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The Scurri eCommerce weekly top 3

Each week we gather the top three eCommerce news items of the week. Here’s what stood out for us this week!

Amazon is on the hunt for 40 new distribution hubs across the UK as it continues its aggressive property expansion.

The online retail behemoth is seeking to rent, rather than buy, dozens of new UK locations outside of London and the South East where it already has a significant presence, according to Property Week.

“If you’ve got space, the chances are it’ll be Amazon. They are taking huge amounts.”

It is thought that the latest dramatic push to expand its physical footprint comes as Amazon struggles to maintain its two-day delivery promise for Prime customers in the UK. Read the full article here.

Online sales increased by 86% on a like-for-like basis in October, boosted as physical shopping declined in many areas following the introduction of stricter regional Covid-19 lockdown measures across the UK, according to the latest BDO High Street Sales Tracker.

This follows a small dip in eCommerce sales in the last few months compared to the peak lockdown period in the Spring. It is expected online sales will now shift even further online after a new four-week national lockdown began in England this week, in which non-essential retail shops have closed. Read the full article here.

Retailers are set to lose as a whopping £8 billion over the next month as the UK enters its second national lockdown.

Non-essential retailers will have to close their doors from this morning until at least December 2 in an emergency shut down which the British Retail Consortium (BRC) believes will cost the sector £2 billion a week. Read the full article here.

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