Category: News

The Digital Advantage: Next Level Experiences in Home & Garden – Webinar, 11th Oct 2022 at 10am

In this webinar we will explore: Best practice examples of offline and online experiences in home & garden How AI and analytics can help identify and adapt to seasonal demand trends How to use real-time data to anticipate customer needs and provide a unique experience for every customer Can’t make it to the live event? Sign up… Read more »

Online sales fell in August

According to an IMRG report online sales fell by 4.1% in August, compared to the same time last year this is the 17th consecutive month of decline from May 2021. In July, ecommerce sales had fallen by a relatively modest 2.3%, year-on-year. But that was reversed in August, as sales fell 6.2% compared to the… Read more »

Readly joins up to McDonald’s Monopoly game

Digital magazine and newspaper subscription app, Readly have joined the Monopoly at McDonald’s game as it returns to the fast food chain this month. Readly is offering a three month subscription to McDonald’s customers as one of the prizes in the game. Readly’s prize of a three-month subscription to its digital magazine and newspaper app… Read more »

Apple reveals iPhone 14 Pro 

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 14, with emergency satellite connectivity and car crash detection technology, and it’s Watch Ultra at a launch event in the US. The company revealed four versions of the new handset at its Cupertino headquarters, with an audience attending in person for the first time since the pandemic. It also showed… Read more »

Holiday Inn hotels hit by cyber-attack

Holiday Inn owner, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), has confirmed the company has been hit by a cyber-attack. IHG, which has some of the world’s largest hotel chains, issued a statement saying it was investigating “unauthorised access” to a number of its technology systems. The UK-based company said its “booking channels and other applications” had been… Read more »

Instagram fined €405m

Irish regulators have fined Instagram €405m for violating children’s privacy. The long-running complaint concerning children’s data – particularly their phone numbers and email addresses. Some reportedly upgraded to business accounts to access analytics tools such as profile visits, without realising this made more of their data public. Read more at BBC   

Undeclared pools in France found by AI technology

There has been a discovery of thousands of undeclared private swimming pools in France that has provided an unexpected windfall for French tax authorities. Following an experiment using artificial intelligence, more than 20,000 hidden pools were discovered and they amass some €10m ($9.9; £8.5m) in revenue, French media is reporting. Pools can lead to higher… Read more »

Nato investigates hacker sale of missile firm data

Nato is assessing the impact of a data breach of classified military documents being sold by a hacker group online. The data includes blueprints of weapons being used by Nato allies in the Ukraine war. Criminal hackers are selling the dossiers after stealing data linked to a major European weapons maker. MBDA Missile Systems admitted… Read more »

Amazon offers same-day delivery direct from local stores

Amazon is offering Prime members in the US the option to shop directly from their local retail stores through the Amazon app and on and have their purchases delivered the same day. Additional retailers are due to join the service in the coming months and they include Sur La Table and 100% Pure. Read… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg faces fall in advertising sales for the first time

Zuckerberg saw Meta’s total revenue drop 1% to $28.8bn (£23.7bn). Rival apps, such as TikTok, have gained masses of popularity in the past 3 years. Meta holds 20% of the global ad market and warned investors that ad sales were likely to fall again in the coming months. “Essentially it’s now become a low-to no-growth… Read more »

Hotter owner Unbound launches multi-brand platform targeting

Unbound Group, the parent company of Hotter Shoes have announced the launch of its curated multi-brand platform, with a further Autumn Winter launch of the platform on track to be completed in September. Offering a range of partner brands for its core 55+ customer demographic. The platform has launched with Hotter and seven specialist footwear brands, with… Read more »

Drones help World Cup protect stadiums

Man-to-man marking will be paired with drone security at this winter’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Unmanned aerial vehicles that shoot nets to bring down small “rogue” drones will help defend venues. Fortem Technologies are to provide the interceptor drones, following an agreement with Qatar’s interior ministry. It says the agreement reflects growing fears about… Read more »