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Mitre 10 joins Countdown and New World in voluntarily eliminating plastic bags

  • News
  • November 10, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Mitre 10 joins Countdown and New World in voluntarily eliminating plastic bags

The 81-store hardware cooperative has today announced it is following the lead of Countdown and New World in removing single-use plastic bags from its network. By the middle of 2018, no Mitre 10 will be handing out plastic bags or plastic boot liners.

Mitre 10 chief executive Neil Cowie says the decision follows a review of single-use plastic bags, and reflects an increased level of interest from customers on the subject.

New World kicked off public discussion about plastic bags when it introduced its online BagVote campaign, which gave consumers three options to vote on: introduce a 5 cent charge for bags; a 10 cent charge; or no charge at all. It did not include an option for phasing out bags.

Shortly before the campaign was due to end in late September, Countdown announced it was to eliminate single-use plastic bags from its stores by the end of 2018. New World later committed to the same promise.

Cowie reports that Mitre 10 began conversations with its owner-operators on plastic bags earlier in the year.

“As a group of locally owned and operated businesses, we want to do our bit for New Zealand and tackling single-use plastic bags is one of those steps we need to take.”

He says the store owners were “overwhelmingly in support” from the outset of a move to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bag waste, adding that all indications show this view is shared by Mitre 10’s customers.

“Previously, we have trained our checkout operators to ask about a plastic bag and let our customers decide for themselves rather than providing one as a matter of course. We believe that customers are now ready to take the next step and feel the time is right for us to formalise this more environmentally friendly practice of discontinuing single-use plastic bags.”

Customers will be able to purchase a reusable bag for $10, and a non-plastic alternative will be provided for car boot liners. Mitre 10 does not plan to introduce an interim charge on plastic bags during the coming phase-out period.

 “We will focus on encouraging customers to prepare for the switch themselves rather than imposing an interim charge for plastic bags or boot liners,” says Cowie.

Like the grocery chains, Mitre 10 is also a member of the Soft Plastics Recycling programme and is working with the operators to expand the number of Mitre 10 stores currently participating in the initiative. The company’s approach to plastic packaging and minimising waste overall is also under review.

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Enhancing the experience: A growing demand

  • Design
  • November 22, 2017
  • Courtney Devereux
Enhancing the experience: A growing demand

Some commentators think food and integrated hospitality offerings will save brick and mortar retail from obsolescence in the age of ecommerce. But does catering to the consumer’s every need result in sales, or are shoppers moving on without making a purchase? In the Enhancing the experience series Courtney Devereux looks into why these two different sectors are working together.

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Styleshoots launches for retailers this week

  • In Association with LookDepot
  • November 22, 2017
Styleshoots launches for retailers this week

Consumers respond well to high quality product images – yet they respond even better to a more immersive, multimedia shopping experience with video content, says LookDepot managing director Andy Mackie.

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Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

  • News
  • November 21, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

The Chinese holiday Singles’ Day, popularised by Alibaba as the ’11.11 Global Shopping Festival’, is now the biggest sale event in the world. Alibaba reports that US$25.3 billion of gross merchandise volume was settled during the 24 hours of Singles’ Day this year. Not all of that went to Chinese retailers, however – a handful of Kiwis made the most of the opportunity.

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Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

  • Technology
  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

The Warehouse Group’s electronics retailer Noel Leeming has been looking at expanding its focus on services this year. Now, it’s launched a dedicated after-purchase services division: MyTechSolution. The change also means that customers will be charged for access to Noel Leeming's helpdesk if the request goes beyond a "quick fix".

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Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

  • In Association with Axis Communications / Sektor
  • November 20, 2017
Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

In-store video cameras revolutionised loss prevention when they first became available to retailers, but as camera technology continues to evolve, they can now provide a plethora of data that supports better business decisions.

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