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Taoiseach Varadkar announces closure of all non-essential retail outlets
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced the closure of all non-essential retail outlets as one of the new COVID-19 restrictions, at a press conference that took place in Dublin this afternoon. The Government will provide a list of essential retail outlets which can remain open in due course.
Retail sector supports new measures in response to COVID-19
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the Irish retail sector, today said it fully supports the far-reaching new measures announced by Government in response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Retailers that will continue to trade are putting in place a wide range of new measures…
Shoppers spend €316m on groceries in Ireland during Covid-19
Shoppers in Ireland spent €316m on groceries in the week ending 8th March 2020, an increase of 2.4% on grocery spend compared to the previous week, and 7.6% versus the same week in 2019, reveals new data released today by Nielsen.
Irish shoppers spent almost €316m on groceries in one week: Nielsen
Shoppers in Ireland bought groceries worth approximately €316 million in the week ended 8 March 2020, new data from Nielsen has revealed. The figure represents a 2.4% increase in grocery spend compared to the preceding week and a 7.6% growth against the same week in 2019.
Irish consumer sentiment weakened significantly in early March
Irish consumer sentiment weakened significantly in early March, a survey taken before the country took its first major measures to tackle coronavirus showed on Friday. The KBC Bank consumer sentiment index was 77.3 in March, down from 85.2 in February.
Retail sector welcomes increase in contactless payment cap
Retail Ireland, the Ibec representative body for the retail sector in Ireland, has welcomed the move by banks to increase the limit on contactless payments from €30 to €50 in order to comply with the HSE’s recommendation to use contactless payments as much as practicable.
Huge increase in online sales across Italy offers hope for struggling retailers in the UK and Ireland, says Kooomo
Sharp rise in eCommerce sales as population is quarantined for coronavirus has stimulated innovation and growth. Global financial markets continue to suffer from the impact of coronavirus, with economists predicting the slowest rate of global growth since 2009.
How retailers in the UK and Ireland can learn from Italy’s online sales surge
Data emerging from Italy, which is considered to be several weeks ahead of the UK in terms of the advancement of the outbreak, suggests there could upcoming boom in online sales in the UK and Ireland. Between 24 February and 1 March, online sales of consumer products…
Amazon stops accepting non-essential goods into warehouses
Amazon is temporarily blocking shipments to its warehouses in the US and Europe of all items other than household essentials, medical supplies and similar high-demand products amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Businesses closed by Covid-19 switch to online sales and deliveries to survive
With high streets quiet and shop fronts shuttered across the country, many small businesses have been looking at their options online. It’s not a route every business can take. Already, thousands of jobs have been lost across the country and many more will follow.
Parcel company DPD at present carrying out many more deliveries
Parcel delivery company DPD Ireland has been carrying out significantly more deliveries in several sectors in recent days, with many people in self-isolation due to coronavirus. DPD, which is Ireland’s largest dedicated parcel delivery company with 34 depots throughout…
Boost in online sales of books by Irish authors
Booksellers across the country have reported a huge increase in the number of online orders they’ve received over the last few weeks as the current global situation forces many people to stay at home. Fiction, in particular works by Irish authors, are proving to be very…
Pharmacists say supplies solid as ‘panic buying’ dies down
A dramatic increase in sales of over the counter medications such as paracetamol and ibrupofen as people became “spooked” by the coronavirus outbreak has eased and supplies remain solid, pharmacists and producers have said.
Potato demand from retailers soars; food service takes hit
With the current coronavirus situation developing over the past week, demand across all sectors has been mixed, according to the IFA. Demand from retailers this week has soared and is reportedly as high as the Christmas period when trade normally peaks.
European retailers seek more Irish action on pandemic
Retailers with international operations have raised concerns that Irish coronavirus restrictions on shopping are less rigid than in many other countries. Niall Anderton, senior vice-president for Circle K, and overseeing operations for the fuel and convenience group in Ireland…
DIY sales surge amid Coronavirus crisis as delay 'excuses' dwindle
Plenty of people are trying to put a positive spin on being isolated at home. DIY jobs 'on the long finger' while we had gyms or pubs to go to and friends to meet up with can no longer be ignored. Scuffed skirting boards or outdated paint colour on the walls seem to be proving…
Supermarkets to limit customer numbers to slow coronavirus spread
Supermarkets across the State have started rolling out measures aimed at protecting customers and staff and ensuring there will continue to be sufficient supplies for all customers who need them. Amongst the most visible steps being taken are moves to ensure social distance is…
Small changes to Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Supervalu, Dunnes and supermarket opening hours
Supermarkets are one of the few things that are still going strong during this crisis with more shoppers than ever on a daily basis. As a result of the increased demand, many shops are operating with different hours or with slight changes in store.
SuperValu, Centra and Musgrave MarketPlace up contactless limit to €50
Musgrave has announced that SuperValu, Centra and Musgrave MarketPlace will be among the first stores in Ireland to enable their card terminals to accept a new contactless limit of €50. The new threshold, which increased from €30, has been enabled through its partnership…
Supermarkets to hire extra staff to deal with demand
Ireland's leading supermarkets have launched a recruitment drive to cope with extra demand. Ireland's biggest grocery distributor Musgrave will hire hundreds of new staff on a temporary basis. The company operates SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak stores across the country.
Aldi to begin recruitment drive to maintain service
Grocery retailer Aldi will launch a recruitment drive in the coming days to ensure levels of service will be maintained throughout the “challenging time ahead”. The supermarket group said it was “actively preparing” to supplement its 4,000-strong workforce…
Lidl and Aldi announce recruitment drives amid coronavirus emergency
Supermarkets Lidl and Aldi have both launch recruitment drives and are seeking hundreds of new employees to work during the COVID-19 outbreak in Ireland. The discount retailers have experienced ‘unprecedented customer demand’ during the emergency…
Aldi announces priority shopping, clear screens and new recruitment drive
Aldi Ireland has today confirmed a number of new measures being implemented across all of its 142 stores to 'help its customers and staff operate as safely and as comfortably as possible over the coming period.'
Aldi seeks critical/frontline status for grocery sector during Covid-19 crisis
Aldi has written to the Government asking that the grocery retail sector be formally designated as a "critical/frontline sector". In a letter to Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, the company said that the retail sector should be "afforded the full resources of the State…
Aldi introducing social distancing measures in Irish stores
Aldi is rolling out new social distancing measures across its 142 stores nationwide to combat the spread of coronavirus. The new measures include posters in-store and clear markings on the floor for queuing.
Aldi announces 10% bonus for staff on hours worked during virus crisis
Aldi has announced enhanced pay for its store and distribution colleagues, who will each receive a 10% bonus on hours worked, effective from 9 March 2020 until the end of April. Over 3,800 Aldi staff members will benefit from the measure.
Irish supermarket giant to pay staff bonuses for working during COVID-19 crisis
An Irish retailer is rewarding its staff with hefty bonuses in appreciation of their hard work during the COVID-19 crisis. Tesco, which operates more than 150 supermarkets throughout Ireland, is paying all of its staff a 10 percent bonus in recognition of the "incredible effort" …
Tesco changes payment terms for small Irish suppliers
Tesco Ireland is temporarily changing its payment terms to ensure that small, local suppliers get paid as quickly as possible during this Covid-19 crisis, the retail giant has announced. Invoices will now be processed within five days as opposed to the current 14 days under the new arrangement.
Tesco calls for customers to free up home delivery slots for elderly
Tesco Ireland's chief operations officer, Geoff Byrne said that there is a huge demand for its home shopping service, and has called on customers who are capable of travelling to it stores to free up delivery slots for elderly customers.
Tesco introduces 10% pay increase
Tesco Ireland is awarding a 10% bonus on the hourly rate to colleagues in work across its stores and distribution. Backdated to Monday 9 March, colleagues who are currently in work will receive an adjustment in their pay to reflect this until 1 May, when Tesco will review the situation.
Dunnes Stores introduce elderly hours and will have designated staff and checkouts to help
Dunnes Stores will introduce specific elderly shopping hours during Ireland’s Covid-19 outbreak - and will have designated checkouts and staff to help OAPs. Coronavirus can infect anyone of any age but it's older adults - aged 60 and upwards - who are more likely to get seriously ill from it.
SuperValu installs plexiglass at tills to help protect cashiers from coronavirus
Plexiglass will be made available across SuperValu stores as an added protective measure for cashiers against Coronavirus, with the first installations being completed today. This follows the other social distancing and preventative measures that have already been…
SuperValu sponsors online ‘COVID-19 and Change’ seminar for autism community
AsIAm, Ireland’s national autism advocacy charity, have launched their first online seminar ‘COVID-19 and Change’ sponsored by SuperValu. The ongoing series of e-seminars are given by Psychotherapist Michael Ryan and Educational Psychologist Dr Alison Doyle…
Shop erects protective screens to protect cashiers and customers from virus
The owners of a shop in Co Clare have taken extra measures to protect staff and customers from the Covid-19 and the idea is already are being taken up by other businesses. Management at O’Keeffe’s Roslevan Stores in Ennis have implemented additional steps above those recommended for shops.
Gala retailers introduce home delivery for elderly and vulnerable shoppers
Gala has introduced a home delivery as well as a order and collect services for the the elderly and vulnerable. Gala retailers across Ireland are coming up with creative and innovative solutions to ensure their stores stay open, that all customers have access to essential items…
M&S warns of 'severe impact' from coronavirus
Marks & Spencer has today warned that trading over the next nine to 12 months in its clothing, homewares and international businesses was likely to be "severely impacted" by the coronavirus pandemic.
Next warns over ‘significant’ coronavirus hit as recent sales plummet 30%
Retail chain Next has warned it is preparing for a “significant” trading downturn amid the coronavirus pandemic as it revealed full-price sales have tumbled by 30% in recent days. The group said stress tests showed the business could “comfortably sustain” more than £1bn…
McDonald’s closes restaurants but fast food fans can get takeaway and drive-thru service
McDonald's have closed their restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic - but fast-food fans will still be able to get takeaway or use the drive-thru service. The popular restaurant chain said they were introducing the measures to protect their customers and employees…
McDonald’s to cut 3,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste by removing Happy Meal toys
McDonald’s UK and Ireland have announced steps that will help the fast food chain remove more than 3,000 metric tons of plastic from its business. Acting on a petition started by two schoolgirls last year, McDonald’s UK & I will start phasing out plastic from its Happy Meals…
Retailers including Spar, Asda and Sainsburys introduce 'no more than three of same item' shopping rule
Major retailers are introducing restrictions on how many goods can be purchased in an effort to curb panic-buying. Sainsbury's and Asda have both said they will stop shoppers buying more than three of any particular food item.
Lidl Northern Ireland launches recruitment drive to fill more than 120 jobs across store and warehouse network
Having experienced unprecedented customer demand in recent weeks, Lidl Northern Ireland announced today that they are looking to fill more than 120 new store and warehouse positions across its operations.
Blow to shopping centres with closure of 22 Carphone Warehouse stores in Northern Ireland
Dixons Carphone has confirmed it will close 22 Carphone Warehouse stores in the north on April 3 as part of a decision to shut 531 UK outlets. The company said the move is not linked to the impact of Covid-19, but said it will result in 2,900 redundancies. Around 1,800 will be offered…
Owner of George’s Arcade suspends rent for 42 businesses during Covid-19 crisis
The owner of Ireland’s oldest shopping centre has suspended all rent for 42 businesses. Gwen Layden has has told the small businesses of George’s Street Arcade they need not worry about paying rent during the Covid-19 crisis.