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Online retail business is booming

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Updated 17 Apr 2014
Trace the growth of online shopping and e-commerce in Europe and the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) nations.

Episode three: Amazon’s Retail Revolution

Episode three: Amazon’s Retail Revolution Copyrighted image Credit: BBC (Photographer: Ben Morse)
Updated 03 Apr 2014
This programme follows the fortunes of the ultimate online retail success story: Amazon.

Shop ethically - and bring individuality back into your wardrobe

Shop ethically - and bring individuality back into your wardrobe Copyrighted image Credit: Stylewithheart
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2013
Having an ecological, ethical wardrobe doesn't mean turning your back on style - far from it, in fact...

Retail agnosticism

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Introductory level Updated 01 Mar 2013
Andy Street, Managing Director of the department store chain John Lewis, discusses the future of retail.

Nationality online

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Nationality online Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jan 2012
Evgeny Morozov of Foreign Policy and The Open University's Ray Corrigan praise the chances and weigh the challenges offered as nationality moves...

Crimbo shopping in your pyjamas

Crimbo shopping in your pyjamas Creative commons image Credit: By Patrick Gage via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Dec 2011
This Christmas, we have swapped the bustle of late night shopping for ordering online in our pyjamas and slippers. But what does it mean for the...

Nick Wheeler discusses online retail

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Nick Wheeler discusses online retail Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Oct 2011
Charles Tyrwhitt chairman Nick Wheeler argues that retailers should focus on customers and products, and not get carried away with the latest and...

How does over a century of heritage influence a modern brand?

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How does over a century of heritage influence a modern brand? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Dec 2010
140 years of trading - what does that history means to a brand like Sainsbury's? Justin King explains.

Environmental concerns on the shop floor

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Environmental concerns on the shop floor Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Dec 2010
 Justin King of Sainsburys explains why questions of environmental impact aren't as simple as they seem.

Theo's Adventure Capitalists: Six months on: DreamAid

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Theo's Adventure Capitalists: Six months on: DreamAid Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 May 2010
Six months after Theo first met him, we catch up with Peter McAteer to find out how DreamAid has been doing.

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Online market research

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Masters level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Apr 2013
How has the arrival of the internet changed the nature of marketing research? Can doing market research with online participants be as effective as...

Online Rights and the Law

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Online Rights and the Law Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Mar 2012
How does the law stand in relation to web privacy? Do we have the same rights online as we do in life? The online revolution has moved rapidly but...

How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Jul 2011
In this unit you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of your...

Retail management and marketing

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Retail management and marketing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 10 Jun 2011
How do retailers decide where to locate new stores? Why do consumers behave in a particular manner? How does a frozen pea get from harvest to a...

Summarising text

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Summarising text Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 12 May 2011
In this unit you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

Paraphrasing text

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 May 2011
In this unit you will focus on paraphrasing text. This is really a process of turning what you are reading into ‘your own words’, which is an...

Exploring Sports

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Exploring Sports Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 55 mins Updated 07 Oct 2009
Six audio interviews with sports enthusiasts, an amateur footballer, Olympic cyclist, fencer, judo athlete, paraglider and marathon runner discuss...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
The Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League Trust - will...

BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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BA (Honours)  Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
Do you want to combine your passion for football with your desire to obtain a business degree? The Open University degree in Business Management ...

Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
The Open University’s Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League...

Professional Certificate in Management

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Professional Certificate in Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 700 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, the Professional Certificate in Management is for...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness

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Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
This foundation degree course will help you get in good shape for a career in fitness training, sports coaching or management. You’ll develop work...

BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

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BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
If you are an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, our degree in sport, fitness and coaching will develop your...

Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness

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Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
This diploma course will help put you on track for a career in fitness training, sports coaching or management. You’ll develop work-related and...