News roundup—Kitbag, Amazon, M and S, and more


  • Are your ecommerce sites ready for what the Guardian says will be “the biggest
    spending day ever in the cyber market”? UK consumers are
    expected to spend £4,000 a second online today.

  • Findel has taken sporting gear etailer
    Kitbag off the selling block, reports Crain’s Manchester Business, which adds
    that Kitbag’s profits are up 70 percent from last year.

  • Is Amazon planning to open bricks-and-mortar
    stores following an Argos model? The Times says yes; Amazon responds to the Times article with a firm
    no.

  • Wallace and Gromit are the stars of a Marks &
    Spencer
    mobile marketing campaign, notes GoMo News.

  • Mattressman, which started as an etailer
    before opening stores, is number 6 on this year’s Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 ranking
    of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies. Gifts etailer
    Getting Personal is number 12, online
    nutrition supplier Myprotein.co.uk is 21,
    online greetings seller Moonpig.com is 22,
    stoves and fireplaces etailer Stores Direct is
    45, while fellow etailer The Book Depository
    is 55. Textiles brand Cath Kidston is 86, and
    Net-a-porter.com is 92. Postal management
    advisor Onepost is number 31.

  • Plumo, Heal’s, and a slew of etailers are
    recommended in a Times article on investment holiday
    decor.

  • Thompson & Morgan, Cox & Cox, Lakeland, Mr Fothergills
    Direct
    , and Baobab Trading Co are
    among the direct sellers featured in an Independent roundup of mail order sources
    of gardening gifts.

  • The Guardian selects The Wine
    Society
    as its mail order wine merchant of the year
    and Berry Brothers as its top independent wine
    merchant.

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