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Clas Ohlson to phase out disposable barbecues

Swedish hardware and homeware chain Clas Ohlson has announced that it will phase out the sale of disposable barbecues in 29019 and offer portable alternatives (pictured) instead. The initiative is part of is sustainability strategy, ‘where products with a negative environmental impact are continuously phased out’. Earlier this year, the …

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Robert Welch Designs survey reveals shopping habits of middle-aged consumers

A study of 2,000 adults conducted by Robert Welch Designs has revealed the top 50 signs of middle age, which include being happy to spend money on carpets rather than clothes, and finally ditching flatpack furniture in favour of something a little more upmarket. Those closer to the age of …

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MAKE International managing director launches BuyFair.Global

Dominic Speelman, founder and managing director of housewares manufacturer MAKE International, has launched a new venture. He is ceo and co-founder of BuyFair.Global, billed as ‘the first B2B multi-lot auction-based marketplace for overstock, sample and end-of line product’. Dominic said: “Difficult trading conditions in recent years have placed some manufacturers …

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Waitrose & Partners plants truffle orchard in supermarket first

Waitrose & Partners has planted its own truffle orchard on the retailer’s Leckford Estate in Hampshire. Oak and hazel trees have had truffle spores added to their roots and should start producing a meaningful yield of this edible fungi in around five to seven years. The farm will then recruit …

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Queen celebrates 150 years of Sainsbury’s

The Queen marked Sainsbury’s 150th birthday with a visit to a unique pop-up experience at Covent Garden in London last Friday (May 24). She was guided through the ‘Since 1869: the Sainsbury’s 150 Experience’ by Sainsbury’s chairman Martin Scicluna and chief executive Mike Coupe, together with Lord and Lady Sainsbury. …

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John Lewis trials Click & Collect at Co-op stores

John Lewis & Partners announced last Thursday (May 23) that it is launching its Click & Collect service in six Co-op food stores. Following a trial launched for Co-op staff in its Manchester support centre store, the service is now being rolled out to five Co-op stores by the end …

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Big name brands attend BHETA workshop on knife retailing

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) chaired a consultative retailer and supplier workshop on knife retailing last Wednesday (May 15), attended by big name retail and supplier brands. The workshop was BHETA’s opening move in its responsible knife retailing campaign: an initiative agreed with members following an initial consultation …

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‘Subdued’ online retail sales in April

After a disappointing first quarter, Easter failed to deliver a boost to online retail sales, with April recording sales growth of just +5.2% year-on-year, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index. IMRG Capgemini said: ‘This compares poorly to a strong performance last April (+12.5%) but continues an ongoing …

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