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Silver surfers during COVID-19: standing outside the digital-centered world

Silver surfers during COVID-19: standing outside the digital-centered world

Adults, Covid-19, International, London, shopping, Technology, UK news
In UK, more than half of people aged 65 and above (54%) had to turn to online shopping. During lockdown, digital technology set up a lifeline connecting people with the outside world. Online shopping, video calls, and virtual payments greatly support their daily living and well-being at home. However, for a large number of senior citizens, it is the bottomless digital divide opposite conveniences. Photo credited by The People's Daily/ edited by Ningjing Fan A report by the Office for National Statistics indicates 2.5 million over-75s still had never used the internet in 2019. Under the influence of the epidemic, with more than half of people aged 65 and above (54%) had to turn to online shopping. In fact, the milestone development of this generation
Retail workers feel supported as more UK employers pay real living wage

Retail workers feel supported as more UK employers pay real living wage

Business, Food, shopping, UK news
Retail workers across UK will enjoy a wallet boost as “real living wage” is increased.  The lowest paid staff working in retail and hospitality, care, security etc, will have their minimum hourly pay increased to £10.85 in London and to £9.50 across the rest of the UK. The rises were announced by the Living Wage Foundation to mark Living Wage Week, which fell between 9-15 November this year.  More than 250,000 employees at nearly seven thousand accredited firms will benefit from an extra £1,500 a year from this increase. The real living wage is paid by employers voluntarily and is based on the amount of cash people require to cover their day-to-day needs.  Announcing the rise, Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: "It’s an
Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Christmas, Culture, LifeStyle, London, News, shopping, Student
The young workforce who are trying to make a bit of extra cash end up having an anti-social Christmas. Over 78,000 people have signed a petition to stop shops opening during Christmas and Boxing day after retail workers across the UK have complained about the stress of working during these periods. As Christmas approaches, streets and malls become busier with shoppers from all over the world, and young people are mostly found working in these retail shops which prevent them from spending time with their families on the holidays. Dave William, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), Media officer told Westminster world: "We know that boxing days are becoming popular in recent times but we don’t see any reason why these sales cannot take place some other day
Black Friday consumers in UK predicted to out-spend last year

Black Friday consumers in UK predicted to out-spend last year

Breaking News, Business, Fashion, shopping
The busiest shopping week of the year is upon us, and consumers are predicted to spend more during this Black Friday than the rest of the fourth retail quarter, according to Global Data. But first, what is Black Friday? Black Friday, like many trends, is an American export that now resides in the UK. Since the 1940’s and the rise of department stores, US retailers have been promoting big sales come Christmastime in hopes that shoppers will line up the day after Thanksgiving with some money to spend. In the last few years, however, British retailers have adopted the discount weekend, since Amazon UK first began advertising Black Friday sales in 2010. The holiday, it seems, is here to stay. What do consumers have to say? We spoke to shoppers on Oxford Street to see how the

Why has a cold chill blasted UK’s Black Friday?

Business, Culture, LifeStyle, London, shopping
Black Friday conjures up images of hordes of customers pushing through shop doors to fight for bargains. But this year, many stores remained nearly empty as the holiday-shopping season kicked off. https://twitter.com/mfarris_CA/status/935188620381745153 https://twitter.com/jackgevertz/status/933978804355256321 I went to St. George’s, the big shopping mall in Harrow, and found it seemed no more busy than usual. Is Black Friday not attractive now? Mohammad Hussain, security guard of St. George’s, said: “People are getting used to Black Friday and starting to realize Black Friday is not what they think it is. I guess that’s why this year there are less people here compared to last year. Last year was slightly busier because Black Friday is a little newer then.” Trick or Treat