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Weekly Round-Up ... 7 June 2022

Marks & Spencer has launched a trial enabling shoppers to refill private label home care products, as part of its efforts to tackle plastic waste. The products available as part of the scheme include cleaning sprays, laundry detergents, fabric conditioners and washing up liquids, reports ESMMagazine.com. The retailer's 'Fill Your Own' concept commenced in September 2019. To date, the scheme has saved 350,000 units of single-use packaging, with more than 60 lines of refillable groceries (e.g., pasta, rice, cereal and nuts) now available, the retailer said.

US wheat futures surged 6.3% on Monday, supported by concerns about lengthy disruptions to shipments out of Ukraine as fighting intensified in the key grain export country. Concerns about supplies from the Black Sea region were also heightened by news that Russia had attacked Ukraine's capital Kyiv for the first time in more than a month. "The strike undermined the credibility of Russia’s claims that it had no intention of blocking the flow of food-based commodities out of Ukraine’s ports," Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist at brokerage StoneX said in a note to clients.

Dutch retailer Jumbo has announced it has joined employers' association E-commerce Netherlands for its online activities, reports ESMMagazine.com. As a result, new Jumbo Online employees who will start working for the group from 20 June 2022 onwards will come under the collective labour agreement for E-commerce Netherlands. This collective labour agreement has been concluded with the De Unie union. The retailer announced at the beginning of this year that it was 'looking with interest' at the activities of the new employers' association. After conducting extensive research, the retailer decided to develop a  connection with E-commerce Netherlands, it said.

© 2022 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. For more Retail news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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