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  • Survey finds 1 in 3 prefer local vendors over big retailers

    Survey finds 1 in 3 prefer local vendors over big retailers

    According to a new study from money-saving brand Vouchercloud.com, a third of consumers (32%) prefer to shop with local vendors over large retailers and supermarkets. The list of reasons given in the survey include ‘better value for money’ (27%), ‘keeping local traders in business’ (25%) and ‘less queues’ (20%). Vouchercloud said initially all respondents were asked ‘How [...]

    📅September 1, 2015

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  • Co-op announces local sourcing initiative

    Co-op announces local sourcing initiative

    The Co-operative Food has launched a local supplier initiative in Yorkshire which will see the retailer stock 130 new locally produced products. The Co-op says it has signed up more than 50 local manufacturers and micro producers to provide its Yorkshire stores with a wide range of items including eggs; bakery; ice cream; sweets; chutneys; pies; [...]

    📅September 1, 2015

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  • Contactless transaction limit rises to £30

    Contactless transaction limit rises to £30

    The upper limit for contactless payments has increased to £30 from today, as figures from the UK Cards Association show that more than £2.5bn was spent on contactless cards in the first half of 2015. Contactless spending increased from £287m per month in January 2015 to £567m in June 2015, with a total of £2.5bn spent [...]

    📅September 1, 2015

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  • Supermarket sales volumes fall – Nielsen

    Supermarket sales volumes fall – Nielsen

    According to latest figures from global information and insights company Nielsen, sales volumes at supermarkets fell year-on-year for the first time since December 2014. In the four weeks to 15 August 2015, sales volumes fell 0.3% on the previous year, driven by declines in soft drinks, frozen foods and general merchandise. The value of sales at [...]

    📅August 28, 2015

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  • Festival season boosts sales at Waitrose

    Festival season boosts sales at Waitrose

    Waitrose said festival season helped to boost sales at its stores last week, despite the mixed weather. The retailer said total sales in the week ending 22 August were up 1.6% (excl fuel), although the figures were slightly distorted by the bank holiday timing last year. Waitrose marketing director Rupert Thomas said: "With festival season in full [...]

    📅August 28, 2015

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  • More Post Offices to open on Sundays

    More Post Offices to open on Sundays

    The Post Office has announced that the number of branches opening from early in the morning until well into the evening is growing, with 3,000 branches set to be open seven days a week. The Post Office said the opening of the Bergh Apton branch in Norfolk this week will see it hit the 3,000 mark, [...]

    📅August 28, 2015

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  • First dual branded Jet and Spar store opens

    First dual branded Jet and Spar store opens

    Fuel brand Jet and convenience store group Spar UK have announced the opening of the UK’s first dual branded site, following the launch of their new convenience initiative in April. Jet Maybole in South Ayrshire has become the first dual branded site, undergoing significant refurbishment and quadrupling in size. The expansion sees Maybole’s Post Office relocate [...]

    📅August 28, 2015

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  • NFRN calls for small businesses to be included in bag levy

    NFRN calls for small businesses to be included in bag levy

    The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has called on the government to include small businesses in the upcoming carrier bag levy, following the publication of Northern Ireland’s carrier bag usage data showing an increase in the number of dispensed bags, despite the introduction of a levy two years ago. The Northern Ireland levy was introduced [...]

    📅August 27, 2015

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  • New Ocado delivery hub creates 250 roles in Milton Keynes

    New Ocado delivery hub creates 250 roles in Milton Keynes

    Ocado has announced plans to open a new 43,000sq ft delivery hub in Milton Keynes, creating 250 jobs in the area. The new building based in Tongwell is due to open on 11 November 2015, becoming home to 111 Ocado delivery vans. Julie Markey, director of HR at Ocado said: “As we continue to expand our business [...]

    📅August 27, 2015

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  • Sainsbury’s announces 4% pay increase for store staff

    Sainsbury’s announces 4% pay increase for store staff

    Sainsbury’s has announced that from 30 August, 137,000 store workers will receive a 4% pay increase, raising its standard rate of pay to £7.36 per hour. Sainsbury's said the rise represents its highest pay increase for store staff in over a decade, and is above the government’s recently announced National Living Wage (£7.20 per hour for workers [...]

    📅August 27, 2015

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