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Sainsbury’s creates Group Chief Digital Officer role

J Sainsbury has announced that Clodagh Moriarty has been promoted to its operating board as group chief digital officer, with immediate effect. The supermarket chain said Clodagh will ‘create and lead the group’s digital strategy, ensuring customers experience an integrated and seamless digital experience across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Sainsbury’s Bank and …

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Theo Paphitis and Small Business Sunday (#SBS) to go live at Autumn Fair

High profile businessman Theo Paphitis will be bringing his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) venture to Autumn Fair 2018. Theo Paphitis is the chairman of hardware and housewares chain Robert Dyas and high street stationery specialist Ryman the Stationer, and the owner of lingerie chain Boux Avenue. In 2010 he launched …

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Rainy Day Trust: ‘We want to work much more closely with housewares businesses’

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is nearly half-way through its 175th anniversary year. The Rainy Day Trust is the UK’s only charity supporting the home improvement and home enhancement workforce and their families in times of need. Chief executive officer Bryan Clover said: “We’ve been helping people like you …

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PHA appointed UK distributor for PackIt

PHA KitchEssentials has been appointed as the UK distributor for PackIt: a patented range of foldable, freezable bags from the US. PHA says: ‘The brand was established by mum Melissa Kieling when she realised that if she wanted a kids’ lunch bag where the freezable gel was actually inside the …

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HOUSE reveals top sellers and brands

Australian housewares retailer HOUSE has made its UK debut with the launch of three stores and an ecommerce website. The first branch opened at the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford on April 16, coinciding with the launch of  www.houseuk.com. This was followed by a store at the Lexicon shopping centre in …

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Sales of pineapple preppers soar at Lakeland

Lakeland has reported a 70% rise in sales of pineapple prepping tools in April compared with the previous month. The housewares chain predicts that ‘pineapple mash’ is set to be huge this summer, as avocado lovers look for the next trend in cooking. He retailer notes that mashed pineapple is …

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Amazon to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK in 2018

Amazon announced yesterday (Wednesday June 6) that it will create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK in 2018, taking its total UK workforce to 27,500 by the end of the year. More than 650 permanent roles will be created in the online giant’s development centres and AWS (Amazon Web Services), in addition …

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Selfridges reclaims title of ‘world’s best department store’

Selfridges has been recognised as the Best Department Store in the World for an unprecedented fourth time, and will retain the honour until 2020. The award was given by the Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS) at its Global Department Store Summit, held in London on May 25. IGDS is …

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Tesco Direct set to cease trading next month

Tesco has announced that it is ‘refocusing’ its non-food business by closing its non-food website Tesco Direct. The supermarket chain said that following a review, it has decided that ‘despite our best efforts, there is no route to profitability for this small, loss-making part of the business’. Tesco Direct sells …

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Sainsbury’s launches in-store ice cream parlours

Working with Unilever, Sainsbury’s has launched five in-store ice cream parlours, offering premium ice cream brands-to-go. The retailer says the trial is the first time that in-store ice cream parlours have opened in a UK supermarket. London customers in Balham, Wandsworth and Clapham Common can now scoop up Ben & …

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