‘Squeezed middle’ biggest losers from lost decade of real wage growth

Britain’s economic recovery may be stronger than first estimated but consumer spending will remain well below pre-financial crisis levels for the next few years as individuals won’t feel they have any extra money in their pockets A report shows consumer

Retail food sales growth at the slowest rate on record

Data suggests that sales in the quarter to September 14 grew by only 0.3%, the slowest rate on record, blamed on the collapse of food price inflation. Sales (-) £ Sales at Tesco fell by 4.5% in the period and

Alibaba.com – the biggest float in history

          The FT page 20 and the Daily Mirror both have an interesting articles regarding the anticipation of Alibaba’s floatation. For those unfamiliar, Alibaba  accounts for 80% of all internet retail sales in China. To but a prospective

Wristband trial allows contactless payment

Daily Mail, Page: 31– Another contactless payment method for consumers. Barclaycard is trialling contactless payment wristbands that can be used for purchases of up to £20 for a single item. The bPay band contains a smart chip and a tiny

Wearable tech, this Christmas’s must have

In yesterday’s Observer, Page: 12 – Wearable tech items are tipped to be this Christmas’s hottest gifts. It also believes 2015 will be a big year for the new technology, citing experts who predict a 129% sales spike next year,

Retailers move to accept Apple Pay

Article within the Daily Telegraph today – Mobile Wallets payment market is certainly interesting of late, although Apple Pay seems limited and not hardware agnostic …Retailers start to make moves and will start to accept payments via Apple Pay, Apple’s new mobile

Asda to introduce intelligent click and collect pods

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 3   – Asda have announced plans to introduce “intelligent click and collect pods”, temperature-controlled units where customers can collect fresh food and other goods. The standalone points will be trialled early next year at sites concentrated

Twitter adds “buy now” button that retailers can embed into tweets

Financial Times, Page: 17  – Twitters move into Ecommerce – Twitter has added a new “buy now” button that retailers can embed into tweets. Currently the service is just a small-scale trial, mostly offering music downloads, but it allows Twitter users to

Vodafone to launch mobile payments service – agnostic to mobile phone hardware

Clever thinking by Vodafone, agnostic to mobile phone hardware, interesting article Financial Times, Page: 17 …Vodafone is set to unveil a mobile wallet service in the UK next month that will work with a special Sim card embedded with NFC (near-field

Post Office is to trial code-operated lockers

Interesting article in The Observer, Page: 41 – Post Office trying to take back market share in a highly competitive arena :   The Post Office is to launch a number of hi-tech branches – the first of which could be open