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2020 has been a difficult year for many, seeing a devastating number of both retailers and news publications struggle to keep moving forward.

We’d like to personally thank all our readers for supporting Charged throughout the year, enabling us to keep bringing you breaking news from the retail industry and continue to grow at such a crucial time in our journey.

From everyone here at Charged, we wish you a Merry Christmas an a fruitful 2021.

Before we wave 2020 goodbye entirely, here’s a roundup of the biggest retail technology stories that made up the year:

November 19 – Sainsbury’s is cancelling delivery orders and permanently blocking accounts without explanation

Sainsbury’s customers have had their online orders cancelled and accounts blocked by the retailer due to supposed “fraudulent activity” despite it providing no evidence.

A number of customers have complained of being told by Sainsbury’s hours before their delivery was due that their orders would not be arriving…

May 11 – Lidl owner launching its own rival to Amazon Web Services

Lidl’s parent company Schwarz Group is taking on Amazon by launching its own cloud computing service for third party retailers.

Schwarz Group, which owns both Lidl and Kaufland, is launching its own rival to Amazon Web Services (AWS) following the recent acquisition of software specialist Camao IDC…

 

June 23 – B&M begins selling FFP2-grade face masks with a filter efficiency of 95%

B&M has started selling a range of FFP2-grade face masks which according to official guidelines can be used safely in medical settings.

The discount retailer has pushed ahead of its rivals like Aldi and Co-op, which began selling “non-medical” face masks earlier this month, and now offers face masks with far higher levels of protection…

September 3 – Lidl Plus digital rewards app launches in Britain offering weekly coupons and discounts

Lidl has rolled out its new digital rewards app Lidl Plus across Great Britain today offering shoppers rewards and discounts every time they shop.

Lidl Plus is now available to download on iOS and Android in the England, Scotland and Wales after being piloted in stores in Ireland in July.

 

June 18 – Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy and other major retailers accused of price gouging face masks

Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy and other major retailers have been accused of profiteering by placing “excessive markups” on face masks.Mask Bros, a student organisation which sells masks at “fair” prices often half the price of major retailers, has accused them of price gouging.

Mask Bros, a student organisation which sells masks at “fair” prices often half the price of major retailers, has accused them of price gouging.

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