Tech retailer Dixons Carphone plc - the company behind the Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse brands in the UK - has announced plans to 'streamline' its store management, with up to 800 jobs expected to be cut across shops in the UK and Ireland.
Podcast - 15th January 2016
Iain Graham, James Rosewell and Mark Bridge return to review their mobile industry predictions from last year. Which mergers, partnerships and developments did they forecast correctly... and which didn’t work out as planned?
Later in the programme, the team anticipates some of the topics that will be hitting the headlines during 2016.
eBay has announced plans to separate its PayPal e-commerce operation from its online auction and shopping business.
PayPal was created around 15 years ago and launched on the stock market in 2002. It was acquired by eBay later that year.
Online retailer Amazon has announced its first smartphone.
The new device is simply known as Fire - the same branding used to differentiate the company’s multimedia tablets - and will launch next week on the AT&T network in the USA. There is no news about UK availability.
UK mobile network operator EE has launched a new retail service called ‘Connected Retail’ to help shops monitor their customers’ behaviour.
Although full details haven’t been announced, the new service is described as using mobile connectivity inside shops “to improve the customer experience and open new revenue streams”.