Half of Brits say they can’t stop online shopping in lockdown

Ira A. Johnson
Brits are turning to online shopping to boost their mood and fill their time during lockdown. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire/PA Images
Brits are turning to online shopping to boost their mood and fill their time during lockdown. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire/PA Images

With after-work drinks cancelled and weekend brunches postponed, Brits have turned to online shopping to fill their time and give themselves something to do.

In a survey of 1,500 UK adults by price comparison site Idealo, nearly half (48%) of Brits said online shopping has made them feel happier during the COVID-19 lockdown, with almost a third (31%) admitting to making a purchase every single week.

What’s more, nearly half said they have become “obsessed” with buying things online since lockdown began on 21 March, while 39% admitted to buying something they “wouldn’t normally buy.”

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A third of those surveyed said they have been buying items for their home, with home and garden being the most

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Zilingo Cuts 12% More Jobs as Online Fashion Shopping Plummets

Ira A. Johnson

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Zilingo Pte, a fashion tech platform backed by Temasek Holdings Pte, has cut an additional 12% of its total workforce as it extends cost-cutting measures to deal with Covid-19 fallout, according to a blog post.

The latest cuts come on top of a 5% headcount reduction around April. The company helps small fashion outlets across South and Southeast Asia get online, market and deliver their goods, but it said the coronavirus outbreak has already led to a quarter of those businesses closing doors.

To rein in its own costs, Zilingo is downsizing marketing, sourcing and support teams in the U.S., Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. The leadership team is taking a 30% pay cut, most employees will shift to working from home at least part of the time and some regional offices will be let

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