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John Lewis opens nine more stores

John Lewis plans to open nine more shops on 25 June following the successful reopening of an initial 13 shops this week. The stores which will reopen their doors to customers on 25 June are; Cribbs Causeway, Leeds, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Peter Jones, Southampton, Tunbridge Wells and York. Bérangère Michel, …

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Quartermaine Distribution acquires Scott Brothers

Cheshire-based company Quartermaine Distribution has completed the acquisition of Scott Brothers, saving six jobs. Scott Brothers recently entered into administration due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, but the procurement by Quartermaine Distribution has saved the longstanding operation from closing permanently. With household brand names such as Packmate, Honeywell, …

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Covid-19 encourages Millennials to go vegan

The prospect of a diet packed with chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa appears to be more tempting as of late, as new research from Mintel reveals that a quarter of young British Millennials (aged 21-30) say that the Covid-19 pandemic has made a vegan diet more appealing. These plant-loving Millennials are not …

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Online retail booms through lockdown

Covid-19 continued to reshape the retail landscape in May, as consumers acclimatised to the enforced shift of shopping online. The UK’s second month under lock down saw online retail sales swell to a twelve-year high, up +32.7%  in May. That’s according to IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index, which tracks the …

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Scotland and Wales reopen for business

The First Minister has announced in the Scottish Parliament that all shops, large and small – except those in shopping centres/malls which do not have street access – will be permitted to re-open from 29 June. This means many shops will have been shuttered for 14 weeks since the commencement …

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Waitrose.com adds 150 vans to online fleet

Waitrose.com has processed more than 150,000 online orders in a week for the first time. The figure is more than double the amount of weekly orders at the start of this year and represents a significant milestone in its online expansion plans. The retailer is also in the process of adding …

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Rainy Day Trust to hold virtual Street Fayre

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) is holding a fundraising event on social media later this month. The Facebook Lockdown Street Fayre will take place on 18 and 19 June. Rainy Day Trust chief executive Bryan Clover said: “As you can imagine, things have been tough recently from an income generation …

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BHETA holds second Ebay webinar

Following the popularity of its webinar with eBay on 14 May, BHETA will be hosting a return ‘visit’ from the eBay team on 11 June at 10.30 am.  eBay will again be represented by its head of trading, Chris Gardner and category manager for home and garden, Rosalind Bridges; and …

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May sees footfall begin to increase

Lock down has seen retail footfall decline to unprecedented levels, forcing some businesses into administration and giving almost all companies cause for serious concern and action. However, according to the latest report from Springboard, lock down easing is seeing a tentative uptick in footfall trends. “The second month of lock …

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The Giftware Association rewards gifts of hope

The Giftware Association has launched a one-off Gift of the Year: Gifts of Hope Award through June. For one month only the Association will be inviting entries to celebrate not just the entrant’s good work, but the work of the charity that it has chosen to support with its product. …

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