This year, Boots Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society are celebrating 10 years of partnership. Over the last 10 years, Boots Ireland has raised €2.5 million for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service, which equates to 7,200 nights of Night Nursing care. Since the relationship began in 2012, Boots Ireland team members, patients and customers have come together to raise funds for this essential service to ensure cancer patients receive the end-of-life care needed allowing them to remain in their own home. Stephen Watkins, managing director, Boots Ireland, said, “We are particularly proud of this partnership and the difference that our Team Members and customers have made to the lives of so many. As a company, we will continue to support those living with cancer through initiatives both in and out of stores. Our beauty advisors and pharmacists receive specific training to support those going through treatment and indeed their carers with the aim of providing a safe and supportive space. We look forward to continued success in supporting the Irish Cancer Society in the wonderful work that they do."
Aldi Ireland has updated the signage in its stores for items such as tampons, towels and panty liners to now refer to them as ‘period products’. The supermarket has changed the signage from ‘Feminine Hygiene’ to ‘Period Products’ across the majority of its 150 Irish stores, with plans to roll out across its entire store network in the near future. The change is designed to better reflect how people talk about periods. Aldi’s Click and Collect website where shoppers can easily browse for their favourite groceries at unbeatable value, has also been updated to reflect the change.John Curtin, Aldi’s group buying director, commented, “We are pleased to have renamed the category both in-store and online to better reflect how shoppers feel about period products.”
Italian regional retailer Etruria Retail closed 2021 with a turnover of €238 million and a network of 321 stores. The company's turnover was down by €14 million compared to 2020, which was a record-breaking year due the continuation of pandemic restrictions, reports ESMMagazine.com. Year-on-year turnover in full-year 2020 was €34 million than the previous. Overall, growth is positive over a two-year period, amounting to €20 million, which is an increase of 10%. The Siena-based company is active in four regions in central and northern Italy (Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, and Liguria), operating 157 Carrefour-branded stores (as a master franchiser) and 164 stores under the La Bottega Sapori&Valori banner.