News roundup—Borders, Hut Group, Amazon, and more


The online business of bankrupt bookseller
Borders has been sold-but the Borders website
will not be revived. The Capital Organisation acquired the
Borders customer database along with the brand and website of
sister brand Books etc, and it will add Books
etc to its stable of websites, which include CD/DVD etailer
Goodmusic.co.uk.

Home-entertainment specialist the Hut Group
enjoyed a 188 percent jump in the number of orders processed in
the six weeks leading up to Christmas 2009 compared with 2008,
Billboard reports. Turnover benefited from
“a similar uplift”. In addition to its own
Zavvi.com and TheHut.com sites,
the company operates white-label websites for
Argos, Tesco, and
WHSmith, amongst others.

Amazon.co.uk has extended its free delivery
offer “indefinitely”. Introduced in the run-up to
Christmas, the offer waives standard P&P on all products except
gift certificates and items sold by third-party suppliers on
Amazon.co.uk Marketplace that are not fulfilled by Amazon.

In an article titled “The fight to be Woolworths’
heir”, the
Financial Times
looks at Shop Direct Group’s online-only
brand Woolworths.co.uk and two smaller bricks-and-mortar
ventures, Alworths and
Wellworths. Woolworths.co.uk, which relaunched
in the summer, expects to exceed £20 million in sales in its
first year.

Post & Parcel examines how Home Delivery
Network’s acquisition of DHL’s UK domestic parcel business makes
it a much more formidable challenger to Royal Mail. Although
Royal Mail remains the market leader in parcel delivery, with 30
percent market share, the DHL deal now gives Home Delivery
Network a 17 percent share.

Able & Cole, the organic groceries delivery
company, has parted company with chief executive Stephen
Richards. This is the firm’s second chief executive in seven
months, notes the Independent.

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