Posts Tagged ‘retail’

Sainsbury’s now Britain’s second biggest

July 29th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

sainsburys 300x192 Sainsburys now Britains second biggestEven though everyone has eyes on the growth of Lidl and Aldi, they’ve still got some way to go before the topple the big retail guns completely. So, even though the biggest supermarkets are ailing, there’s still some jostling to be done.

And so, to Asda, who are performing very badly – so badly that Sainsbury’s overtook it to become the second biggest grocer in the UK.

That said, it isn’t celebration time at Saino’s – they’ve recorded a loss for the first time in a decade. With everyone getting involved in a discounting battle, Asda has been hit hard.

According to data compiled by Kantar Worldpanel, Asdas sales fell 2.7% in the 12 weeks to 19 July compared with a year ago, while Sainsbury’s saw a 0.3% drop in sales. Tesco is still, according to the figures, the biggest supermarket – which is remarkable given the woes they’ve been suffering lately.

Fraser McKevitt, of Kantar, said: “There are a couple of positives Sainsbury’s have had, especially through Sainsbury’s Locals. They are also benefiting from their focus on the South-east and London, which is performing particularly well.”

Tesco, meanwhile, can’t be complacent, as they’ve announced plans to give their senior executives £25m worth of shares, which will infuriate the investors, who have seen their holdings fall by almost a fifth during the past year. And then, of course, there’s the criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office which has yet to conclude, and could result in heavy penalties.

Product Recall: Kidde Lifesaver Fire Blanket

July 27th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

fireblanket 166x300 Product Recall: Kidde Lifesaver Fire BlanketProduct recall time again, and this time it is the Kidde Lifesaver Fire Blanket, which has been identified as a potential safety hazard.

Sold at Asda, and other shops, the recall says that the problem “may impact the fire blankets’ effectiveness in the event of an oil pan fire.”

There have been no reports of any incidents, but testing showed that certain fire blankets are a risk and may not fully extinguish an oil pan fire and/or may allow the fire to reignite very soon after application of the fire blanket.

If you have one of the potentially affected fire blankets, you must not use it on any oil pan fire.

So, if you have one, return it to the retailer it was purchased from as soon as possible. Kidde Safety Europe Ltd will arrange for a compliant replacement fire blanket to be supplied to you which meets the British safety standard.

The recall continues: “The potentially affected fire blankets are 1m2 in size. The fire blanket containers are labelled with the brand name “Kidde” or “Lifesaver” and are marked with the kitemark symbol. The Kitemark Licence Number 35021 is also displayed on the container where marked below. The label on the fire blanket refers to “Homesaver”.

If you have any questions, contact the Kidde Safety helpline on 0800 917 0722 or email to admin@kiddesafety.co.uk. For further information see our website at: www.kiddesafetyeurope.co.uk

They’re still being sold at Amazon and on eBay, so please don’t buy them.

Who wants to watch people fighting in a Tesco?

July 27th, 2015 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Shopping in Tesco can be a frustrating experience at the best of times, but have you ever descended into a full on brawl, going wild in the aisles?

Well, that’s what happened in a branch in London, and handily for you, someone thought “WORLDSTAR!” and filmed the whole thing, even going as far as to do certain bits of it in super slo-mo, for that truly cinematic experience.

The video shows three men and a little lady weighing in on each other, and other people are on-hand to try and stop the absolute nonsense, including a security guard who shouts at them like he’s had enough, and not paid enough.

The Metropolitan Police did confirm that they were called to the Woolwich branch of the Tesco Extra some time around 1.25am on Saturday.

Everyone involved was spoken to, but no arrests were made. Presumably, the police have more pressing concerns and bigger fights to deal with at that time of the weekend.

A Tesco spokesman said: “Our colleagues called the police as soon as they were aware of the incident. They are now working with the police to help with their investigations.”

Every little yelps.

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?

July 24th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

christmas 300x300 Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?You might be thinking it is the middle of summer, and Christmas can go jump under a bus, but some people are already going mad for the festive period.

Apparently, over 1 million Brits have completely finished their Christmas shopping, according to some research. That’s 1,377,000 people, who have patted themselves on the back, that Christmas – bar the food – is taken care of.

Honestly. And Bitterwallet hasn’t even got anything in for its tea yet.

This survey was undertaken by the shopping mad people at channel QVC. They’ve also predicted that a gigantic £29 billion will be spent in total this Yuletide, which is up by £4.5 billion on the £24.5 billion forked out last year.

That’s an average spend of £650 each, including food and booze. And the biggest Christmas spenders are in the North East, which Wales is the Scrooge of the scenario.

Irritatingly, QVC will be making eyes at the organised, and they’re starting their special Christmas broadcasts from today. So if you’re after a dead-eyed doll that soils itself, some diamonique earrings or a scarf you can wear in 46 different ways as well as being a drain unblocker, you’re in luck.

To the rest of you – you’ve got over 150 days to get sorted. Don’t worry yourself.

Ikea to pay living wage in UK

July 21st, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

ikea Ikea to pay living wage in UKIkea – the shop where most people wander around and buy things like any other shop, while pretending that they’re always getting lost, arguing, and all manner of other imagined quirks – are going to start paying their British staff the living wage.

This will start next year.

Now, George Osborne announced a compulsory living wage for workers aged over 25, which equates to being paid £7.20 an hour, and it’ll rise to £9.35 by 2020.

Ikea looked at these numbers and thought vänta en minut! and decided that they would pay all of its UK workers the amount set out by The Living Wage Foundation. They’re the first retailer to do this, which will annoy some of their competitors no doubt.

So basically, you don’t have to wait until you’re 25 to get the living wage, which is good news. Provided you’re working for Ikea from April 2016 onward, of course.

“This is a huge step for the British retail sector and we hope that many other businesses will follow the leadership Ikea is showing on the issue of basic pay,” said Rhys Moore, director of The Living Wage Foundation.

The diesel price war is on!

July 20th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

petrol The diesel price war is on!There’s a diesel price war imminent, thanks to Morrisons, as they’ve cut diesel prices for the second time in two weeks.

Seeing as wholesale diesel prices have been 2p cheaper than petrol for more than a month, there’s a sense of ‘about time’ about it, but it is more than welcome to see the forecourts actually passing on some of the savings to motorists.

And, for the first time in over a decade, the price Morrisons are selling it at, diesel is cheaper than petrol.

For those who like a moan, the wholesale price of diesel has been dropping since the start of 2014, falling by 44%. During that period, the price at the pumps has only gone down by 14%, so more should’ve been done for drivers. There’s been a bunch of price drops on fuel after the fuel duty price freeze in the Budget. A number of forecourts have shaved 2p off, which is something.

Mark Todd, Petrol Director for Morrisons, said: “Because of the recent price drops in the wholesale diesel price, we are able to pass on these savings to our customers. This is a milestone in motoring and many younger drivers won’t remember the last time that diesel prices were lower than unleaded.”

“While we are cutting diesel prices today, we will continue to look for opportunities to pass on savings on unleaded as soon as we can.”

Anyway, with Morrisons offering this low price, you know that the other fuel vendors are going to join in and kick off a price war, so start stockpiling now!

Product Recall: Frozen Fleece Blanket

July 20th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

frozen 300x133 Product Recall: Frozen Fleece BlanketThere’s a product recall on the Frozen fleece blanket (937473) which has been on sale at The Range.

In a statement, the retailer says: “We have been made aware of concerns regarding the safety of this fleece blanket. This design contains a decorative blanket stitch along the edge which may unravel at below recommended force requirements.”

“This poses a potential risk of strangulation. In the interest of health and safety if you have purchased this item you are able to return the item to store to receive a full refund. If proof of purchase is not present at the time of your return, store credit to the current retail value will be issued.”

“If you have purchased a fleece that does not have this decorative blanket stitch, the item is not under recall or review and does not need to be returned.”

“If you have any questions please ask a member of staff or contact customer service at The Range Head Office on: 01752 725595 or customerservice@therange.co.uk”

 

Aldi – they’ve got the nicest wine

July 20th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

wine Aldi   theyve got the nicest wineAre you a fan of wine? Do you drink loads of it, but feel like you’re not a borderline alcoholic because each glass is ‘deserved’ or ‘cheeky’? Well, if you want some really nice wine, you need to get yourself to Aldi.

At the International Wine Challenge, Aldi came up trumps with their £6.99 own-label plonk called ‘The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling’, and apparently, it actually doesn’t taste like indigestion in a fancy bottle.

The International Wine Challenge is a made up of an experienced panel of judges, who are all really good at rolling wine around their mouths and making impenetrable notes on the whole thing. Rest assured, the review you’re interested in is that it is ‘really nice’.

And at £6.99, you don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to get stuck into a bottle.

Tony Baines, Aldi’s managing director for corporate buying, said: “We are delighted to have received a Great Value Champion award. It reinforces our core principles of offering our customers great tasting, world class wines at affordable prices, and making the exciting world of wine accessible to all.”

Aldi know what they’re doing. They won the title of ‘Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year’ from their posho mates at Waitrose in February 2015. So even if the bottles of The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling have sold out, you’d be advised to chance your arm – and your liver – on something else from their shelves.

Supermarkets are misleading us with offers

July 16th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

supermarket sweep b 300x225 Supermarkets are misleading us with offersBrace yourself, because you’re in for the shock of your life. Make sure you’re sat down for this one, okay?

The Competition and Markets Authority have found that supermarkets are misleading shoppers with their confusing promotions. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? The CMA said that supermarket prices and promotions “have the potential to confuse or mislead consumers and which could be in breach of consumer law”.

Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons – are you listening? The CMA would like to see an end to ‘was/now’ promotions, where the cheaper price is advertised as a promotion for longer than the higher price was ever shown for, okay?

The CMA want the government to get involved as well, so we can trust new standards about ‘unit prices’, so we can see what the price of a single item is within a multipack.

And will the supermarkets be running scared? Well, it is worth pointing out that the CMA actually came up a little short of launching an actual full-on investigation on this and really, they’re just shouting into the wind really and the supermarkets are invariably going to ignore them. Asking the government to get involved is like talking to a pug – they’re only going to look at you with that gormless face of theirs.

Nisha Arora, CMA honcho said: “We have found that, whilst supermarkets want to comply with the law and shoppers enjoy a wide range of choices, with an estimated 40pc of grocery spending being on items on promotion, there are still areas of poor practice that could confuse or mislead shoppers.”

“So we are recommending further action to improve compliance and ensure that shoppers have clear, accurate information.”

Co op 292x300 Co op customers puke after eating cleaning fluid from doughnutsSome Co-op customers found themselves chucking up all kinds of puke after eating jam and custard doughnuts. These weren’t any ordinary doughnuts though – they had cleaning fluid in them.

We can only hope they didn’t get charged twice by Co-op for them.

Environmental health officers say that baking trays at the Oswestry branch had been soaked in a disinfectant called aseptol for too long, which meant that the doughnuts soaked up all that badness. One family noted that they’d all been throwing up and having a lovely bout of diarrhoea, while another person said that they could feel the roof of their mouth burning after eating one of the treats in question.

Lita Williams said: “I took one bite out of the doughnut and said to my husband it tasted funny, it tasted of antiseptic of some kind. I could taste it on the roof of my mouth and I had a burning sensation.”

“I took them back to the shop and the assistant manager tasted one and even she said she could taste disinfectant, so they were all taken off the shelves.”

She then took the doughnuts to the environmental health department at Shropshire Council, where they discovered the cleaning fluid.

Co-op said: “We are committed to offering consistently high quality products and service and, we are sorry that this product fell short of those expectations. The matter has been thoroughly investigated and an isolated issue regarding the correct cleaning process for our oven trays was identified.”

“This has now been addressed.”

manager punch Manager assaults employee, and someone caught it on videoThe working environment can often be fraught. People who are normally ambivalent to each other, get snippy and slag each other off at the coffee machine.

However, it is fair to say that no-one expects to be physically assaulted by a fellow employee – especially by their manager, who would assume has been promoted above the rest of the staff for their maturity and ability to handle pressure.

And so, to the manager of the Panera on Park Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan, who went about assaulting a member of his team, right before the eyes of a load of customers.

An anonymous person sent the clip to Gawker, along with a statement which said: ”We walked in, in the middle of her quitting her job mid shift. She was yelling at a different manager than the one who hit her and was throwing some bags of chips on the ground, threatening to turn up in this b*tch, etc. Really nothing I haven’t seen before or wouldn’t expect from someone who has to work at a f***ing Panera all day.”

“Then out of nowhere white shirt manager approaches her and immediately gets physical with her, keep in mind she’s about 5’2 at most and he was bigger than me… He legit threw her down a flight of stairs and out the front door for really no reason, she runs around to the other entrance to retaliate and that’s where the video starts. You might wanna say she hit him first, but really he had FULL CONTROL over her the entire time, was throwing her around, I think she gets one slap in that was louder than it was painful, then he half punches her once, she spins, and then he REALLY F***ING PUNCHES her. You can even hear me and my friend yell DON’T HIT HER just before it… I checked on her for a while after the cops left, she seemed ok, she kept saying he really got her in the ear mostly which I know stings like a b*tch. She was bleeding a little, and had cuts on her hands but she seemed ok after the adrenaline wore off.”

A spokesperson from Panera confirmed the fight and said: “There were reports of a physical altercation between two associates at our Park Avenue South bakery-cafe.”

Panera also confirmed that they are working with authorities to investigate the situation, and that “the associates who were determined to be involved no longer work for Panera.”

Here’s the video.

Tesco up minimum spend for online shopping

July 8th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

tesco Tesco up minimum spend for online shoppingTesco are seemingly intent on annoying absolutely everyone in the UK at the moment. So what are they up to now?

Well, they’ve just announced that, from 23rd July 2015, the minimum basket spend for those of you who shop online for groceries, will change from £25 to £40.

Of course, you can still spend below that amount, but if you do, you’ll find yourself paying the £4 surcharge. No such charge will apply if your order falls below £40, thanks to substitutions or unavailable items, but either way, that’s going to be quite the jump for some customers.

You can use your Clubcard vouchers to pay for your Delivery Saver, which you can find out about over at www.tesco.com/clubcard.

However, if you were using Tesco because they were cheaper than a lot of their rivals, the retailer may well find people thinking that they may as well shop elsewhere.

nutribullet 300x300 NutriBullet scars woman for life after explodingYou might think that the NutriBullet is the greatest thing ever invented, because it is… well… it’s a food blender. You make smoothies with it. Like all the other food blenders. Anyway, they’re really popular these days as people flood your social networks with their infuriating wellness.

Not the case for one lady who is scarred for life after her NutriBullet exploded.

Tysha Stapleton bought the processor of food for £100 (!!!) and said that, by the second time she used it, it stopped working. Now, a normal person would grab their receipt and return the thing. Not our Tysha. She took the blender off its motor and tried to unscrew it.

That’s when she heard a bang, with the blender exploding in her face.

She told the Metro (who also have photos of her injuries and the mess of an exploded NutriBullet): “It isn’t supposed to be hot but it must have heated up on its own and exploded. The pain was horrific. I could feel my skin burning.”

“I thought I was blind. My skin was melting off my face.”

NutriBullet spokespeople said that they would be looking into why all this happened, and that they “ensure the very highest quality standards are adhered to.”

Of course, the injuries here aren’t a laughing matter, but seriously, if you have a NutriBullet with a fault, you’d be very wise to return it to where you bought it from, for a refund or replacement.

Shops to stay open longer on a Sunday

July 7th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

jesus christ 225x300 Shops to stay open longer on a SundayYou’ll be able to get up the shops on a Sunday for longer, thanks to George Osborne’s Budget this week. Jesus and his friends may well be very, very unhappy about this, but at least they’ll be able to get a latte and some trainers after they’ve finished at church.

Sunday trading laws currently hamstring businesses, which says that they can’t trade for more than six hours. Seems preposterous, now that the internet is always open, and that seeing as most people only have two days off a week, one of the days wouldn’t have shops open all the time.

Only small shops (so, corner shops and the like) can open for more than six hours, but that’s all about to change under the new plans.

Basically, the Budget is going to allow Sunday trading hours to become a devolved issue, which means that your local council will decide who long the shops can open for. Seeing as there’s potentially a lot of money to be made from all this, they’ll all be rather keen to give the retailers a free rein.

This also opens up a lot of jobs for people too, which is always a good thing.

“Even two decades on from the introduction of the Sunday Trading Act, it is clear that that there is still a growing appetite for shopping on a Sunday,” George Osborne said. “There is some evidence that transactions for Sunday shopping are actually growing faster than those for Saturday.”

“The rise of online shopping, which people can do round the clock, also means more retailers want to be able to compete by opening for longer at the weekend. But this won’t be right for every area, so I want to devolve the power to make this decision to mayors and local authorities. This will be another part of my plan to ensure a truly national recovery, with our great towns and cities able to determine their own futures.”

Dixons Carphone go Stateside

July 2nd, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

dixons carphone Dixons Carphone go StatesideYou may recall that Dixons and Carphone Warehouse became one, a while ago. Together, they’re going to start throwing their considerable weight around and, now, they’re going to America like they’re Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem or something.

Dixons Carphone will be tagteaming with American network Sprint, where they’ll open 20 retail stores (or, if you prefer, ‘shops’). This is the first stage of the plan, which could see them opening 500 places. Sprint have a big sway in the USA, with 57 million mobile customers.

“This is a very exciting venture for us, and is a significant step in growing our CWS business in the US,” said Andrew Harrison, deputy chief of Dixons Carphone and chief executive of CWS. “We bring specialist knowledge and skills to this partnership and will be looking to deliver innovation and outstanding customer service under the Sprint brand.”

The love-in continued with Marcelo Claure, Sprint’s chief executive, who cooed: “We are excited to partner with Dixons Carphone and to leverage all their know-how as one of the world’s leading wireless retailers to benefit Sprint and its customers. We are committed to offering the best customer experience when buying wireless products and services.”

So there you go Americans! Isn’t this the most exciting thing to happen to you since Michael Jackson did the moonwalk at the 25th anniversary of Motown show?