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Human touch: Customers feel buying experience getting worse, as brands lose face-to-face contact
Customer experience in Ireland is getting worse, and businesses have been warned to put the human touch back into their sales processes. The latest CXi Ireland Customer Experience Report saw credit unions claim top position for the fourth year in a row - a boost as the sector…
Research shows, half of Irish adults snack after dinner
Half (50%) of adults claim to snack in the evening after dinner, down from 2017 levels where almost 6 in 10 (55%) adults claimed to snack at this time of the day. Recent research on behalf of Retail Intelligence by Empathy Research, amongst a nationally representative sample…
Food & Non-Alcoholic drinks prices fall 2.2% on annual basis: CSO
Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages fell -2.2% due to lower prices across a range of products on an annual basis, research showed. According to the new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which were published today, prices of items such as meat, vegetables, sugar, jam…
Retailers call for 'level playing field' after Budget
The Irish Government has missed a trick by failing to help crippled retailers struggling to compete, it has been claimed. Duggan’s Jewellers shop owner Damian Duggan said more and more retailers were struggling to compete because of the Government’s “penal” VAT rate of 23% and…
Poor broadband has ‘massive knock-on effect’ for rural retailers
Following the recent resignation of Communications Minister Denis Naughten over controversy surrounding the bidding process for the National Broadband Plan, retailers have spoken out about how their businesses have been affected by poor network connections.
Limerick set for a Lidl boost with brand new store set to open
A new chapter in discount retailing in Limerick begins this Thursday when Lidl opens its brand new store at the Childers Road. The German discount retail chain has spent millions of euro in building a new state-of-the-art store adjacent to its current outlet near Punches Cross.
Christmas shopping Dublin 2018: Aldi's Big Toy Event is back and the bargains are amazing
With the kids already thinking about their Christmas lists, it's time to start giving Santa some ideas for your little ones! Head down to Aldi this October for the retailer's famous Big Toy Event. This year's collection looks set to be bigger and better than ever, with something to…
Tesco UK plans to remove ‘Best Before’ labels from fruit and vegetables
Tesco in the UK is to remove ‘best before’ labels off more than 100 additional pre-packaged fruits and vegetables in an ‘effort to discourage consumers from ‘binning perfectly edible food.’ The company’s UK division said taking best before information off labels was encouraging…
Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland removes non-recyclable black plastic packaging
The packaging, which cannot be recycled, will be scrapped from fresh fish products by February 2019, followed by fresh meat, poultry and cured meat ranges before August. Black plastic packaging is not recycled in Ireland or the UK because recycling sorting systems cannot detect…
M&S launches interactive seafood map
At a time when issues of sustainability, conservation and the environment are at the forefront of many conversations, Marks & Spencer has launched an interactive tool that allows users to identify where every type of seafood it sells was sourced, be it caught or farmed.
‘Good growth’ in retail sales at Boots in the Republic
The US owner of Boots pharmacies in Ireland rated growth in sales in the Republic as “good” but gave no new details about whether it was mulling further expansion to its 86 outlets in the Republic and 84 stores in the North.
Argos Ireland hiring 310 people for Black Friday and Christmas period – with 20 hours per week contracts
Argos Ireland is looking for 310 Irish workers for the Black Friday and Christmas period. The company has a huge number of customer advisor and stock assistant roles to fill before the festive rush begins.
Ikea cools idea of third Irish store as it unveils global plan
Swedish furniture giant Ikea has poured cold water on plans for a third Irish store in Cork, saying it has "no plans at present" for another and is concentrating on further developing its Ballymun facility.
Discount homeware brand Homesense to open in Derry, creating 38 jobs
A Canadian homeware chain is set to open its first store in the north, creating 38 new jobs. Homesense, sister brand to TK Maxx, is to open at Lisnagelvin Retail Park in Derry next month, taking a 14,663 sq ft unit. It will be the retailer's 64th store in the UK, but its first in the north.
Northern Ireland retail centre for sale with £18m price tag
One of Northern Ireland's best-known shopping centres has gone on the market for £18m. Bow Street Mall in Lisburn is home to anchor retailers Primark, Dunnes Stores, Poundworld and Menarys. Selling agents McKibbins and Savills, which have been instructed to sell by…