Footwear cataloguer/retailer Hotter “intends to
invest £3 million over the coming year and create a
state-of-the-art website,” reports the Manchester Evening News. The company is
also looking to expand its international presence.
Theo Fennell is returning to his eponymous jewellery
firm as creative director. Also joining the
cataloguer/retailer’s board are Rupert Hambro as nonexecutive
chairman and Alasdair Hadden-Paton as deputy chairman. The
Western Mail quotes Fennell as saying,
“The business lost its way creatively” following
his departure last year.
Etailer Pet-Supermarket will relaunch its website next
month. The site will include improved navigation, the ability to
shop by brand, 4,000 new products, and new categories for
reptile, equine, and wild bird and garden merchandise.
Unsurprisingly, Amazon.com is the world’s largest
business-to-consumer etailer, with 2008 online sales of
€13.098 billion, according to yStats.com. Otto Group is number two, with
web sales of €4.889 billion. Seven of the top 10 sites are
American, two are German (Otto and number-six Arcandor,
with €3.5 billion in web sales), and Tesco, at
number eight with €2.393 billion/£1.9 billion, is the
lone UK site.
Hayloft Plants owner Derek Jarman tells Horticulture Week that because the current
gardening season has been so long and busy, any horticulture
supplier “who has not made money should give up”.
Twenty-four per cent of the UK consumers surveyed by PayPal
and Experian “believe that online shopping will become the
norm and that the high street will eventually die out,”
according to The Telegraph. A PayPal executive goes so
far as to say that etail’s continued robust growth “will
also ensure that the entire UK retail sector is growing again
by the end of 2011”.
Holli Rogers, the buying director of luxury etailer
Net-a-Porter, is the subject of an interview with
My Fashion Life.