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Data: How online demand has changed since coronavirus lockdown

2020-03-27T11:55:00+00:00By ,

As Next and TK Maxx suspend online operations, the latest data show the UK’s online spending habits have shifted since the coronavirus lockdown began and are now skewed towards essential provisions and the home, garden and electricals categories.

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Data: Grocery out-of-stocks surge tenfold as bulk-buying intensifies

2020-03-23T15:31:00+00:00By ,

Figures from Edge by Ascential demonstrate the unprecedented demand that UK grocers have faced over the past month, as shopper behaviour has moved from top-up shopping to bulk-buying and stockpiling. This has led to high levels of out-of-stocks across ambient grocery, soap and household essentials.

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Michael Jary: Coronavirus brings a retail tipping point


In a crisis as big as this one, acting on the immediate challenges is critical. Thinking about the longer-term may seem impossible, or at least deferrable. But in many ways, it is even more important.

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Analysis: How coronavirus will change how we shop, live and work


It was on New Year’s Eve 2019 that the World Health Organisation’s China office first heard reports of a new virus sparking a rise in cases of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan.


2020: The Year of the Gig Economy

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