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  • From milk to crisps: why the price of basic food items is rising
    Be it meat, coffee or pasta, the costs of UK grocery staples are going up. We look at the cocktail of cause and effect inflating your billsHouseholds in the UK are facing a cost of living crisis as the price of essential items goes up and a cut in take-home... Read more »
  • Welsh retail body welcomes loosening of Covid rules
    The relaxation of Covid rules in Wales should help give a boost to retailers despite the fact that masks are still mandatory in shops, says the Welsh Retail Consortium (WRC). Sarah Jones, head of the WRC, said: “Today’s move to Covid alert level zero will be welcome news for Welsh... Read more »
  • Northern Ireland retail association ‘optimistic’ deal can be done on supply problems
    Northern Ireland retailers said today that their meeting this week with UK foreign secretary Liz Truss had left them optimistic a deal will be done to solve supply chain problems. Retail NI chief executive Glyn Roberts said Truss had been shown written evidence of how Northern Ireland independent food retailers... Read more »
  • Nisa’s annual Chinese New Year deal gets under way
    Nisa has launched its annual promotion for Chinese New Year, which is being celebrated next Tuesday (1 February). The group is offering its retailers an Asian-inspired midweek meal package. Shoppers can buy a stir-fry with Co-op core ingredients including a kilogram of chicken thighs and drumsticks, a choice of stir-fry... Read more »
  • Nestlé announces new launches for spring
    Nestlé is to launch a series of new confectionery products for the spring, including Kit Kat Bites and Aero in the form of a chocolate button. Kit Kat bites will be in 90g bags (RRP £1.59), launching in February, alongside a chocolate caramel version at the same price. Meg Miller,... Read more »
  • Investors fail to block Greencore bonuses amid anger over Covid support
    Sandwich-maker joins list of firms that have not returned money to UK Treasury despite paying out to bossesInvestors in Greencore, the sandwich-maker that supplies UK retailers including Marks & Spencer, narrowly failed on Thursday to block plans to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in executive bonuses, after outrage... Read more »
  • Felix cat food launches television ads as part of £3.7m marketing drive
    Cat food maker Felix has launched a new marketing campaign called “It’s great to be a cat”. The campaign begins with a television advertisement showing the cat that gives the product its name resting in hazardous spots, being given treats and curled up on a rainy day. The full campaign... Read more »
  • Beelivery buys Pinga to expand rapid grocery delivery service in London
    Rapid delivery service Beelivery has bought rival Pinga for an undisclosed sum, the latest in a series of expansions over the past two years. Pinga has 600 London-based drivers and riders and 5,000 customers, so the acquisition will help Beelivery grow significantly in the capital. Beelivery was incorporated in 2015... Read more »
  • McVities's smiley choco biscuits are back in Asda for only £1
    McVities has announced its cult BN and mini BN biscuits will once again be sold in British supermarkets, going for £1 in Asda today, and rolling out to other supermarkets next month.... Read more »
  • Specialist delivery services have helped stores increase sales, says Nisa
    Retailers who have partnered with delivery services have seen strong growth in sales in the last year, according to the Nisa symbol group. Some 300 Nisa stores now offer deliveries through several different partners – including Deliveroo, Snappy Shopper, Uber Eats and Jisp. For Deliveroo, the highest order volume for... Read more »
  • Retailers need to be clear on masks and customers need to be respectful, says ACS
    Retailers need to make sure they continue to clearly communicate their policy on facemasks and their customers need to respect that policy, says the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). As the government lifted the mandatory rule for wearing facemasks in shops today (27 January), the ACS asked customers to conform... Read more »
  • Fruit snack maker redesigns packs to emphasise healthy credentials
    Fruit snack brand Bear Yoyos is to have new packaging from this month, with the redesigned range already landing with retailers. Real fruit photography and fruit illustrations feature in the new packaging, together with clear labelling stating “no added sugar” and “1 of your 5 a day”. The intention is... Read more »
  • M&S sandwich-maker Greencore could face rebellion over bonus plans
    Firm plans to hand bonuses to executives despite failing to refund near-£30m it received in Covid supportDividends and bonuses: the firms paying outCoronavirus – latest updatesThe sandwich-maker Greencore could face a shareholder rebellion on Thursday over plans to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in executive bonuses despite failing... Read more »
  • Coca-Cola launches watermelon flavour for its Monster energy drinks
    Coca-Cola’s range of Monster zero-sugar energy drinks is adding a watermelon flavour in February. Monster Ultra Watermelon will be available in both plain and price-marked 500ml packs. It will also come in four-can multi-packs. Coca-Cola says low- and no-sugar variants form an increasingly important part of its portfolio. Martin Attock,... Read more »
  • Dividends and bonuses: the firms paying out while taking in state Covid funds
    From WH Smith to JD Sports – the firms courting controversy for paying out while taking in state Covid supportSandwich-maker Greencore could face rebellion over bonus plansGreencore, the sandwich supplier to grocers including M&S, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op, is the latest company to face criticism for offering bonuses to bosses... Read more »

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Jack Ma of Alibaba coined the term “New Retail” to describe the seamless integration between the offline and online in retail, and how big data, AI and the digitization of the entire retail value chain will be the new normal. In this panel we’ll discuss what “New Retail” will look like in a post-COVID world, and what brands and retailers should do to come back from the crisis and face the existing challenges of growing competition from eCommerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba, reduced margins and growing customer expectations.

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