UK retailers DFS and H. Samuel have both launched apps to help their clientele shop remotely.

DFS’s sofa and room planner app for iPad allows users to create a digital version of their living room, then try out a new sofa in it. The sofas themselves are customisable thanks to a range of colours and fabrics, although users have to go to their local store to actually make the purchase.

H. Samuel’s app, meanwhile, allows users to shop for watches and jewellery via their iOS device. It also includes wish lists, gift finders and a store locator.