Bank of Ireland’s card payment provider BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) have entered a new partnership. BOIPA will become the preferred payments platform for the LVA’s 600 Dublin pubs and bars ahead of the busy festive season
The Garda Síochana have issued a warning to Christmas shoppers to be vigilant of theft in retail car parks this month. Figures from the Garda Analysis Service show that €400,000 worth of goods was stolen from cars last year. The figures also reported that shoplifting cost retailers €55 million in December 2015, and €255 million for the whole year.
FromMe2You gift card and Tesco Ireland have announced a partnership that will see the gift card accepted at 148 Tesco stores nationwide. Joyce Kelly, Customer Loyalty Manager, Tesco Ireland, “Tesco is committed to providing our customers with the best retail experience possible and to supporting Irish suppliers. We’re pleased to be the retail partner of FromMe2You gift card and we look forward to our customers using them in all of our 148 stores nationwide.”
Michael Hayes has joined the National Lottery as head of marketing. Hayes has a strong background in FMCG, having worked with brands such as Meteor, Smirnoff, Pillsbury and Musgrave. He is to replace Eddie Banville, who has moved to The Communications Clinic, a PR agency.
PricewaterHouse Coopers (PwC) and SSAFE have launched a free app for companies in the food industry to help them detect fraud. PwC stated that ‘food fraud’ costs the industry up to $40 billion a year globally. SSAFE is a global food safety non-profit backed by McDonalds and Kerry Group, and the app will help companies identify weaknesses in their supply chain.
The December meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council is underway in Brussels. FarmersJournal.ie reports that legislation surrounding unfair trading practises is high on the agenda, following a Parliament vote and task force report on the issue in November.