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Top 10 stories of the week: Amazon 1-Click patent ends, August's retail sales figures, Brian Justice obituary

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Amazon 1-Click patent ends, August's retail sales figures, Brian Justice obituary

This biggest story on MI Pro this week was the news that Amazon’s reign over the 1-Click shopping system has finally come to an end.

The retailer’s patent for the technology ended this week, meaning savvy retailers will now find it easier to implement their own 1-Click system – which lets shoppers complete a purchase by clicking a single button – in time for the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Check out all of the biggest stories this week below:

1. The end of Amazon's 1-Click patent could prove very important for savvy retailers
Back in 1999, retailing giant Amazon patented its 1-Click checkout system, suing others, like Barnes & Noble, for using a similar process, and licensing the system out to other businesses.
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2. How did high street and online retail sales fare in August?
Throughout August, UK retail sales increased by 1.3% on a like-for-like basis compared to the same period a year before, according to the latest Retail Sales Monitor from BRC and KPMG.

3. MI industry veteran Brian Justice passes away
Brian Justice, a well-respected name in the musical instrument industry, has passed away, reports NAMM.

4. INTERVIEW: CEO Alexander Pietschmann on Adam Hall Group's ambitious plans for the future
Adam Hall Group is well known in a number of MI and audio-related industries. With brands like LD Systems, Cameo, Gravity, Defender, Palmer and Adam Hall, the firm has a full-scale portfolio of pro audio, pro lighting, stage equipment and more.

5. Rare musical instruments are a better investment than classic cars or fine art
In terms of value, musical instruments outpaced the likes of classic cars and fine art during 2016, according to the latest investment index report from Coutts.

6. 4 things to consider before you start busking
If you’re planning to have a go at busking, there may be more you need to think about and prepare for than you realise. Fear not, Know Your Instrument’s Nicky Patterson is on hand with some helpful tips to ensure you have a good time…

7. BOSS launches new Strandberg guitar synthesizer and Angry Driver JB-2 stompbox
Continuing its 2017 September Festival, Roland has launched another batch of new MI products. Today, it’s guitar gear.

8. Roland introduces the Aerophone AE-10 digital saxophone
The first product announced in Roland’s 2017 September Festival is a new digital wind instrument called the Aerophone AE-10.

9. Soundcraft's new Notepad Series mixers arrive in the UK
The Notepad-8FX model is the first to arrive in UK stores this week, with the Notepad-5 and Notepad-12FX models follow later this month.

10. Enter our exclusive Adam Hall Group competition to win an LD Systems U500 wireless microphone
MI Pro has teamed up with Adam Hall Group to offer one lucky reader the chance to take home an LD Systems U500 96 CHN UHF True Diversity Wireless System.

Tags: Retail , amazon , top 10 , top stories , Brain Justice

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