ASOS brings its Same Day Delivery option to Leeds and Manchester

Same day delivery option now available in the two cities following London launch

London, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — ASOS, one of the world’s leading destinations for fashion loving 20-somethings, today (November 21st, 2017) announces that ASOS Instant, its Same Day Delivery option, is now available in Leeds and Manchester. The move follows a successful launch in London six weeks ago and comes just in time for Black Friday and the festive season.

ASOS Instant is available to customers with deliveries to selected Leeds, London and Manchester postcodes on orders placed before 10 am, Monday – Friday. It costs £9.95 and parcels will be delivered by CitySprint’s On the dot service between 6 – 10 pm on the same day. Further availability in other UK cities will follow in the new year.

“We’re excited to be extending the reach of ASOS Instant to Leeds and Manchester following its successful launch in London. It is illustrative of our commitment to exploring delivery options that provide convenience and choice for ASOS customers,” said Matt Rogers, Delivery Solutions and Returns Director, ASOS.

The ASOS approach to its customers is to offer as much choice as possible. This applies both to fashion – with more than 85,000 products on offer at any time – and delivery propositions. In the last year alone, the company introduced 200 related delivery improvements around the world. Current UK delivery options include next day delivery, Click and Collect, one-hour delivery times and free returns as standard on all ASOS orders.

ASOS Instant will be available to customers in the following Leeds postcodes: LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, LS5, LS6, LS7, LS8, LS9, LS10, LS11, LS12, LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS18, LS25, LS26, LS27, LS28, LS88, LS98, LS99 and in the following Manchester areas: M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M9, M15, M16, M17, M25, M32, M41.

About ASOS
ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings, selling cutting-edge fashion and offering a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS.com the hub of a thriving fashion community. ASOS sells over 85,000 branded and own-label products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world. ASOS tailors the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia. ASOS’s websites attracted 135.7m visits during August 2017 (August 2016: 117.5m) and as at 31 August 2017 had 15.4m active customers* (31 August 2016: 12.4m), of which 5.2m were located in the UK and 10.2m were located in international territories (31 August 2016: 4.7m in the UK and 7.7m internationally). *Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months as at 31 August 2017.

Source: ASOS

Whole Foods Market to become first food retailer to offer strawberries certified by the Fair Food Program

First retailer to introduce Fair Food Program certified strawberries

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will be the first food retailer to offer strawberries certified by the Fair Food Program, a partnership that brings together workers, consumers, growers and retailers in support of humane labor standards and fairer wages in U.S. agriculture.

Whole Foods Market began supporting the Fair Food Program in 2008, four years before any other supermarket joined the effort. By offering Fair Food strawberries, Whole Foods Market has agreed to pay an additional amount for each case of strawberries it purchases, with the additional money being passed on to farmworkers to supplement their income. The program also requires suppliers to sign a code of conduct, outlining specific social responsibility criteria; the code is then verified by a third-party.

“We advocate for and support sustainable, transparent, long-term labor and farmworker welfare solutions, both inside and outside the U.S.,” said Matt Rogers, senior global produce coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “The Fair Food Program is the leading worker welfare success story in the U.S. We are proud of our history with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and are excited to support their certification as they expand beyond tomatoes.”

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization, initially launched the Fair Food Program with the goal of creating systemic changes for Florida tomato pickers who routinely faced harsh working conditions. Following the success of its tomato program, the CIW has expanded its efforts to include strawberries.

The first certified strawberries will come from Florida-based grower Sunripe Certified Brands, a key supplier to Whole Foods Market and a leading advocate of the Fair Food Program.

“As the first tomato grower to implement the Fair Food Program at all of our tomato operations, Sunripe Certified Brands is proud to be the first grower to extend the guarantee of a safe and fair workplace to the strawberry fields of Florida,” said Jon Esformes, CEO of Sunripe Certified Brands. “We’re honored and humbled to play a part in creating change for the most vulnerable of American workers, and strongly urge other growers to join this important movement.”

Whole Foods Market and Sunripe Certified Brands also announced they would be the first to use the new Fair Food Program label on both strawberry and tomato packages. The label was developed by the Fair Food Program to help shoppers identify produce that complies with the industry worker welfare program.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Whole Foods Market on the expansion of the Fair Food Program, and are particularly excited to debut the program label on certified products in its stores,” said Nely Rodriguez, education team member for the CIW.  “The label symbolizes Florida farmworkers’ tireless efforts to forge a more modern, more humane agricultural industry. We’re proud to share the image and our story with Whole Foods Market shoppers.”

The certified and labeled products from Sunripe Certified Brands are in limited supply and will be sold in Whole Foods Market stores primarily in the southeast as supply allows.

EXPERTS:

Matt Rogers

Global Produce Coordinator

Matt works on standards and sourcing for the Whole Foods Market produce team supporting policy and compliance on social, environmental and food safety issues.

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Whole Foods Market launches produce rating system Responsibly Grown

New, exclusive ratings prohibit use of many hazardous neurotoxins on fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers; focus on transparency

AUSTIN, Texas, 2014-10-15— /EPR Retail News/ — Today Whole Foods Market launches Responsibly Grown, an industry leading tiered produce rating system that assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. The new rating system labels fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers as “good,” “better” or “best” to help shoppers make more informed choices in the produce and floral departments, and it prohibits some of the most hazardous neurotoxins still allowed in agriculture.

Prohibited pesticides include several organophosphate insecticides, which recent studies indicate can impair neurological development in children born to mothers exposed in diet or by working in agriculture and living in nearby communities.  A full list of prohibited and restricted pesticides may be found on the Responsibly Grown web page.

“After three years of research and planning, Responsibly Grown is the result of our collaboration with suppliers, scientists and issue experts to continue our strong commitment to organic, while embracing additional important topics and growing practices in agriculture today,” said Matt Rogers, global produce coordinator at Whole Foods Market. “We are excited to broaden the conversation to recognize additional growing practices and drive more transparency in the industry.”

To earn a “good” rating, a farm must take 16 major steps to protect air, soil, water, and human health.  Growers must also comply with the Responsibly Grown pesticide policy, which restricts growers to using only U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered pesticides, regardless of the country of origin.  In other words, farms outside the U.S. cannot supply Whole Foods Market with fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers grown using pesticides not allowed in the U.S., with very limited exceptions including for crops not grown in the U.S. Growers also cannot use biosolids or irradiation and must commit to GMO transparency.

“I applaud the courage and conviction of Whole Foods Market, and its growers and suppliers, for taking decisive action on more than a dozen high-risk pesticides. The next generation of Americans will be the primary beneficiaries of this bold step,” according to Dr. Charles Benbrook, research professor and program leader for the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Washington State University.

A “better” rating indicates advanced performance and a “best” rating indicates exceptional, industry-leading performance in a scoring system covering multiple topics in each of these key categories:

  • Pest management (e.g. using beneficial insects to control pests)
  • Farmworker welfare (e.g. providing protective equipment for workers)
  • Water conservation and protection (e.g. using efficient irrigation techniques)
  • Enhancing soil health (e.g. adding compost to soil; planting cover crops)
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity (e.g. planting wildflowers to restore natural bee habitat for pollinator protection)
  • Waste reduction (e.g. recycling plastics used in the field)
  • Air, energy and climate (e.g. solar panels for renewable energy)

The first-of-its-kind program seeks to reward growers for existing accomplishments and raise the bar to encourage continuous improvement while minimizing additional burdens for growers.

“Being truly sustainable means more than just not using harmful chemicals. Energy conservation is a big focus for us so we installed solar panels on the packing house at our Pennsylvania farm which accounts for 20 percent of energy consumption on the farm,” said Tom Beddard, founder and grower at Lady Moon Farms that has a “best” rating for their vegetables.  “We incorporate many different practices with a promise to put more into the soil than we take out, ensuring more fertile farms and making the earth a safer place for all of us. We’re proud to share these practices with Whole Foods Market shoppers through Responsibly Grown.”

Pollinator protection is another major focus of the program that is likely to resonate with Whole Foods Market shoppers.  Responsibly Grown addresses the primary threats facing pollinators including high risk pesticide use, loss of habitat, and disease spread from managed bees to wild pollinators.  Four of the most common neonicotinoids currently allowed in the U.S. will be prohibited for growers to reach the Responsibly Grown “best” level. Many growers, scientists, environmentalists, and beekeepers are concerned about the impact of these pesticides on bees and other pollinators.

“As a result of this program, we are already hearing from fruit and vegetable farmers who are creating wildflower-rich habitat for bees, and working to reduce or eliminate pesticides on farms from New Jersey to Iowa to California,” said Eric Mader, assistant pollinator program director for The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. “This type of action is the first and most important step in reversing the ongoing decline of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.”

Whole Foods Market is launching Responsibly Grown by rating hundreds of products with key suppliers, more than 50 percent of produce nationwide.  The goal of reaching 100 percent ratings of all fruits, vegetables and flowers will be achieved over time.

Shoppers interested in learning more about Responsibly Grown can visit wholefoodsmarket.com/responsiblygrown.

EXPERTS

Matt Rogers

Global Produce Coordinator

Matt works on standards and sourcing for the Whole Foods Market produce team supporting policy and compliance on social, environmental and food safety issues.