The Very Team is a multi-brand online store and also monetary services provider in the United Kingdom and also Ireland. It is based in the Speke location of the city of Liverpool, England. Developed in November 2005 as a result of the merger of the former Littlewoods and Shop Direct business, the merchant was referred to as Littlewoods Store Direct Team up until a business rebranding to Shop Direct Team in May 2008. In 2013, the firm rebranded to Shop Direct, going down the 'group' from its name. Store Direct rebranded themselves to The Very Team in 2020.
An organization group trading by means of numerous digital chain stores, Store Direct traces its origins to a selection of mail order firms in north England, the football swimming pools, and also mail-order company established by John Moores, along with the Manchester-based home shopping service of Terrific Universal Stores. These firms were purchased by Sir David and also Frederick Barclay in 2003, and a major business restructuring occurred leading to a merger of 2 businesses that had "been arch competitors for the very best part of 100 years".
Because of the merger of what had been having a hard time businesses in 2005, recurring restructuring, as well as modernization of the company, has resulted in Shop Direct becoming one of the biggest internet merchants in the UK. It's traditional paper-based and also phone-in order system has actually been superseded by electronic commerce technology.
The group is now among the largest internet stores in the UK, with annual sales of ₤ 1.86 bn in 2016 and also 62% of on-line sales originating from mobile phones.
The team's brands are Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, Very Exclusive, and also Littlewoods Ireland. The former Store Direct brands are Additions Direct, Abound, Option, Great Universal, Isme, K&C o, Kays, Marshall Ward as well as Woolworths. In 2009, The Very Group got the trademark name of the fallen short Woolworths group and also re-established it as an online-only procedure.