Co-operative named Most Improved Supermarket at Welfare Awards

The Co-operative has been named “Most Improved Supermarket” at Compassion in World Farming’s annual Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.

The accolade was presented to the retailer because of its move to convert all of its own-brand fresh pork and sausages to its higher welfare Elmwood standard earlier this year.

The Co-operative worked with a group of specialist British pig farmers to identify issues regarding the welfare of the sows and piglets throughout the farming process. The Elmwood standard includes reduced transport time, increased natural light, straw bedding, environmental enrichments and a healthier diet for the pigs.

The retailer’s move to extend the Elmwood standard to fresh pork followed the conversion of all its fresh own-brand British chicken to Elmwood or above, starting with fresh whole chickens in October 2007.

The Co-operative’s Elmwood British chicken range now also includes own-brand fresh chicken fillets and portions, as well as fresh chicken products including barbecue, breaded, flavoured and ready-to-eat roast and flavoured chicken. In 2010, Elmwood was rolled out to include all own-brand whole turkeys, crowns and fresh plain turkey products – including fillets, steaks, mince and pieces.

The Co-operative also won a Good Dairy Award, partly in recognition of its forthcoming move in August to a dedicated milk producer scheme, whereby some 240 British dairy farmers will receive a support package including a price premium in return for high standards in animal welfare.

Andrew Nicholson, Agricultural Development Manager at The Co-operative Group, commented: “We’re pleased to win these prestigious awards in recognition of the moves we have made over the last twelve months to further improve animal welfare.

“Animal welfare and supporting British farmers are very important to our business, and add to our Co-operative difference. As an organisation owned and shaped by our members, we always strive to shape our business based on our ethical principles. Animal welfare forms an integral part of our Ethical Plan, launched earlier this year.”

iFurn.com, Inc. Becomes an Elite Licensed E-Retailer of the Bush Cabot Collection

iFurn.com, Inc. has become one of the select licensed online retailers of the new Bush Cabot Furniture Collection. iFurn.com, Inc. site iFurn.com and Bush-Furniture-Online.com are among the only Internet stores to carry this exciting new collection from Bush Furniture. The Bush Cabot Collection offers contemporary office furniture for the busy work environment.

“We are excited that Bush Furniture chose iFurn.com, Inc. to represent the Cabot Collection,” said Marketing Director, Thomas Johnson. “As the number one Bush Furniture dealer online, we are proud to take part in this unique opportunity.”

iFurn.com, Inc., a division of Norris E-Commerce Management, has been a top web furniture retailer since 1996 and has been included in the Internet Retailer Top 500 List on several occasions. iFurn.com, Inc. was also named one of the Top 20 Online Furniture Stores by Furniture Today Magazine, and has been highly acclaimed with the Inc. 5000 award, in recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation.

With sturdy desks, hutches, bookcases and file cabinets, Bush Cabot Furniture is a clean and stylish addition to the home or commercial office. Bush Furniture has been an industry leader for over 50 years, creating entertainment furniture and office furniture that specializes in quality, safety, reliability and durability. Bush Furnishing Solutions are built for professionals with an emphasis on quality construction and modern design.

Founded in 1996 by Tracy A. Norris, iFurn.com has spent the last 15 years providing home furnishings and office furniture to the residential, commercial, and government markets in the United States.

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Hotter Comfort Concept Bucks High Street Trends

Hotter Comfort Concept is bucking high street trends with a dynamic store opening programme.

Having recently opened its 18th high street store, located in Peterborough, the UK’s biggest shoe maker is on track to beat its target of 25 stores by the end of 2011. The innovative shoe maker – which is forecast to make 1.6 million pairs of shoes this year – took a step out of its own comfort zone to venture into selling direct to the public in the 1990s.

Its unusual approach has seen the company set up its own 100-seater call centre to serve its mail order and hotter.com customers and open up 18 high street stores to sell its shoes through 200 independent retailers across the UK, including several leading garden centres. The company also sells and ships its shoes direct to the US.

“We have a dynamic store opening programme in place which has seen us open 12 Hotter stores around the UK in just over 12 months and we are aiming to open a further nine before the end of the year ,” commented Retail Operations Director John Nicholas. “Our stores have been carefully designed to ensure stand out on the high street, but what our customers really love, and which brings them back time and time again, is a combination of comfortable, stylish shoes and great service.

“We are totally focussed on creating a quality retail environment for our customers; our stores are carefully designed to showcase our collection, with customers lead around to store to view contemporary, classic, heels, sporty styles and accessories. We pride ourselves on our attention to every single detail, so on our shoes you’ll find handcrafted detailing and hidden adjustments and in our stores you’ll find lots of seats, at just the right height to for trying on shoes.”

Stylish shoes with comfort built into every pair is the product promise which has helped Hotter Comfort Concept shoes grow to be the UK’s biggest shoe maker. The team of Hotter designers works hard to hide comfort features in its stylish shoes, including lightweight, supportive soles; deep toe boxes; softly padded heels and tongues and removable insoles. Womens shoes, boots and sandals come in UK sizes 3 to 9 with some half sizes, extra wide fitting and EEE fitting; Hotter mens shoes, boots and sandals come in UK sizes 6 to 12 with some half sizes.

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DiscountVouchers.co.uk Serves Up Savings on Kids’ Essentials for Summer

DiscountVouchers.co.uk, the website which helps consumers to save money at over 800 leading on and offline retailers, has this week launched new money off vouchers aimed specifically at mums. Parents who want to get toiletries, pushchairs or other essentials for the summer can do so on a budget now thanks to new Boots and Mothercare deals.

A new pushchair, baby clothing or goods for a nursery can be had on a budget this week thanks to DiscountVouchers.co.uk introducing new Mothercare vouchers. A visit to the popular website this week allows mums to get great value deals like as much as half price off in the Mothercare sale.

Toiletries and healthcare products can be had on a budget too thanks to new deals for saving money at high street favourite Boots. New Boots promotional code offers include free delivery when spending £40 or over at Boots and there is also a promotion for saving by using the new Boots Advantage Card.

More money-saving deals are available this week too, with offers to be had like 3 for 2 travel accessories at Mamas & Papas, 50% off when buying in the Kiddicare Summer Sale and 50% off in the Babies R Us sale. Consumers can also look forward to free delivery on purchases of £50 or more at Babies R Us.

Doug Scott, managing director at DiscountVouchers.co.uk, comments, “We’re here to help the country’s consumers save wherever possible and this week we’re able to get mums great value at the likes of Boots and Mothercare. Money off pushchairs, nursery items, kids’ toiletries and more can be had this week through our site.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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dooyoo.co.uk say lack of consumer awareness could be responsible for high percentage deleting photographs

A recent survey conducted by the photo printers, Bonusprint, has revealed that at least a third out of a pool of 1002 in a survey did not back up their digital photographs before printing them.

In figures, this is an approximate 29%.

There is a fear of exceeding maximum capacity; that too much storage may limit room for further photography.

However, the very act of deleting photographs when storage options are so increasingly available and expansive makes the act of deletion appear redundant. In addition, the amount of online storage options and printing services currently on offer is designed to benefit consumer needs.

Hard drives are not as expensive as they once were and are designed to enable maximum storage of photographs.

Social shopping website, www.dooyoo.co.uk believe the exercise of deleting images from digital cameras is habitual and born from a lack of, or limited awareness and knowledge of what’s available to a consumer.

Consumers are advised to review and read the details of their digital cameras, information that is available on their website. The storage options on digital camera models are varied and vast.

A spokesperson from the European review and price comparison company said;

‘There is little need, in the modern-day market, to even consider deleting photographs from your digital camera. Storage options move as rapidly as the designs of the models themselves, which is why getting to know your product is so important. It enables you to utilise all the strengths of the digital camera model to your advantage. Having to not delete photographs is one of them.‘

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dooyoo is the social shopping website with a strong community that provides  information regarding the online shopping experience, including reviews on products and shops, product details, prices and shop details to all online users.

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