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MoneyAmazon defends UK role as 'clicks and mortar' pop-ups launch

14:00  03 june  2019
14:00  03 june  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Amazon 's UK boss has defended the online retailer's role in the UK economy while launching the first in a series of pop - up shops for firms using its marketplace. Doug Gurr told Sky's Ian King Live the year-long " clicks and mortar " pilot programme to help small online retailers reach high street shoppers

Amazon will run holiday pop - ups , dubbed " Amazon Loft for Xmas" and centered on electronics and Amazon is swiftly adding to its brick- and - mortar © Sky News Screen Grab Doug Gurr has been head of Amazon in the UK since 2016 Amazon 's UK boss has defended the online retailer's role in

Amazon defends UK role as 'clicks and mortar' pop-ups launch © Sky News Screen Grab Doug Gurr has been head of Amazon in the UK since 2016 Amazon's UK boss has defended the online retailer's role in the UK economy while launching the first in a series of pop-up shops for firms using its marketplace.

Doug Gurr told Sky's Ian King Live the year-long "clicks and mortar" pilot programme to help small online retailers reach high street shoppers was part of its commitment to UK firms and the wider economy.

He spoke at the first test store - in Manchester - launched with support from Amazon that will see 10 of its small online retailers secure physical selling space for the first time.

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Amazon is launching a yearlong “ Clicks and Mortar ” pop - up initiative in the UK . With Clicks and Mortar , Amazon should have full control over the space, allowing it to not only provide space for online brands but Amazon Lockers as well — at least the first location will feature them, according to The

Amazon Clicks and Mortar is a new initiative that will see the Internet giant open a total of 10 stores across the UK , all of which will support small online businesses with physical For the first time ever, Amazon will be launching this program to expose small online businesses to high street shoppers.

Ten pop-up shops are planned as the retail giant moves to counter complaints from major chains that it has contributed to the crisis facing the high street.

Amazon defends UK role as 'clicks and mortar' pop-ups launch © Sky News Screen Grab The first 'Clicks and Mortar' store in Manchester's St Mary's Gate includes cosmetics and scooter retailers Physical retailers accuse the government of presiding over a tax system that has failed to keep pace with the shift to online shopping - their main gripe being over a business rates formula that is weighted against high street premises.

Mr Gurr said Amazon paid £63m in business rates last year in a UK market that still sees 82% of total retail sales coming from a physical store base.

He pointed to over £9bn of investment in the UK by a firm that has created "tens of thousands of jobs" and said that its support for independent sellers using its platform included export as well as domestic opportunities.

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Amazon 's UK boss has defended the online retailer's role in the UK economy while launching the first in a series of pop - up shops for firms using its marketplace. Doug Gurr told Sky's Ian King Live the year-long " clicks and mortar " pilot programme to help small online retailers reach high street shoppers

The pop - ups will also act as a location for customers to see and try out products from online-only Amazon has had a mixed history with brick and mortar stores. Its automated supermarket chain Unlike other schemes, the Clicks and Mortar stores aren't Amazon branded and they won't sell the

Amazon defends UK role as 'clicks and mortar' pop-ups launch © Reuters He added: "Like all businesses, we pay all the taxes we are required to pay - here in the UK and in every nation in which we operate.

"Are we giving enough back? I absolutely think we are," he concluded.

Mr Gurr said Amazon was also providing a £1m apprenticeship fund for small or medium-sized businesses with the aim of supporting 150 people in areas such as digital marketing and business administration.

He told the programme that the results of the pop-up shop tests would be handed to the government review covering the future of the high street.

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