This week in retail: 28 March 2019

This week in retail: 28 March 2019

Plastic-free shopping, minimum wage and special offers – we take a look at what’s been going on in the world of retail this week and how it affects Post Office.

Tesco plastic-free trial of fruit and veg

The month-long trial will take place at two of its Extra stores in Watford and Swindon. It will remove plastic packaging from 45 fruit and vegetable foods where there are loose options available. The supermarket chain has pledged to make all packaging fully recyclable by 2025. Find out more here.

Minimum wage set to increase

Philip Hammond confirmed that the minimum wage would rise from April 2019. He announced the change as part of the spring budget. Over 25's will receive £8.21, an increase from £7.83. 

eBay Retail Revival partnership makes £2m in sales

eBay’s partnership with Wolverhampton Council has recorded £2 million in sales after six months. It aims to support small retailers grow their business online. The retailers who have taken part so far said they have experienced average growth of 36% year on year since taking part and 100% reported feeling positive about their prospects on the platform. 

Unhealthy supermarket special offers

A report by Cancer Research UK has said that deals on unhealthy food and drinks should be restricted to help combat obesity. This could result in restrictions on promoting food or drink items high in fat, sugar or salt in terms of their price or location (e.g. no longer allowed near the tills).

What does it mean for Post Office?

Customers are becoming more environmentally-conscious and supermarket chains are starting to listen. A number of retailers have also already started moving unhealthier items away from check-out areas in favour of healthier options to make the most of the trend towards healthy living. And eBay is proving that shopping on the high street and online can work together in harmony.