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RECORD SALES AT STRATFORD- UPON AVON ONLINE RETAILER AS SHOPPERS ABANDON HIGH STREET

COVID-19 has rapidly accelerated the growth of online retail – and is set to change the face of our high streets forever.

But rather than mourning the losses, it’s time to seize and celebrate the vast opportunities for business growth.

That’s the message from one of the UK’s fastest growing online retailers – a company which has risen to the challenge of ‘unprecedented demand’ during the Coronavirus pandemic and seen its sales skyrocket.

Sixty Stores Ltd is a multi-channel e-commerce retailer based in Stratford upon Avon, running sites including Sheds.co.uk, Minifridge.co.uk, Personalise.co.uk and Rattangardenfurniture.co.uk.

The surge in demand for garden buildings, home offices, home gyms and garden makeovers saw the company record a huge 113 per cent increase in sales between March and June this year, reaching £15.3 million.

That figure was more than double the £7.1million in sales recorded for the same four-month period in 2019.

It is evidence of the rapid acceleration of ecommerce driven by Covid-19 and the decline of the high street.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that in May online sales accounted for a record 33.3 per cent of all retail.

But, according to Sixty Stores Ltd, our shopping habits were already shifting and aren’t expected to revert back to the high street even post-pandemic.

Company Director William Letterese says: “Our high streets already look vastly different to the way they did a decade ago and news of store closures from retail giants like John Lewis and Boots are further evidence of a really significant and long-lasting shift in the way we shop”.

“Covid-19 has rapidly accelerated a change that was already underway”
“And while it’s undoubtedly heralding a difficult and challenging period for many, our success and the success of the UK’s ecommerce industry show it’s not all bad news for jobs or the economy.

“The demand for retail remains high – and it’s about seizing that opportunity now.”

Sixty Stores Ltd is on track for a record annual turnover of £23 million this year.

“As soon as we entered lockdown, consumers who wouldn’t usually shop online were left with no alternative,” Mr Letterese added.
“And that signals a big change going forward – the fact that people who were previously perhaps wary of doing things like banking or shopping online, have now seen the benefits.

“We quickly saw unprecedented demand across our ecommerce stores, particularly in the home and garden sector, with a surge in sales for summerhouses, sheds, home offices, home gyms, home refrigeration and garden furniture. It has undoubtedly been challenging at times, but we have a great team, which we look forward to expanding as business continues to grow.”

Sixty Stores Ltd, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, was established in 2011 with the primary focus of creating a group of market leading online retail sites. The aim now is to increase product ranges and expand further into the garden and home markets.

Sixty Stores Ltd was founded by Will Letterese, Ben Styles and Adrian Styles. Coming from an online marketing and web development background, they recognised the value of generic domain names and established the company with the primary focus of creating a group of online retail sites which utilised premium domain names as “brands”.

For more information and to view the Sixty Stores Ltd portfolio of brands and stores visit www.sixty.co.uk

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Aragon Research Positions Bigtincan® in the Leader Section of the Globe for Sales Coaching and Learn


Evaluation Based on Completeness of Strategy and Performance

Waltham, MA – July 16, 2020 – Bigtincan (ASX:BTH), the leader in mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation, today announced it has been positioned by Aragon Research, Inc. in the Leader Section of the ‘The Aragon Research Globe™ for Sales Coaching and Learning, 2020’.

This year’s report evaluates fifteen vendors based on revenue, availability of key product features, and customer references in order to position them in the Globe for Sales Coaching and Learning, 2020. In addition, the report details key take-aways for organizations looking to add sales coaching and learning tools to their stack.

“In today’s challenging socio-economic environment, remote learning and video coaching are more critical than ever before.” said David Keane, Co-founder and CEO of Bigtincan. “We believe our positioning as a Leader in the Globe for Sales Coaching and Learning by Aragon Research confirms our commitment to helping sellers grow customer engagements into long-term, valued relationships and highlights our success in the market.”

“The vendors in this year’s Globe for Sales Coaching and Learning have made huge strides in creating effective tools for companies to train remote workers at scale,” said Jim Lundy, CEO and lead analyst at Aragon Research. “Our research shows that microlearning and video coaching are critical elements to deploy now to ensure teams are operating at maximum effectiveness.”

Access to the Aragon Report – https://www.bigtincan.com/download-aragon-research-globe-for-sales-coaching-and-learning-2020/

About Bigtincan
Bigtincan (ASX:BTH) helps sales and service teams increase win rates and customer satisfaction. The company’s mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation platform features the industry’s premier user experience that empowers reps to more effectively engage with customers and prospects and encourages team-wide adoption. Leading brands including AT&T, Thermo Fisher, Merck, ANZ Bank and others rely on Bigtincan to enhance sales productivity and fuel customer engagement. With global sales and marketing headquartered in Boston, Bigtincan also has offices across EMEA, Australia and Asia. To discover more about how your organization can benefit from the Bigtincan Hub platform, please visit www.bigtincan.com or follow @bigtincan on Twitter.

Aragon Research Disclaimer
Aragon Research does not endorse vendors, or their products or services that are referenced in its research publications, and does not advise users to select those vendors that are rated the highest. Aragon Research publications consist of the opinions of Aragon Research and Advisory Services organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Aragon Research provides its research publications and the information contained in them “AS IS,” without warranty of any kind.

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Hard Increase in UK Viagra Sales as Lockdown Rules Soften


Thousands across the UK stock up on erectile dysfunction medications, such as Viagra, as lockdown measures eased on 13 June, according to data released by Pharmica.

‘Support Bubble’ introduction in England increases Viagra sales across the UK by more than 70%

• Sales of all erectile dysfunction (ED) medications jumped 36% in the same period

• Leeds led the way for major cities with an increase of 233% in Viagra purchases

The easing of lockdown measures provided a welcome boost to British sex lives, according to data released today by UK online pharmacy Pharmica.

Sales of the popular erectile dysfunction treatment Viagra jumped 71% the week after the British government implemented its ‘support bubble’ legislation on 13 June.

The introduction of the ‘support bubble’ allowed those who live alone or single parents to visit one other household and stay the night if they chose to do so.

Yorkshire took advantage of this move with gusto, increasing its purchases of the popular blue pill by a cool 233%.

Pharmica CEO, Rishi Krishna Says: “Coronavirus has had an enormous impact on everyone’s lives, and I don’t think we have even seen the full extent of it yet. Life has changed so much in such a short amount of time, which understandably creates a great deal of uncertainty. We are so pleased and proud that Pharmica has been able to continue to operate throughout this time and provide a much-needed service for all our customers.”

The post-lockdown boost in demand for Viagra has been especially high in Britain’s major cities.

London and Manchester both saw more than a 90% increase in Viagra sales the week after the support bubble legislation was implemented. In Birmingham, demand shot up even higher, soaring 112%. It was Leeds, however, that saw the biggest increase in demand for Viagra, with sales in the Yorkshire city rocketing 233% in the week after lockdown was eased.

Carolina Gonclaves, Pharmica’s Superintendent Pharmacist, added: “It’s wonderful that we’ve been able to help so many people during this unusual time. It’s been hard work helping so many more customers, but the feedback we’re getting from our patients has made it worthwhile. We’re helping all our customers live happier, more fulfilled lives and that’s a nice thing for us to be able to do.”

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About Pharmica

Pharmica is an online pharmacy, based in Central London, which launched in 2015, available at pharmica.co.uk.

We work hard to provide the right treatments for our patients to ensure they live their best lives and do the things they love to do; discreetly, conveniently and with integrity.
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ContactPigeon: Weekly online retail sales grew 61% in Europe during the lockdown


London – June 2020: ContactPigeon, the all-in-one omnichannel customer engagement platform which specializes in the retail industry, with clients in Europe and North America, published a report about the top eCommerce trends during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Using 30+ million eCommerce transactions across all key product verticals captured within ContactPigeon’s platform during the period between January and April 2020, the report analyzes the weekly shopping patterns of consumers as a direct result of COVID-19 driven quarantine measures. The company used Visual Recognition AI technology to identify over 100K products across hundreds of retailers to consistently categorize the product by its vertical for most reliable insights.

Key insights of the report:
● The market is shifting: The global COVID 19 pandemic, retail and eCommerce businesses are facing new challenges in consumer behavior in spending, where they shop, and their product mix.

● Ecommerce benefited during forced closure: Weekly eCommerce sales during the mandatory store closure period have increased by 61% compared to the weekly average during pre-closure period.

● Average order value (A.o.V.) has grown by 31%: During this period consumers added more products on their baskets and spent more vs the pre-closure period.

● Top 3 eCommerce product categories: Entertainment (236%), Stationery & Hobbies (204%), and Food & Beverages (167%) were the categories with the biggest month over month change in revenue.

Fashion’s wallet share shrunk by -17% during the lockdown

“During the lockdown, the eCommerce penetration skyrocketed nearly to every affected country and market. Understanding the latest online consumer behavior that COVID-19 shaped is vital for retailers and eCommerce businesses that aim to build a more resilient retail business and recover from the current crisis”
– George Moirotsos, Founder & CEO, ContactPigeon

You can find the full COVID-19 eCommerce trends report here:
https://grow.contactpigeon.com/covid-impact-ecommerce-report

About ContactPigeon
ContactPigeon is a VC-backed customer engagement platform that empowers retailers to grow sales and customer retention with personalized, behavioral-driven, and high-converting messages. Founded in 2014, ContactPigeon operates across the US and EU and is trusted by more than 300 brands including L’OREAL, The Body Shop, Fujitsu, and others.

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Second-Hand Bike Sales Surge As Families Take To The Saddle To Cope During Lockdown


‘More families choose cycling to boost health and well-being’

Cheshire UK, Monday 06 May 2020 – As life across the world continues to be turned upside down courtesy of the global health crisis, the UK has seen a resurgence of the simpler things, as families up and down the nation look to get back in the saddle.

Since the first period of lock-down took hold, the second-hand online market has seen sales of used bikes and gym equipment surge beyond expectation, as the nation continues to use lock-down as an opportunity to take better care of health and fitness. Recent figures from used bike specialist ‘SecondHandBikes.co.uk’ indicate that the increased interest and popularity is set to continue, with strong daily visitor numbers and sales holding steady.

Website Manager at SecondHandBikes.co.uk and UsedGymEquipment.co.uk, Chris Brown said: “Whilst many parts of the retail market are suffering terribly, it seems that the popularity of used bikes and gym equipment is soaring. We’ve seen consistently high numbers of enquiries from people across the UK looking to find second-hand equipment – everything from mountain and spinning bikes, to cross trainers and treadmills.”

Chris continued: “Whilst this period in our history is undoubtedly one of sadness and anxiety for many, it’s heartening to see families everywhere spending more quality time together looking after their health. Last year, the National Travel Survey estimated around 20 million people own a bicycle, it would be fantastic for the nation’s health if we exit the health crisis with even more people enjoying cycling.”

“Not only is cycling a fantastic, free way of getting around but it’s also a great way to look after your health whilst spending quality time with your family during lock-down. High-end bikes can be really expensive, however buying second hand is a very affordable way of finding yourself new wheels without the hefty price tag!”

For further detailed guides on buying a second hand bike, or to view the extensive range available, please visit the official website at www.SecondHandBikes.co.uk

About SecondHandBikes.co.uk:

‘SecondHandBikes.co.uk’ is a UK based online specialist in the quality used bicycle market. The brand has been developed to bring together some of the best deals on second hand bikes for sale in the UK, with savings of up to 70% on 1000’s of bicycles. With a broad range designed to suit every type of rider, ‘SecondHandBikes.co.uk’ are sure you’ll find the perfect one for your needs!

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Contact: Chris Brown
Email: contact@secondhandbikes.co.uk
Web: www.SecondHandBikes.co.uk

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Subscription Box Business Bathes in Sales Growth


Bathing in sales growth

An online beauty retailer has seen its business grow by a massive 25% over the past few months.

Bathbox is a subscription box company of bath bombs, soaps and salts and has been selling its products since 2017. Every month subscribers receive a different range of products each packaged to reflect the season.

The business was created by Natalie Clarke, who identified that there was a niche in the subscription box industry for a beauty bath product. Each Bathbox includes several well-known products, and this lets customers experience items that would cost them a lot more if they had been purchased from high street retailers.

Natalie normally gathers around 5 % growth each month, but this Easter’s Bathbox sold out in just a few days. This has meant that the business now has several hundred new subscribers.

Bathbox has been featured in Cosmopolitan and reviewed by several YouTube stars, such as Eltoria.

Owner Natalie says: “There are many small businesses, like mine, that have seen a growth in sales since the lockdown was introduced. I already had a business model that provided an alternative product to the major brands and high street retailers.

“Bathbox is an excellent way for my customers to treat themselves or to provide a monthly gift to a friend or relative.

“It’s a very exciting time for small businesses like mine that can still operate from home.”

The UK Subscription Box Boom Report, which was published by the Royal Mail in February 2019, estimated that the subscription box industry would be worth £1bn by 2022. But with the current lockdown set to continue, it is expected that people’s buying habits may change forever, with the industry seeing massive growth well before then.

This could see small businesses, like Natalie’s, develop and extend their products in a way that they would never have envisaged a few months ago.

Notes to Editors:

A Bathbox subscription costs £9.99 (+£2.99 UK Shipping). Subscribers receive a box once a month. Subscriptions can be cancelled at anytime.

Each Bathbox contains five Beauty Bath Items; Bath Salts, Bath Bombs, Soaps & more.

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Sudden Shift to Remote Work Increases Demand for Sales Productivity Software


New York, NY – The effects of Coronavirus are hitting hard around the globe, with many companies telling their workforce to “stay home”. Yet, as more workers operate remotely, many large companies are finding it difficult to keep up morale and productivity.
We’re being forced into the world’s largest work-from-home experiment and, so far, it hasn’t been easy for a lot of organizations to implement,” said Saikat Chatterjee, Senior Director, Advisory at Gartner, in a recently published report.

Ignite Remote Team Performance
Following the recent shift to remote work for most companies, there has also been a significant uplift in demand for productivity management software. Looking for a way to keep remote teams motivated and productive, many enterprise companies are turning to SaaS platforms that can help build more pipeline and drive more revenue producing activity. SalesScreen has seen a 400% increase in

inbound leads just this week.
“The battle to balance the demands of maintaining workplace productivity remotely while simultaneously igniting teams to peak performance makes SalesScreen uniquely poised to help companies handle this current challenge,” said Frank Matticola, Chief Revenue Officer, SalesScreen. “We believe that technology which enables remote work models can empower companies to maintain momentum during this challenging time and leverage their skills to unlock innovation, engage customers and move their businesses forward.”

There’s a lot that companies can do these days to bring their workforce together, including running fun sales competitions, celebrating achievements openly and collaborating more efficiently throughout the sales process.

Results-Driven Performance
“Recently, a top 3 global software company looking for a way to dramatically improve productivity has turned to SalesScreen. They wanted to positively encourage more outreach, measured in terms of more meetings that would drive more revenue.” Mentioned Sindre Haaland, CEO of SaleSScreen. “After implementing the system, they saw a 76% increase in meeting activity, and as measured in a user survey also drove significant team engagements and culture improvements (Employee survey drove an average of 9.1 rating on a scale of 10 – 10 being best, in a 10 question survey). We believe that this type of performance uplift is essential to companies who may be questioning whether they can hit their revenue goals.”

As employees settle in to new remote working routines for the foreseeable future, it will be imperative that companies find solutions that allow them to increase the engagement and visibility of their teams to boost their productivity from anywhere. We see that SalesScreen is helping teams do exactly that.

About SalesScreen
SalesScreen is a sales performance software that uses visualization and gamification to help organizations build happier, more productive workplaces. SalesScreen brings your data into one place, integrates with your existing CRM and makes daily work-life collaborative and exciting through peer-to-peer recognition and competitions.
https://www.salesscreen.com/

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Tom Ammann Returns to CMT Sales Team


CHESTERFIELD, MI, March 9, 2020 – Columbia Marking Tools is thrilled to welcome back veteran tool manufacturer’s representative, Tom Amman. Tom will be representing the Columbia Marking Tools in the US southeast region. Tom has been serving the Metal Stamping and Plastic Injection manufacturing/assembly industries for 20 years. He is motivated by the opportunity to with work with engineers to provide solutions to manufacturing issues so client companies can be efficient and effective serving their customers.

Tom enjoys representing the CMT product line because he says, “I value the focus on quality at CMT’s manufacturing and assembling facilities. CMT is dedicated to delivering unique solutions to solve people’s problems.” Tom’s strength as a manufacturer’s representative is in identifying the solution that is needed, determining what is realistic based on the customer’s budget and getting that solution delivered.

Michelle Krembel, president of CMT, says of Tom’s return, “The need for part traceability and marking machines is growing at a steady pace. It is tremendous to have Tom back with us representing the important SE region.”

Tom’s return to CMT coincides with the organization’s launch of customer-focused training courses as well as implementing advanced technology in the stamp and die manufacturing.

Tom graduated from Northern Kentucky University. He is based in South Carolina where he is involved with youth sports with his wife and children. They enjoy traveling around the south in their down time.

About CMT
Columbia Marking Tools manufactures a wide range of industrial marking products from hand tools to laster marking systems. Columbia Marking Tools has been providing marking solutions to industry from their factory in Chesterfield, MI since 1960. CMT is most well known for their line of air impact markers. These small, air-powered tools are used to mark date codes and part numbers on metal parts for traceability and identification.

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Dottie Peen, Columbia Marking Tools
Chesterfield, MI, US
5869498400

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