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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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A house, car and coffee machine: the markers of adulthood?

New research has revealed the top ten purchases that Brits feel define adulthood – and housewares products are high on the list. A survey of 1,124 UK adults conducted by household appliances e-tailer AppliancesDirect.co.uk shows that almost three-quarters of Brits (73%) feel that becoming a homeowner is a purchase that …

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Waitrose & Partners introduces ‘W’ range of lesser-known wines

Waitrose & Partners is introducing a new range of nine own-label wines celebrating lesser-known grape varieties. The ‘W’ range, which launches in-store and online from June 17, will introduce an experimental range of wines from different regions and countries including Sardinia, Austria and Chile. A survey of 2,000 people in …

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ITV2 announces brand new show: ‘Shopping With Keith Lemon’

Keith Lemon is set to hit the high street in a brand new show where he takes famous faces shopping. ITV2 has commissioned ‘Shopping With Keith Lemon’: a series of eight 30-minute episodes that follow host Keith (the alter-ego of comedian Leigh Francis, presenter of TV comedy panel game ‘Celebrity …

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Retailers must act fast to satisfy sustainability-seeking shoppers, says GlobalData

The overwhelming majority of UK consumers believe that retailers should be acting sustainably – but almost 80% think retailers are not doing enough to address issues around sustainability and climate change, according to GlobalData. The date and analytics company’s latest report – ‘UK Sustainability 2019’ – reveals that those consumers who …

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Sainsbury’s makes bold commitments to cut plastic packaging

Sainsbury’s has announced that it will end the use of dark coloured plastics (which are difficult to recycle) across fresh foods by the end of 2019 and entirely by March 2020 – and will remove all plastic packaging from Christmas crackers this year. The supermarket chain will also introduce a …

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