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Sainsbury’s to install water bottle refill stands in 326 supermarkets

Sainsbury’s customers will soon be able to fill their own reusable water bottles in 326 of the supermarket chain’s cafes across the country From August, fresh water stands will be available in the cafes. Sainsbury’s already offers 25p off hot drinks across all cafes when customers bring reusable cups. The …

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Slow cooking products hotting up at Waitrose

With the summer weather on hold last week, Waitrose & Partners reports that slow cooking products are hotting up. The supermarket chain reports that sales of the Waitrose & Partners Slow Cooked range were up 82% last week, with searches for slow cooked on Waitrose.com up by 247% compared with …

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John Lewis to integrate home improvement services

As part of its strategy to ’expand beyond shops and online into new and enhanced services’, department store group John Lewis & Partners plans to bring its two home improvement services businesses – Home Solutions and Opun – together. Home Solutions allows customers to source and book trusted tradespeople for …

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Waitrose invests in service counters with plans to train fishmongers and butchers

Waitrose & Partners has unveiled plans to place its service counters centre stage in order to differentiate its offer from competitors. The supermarket chain is launching a pilot scheme to raise the expertise of staff working on their service counters. Initially training 10 fishmongers and 10 butchers, the longer term …

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Amazon and Morrisons to expand online grocery home delivery service

Online giant Amazon and supermarket chain Morrisons are expanding the ‘Morrisons at Amazon’ store on Prime Now to many more cities across the UK. ‘Morrisons at Amazon’ is a same day, online grocery home delivery service currently available to Amazon Prime Now customers in four cities: Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, parts …

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Waitrose extends Rapid Delivery trial outside London

Waitrose & Partners is to extend its Waitrose Rapid Delivery trial outside London for the first time following its success in the capital. The service, which enables customers to have up to 25 grocery items from a choice of more than 2,000 products listed at rapid.waitrose.com delivered to their home or …

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Groupe SEB UK appoints new commercial director

Groupe SEB UK has promoted Will Yates to the role of commercial director of its three ‘power brands’: Tefal, KRUPS and Rowenta. The housewares supplier said: ‘Will joined Groupe SEB in January 2016 as sales director and during his tenure the business has successfully launched a number of high profile …

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Father’s Day spend forecast to hit £653m

GlobalData has forecast that Father’s Day spend by UK shoppers reached £635 million this year – less than half of the amount spent on Mother’s Day. The data and analytics company expected all retail categories associated with Father’s Day to grow and predicted that cards and gift wrap would be …

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Ben Wadeson of What More UK is set to climb high for charity

Ben Wadeson, national account manager of housewares supplier What More UK, is attempting the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice. His endeavour, which takes place next Friday (June 28), involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales. The total walking distance …

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ProCook wins prize at Direct Commerce Awards 2019

Housewares chain ProCook won the title of best multichannel retailer in the ‘annual sales of £15 million-£30 million-B2C’ category of the Direct Commerce Awards 2019, held on June 13 at Twickenham Stadium in south-west London. Organised by Direct Commerce Association, the awards were hosted by Will Greenwood MBE: a former rugby union …

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