retail
WH Smith is Closing a Bunch of Shops

More bad news for the UK high street: WH Smith is closing some stores and ending experiments including its discount card shop CardMarket and WH Smith Local concessions. Read More >>

streaming
Behold This Disastrously Bad Op-Ed Calling for Amazon to Replace Libraries

For those who have remained blissfully off of Twitter, a site that remains uncomfortably popular with sociopaths and morons like me, the “ratio” is when a tweet is so bad that the number of retweets and favourites it accrues becomes greatly outnumbered by hostile replies. It is one of the few beautiful things about the site, a poisonous rose growing on polluted soil, or at least an injoke that hasn’t been completely run into the ground yet. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon May Prey on Your Toys ‘R’ Us Catalogue Nostalgia By Mailing You Its Own

E-commerce giant Amazon, which remains determined to cannibalise what’s left of the brick-and-mortar competitors it helped kill off, may be making a move on the turf formerly occupied by bankrupt retail chain Toys “R” Us with plans to distribute a holiday toy catalogue. Read More >>

hacking
Lord & Taylor and Saks Have Been Hacked to the Tune of Five Million Payment Card Accounts

Cybercriminals who ran off with info on five million payment cards from Saks Fifth Avenue (including its discount brand) and Lord & Taylor databases appear to be preparing to sell them on the dark web, according to a Sunday report from Gemini Advisory. Read More >>

shopping
Pension War Could End Toys R Us This Week

Despite a recent streamlining of its UK operations, the warehouses of Toys R Us could grind to a complete halt this week due to a dull battle over pension provisions that could see the administrators called in by Thursday. Read More >>

gaming
Valve: Your Bitcoin Isn’t Any Good on Steam Anymore

Valve’s Steam, the digital distribution platform which enjoys near-monopolistic control of the entire PC gaming industry, has stopped accepting bitcoins as a form of payment due to the currency’s volatility and increasingly unacceptable processing fees. Read More >>

amazon
Jeff Bezos Is Tragically No Longer Worth $100 Billion

On Black Friday, Amazon CEO and richest man in the world Jeff Bezos — famous for both his dominance of the entire online retail market and pivot to rock-hard biceps — hit a net worth of $100 billion, according to a Bloomberg analysis. Read More >>

brexit
Thanks to Brexit, John Lewis’ Profits Are Down By Half

Oh dear; things aren't looking too good for the high street department store. John Lewis has revealed that its profits for the first half of the year have fell by 53.3 per cent. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods: Report

Bloomberg News reports that Amazon will buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash. In cash! That breaks down to Jeff Bezos and company paying $42 per share for a chain of health food and lifestyle shops. In cash! Read More >>

london
Oxford Street HMV Is Closing After 96 Years

After the sad closure of the enormous HMV at 150 Oxford Street in 2013, the iconic brand moved back to its original digs further up the road with a retro-styled His Master's Voice branch. Now, that branch is also to close, Retail Gazette reports. Read More >>

robots
The Futuristic Department Store Robot of 1924 Was Surprisingly Lifelike

If you go to department stores in Japan you’ll sometimes be greeted by a friendly robot. Maybe one that looks like this: Read More >>

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Sainsbury’s Hopes its £1.3bn Argos Takeover Turns it Into an Amazon Rival

Transfer deadline day may be over, but the real juicy business has just got underway. Sainsbury’s has had a preliminary £1.3 billion offer for Argos owner Home Retail Group accepted, and now has until 5pm on February 23rd to make a firm bid. Read More >>

uncategorized
Dixons Carphone Announces 134 Store Closures, But Expects to Hire More Staff

Off the back of strong Christmas sales, Dixons Carphone has announced the closure of 134 stores, though it says that this won’t result in job losses. On the contrary, the company claims that if anything, it expects to either add to its workforce or simply maintain current staff numbers. Read More >>

shopping
How to Sell Your Unwanted Christmas Gadgets and Tat

Did you get a pile of poorly targeted presents this year? Or worse still, ironic gifts that were lined up for the bin before the fake smile on your face had faded? Poor you. Read More >>

gaming
GAME Failing at Only Job as Last-Gen Sales Collapse

Looks like we might get to republish all those stories about GAME going bust again soon, as the high street gaming chain -- already pulled out of collapse once back in 2012 -- warns that it's facing "challenging" conditions due to... many reasons. Read More >>