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Post Offices under threat?

Post Offices under threat?

Retail News is reporting that the Post Office will be in “jeopardy” if it loses its £370 million government subsidy. National Federation of Subpostmaters (NFSP) CEO Callum Green has warned. The government subsidy helps the development of the Post Office providing it maintains 11,500 sites.

Samworth Brothers launches a new fresh food delivery service

Asian Trader  is reporting that British food manufacturer Samworth Brothers has announced the launch of a new food-to-go business and delivery service, Fresh FoodFor Now Company. The venture marks the evolution from the long established Ginsters van sales operation into a new brand, offering a broader range of food-to-go products. The service, set to roll out from 6 May, will operate from 16 nationwide sales offices and will provide retailers with extensive category management expertise and flexible ordering systems.

Sainsbury’s /Asda proposed merger deal blocked by CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda as it believes it would lead to higher prices and erosion in service for consumers. The investigation was conducted by a group of independent CMA panel members who also warned the merger would increase prices at 125 areas where Sainsbury’s and Asda forecourts are situated nearby each other.

Sainsbury’s launches a first till free store

Talking Retail  is reporting that the Sainsbury trial in Holborn will use the Smart Shop Scan Pay & Go technology in the food-to-go store which aims to make grocery shopping quicker and more convenient. Customers will scan and pay for their groceries using the smartphone app, scanning their groceries as they go around the store and paying in the app using the QR code before leaving.

Amazon planning a one-day delivery service

Asian Trader is reporting that Amazon plans to deliver packages to members of its loyalty club Prime in just one day, instead of two days. This is part of a spending ramp-up that may curb near-term profits and will up the ante for retail rivals. Amazon said faster shipping will come to customers around the world, as it announced the first quarter results which saw profit more than double to $3.6 billion, thanks to soaring demand for its cloud and ad services.

David Gilroy

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