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Aldi changes packaging of popular products in UK stores – ‘great idea!’

The supermarket giant announced it will remove all single-use plastic from own-brand tea bags.

Instead, the products will be made with biodegradable materials following successful trials.

It is also removing the outer plastic packaging of its own-brand tea products.

Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK Richard Gorman said: “By the end of this year, all of our own-brand tea bags will be biodegradable and contain no plastic whatsoever.

“The changes we’ve made to our tea range will help us reduce our environmental impact and offer our customers even more environmentally-sustainable options when they shop at Aldi.”

Similar changes to more items are likely in the coming months.

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‘Absolutely brilliant!’ Co-op to launch new ‘extensive’ scheme in 1,500 stores

Supermarkets across the country are doing their bit to help the environment by reducing plastic. Co-op has announced it will roll out a new plastic recycling scheme to thousands of its UK stores

The food retailer has estimated that up to 300 tonnes of plastic bags and food wrapping could be recycled once the bins are in place in all stores.

The new initiative comes after a trial of the recycling points in 50 stores last year.

With 86 percent of shoppers saying they were likely to use the service, the trial proved to be successful.

Co-op explained that, once recycled, the material on the bags and packaging will be turned into granules which are then made into other products.

“This will not only prevent unnecessary waste but also reduce plastic pollution.

“By offering a simple and convenient solution to an everyday issue, we believe we can help communities to make small changes, that together will add up to a big difference for our environment.”

Helen Bird, Strategic Technical Manager from WRAP, added: “There’s no doubt that unnecessary plastic needs to be reduced; including bags and wrapping which is a fifth of all consumer plastic packaging.

“However, where it is necessary it is urgent to design it for recycling and ensure recycling systems are in place.

“It’s great to see the roll out of collections across Co-op’s stores significantly contributing to the goal of The UK Plastics Pact for all plastic packaging to be recyclable by 2025.

“Not only is the Co-op ensuring that the service is widely promoted, it is processing the material within the UK, demonstrating how we can build back better for the economy and environment.”

Co-op customers have already shared their opinions of the scheme on social media, with many expressing their delight at the news.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely brilliant!”

Another shopper said: “That’s awesome guys.”

One person commented: “Fantastic, thank you so much.”

Another customer added: “You’re going to need a much bigger bin! But good news!”

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These stores will be open on the Fourth of July

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Are you planning to shop Fourth of July sales? Or maybe you were hoping to run some errands ahead of any celebrations.

Here’s a list we have compiled of stores that will be open, along with a list of stores operating under different hours on the holiday.

Stores open on July 4

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors: Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Best Buy: Stores will be open but hours will vary by location
  • Home Depot: Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Kohl’s: Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Lowe’s: Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Macy’s: Most stores will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sam’s Club: Open on 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Plus members and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Club members
  • Target: Open normal business hours, which vary by location. Typically open from 8 a.m to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Walmart: Open regular hours 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Grocery stores

  • H-E-B: Open regular hours. Check your individual location for details. H-E-B pharmacies will be operating with reduced hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trader Joe’s: Stores will close at 5 p.m.
  • Whole Foods: Open normal hours. Hours may vary by location.

Stores closed

  • Costco: Costco will be closed on July 4.

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Lidl to open 50 new stores in 2021: Full list of locations

compete with them on British shores.

Mere now has more than 3,000 supermarkets worldwide after expanding to Europe back in 2018.

It already operates in Italy and Spain.

Pavels Antonovs, Head of Buying at Mere UK said: “We are the gap in the market. We don’t have any competitors.

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Aldi announces new ban coming into place in all stores by end of year

Additionally, Sainsbury’s said earlier this year in January that it was testing a more sustainable plastic as an alternative for the oil-based plastic sealing on its teabags.

Last year, Aldi pledged to halve the volume of plastic packaging it used by 2025.

If the supermarket reaches its target, it will see 74,000 tonnes of plastic removed from products over the next four years.

Aldi said this week that it was also on track to make all its own label packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by the end of 2022.

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Cryptocurrency payments coming to some Texas H-E-B stores

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dogecoin, the meme-originated favorite of Elon Musk, will soon be options for payment at some H-E-B grocery stores in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reports currency provider Coin Cloud will soon begin placing kiosks in several stores where customers will both be able to make purchases using the digital currency, but will also be able to purchase more coins.

An H-E-B representative told Houston Chronicle the pilot program will start in 29 Houston-area stores. The machines will also be Coin Cloud’s 2,00th machine.

Worldwide, more and more businesses are starting to embrace cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which is the most popular. Currently, 1 Bitcoin equals about $ 36,120.20 in U.S. dollars. Second most popular is Ethereum: 1 Ether currently equals $ 2,225.98 U.S. dollars.

Despite their surging popularity, many investors and experts still lack faith in them as long-term investments, citing volatility and uncertainty around value retention.

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Aldi unveils plans to open more than 400 new UK stores – will there be one in your area?

Aldi is one of the UK’s most popular supermarkets, with 900 stores in the country. Now, the discount retailer has unveiled plans to open more than 400 other stores in the UK.

Aldi opened its first UK store in 1990, and since then it has competed alongside Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Lidl as part of the UK’s six biggest supermarkets.

Although Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, and Sainsbury’s are the UK’s original Big Four supermarkets, discounters Aldi and Lidl are quickly catching up.

For its new stores, Aldi is looking for suitable sites in the middle of town centres or at the edge of centres.

It wants each site to be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,00 sq ft store.

Mr Aldridge added: “That’s why, more so than ever, we’re keen to explore all opportunities to open new stores across the country.”

Some of the cities Aldi is looking at include Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff, and Edinburgh.

In other Aldi news, the supermarket is bringing back some of its most popular garden Specialbuys this summer.

From June 27, customers will be able to get their hands on the Rattan Effect Corner Sofa and Cover Bundle, and the Wooden Garden Trolley.

On July 4, the large hanging egg chair will be on sale for £249.99.

This is similar to the supermarket’s iconic hanging egg chair, but bigger.

List of possible new store locations

100 sites in the South East, including Brighton, Oxford and Reading

71 sites in the South West, including Bristol, Plymouth and Swindon

54 sites in the West Midlands, including Birmingham, Warwick and Worcester

61 sites in the East Midlands, including Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham

38 sites in the East of England, including Cambridge, St Albans and Hemel Hampstead

50 sites in the North West, including Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington

11 sites in the North East, including Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland

35 sites in Yorkshire, including Middlesbrough, Harrogate and Halifax

20 sites in Scotland, including Edinburgh, Dumbarton and Shotts

30 sites in Wales, including Cardiff, Newport and Swansea

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Aldi: Big change to all stores in England & Wales from today – but customers unimpressed

Aldi changes and updates its supermarket rules often. Its latest update is to do with store opening hours, but some customers are unimpressed with the move.

“So you can stock up on all of your essential supplies ahead of the games!”

The Euros’ first game kicked off on Friday, June 11, and the British nations are playing this weekend.

Wales went head-to-head against Switzerland yesterday, while England will play against Croatia today, June 12.

Scotland will play against the Czech Republic tomorrow, June 13.

Richard Thornton, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said earlier this week: “We can’t wait for the football to kick off this weekend and want to help our customers enjoy the tournament as much as possible.

“Opening earlier will give fans more time to stock up on the great quality Aldi bargains they need to enjoy the football.”

However, when Aldi announced the move on Friday, June 11, some shoppers were unimpressed with the decision.

One customer wrote on Facebook: “Sunday browsing in Aldi stores is unnecessary.”

Another person said: “Not really necessary surely, most folk know what they want when they’re doing their weekly shop – no need for ‘browsing time’, I’d rather be in and out asap.”

One shopper wrote: “What a daft idea.”

Another customer said: “What a silly decision.”

One person wrote: “What a brilliant idea, more customers frustrated as they cannot be served until 10am and less time to stock the shelves. Thanks.”

However, other customers were happy with the new initiative.

One person said: “Love this!”

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Gap announces plans to close UK stores – 19 shops affected

The retailer Gap has today announced plans to shut 19 stores across the country. The retailer has decided not to extend the store leases on July 31 due to a strategic review underway. It comes as the latest blow to UK high-streets due to the pandemic.

Gap is said to be closing 19 of its stores across the country, although the locations are yet to be disclosed.

The remaining 50 standalone and outlet stores across the UK and Ireland are still under review.

The stores will therefore continue to operate until a decision has been made.

As part of the fashion retailer’s review, it is aiming to secure store partnership for each European country it operates in, including the UK, France, Italy and Ireland.

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Last year he said: “One of the options being explored is the possible closure of our company-operated Gap stores in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Italy at the end of the second quarter in 2021.”

Back in December, the retailer said it would close one of its two Oxford Street shops in London.

Today’s announcement puts the risk of more redundancies on the line.

At its height, the retailer was one of the most recognised clothing brands in the world, with stores across the world.

However, a shift in consumer behaviour as well as stores being closed for several months at a time mean many retailers have had to close down.

A Gap spokesperson said: “We are proposing to close 19 Gap stores that have leases ending at the end of July 2021.

“These leases are not being extended due to the strategic review that we have underway.”

Debenhams announced in May that it would be closing its remaining 15 stores, closing the door on more than 200 years of trade on UK high streets.

In February, Topshop and three other Arcadia brands permanently closed their doors as Asos confirmed it would takeover the brands,

At the time, Asos chief executive Nick Neighton said: “We are extremely proud to be the new owners of the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands.”

Chocolatier Thorntons also closed all of its UK stores and John Lewis has also taken a hit, with the retailer closing down multiple stores.

John Lewis permanently closed eight of its stores since March due to them being “financially challenged prior to the pandemic”.

The chain has now axed around a third of its stores in less than a year.

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