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    1. July 21, 2015

      Zalando: growth model

      Some fashions just click with the public. Consider online apparel, a $150bn business worldwide. UK-listed Asos, founded...

    2. July 21, 2015

      Zalando’s profitability suffers amid rapid expansion

      Zalando, the German online fashion retailer, notched up another quarter of rapid expansion even as its profitability...

    3. July 19, 2015

      Website plans to leave car showrooms behind

      “Buying a brand-new car, that’s painful,” says James Hind. He is trying to make it a little less so. Mr Hind is the...

    4. July 19, 2015

      Snapdeal denounces apps-only strategy

      The founder of Snapdeal, one of India's largest ecommerce start-ups, has launched a thinly veiled criticism of rivals...

    5. July 17, 2015

      Apple seen as leading the field in phone payments race

      The barista at the well-known coffee shop chain looked blankly at the phone being brandished in front of the till to...

    6. July 17, 2015

      Since you asked: Apple Pay, cash and the Woody Allen question

      ‘Apple Pay taps UK to shake up consumer spending’ Financial Times, July 13 Apple Pay? It is the tech company’s new,...

    7. July 17, 2015

      Devin Wenig steps into eBay spotlight

      “Those of you that know me well know that I have always looked westward, to the excitement, innovation, and impact of...

    8. July 17, 2015

      My first million — Ross Williams

      Ross Williams, 37, founded Global Personals with Steve Pammenter in 2003, providing technology that allows media...

    9. July 16, 2015

      Online retailers celebrate Ramadan lift

      As Gulf Arabs jet off on their Eid holidays to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Friday, the...

    10. July 15, 2015

      Europe expansion on the menu for India’s Zomato

      Indian online restaurant service Zomato is placing European expansion at the heart of plans to launch in 18 new...

    11. July 14, 2015

      Rocket Internet shares fall nearly 12% after bond sale

      Shares in Rocket Internet fell nearly 12 per cent on Tuesday after it raised €550m in a convertible bond offering which...

    12. July 14, 2015

      Beware online words that can lead to a libel charge

      When the UK Defamation Act 2013 came into force in January 2014, Shailesh Vara, the justice minister, publicly...

    13. July 13, 2015

      Rakuten buys UK virtual fitting room start-up

      A UK technology company that develops “virtual fitting rooms” for retailers’ websites is the latest target for Rakuten,...

    14. July 8, 2015

      India’s Flipkart to go app-only

      Flipkart, India’s largest ecommerce group by sales, will close its website later this year, becoming the most prominent...

    15. July 5, 2015

      Dan Schulman, PayPal CEO designee: flip-flops and a hint of suit

      It is rare to turn up to an interview at a financial services company and find the chief executive wearing flip-flops....

    16. July 1, 2015

      John Lewis to charge for click and collect orders under £30

      John Lewis is attempting to shake up the UK’s online retail market after becoming the first department store chain to...

    17. June 30, 2015

      Amazon launches one-hour delivery in London

      Need coffee, batteries or nappies in a hurry? Amazon is launching one-hour delivery to some London postcodes, rolling...

    18. June 30, 2015

      Foreign groups battle for Indian ecommerce

      Indian soil has played host to many an epic battle involving invading foreign powers, from the Mughals to the British....

    19. June 26, 2015

      Data deals signal way ahead for the Vienna Stock Exchange

      It was a conversation in the men's room of the Connaught hotel in London that changed the growth strategy of the Vienna...

    20. June 26, 2015

      Polaire steps out for success in fashion industry

      The three founders of start-up Polaire knew their business idea had the legs to become a reality when they saw one of...

    21. June 25, 2015

      India’s ecommerce groups target online grocery shoppers

      On a sweltering Delhi morning, the 30,000 square foot warehouse of Big Basket, an Indian online grocery store, is a...

    22. June 23, 2015

      Rocket Internet wins green light for €4.5bn fundraising

      Rocket Internet, the German ecommerce incubator, won permission from shareholders to raise up to €4.5bn in debt and...

    23. June 23, 2015

      Alibaba eyes ‘online-to-offline’ market with $1bn deal

      Alibaba has intensified its battle with rival Tencent by signing a near-$1bn joint venture with its online finance...

    24. June 21, 2015

      Mutaz Qubbaj, Squirrel founder, took leap of faith

      Family members struggled to understand why, in 2013, Mutaz Qubbaj quit a decade-long career in investment banking to...

    25. June 17, 2015

      China ecommerce: JD.com eats into Alibaba’s dominance

      Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba has long dominated China’s Rmb2.8tn ($451bn) online retail market. However, there are...

    26. June 17, 2015

      Apps boom but health tech is no cure all

      Later this summer, cyclists will set off on a race from Brussels to Geneva via Paris. The 1,500km event will hardly be...

    27. June 17, 2015

      IT-savvy patients seek more control over their wellbeing

      It may seem morbid, but people aged 40-70 in the UK can now predict their “Ubble age” — their risk of dying within five...

    28. June 14, 2015

      EU members poised to back online privacy rules

      All 28 EU nations are today set to sign up to landmark online privacy rules intended to protect consumers, despite...

    29. June 11, 2015

      Sunny Chinese optimism woos a tough US crowd

      This week marked a striking milestone in the long commercial dance between China and the US. Jack Ma, founder of...

    30. June 11, 2015

      Brussels launches antitrust investigation into Amazon

      The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation to determine whether Amazon, the US-based online...

    31. June 10, 2015

      Boohoo bounces back after profit alert

      Boohoo.com sales grew 35 per cent in the three months to May, beating expectations and shaking off memories of a profit...

    32. June 10, 2015

      What I would like to see in the hotel room of the future

      When I received a UBS research paper last week on how to make hotels “future-proof”, I remembered the silent fax...

    33. June 9, 2015

      Ma woos New York with reassuring China pitch

      Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, set out his pitch to bring US businesses to his Chinese ecommerce platform on Tuesday...

    34. June 8, 2015

      Silicon Valley is not dressed for success

      José Neves is not impressed by Silicon Valley. The men — and they are almost always men — who lead the tech world are...

    35. June 8, 2015

      Tech leaders shake up luxury industry

      The clearest indicator of the changes to the luxury industry in the digital age comes from the largest deal struck in...

    36. May 27, 2015

      Retailers look to beacons to help in-store shopping mirror online

      Retailers and consumer goods groups are turning to beacon technology in a bid to make shopping in bricks and mortar...

    37. May 21, 2015

      The challenge from digital concierges

      In one sense, there is nothing very magical about Magic. Do you need to book a flight, buy a theatre ticket, find a new...

    38. May 20, 2015

      Conflict over data ownership lies ahead

      Consumers and companies are at odds over the data economy. Companies — which saw General Electric make more than $1bn...

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