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The Boohoo & Missguided effect is creating new business in Manchester; this time LOTD

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Sitting in a cafe a day or two before Christmas 2017 we saw a bus with an advertisment promoting a new clothing website -> www.lotd.com Source: Screenshot of lotd.com on 21 Dec, 2017. Our thought was initially - Is there another company starting to use the TfL advertising trick as used by Boohoo, Missguided, Nasty Gal, Prettylittlething, Heist Studios and other pureplay online fashion retailers? After a quick check we noticed one of the directors of Lotd Ltd resigned from Boohoo.com UK Ltd in April 2017. Lotd Ltd was incorporated in March 2017 and share its office address with TheRobertStreetHub,...

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China Watch: Self-Serve Convenience Stores

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Self-service stores is a big thing in China. At what point will Chinese companies lead and businesses like Amazon follow?

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Gamification - making online shopping fun! (a chat with Hullabalook)

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Hullabalook aim to make product discovery fun from its current offices located in True.'s incubator/accelerator space in Victoria, just around the corner of the old House of Fraser head office. "We build beautiful and playful online shopping experiences that help to make finding the products we want to buy faster and easier." (Hullabalook) The company launched in June 2016 and moved into the True. space almost immediately and have been there since. Hullabalook is now a team of 10 people backed by Passion Capital and Playfair Capital. Clients already include Made.com, Houseology, Mamas & Papas, Kavehome and John Lewis. An...

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Is the future of Retail Technology visual? | A review of Tech London Associates event Oct 3, 2017

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Retail Technology: A Visual Future? This is a review of startup companies that we randomly met or which presented at the Tech London Associates’(TLA) Retail Tech meetup at River Island’s Shoreditch tech hub earlier this week. Of the companies, three stood out with clearly defined use cases for machine learning and computer vision technology (popularised as AI). Combined with our earlier work on fashion technology: visual search we are starting to sense a visual theme developing in retail which may or may not combine the physical and digital retailing channels into True Omni Channel retailing. The three companies anonymize data...

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Trade show report: Ecommerce Expo, London, September 2017

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Our verdict (of 5): Admittedly we visited Ecommerce Expo in 2016 and were very impressed and the September 2017 edition did not disappoint on content or exhibitors. In fact it seemed as the quality of exhibitors was slightly better than the previous show. Ecommerce Expo had everything from the usual suspects such as Shopify, SAP Hybris, Bronto, Marketo and others to some of the more exciting startups such as Mad Street Den, Phrasee and others. SAP Hybris were mightily excited about their rumoured $350m acquisition of Gigya and the opportunties this will mean for upselling to existing Gigya customers and...

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