Published: 4th Jun 2019

Amazon will open 10 ‘Clicks and Mortar’ shops across the UK, which will be stocked with products from independent online retailers, selling everything from paperclips to pots and pans. The year-long pilot programme will begin with their first shop on St Mary’s Gate in central Manchester and will be followed by the opening of other pop-up shops in Wales, Scotland, the Midlands, Yorkshire and across the South East. Amazon says the new model will help ‘up and coming’ online brands grow their high street presence, and research from the pilot will be submitted to the government following the call for new ideas to develop their Future High Streets strategy. Amazon will also be releasing a £1m fund to train over 150 full-time apprentices to help SMEs increase their productivity and boost their online sales; and provide free digital training at Amazon Academy events across the UK to help small businesses succeed online, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)