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John Lewis Partnership staff log a record 24,500 hours of volunteering

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) staff have donated over 24,500 hours in the last year through the retailer’s Golden Jubilee Trust long-term volunteering programme – equivalent to 3,293 working days, and a record number of hours since the programme launched 19 years ago. JLP owns and operates department store group John …

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New Customer Fulfilment Centre for Waitrose

Waitrose & Partners has acquired an 110,000sq ft property at Enfield in north London that will open as a dedicated fulfilment centre for online customer orders in Spring 2020. The announcement is the third in a series of big moves by the supermarket chain to treble Waitrose.com to a £1 …

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John Lewis to invest £21 million in Peterborough store

John Lewis & Partners has announced details of a £21 million investment and refurbishment of its 93,000sq ft Peterborough shop in Cambridgeshire, which is located within the Queensgate shopping centre. Due to be completed by January 2020, the revamp includes an overhaul and reconfiguration of the entire shop with improvements …

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Waitrose launches world’s first home compostable ready meal packaging

Waitrose & Partners claims to have launched the world’s first home compostable ready meal packaging, as it moves nearly nine million products out of black plastic. The packaging will initially replace many of the supermarket chain’s Italian ready meal trays, saving 158 tonnes of black plastic. The cream-coloured containers, which …

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Government takes action to ban plastic straws and drinks stirrers

Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England last Wednesday (May 22), following overwhelming public support for the move. The ban will come into force in April 2020. It will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or …

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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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