Game on: Use sports euphoria this summer to drive sales
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by Pooja Shrivastava
5h ago
Summer of 24 promises to be the most exciting few months for sports lovers and the excitement is bound to steep in almost every Brit. This summer is not about selling snacks; it’s about selling excitement and euphoria. This will be a crucial summer with Wimbledon and Euros taking place, closely followed by the Olympics. Such much-awaited sporting occasions anyway present a great opportunity for boosting summer sales but this year, the events are also seeing a bit overlap from June 14 when both the Wimbledon men’s final and the Euro 2024 final take place on the same day. Not to forget the Engli ..read more
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AF Blakemore & Son transforms retail space planning processes with StoreSpace
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by Kiran Paul
5h ago
AF Blakemore & Son, the UK’s largest SPAR wholesaler, said it has made use of StoreSpace – retail space planning software from CADS – to transform its processes, leading to more optimised space planning, boosted operational efficiency and more informed decision-making backed with accurate data. Prior to StoreSpace, AF Blakemore, which operates over 260 stores and supplying over 900, used individual flat CAD files and multiple different systems and processes for space planning, which was time-consuming and no longer fit for purpose. The business sought to streamline operations, centralise s ..read more
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Post office operators union’s former leader accused of ‘betraying’ members
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by Pooja Shrivastava
5h ago
The former leader of post office operators association has declared he was “too trusting” of information given by the Post Office about its faulty Horizon IT system while denying being “too close” to the state-owned body and “betraying” his own membership. He also stated that Post Office’s Horizon system is “very robust”. George Thomson, a former general secretary of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters (NFSP), an association that represents post office operatives, was testifying to the ongoing public inquiry. The inquiry heard that, in 2013, the NFSP signed a 15-year ..read more
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Sharp rise in use of high-strength vapes: study
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by Kiran Paul
5h ago
The proportion of vapers using high-strength nicotine has increased sharply in England since 2021, a new study has found. The study by UCL researchers, published in the journal Addiction, found that a third of vapers (32.5%) used high-strength nicotine in January 2024 compared to just 3.8 per cent on average between July 2016 and June 2021. The biggest increases were among 18- to 24-year-old vapers (from 3.9% to 53.1%) and vapers who mainly used disposables (2.6% to 49.0%), but large rises were also seen in older age groups and among current smokers and recent ex-smokers. Despite the increase ..read more
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Worthing trader fined heavily over illegal tobacco
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by Pooja Shrivastava
6h ago
A Worthing trader has been being fined £1,000 for supplying illegal cigarettes and tobacco. West Sussex County Council on Friday (21) stated that trader Shaswar Ranjbari pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court to offences relating to the possession of counterfeit and foreign-labelled tobacco and the fraudulent evasion of excise duty. Magistrates decided on a reduced fine based on the trader’s early guilty plea and took into consideration the size of the seizure and his current earnings. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,957.65 and a victim surcharge of £400. In September 2022 ..read more
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Food companies with Ozempic-friendly snacks and meals wade carefully into weight-loss waters
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by Kiran Paul
6h ago
Nestle’s new food brand for people taking weight-loss drugs like Wegovy will note that the meals are high in protein, fiber and nutrients, but will not name the blockbuster medications, a company executive told Reuters. The world’s largest food maker is keeping the names of the drugs off the packaging due to regulatory concerns, Tom Moe, Nestle USA’s president of meals, said in a recent interview. Nestle will instead market its Vital Pursuit line of $5-and-under frozen meals on social media, he said. “We won’t directly make the connection (to the drugs) on the food package,” Moe said. Nestle’s ..read more
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Consumer confidence continues on upward trend
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by Pooja Shrivastava
22h ago
Consumer confidence in the UK has improved for the third month in a row, states a new report, with data suggesting that people are becoming more positive about the economy after a difficult few years. Despite the uncertainty caused by the general election, GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index increased three points to -14 in June. Three measures were up, one was down, and one was unchanged in comparison to last month’s announcement. The improvement was bolstered by consumers’ more sympathetic view of the economy for the last year and the 12 months to come. Joe Staton, Client Strategy Director GfK ..read more
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Labour leader vows to crackdown on shoplifting, rising abuse
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by Pooja Shrivastava
23h ago
Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has vowed to crackdown on violence against shopworkers if he wins the general election. Addressing a group of Morrisons employees at the supermarket’s Swindon branch, Sir Starmer reiterated Labour’s promise from its manifesto to introduce a specific offence for assaults on shop workers. Speaking at one of the supermarket’s stores in front of workers, the Labour leader said, “This is such an important issue. We have to crackdown on it.” He said Labour would create new powers to protect those working in retail and shops, saying: “It’s not just the shoplifting, it ..read more
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The Insubordinate – new launch from Broadland Drinks
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by Andy Marino
1d ago
Broadland Drinks promises to bring wine home this English Wine week (17 –25 June) with the launch of The Insubordinate, an edgy low-carbon brand designed to add excitement to the mini wine category and make English wine more accessible to younger consumers. Awareness and trial of English wine remain limited, with consumers citing price as a major barrier to purchase. Meanwhile its many desirable advantages, such as being locally produced and having a significantly lower carbon footprint vs. imported wine, make English wine an appealing choice to retailers and shoppers looking to minimise their ..read more
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Post Office investigator deleted mention of ‘Horizon failure’ from key statement
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by Pooja Shrivastava
1d ago
A crucial part of a draft witness statement that referred to failures in Horizon IT system was deleted before the criminal prosecution of former sub post master Noel Thomas who was later sent to jail, as emerged during the recent hearing of ongoing inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal. During the recent hearings, Graham Ward, a former Post Office financial investigator, was questioned over changes he made in 2006 to a draft witness statement from Gareth Jenkins, an IT engineer at Fujitsu, the company that developed the Horizon IT system. The Post Office had wanted ..read more
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