Online shopping continues to boom here despite a very muted retail climate for shop owners on the main street.
But customers shopping online often face difficulty in returning items.
Courier company Nightline believes it's come up with a solution. It has added a return service to its Parcel Motel service, which is designed to store customers' deliveries so they can collect them at any time.
"We've added a sending and returning service, where our customers can return items to retailers using Parcel Motel terminals," said chief executive John Tuohy. "[This] means they can do it 24/7 without having to go to a courier depot or post office to do so."
He said that Littlewoods would be a launch partner for the service, meaning that its customers can return items at no charge via Parcel Motel.
Mr Tuohy said that online business is certainly booming in Ireland, with Nightline seeing significant growth in the sector in recent times.
"Our online delivery business is up 20% year on year, and that's up 20% on the previous year," he said.
He said the arrival of a postcode system to Ireland would help that to grow further, and said it would allow Nightline to add new services across the entire country.
RBS, the parent company of Ulster Bank, is to move much of its bad commercial property debt into a new "bad bank" which will be managed within RBS.
The move is part of a major overhaul of RBS announced this morning alongside its latest quarterly results.
In terms of the week that has just been it's significant that RBS is committing to Ulster Bank's future in the Irish market.
Some of the detail: £9bn worth of assets (primarily commercial property loans) are being transferred to this internal "bad bank" from Ulster Bank.
RBS has already sunk about 17 billion euros into Ireland to keep Ulster Bank going. That's almost a third of the bailout bill for RBS as a whole. Bear in mind UB only represented 3% of RBS assets in 2007.
Much of that due to particularly ill-judged lending spree between 2007 and 2011 a period during which UB doubled its loan book.
Output from the Irish manufacturing sector is at a two year high.
The latest Purchasing Managers' Index from Investec shows that activity in the sector rose for the fifth month in a row during October. The pace of growth also picked up during the month.
New orders and employment are both on the rise in the sector.
About a quarter of the manufacturers who submit information to this monthly survey and who are a representative group within the sector as a whole, say they've had to take on new staff this past month. That's compared to just 7% who said there was a fall in employment at their facilities.