the launch of its FTA Logistics Manifesto 2015. Launched at the CV Show, the FTA Logistics Manifesto 2015 sets-out the priorities to deliver economic growth, improve safety and reduce pollution.  The Manifesto states that the government must improve its understanding of how the logistics sector operates and that it must work…

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