Maplin Teetering on Brink of Administration

Electronics chain Maplin could be the next former giant of high street retail to disappear and see its presence replaced by charity shops and Caffe Neros, as the money men currently in charge are said to be planning for a possible pre-pack administration to fend off total annihilation. Read More >>

Toys R Us UK Adds Itself to Fire Sale Listings

The entire UK division of Toys R Us is up for sale, as the US owner tries to escape some of its debt crisis by flogging off assets. Read More >>

Tesco Wants its Staff to Start Eating Leftover Food

Tesco's had an idea about what to do with the spare food that it can't even give away to food charities — get its workers to eat it all. Read More >>

Supermarkets Back Plastic Bottle Deposit Scheme

Greenpeace has been troubling the UK supermarkets for their opinions on whether or not a Scottish/English/Welsh or UK-wide plastic bottle scheme would have their support, and a couple of them committed to the idea with an unequivocal yes. Read More >>

Sainsbury’s Tests Shopper Honesty With DIY Checkout App

Sainsbury's is combining the two things we love -- looking at mobile phones and buying doughnuts -- into one convenient product. It's testing an app that lets shoppers pay for their goods entirely by smartphone, skipping the hellish world of the supermarket checkout system altogether. Read More >>

Costcutter Trials Vein-Reading Biometric Payment System

You might soon be able to pay by scanning some sort of veiny part of your body in at the supermarket till, with a trial backed by supermarket chain Costcutter using a bizarre gadget known as Fingopay to scan the veins of a... finger. Other body parts TBA. Read More >>

John Lewis Launches In-Store Sleepovers to Test the Beds

If you're in the place in life where you shop at John Lewis -- congratulations. The process is about to get a lot easier too, as the chain has launched a series of in-store apartments where you can literally live the John Lewis dream. Read More >>

Paying 10p For a Posh Carrier Bag Revulses Tesco Customers into Change

Tesco is about to bin the cheap 5p plastic bag option it currently offers, meaning only the posher, thicker, Bag for Life choice will remain for people who didn't bring a big enough rucksack for their crisps and cheese. Read More >>

Supermarkets Test Surge-Pricing Crisps at Lunchtime via Electronic Price Tags

Some of the UK's biggest supermarkets are considering introducing fluctuating prices throughout the day, as the grocers look to the likes of Uber for ways they can manage demand at peak times and adjust prices accordingly. Read More >>

People are Having Fun in Their Old Clothes

Spending statistics that watch what we spend our meagre casual salaries on appear to show a shift in the very fabric of modern consumerism, with the people moving away from buying clothes and gadgetry nonsense in favour of spending money on "experiences" with friends and family. Read More >>

Ebooks Down, Book-Book Sales Up

Sales of electronic versions of books for ereaders, tablets and besieged smartphones have fallen for the first time in years, with publishing experts blaming the nation's overwhelming number of screens for a huge 17 per cent drop in consumer ebook sales. Read More >>

Woolworths Could Return to the UK High Street

Woolworths, which still exists in the high streets of other countries but was so broke here that it closed and sold off all its fixtures and fittings in the UK in 2008, might be about to return to the fatherland. Its former boss is looking to buy the brand name back and use it to launch a fresh attack on the UK's budget retail market. Read More >>

Clothes Shops Out, Vaping Dens In

Stats on the state of the UK high street show that it's gradually changing from being all about New Look to instead being where you go to buy vape refills and coffee, with the 5,430 nationwide shop closures of 2016 replaced by 4,534 newer businesses -- a loss of 896 shops across the country. Read More >>

Sainsbury’s Experiment Tries to Wean us Off Meat

A team of researchers from Oxford University is heading off to Sainsbury's to do more than hunt for discounted doughnuts late at night -- they want to change the eating habits of the nation by putting vegetables next to the sausages in the hope that people might choose the healthier option every once in a while. Read More >>

Amazon Prime Now Delivers to (a Bit of) Scotland

Amazon Prime members in Glasgow are the latest beneficiaries of the shopping giant's superfast delivery service, with Prime Now one-hour service slots now available across the city. Read More >>