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Marks & Spencer has sold through Alibaba since December 2012

Comment: Alibaba is the perfect springboard for China ecomm expansion, says M&S

By Ricky Wilson

According to reports, Alibaba – China’s e-commerce giant - is set to break records with the largest Initial Public Offering (IPO) in history, as it floats its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

High street

Comment: Government must act on business rates and planning if it wants a healthy high street

By Tim Vallance

The plight of our traditional shopping area must remain a priority for this government and the £1 billion package of support for the high street launched last December is to be welcomed.

With ecommerce becoming increasingly prevalent, luxury retailers must improve their online and delivery service or risk losing their customers.

Comment: Luxury brands must improve their online customer service offer

By Martin Newman

With ecommerce becoming increasingly prevalent, luxury retailers must improve their online and delivery service or risk losing their customers.

Topshop\'s window installation for London Fashion Week

Comment: How Burberry and Topshop use technology to put money in the till

By Dan Coen

London Fashion Week has once again highlighted the relentless convergence between retail and technology.

Phones 4u’s need to nurture relationships with suppliers has been grossly underestimated.

Comment: Phones 4u and the importance of supplier relationships

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Phones 4u’s administration indicates the importance for retailers to value their relationships with their suppliers in order to stay competitive.

Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis must both revise the basics for the struggling retailer and work out what modern superstores stand for today.

Comment: Dave Lewis must focus on strengthening the Tesco brand

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Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis must both revise the basics for the struggling retailer and work out what modern superstores stand for today.

In the wake of Dixons Carphone’s merger, what lessons can retailers learn to ensure their mergers are successful long term?

Comment: Dixons Carphone and the secret to a happy retail marriage

By Sebastian James

In the wake of Dixons Carphone’s merger, what lessons can retailers learn to ensure their mergers are successful long term?

Asos must retain an entreprenurial culture

Comment: Asos’s success depends on keeping its entrepreneurial spirit alive

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A quarterly retail sales rise of 15% and total annual revenues up 27% to almost £1bn would normally be cause for throwing hats in the air.

Sports Direct is one retailer which has used zero hours contracts

Comment: Are zero-hours contracts worth retailers using at all?

By Vanessa Di Cuffa

Zero-hours contracts may not be worth the hassle for retailers in the future, especially if exclusivity clauses are banned and penalties introduced.

J Crew menswear Sloane Square

Comment: On setting up shop in a new market

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The new J Crew store on London’s Sloane Square may have some work ahead of it

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