A new super lightweight plastic trolley is being released by shopping cart maker Polycart for the retail and convenience sector. The plastic cart; apart from being far lighter in weight than its metallic counterpart, has a longer lifespan and is fully recyclable and therefore more environmentally friendly.

The new trolleys feature branded handles, advertising space and are safer and more user-friendly. Their design mainly focuses on being compact, and there is also an option to customise them with a varying colour range. Accessories to the plastic trolleys such as bag hooks, child seats and coin locks are also easy to attach, improving on their already growing profile.

Tesco is planning to shut down some deli counters and retrench some staff, citing challenging market conditions. However, reports that over 15,000 stores are targeted for the cutbacks are unconfirmed, as the company hinted that the number may be up to 9,000. Company CEO, Jason Terry, said that although progress had been made in the last couple of years, the retail giant has to respond to customer shopping trends and adapt for utmost competitiveness.

No significant changes will be made to bakery operations, except for the counter closures in larger stores. Tesco was redesigning their stores and system as the head office was moving towards a leaner structure for simplicity, and a counteroffer that is flexible for customers. The retailer claimed that not all the jobs will be affected as some staff may become reassigned to more customer-facing responsibilities.

By March this year, retail operators are predicting disruptions to food supplies in case of a Brexit with no deal. Due to this uncertainty and the improbability of mitigating risk, they are fearful that supply chains from mainland Europe will soon dry up. The opportunistic or out of season availability of products from the EU involves produce like meat, tomatoes, lettuce, fruits and other fresh perishables. 

If the Calais authorities impose customs and sanitary checks on EU exports, 85% of freight will either be delayed or disrupted leading to acute unavailability and reduction in shelf life. Food prices will most definitely go up if the expected tariffs are to be enforced due to increased import costs. Retail executives including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Mark & Spencer, Lidl, Costcutter, The Co-Op and the British Retail consortium CEO wrote a memo to members of parliament concerning this issue.