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Co-op calls for action to tackle attacks against shop workers

The Co-op today (Thursday June 20) called for stronger protection for shop workers in the face of rising attacks. The latest quarterly figures from the supermarket chain show 2,500 incidents of verbal abuse and anti-social behaviour across the UK, with 600 violent incidents over the same period. One in four …

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New coffee shop concession brewing up at Co-op

Co-op has signed a concession deal with Churchill Catering to revamp and relaunch 10 coffee shops within its convenience store portfolio. Operating under the new brand name ‘& Coffee’, the shops will be redesigned to act as a community hub, stocking locally produced products. The shops will also offer tailored …

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John Lewis customers can now return shopping to Waitrose delivery drivers

John Lewis customers can now return their purchases to Waitrose delivery drivers at the same time as they receive their groceries. The service means that the department store group’s shoppers can return clothing and home purchases without leaving the comfort of their own home. Waitrose.com shoppers can simply hand back …

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BRC acquires Oxford Summer School from Bira

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has acquired OSS Retail, formally known as the Oxford Summer School, from the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). The move is part of BRC’s Better Jobs campaign and its ongoing commitment to repositioning retail as a career of choice. BRC said: ‘With the changing nature …

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Hotpoint launches microwave promotion with Sistema

Housewares supplier Sistema has partnered with Hotpoint to offer consumers a £25 Sistema set. The set contains a breakfast bowl, medium steamer and pack of three Heat & Eat containers which are suitable for microwave cooking and reheating food. They feature cool to touch, easy lift tabs, as well as …

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Melons replace pineapples as UK’s fastest growing favourite fruit

Melons have overtaken pineapples as Britain’s fastest growing fruit with their current popularity at an all-time high, according to Tesco. The supermarket chain now stocks 10 different varieties including a citrus flavoured one with orange flesh and another with white flesh. And next month it will launch a bright yellow …

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Xystos signs trio of distribution deals

Flame and fragrance specialist Xystos has signed three UK & Ireland distribution deals, with bath & body product manufacturers Winter in Venice, Faith in Nature and Grace Cole. Winter in Venice specialises in pampering products and hand-finished reusable gifting ideas. The company was one of the first UK brands to …

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Trend Hub hailed a big hit at Exclusively Shows

A key feature of last week’s co-located London trade shows Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical proved a big hit with visitors, according to the exhibitions’ owner and organiser BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). The Exclusively Shows, which took place on June 11 and June 12 at the Business Design …

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Star-spotting at Exclusively Shows

Eagled-eyed visitors at last week’s co-located London trade shows Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical will have spotted some famous faces whilst walking the aisles. Several big names attended the event, which took place on June 11 and June 12 at the Business Design Centre in Islington. TV chef and bestselling …

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