Catering shops – Embroidery 2 U Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:44:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Catering shops – Embroidery 2 U 32 32 Top 10 Online Shops in Kenya Mon, 14 Nov 2022 14:17:04 +0000

As more and more people go digital, sellers are taking advantage of the opportunity to offer their products and services to a larger Kenyan market. This opportunity allowed people to shop when it was convenient for them. Check out this list of Kenyan online shops.

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Kenyans are well known for their enthusiasm for all things technological and innovative. The number of Kenyans who prefer to buy things online has grown rapidly in recent years and will continue to rise. Are you out of ideas on where to buy things online in Kenya? Check out these stores where you can buy anything.

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Which app is best for online shopping in Kenya? Jumia is one of the best online shopping sites in Kenya. You can buy mobile phones, tablets, computers and laptops, women’s and men’s clothing, food and other items and have them delivered to you.

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Moreover, it allows companies to sell items on its platform. Jumia also accepts all forms of payment, including cash, mobile money, and credit and visa cards. They deliver products to homes or pick them up at various locations across the country and charge based on the size and weight of the items.

2. Crossroads

Carrefour is another large online store in Kenya where buyers and sellers can make a variety of products. The site is more reliable because you can pay on delivery. They have exclusive offers that will save you a lot of money.

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3. Kilimall

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Want to buy more while spending less? Then Kilimall is the place for you! It is one of the most affordable shopping platforms in Kenya.

This store works similar to Jumia, where entrepreneurs create stores to sell their products as long as they are authentic and brand new.

Phones and accessories, clothing, shoes, office supplies, beauty and hair products and many other items are available. They also do door-to-door deliveries in Nairobi and use postal deliveries in other parts of the country.

4. Jiji

Jiji sells a wide variety of products, including food, electronics, and automobiles. This particular website allows you to buy and sell used items.

Another advantage of Jiji is that you can search for houses and apartments to rent or buy. Buyers who cannot afford the prices associated with new items also benefit from this site.

5. Masoko

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Masoko is yet another of Kenya’s best online stores for buying cell phones and other electronics. It is managed and operated by Safaricom, Kenya’s leading telecommunications provider.

You are guaranteed quality products on the platform, and it even accepts instant refunds and returns on unsatisfactory products upon delivery. Despite their slightly higher prices, this is one of the best websites to get genuine items.

6. Sky Garden

Sky Garden is a retail site that lets you buy or sell online. Signing up and downloading products is both free and easy. If you are in Nairobi, your orders are delivered within 24 hours, while orders outside Nairobi are delivered within 2-3 days. You can pay with a Visa or MPesa card.

7. Shopit

Shopit is another convenience store that mainly specializes in various electronic products. It offers a wide range of high-quality, top-brand products, including cell phones, laptops, desktops, netbooks, tablets, and LCD TVs.

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8. Automatic verification

Do you want to buy a new car? Then you should go to Autocheck, Kenya’s largest online car sales platform. Any car can be bought, sold or imported here.

They have partnered with major automotive distributors to bring you great new and affordable vehicles. The platform provides all the information about a specific car, such as vehicle type, price, year of manufacture, and mileage.

9. Mom Mikes

MamaMikes is dedicated to helping Kenyans living abroad stay in touch with loved ones back home. You can buy various items such as airtime, shopping for your family, romantic baskets, ruracio items and much more. The best part is that you can place an order directly from your smartphone using WhatsApp.

10. Electrohub

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Elecrohub primarily sells home electronics such as televisions, speakers, and projectors, as well as accessories such as headphones and earphones. They offer expert advice, custom design, installation and maintenance of a wide range of home and business technology.

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You can reach them via Whatsapp or visit their stores in Westlands at Sarit Center, Highway Mall on Uhuru Highway and Karen at Waterfront Mall.

11. Amanbo

Amanbo is a virtual supermarket that sells everything from electronics and building materials to clothing, fashion and entertainment. You can buy high quality imported products for much cheaper than in the local wholesale market.

12. Copy

Copia has already taken over the online market. They have made a name for themselves by delivering goods to the most remote places in Kenya. Copia’s product categories include building materials, agricultural tools and products, healthcare, home appliances and beauty products.

13. Pigiame

It is one of the most secure online marketplaces in Kenya, easily connecting buyers and sellers. They cater to a variety of interests, including electronics, home and gardening, children, auto vehicles and parts, and real estate.

14. Jambo Shop

Jambo Shoppe, like Jumia, sells everything you can think of, from trendy electronics like laptops and smartphones to trending fashion items. They also take care of washing machines, televisions, air conditioners, blenders, and other time-saving kitchen appliances and small appliances.

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AliExpress is a Chinese online retail service owned by the Alibaba Group. This store is available in several countries including Kenya. You can import whatever you want for less than buying it locally. The majority of their items are high quality and unique. The platform is ideal for those who run a business and like to make impulse purchases.

Which online store is the cheapest?

Kilimall is considered to be one of the cheapest online stores where you can buy anything and have it delivered anywhere in the country. They sell a wide range of products which makes it easy to shop.

What do people buy online in Kenya?

With the busy schedules of most people, most prefer shopping online which sometimes saves them time and money. Kenyans shop for a variety of items including appliances and furniture, beauty and fashion items, any type of electronic item, health products, home shopping and groceries, and many others.

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The popularity of online stores in Kenya has increased as shoppers like to browse to purchase products. These Kenyan online shopping websites sell various items and goods, saving you the hassle of going to local malls.

DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or assistance and should not be relied upon to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take on the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk!

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TN flower growers fear falling prices after Karnataka HC order to evict shops from Wilson Garden in Bangalore Thu, 10 Nov 2022 15:16:00 +0000

Flowers from Hosur, Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and other flower-growing areas land at Wilson Garden Market before being shipped to other destinations

Flowers from Hosur, Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and other flower-growing areas land at Wilson Garden Market before being shipped to other destinations

Flower growers in Hosur and The Nilgiris fear a drop in prices and dumping of produce after Karnataka High Court orders to empty the Wilson Garden flower market in Bengaluru.

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday gave Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagare Palike (BBMP) a week to clear all residential premises that were used for commercial activities. The order is expected to hurt the floriculture industry, which over the years had turned the area into a daytime flower market.

The court order, on the motion filed by the Wilson Garden Residents Welfare Association, would close more than 320 stores that have run out of carports, old buildings, sheds and any concrete structures in Wilson Garden over the years.

Wilson Garden had become a hub for Tamil Nadu flowers and the city’s only market for florists, event planners, decorators and domestic buyers as well as exporters.

D. Bala Shiva Prasath, director of the National Horticultural Council and president of the Hosur Small Farmers Association, said The Hindu that the order would affect the flower-growing areas of Tamil Nadu in general, and the flower movement of Hosur and Niligiris in particular. More than 70 trucks from Salem, Krishnagiri and Thiruvanamalai regions criss-cross Bengaluru with flowers.

Flowers from Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and other flower-growing areas land at Wilson Garden market before being shipped to Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as export destinations via the international airport from Bengaluru.

“If the market closes, the flower movement will be completely frozen. No shipment can take place. Flowers sold for ₹200 will now drop to ₹150,” he says.

Hosur was entirely dependent on the Wilson Garden market until 2010. But, it slowly diversified while remaining dependent on the market for up to 40% of its products, says Prasath. However, more than 95% of flowers in Nilgiris, Yercaud and Kodaikanal depend on this market.

According to S. Meganathan, Head of the Nilgiris Section of the Growers Council of India, “Nilgiris trade flowers worth ₹1 crore per day in the flower market. From Thursday, traders stopped taking boxes because they were ordered to evacuate. A bouquet of cut flowers was ₹800 and now this order is going to hurt our prices. That’s why we need to have our own auction market, and once the Hosur auction market is open, we don’t have to depend on Bengaluru anymore,” he says.

It’s wedding season, when there are good prices for flowers. But with the court order, the only flower center in Bangalore will be closed.

In a statement, a consortium of horticultural associations including Flower Council of India, South India Floriculture Association, Hosur Floriculture Association, Anekal Farmers Association, Wilson Garden Traders Association among others requested the BBMP to identify an alternative site before proceeding. leave the flower market.

“We plan to move the Supreme Court against the order,” Mr. Prasath said.

Two Connecticut donut shops list the best places for donuts in the US Tue, 08 Nov 2022 16:54:30 +0000

Not all donuts are equal, or should I spell it donut? We have many national retailers serving generic sugar stacks in Connecticut, but we also have a few local donut masters who shouted “Enough! I can make a better dozen,” and did.

Hold your head up high, we’ve got (at least) two local Connecticut donut masters who have landed some of the best of the best the USA has to offer when it comes to donuts. According to’s list of the best places for donuts in the United States, Neil’s Donuts in Wallingford and Middletown and Stamford’s Lakeside Diner serve up some of the best donuts in all of the United States of America.

Let me start by saying, good for them both to have chosen the right side in the donut versus donut spelling debate. Does the rest of the country really appreciate the “ugh” in their doughnut?

It was my sister Carla and her husband Karl who introduced me to the wonders of Neil’s Donuts of Wallingford & Middletown. They brought back a dozen on a Sunday in 2010 and opened my eyes to what I had missed. Neil’s donuts are amazing. Key Lime, Vanilla French Cruller and Maple Bacon are my favorites. Neil’s sells so many of them, so fast, there’s no way you’ll buy a stale donut. I still moan when I see the queue at the door as I pull up but wow what a dedicated and hard working group of staff. They release a top quality product every day. If you haven’t tried them, go for it, seriously, Neil lives up to all the hype. also chose Stamford’s Lakeside Diner donuts as one of the best in the United States. I haven’t tried them, but they look delicious. Long Ridge Road, here I come.

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7 must-try sandwich shops in Victoria to celebrate National Sandwich Day Thu, 03 Nov 2022 19:13:11 +0000
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Hey Victoria, it’s National Sandwich Day!

“The sandwiches are beautiful, the sandwiches are good. I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time. I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch. If I had a hundred sandwiches, I would eat them all at once.

—Fred Penner, musical genius

We share Fred’s sandwich sentiment here at Victoria Buzz.

That’s why, to celebrate this almost holy day, we want to share with you seven must-see places to get a bunch of stuff between the loaves.

But first, let’s get a few things straight…

A sandwich is bread on top, bread on the bottom. A hot dog is not a sandwich, a pizza is not a sandwich, and for the purposes of this list, a hamburger is not a sandwich.

Alright, now that we’ve got that sorted, let’s go.

Here are the seven best sandwich restaurants in Victoria:

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No soggy breads here.

Some of the best breads in town by far. Perfect crispy crust with the soft, delicate and moist interior.

Their BLT vegan tofu is especially delicious.

They also prepare their sandwiches in advance, so no need to wait for a sandwich artist to complete your order. You just need to grab it and rip it.

  • Where: 2506 Douglas Street
  • When: Thursday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday only until 3 p.m.


Simplicity makes every bite perfect.

HERO is a new addition to our town’s sandwich scene.

They operate a pop-up only sandwich destination where Victoria lines up for blocks and sells them out every time.

They sold 234 sandwiches out of 45 sandwiches during their last pop-up.

Follow them on Instagram to keep up with them and find out about their next pop-up later in November.

Banh Mi Ba Le Victoria

Vietnamese subs are exactly what a sandwich should be.

Tart from pickled daikon and carrot, fatty from pork belly or charcuterie, crispy on the outside chewy on the inside from baguette and cilantro to tie it all together.

This place is unassuming on the outside, but you just can’t find a better place for a Vietnamese sub.

  • Where: 774 Fort Street
  • When: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parts and Packages

A story of two sandwiches. Both are perfect.

Their veggie sandwich features broccoli charred to perfection with creamy goat feta cheese, zesty pickled onions and soft date puree.

Their meat sandwich is an almond crusted kamut fried chicken sandwich, with cilantro, creamy coleslaw and a spicy chili garlic aioli.

You do not know which one to choose ? Bring a friend and split them!

  • Where: 2656 Quadra Street
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Italian food imports

A small bodega style deli that is quite inexpensive and incredibly delicious.

Italians really know how to make a sandwich and Italian food imports are no slouch on that reputation.

You can get deli style sandwiches, paninis, salads, charcuterie and anything else remotely Italian.

If you are hosting a party or need catering, you should definitely consider a sandwich platter from them.

  • Where: 1114 Blanshard Street
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wheeled motorcycles

Motorcycles and sandwiches are an unlikely, but perfect combination.

They’ve had sandwiches that come and go over the years, but their Discovery Coffee Rubbed Brisket Sandwich is a mainstay you just have to try.

They also always have a vegetarian option, a cheap breakfast sandwich, and pristine grilled cheese.

Wheelies also offers salads, soups and macaroni and cheese to accompany the sandwich of your choice.

  • Where: 2620 Rock Bay Ave
  • When: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parson’s Cafe

Let’s talk about breakfast sandwiches.

Parsonage Cafe is the showcase of the incomparable Fernwood Cafe.

Many have tried to create the perfect fried egg sandwich that can tantalize the taste buds into an aroused state. Few nailed it on that front though.

“A breakfast bagel with everything” is all you have to say, along with the caffeinated beverage you desire.

You’ll get a perfect bagel with an egg, cheese, steamed spinach, tomato, and thick cut bacon.

It will welcome you for the rest of your day and it doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Where: 1105 Caledonia Avenue
  • When: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We know there are lots of amazing places to try in Victoria, so if you think we’ve missed anyone on this list, let us know!

New Shops Bring Food, Decor and Trendy Finds to Downtown Burlington Wed, 02 Nov 2022 15:09:52 +0000

Downtown Burlington has new businesses in town that Louie Butko visited today.

His first stop was ABC Sneakers & Vintage Apparel. They have a wide range of vintage clothing and an amazing selection of limited edition shoes that you wouldn’t be able to find in any mall shoe store.

Next stop was Bocconcino Bakery and Market on Locust Street. The bakery opened three weeks ago and serves traditional Italian pastries, pizzas and more, all from scratch. Aldo Lovoi is a fourth-generation Sicilian baker, so you know you’re getting quality food prepared just like his father and grandfather. In addition to breads and baked goods, they also do catering, takeout, and have a full espresso bar.

Another store that recently opened is for your pets. Michelle Nichol opened Downtown Pet Shop because when her pets started to age she noticed different issues and treated them with holistic medicine and saw their ailments reversed. In her shop, she sells raw food, kibble, supplements, supplies, toys and more.

Finally Louie got some great gift ideas from Campbell & Co. They are primarily a design company but opened the store for people to get ideas and inspiration for the home with accent pieces that will take your home to the next level. They offer services to style your home with curated collections that take the guesswork out of what goes together.

10 New Shops You’ll Love in Cwmbran Sun, 30 Oct 2022 12:00:00 +0000 The CWMBRAN Mall has become a hub for new businesses of all kinds.

The mall welcomed 17 new tenants this year alone, consolidating itself as a mall.

Here has TheArguswe’ve rounded up 10 of the new stores you’ll love so you can have a fun weekend exploring what the new stores have to offer.

Citrus Women’s Clothing

Citrus Ladieswear is the newest fashion retailer in Cwmbran.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Located at 9 Monmouth Square, the fashion boutique has signed a five-year lease.

Chopstix noodle bar

Chopstix has over 70 restaurants and gives the people of Cwmbran the chance to sample pan-Asian cuisine.

The two-decade-old Asian noodle bar attracted long lines of customers on its first day.

Argus South Wales: Chopstix Opening DayChopstix opening day (Picture: NewsQuest)

Chopstix opening day

The restaurant has a 10-year deal with Cwmbran Center – you can find the chain at 17 North Walk.

Burger King

Although not yet open, it won’t be long before you can enjoy a Burger King in Cwmbran.

The arrival of Burger King in the town will create “about thirty local jobs”.

Earlier in the month, the Argus reported that famous Burger King signage and posters advertising new jobs had increased.

South Wales Argus: Burger King Cwmbran is taking shapeBurger King Cwmbran takes shape (Picture: NewsQuest)

Burger King Cwmbran takes shape

The business, founded in 1954, will move into the food retail unit at 23 North Walk – formerly Caspian Fish Bar which closed in June.

Addressing the Argus earlier this month, LCP asset manager Alex Williams said: “Burger King is a welcome addition to the Cwmbran Center food and beverage offering and it comes thanks to a number of new tenants. bringing their brands here, increasing the range and extent of the stores. that buyers can enjoy.”

nerd corner

If you want to celebrate all things nerdy, then this store is for you.

Nerd Nook is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, closed Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Deck chairs

Although it has yet to open, Loungers is preparing to open a new bar and restaurant.

The Loungers group will open the Carro Lounge in December in the former Square Inn premises in Gwent Square, which have been empty since 2012.

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Orleto Lounge in Basildon photo: Emma McKay

The café-bar will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 9 a.m. to midnight from Friday to Saturday.

Adriana’s baby shop

Adriana’s Baby Boutique is a Spanish family-run baby boutique.

The store offers traditional Spanish clothing for children.

The clothing store is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Treats N Play

Located on the Parade, Treats N Play is a fun children’s play center and Treat Café.

If you’re looking for somewhere to take the little ones, this might be the place – the store has a role play, play and sensory room.

Rugby heaven

Founded in 2007, this sports shop caters to all your rugby needs.

Rugby Heaven has four stores in South Wales, and you can find this store at 8-10 Monmouth Walk.


ITEC Skills and Employment helps people aged 16-18 who are unemployed or without formal education.

The company offers internships in a variety of fields, including customer service, business administration, childcare, retail and warehousing, hairdressing and beauty, construction, auto mechanics, hotels and restaurants.

plump cakes

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll also want to head over to Plump Cakes in the Arcade.

The Retro Tea Rooms are run by husband and wife Emma and Mike.

Back Our businesses: how is the cost of living crisis affecting Kingsthorpe stores? Thu, 27 Oct 2022 08:07:01 +0000

At a time of uncertainty with new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak now in office, this week’s Back Our Business story looks at how shops in Kingsthorpe, Northampton are faring during the cost of housing crisis life.

Kingsthorpe, particularly Harborough Road, is home to a variety of storefronts – from a bakery that has been around for over a century to a number of well-known chain restaurants including Subway, Greggs and KFC.

While these chains and some of the country’s leading supermarkets, Asda and Waitrose, aren’t likely to be too phased in their growing spending due to the custom coming through their doors, that’s not the case for independent businesses. which line the streets of Kingsthorpe.

This week we’ve heard of The Place To Bee cafe, Oxfam and Gardners Bakery – all doing their best to maintain their custom and stay afloat.

A big thing in the area is that people are willing to give back to the community – and Trudi Daurie from The Place To Bee cafe and Vimal Shah from Oxfam spoke. Chronicle & Echo on their businesses this week.

The Place To Bee cafe, directly on the Kingsthorpe seafront, creates opportunities for young people with additional needs to gain vital experience in the world of work.

It is associated with Northgate School and Arts College and is run by Trudi, who says the cafe has built a loyal following who return again and again because of its philosophy and important work.

The Place To Bee café in Harborough Road creates opportunities for young people with additional needs to gain vital experience in the world of work. Pictured: Kirsty Edmonds.

However, as people have to tighten their belts as everything becomes more expensive, visitors who often came two or three times a week now have to limit themselves to once.

Trudi said: “It’s really difficult for us because prices are going up massively, especially food items.

“We try to get customers to come out and support student work, as we provide space for community members to support each other and motivate everyone to get things done during this difficult time.”

The Place To Bee has introduced a number of offerings, including a discounted croissant and coffee, but will be looking to add more to its menu – which is new for the fall season.

The cost of living crisis has seen an increase in customers at charity shops, including Oxfam in Kingsthorpe, as people need to be more conscious of their spending.

In order to earn more money, Trudi says the cafe has started offering an outside food service and this week only they have organized a buffet for a member of the community.

“It’s about being creative and thinking ahead all the time,” Trudi said.

As The Place To Bee is part of an education offering, Trudi says she is “optimistic” and knows they can “ride the storm”.

She added: “We have the support of an incredible team at Northgate School, but who knows how long this madness will last.

Gardners Bakery has been in business for over a century and believes its loyal customer base will see it through these difficult times. Pictured: Kirsty Edmonds.

“Our return customers mean the world to us, and we do everything we can to accommodate everyone.”

Trudi admits that when Starbucks opened, The Place To Bee suffered the consequences for about a week because they had cheaper deals and still have to battle the competition.

With its new fall menu, The Place To Bee hopes offering less expensive meal alternatives will make coffee accessible to everyone.

Another store manager looking to give back to the community is Oxfam’s Vimal, who described what we are currently experiencing to reflect the 2008 recession.

However, despite an increase in energy bills, this time has seen a greater custom for charity shops, as individuals need to be more aware of how much they are spending on non-essentials.

Vimal said: “We have seen returning customers, as well as many new faces.

“It’s not just about getting things more affordable, it’s also about how long items can be reused and kept, which benefits charity shops.”

Although Oxfam is welcoming new clients, this difficult time is having “a ripple effect on the people they are trying to support”.

Going forward, Vimal hopes to see more support for charities to “continue the great work they are doing”, similar to the programs that were introduced during the last crisis period, the pandemic.

Further down Harborough Road is a well-known bakery in the Kingsthorpe community, which has been there for over a century – Gardners Bakery.

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Helen Gardner, the owner, says running a business in these “strange times presents challenges”, especially with the cost of goods rising rapidly and customers spending less.

The Gardners rely on energy to make their baked creations and with the rising cost of bills they have seen a “huge increase in monthly expenses”.

The company’s ingredients and packaging have consistently grown by 10-20% each week, and a product that cost them £18 in 2019 now costs £59.

Despite the changes and challenges, Helen said: “It’s a worrying time, but we’ve been going there for over 100 years.

“The bakery has been through times like this many times. I am convinced that we will be able to get through this turbulent period.

Gardners Bakery has a “wonderfully loyal customer base who return year after year for birthday cakes and other celebrations” which has left the team grateful for their continued support and they hope to see everyone continue to buy the cakes. , cookies and sweets they have on offer.

Are high-tech cars killing auto repair shops? Sun, 23 Oct 2022 16:34:00 +0000

“Auto industry insiders have spoken poetically about the safety benefits of the ‘software-defined vehicle’ – which also enables data collection and revenue-boosting subscriptions, which also makes it safer to do so. to be an automotive executive,” Wired writes.

“We talk less about the consequences of computerized cars in the car workshop.”

The repair of complex vehicles requires increasingly expert and costly knowledge, and tools in limited quantity…. [T]This may result in it taking longer to repair your car.

The trend is compounded by a continued decline in the number of auto shops in the United States, driven by consolidation and the retirement of owners… There are now far fewer places to get your car repaired in the States United just five years ago. An industry publication found that for every active service bay in US auto shops, there were 225 cars and trucks on the road in 2016. There are now 246 vehicles per bay.

Pandemic supply chain lockdowns for computer chips and auto parts, and a domestic labor shortage of auto technicians, have compounded the problem. Cars took an average of 2.1 days longer to repair in 2021 than in 2019, according to CCC Intelligent Solutions, which sells software to car and insurance agencies, or nearly 11 days in total. Industry experts say the problem will only get worse. “In 10 years, I see a lot fewer stores, and I see a lot more people looking for stores,” says Rick White, who coaches auto repair shop owners through his company, 180biz. An industry survey late last year found 96% of stores were reporting delays, with an average schedule delay of 3.4 weeks, up from 1.7 weeks at the end of 2019….

Some brands of vehicles can only be calibrated with specialized and expensive tools… In all, it can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire the tools and make the adjustments in the workshop to repair only a few brands of cars. That’s before the cost of training workers to use these tools, with shops paying thousands of dollars every year to have their staff certified to fix specific cars. Investing for the future can therefore cost store owners millions.
Wired interviewed the former auto body repair shop owner. Their assessment? Traders are just “fed up…we have gone from a very simple industry to a very complex industry”.

Hainan to open two new offshore duty-free shops Thu, 20 Oct 2022 02:38:00 +0000

People choose goods at a duty-free shop in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, Oct 1, 2022. [Photo/VCG]

The opening of two new offshore duty-free shops has been approved in Haikou, capital of southern China’s island province of Hainan, bringing the number of duty-free shops in the province to 12, Economic Information reported on Thursday. Daily.

The operating area of ​​offshore duty free shops will be more than doubled from the existing 220,000 square meters to over 500,000 square meters.

The two offshore duty free shops will be located in Haikou International Duty Free City and Wangfujing International Duty Free Port with operating areas of 191,500 square meters and 102,500 square meters, respectively.

The one in Haikou International Duty-free City is scheduled to open on October 28 this year, and it will become the largest duty-free store in the world with nearly a thousand major domestic and international brands.

The one at Wangfujing International Duty Free Port will start operating in January 2023 in Wanning City, southeast of Hainan Province.

After the opening of the two new offshore duty free shops, the business facility environment of Hainan’s offshore duty free shops will be significantly improved, which is conducive to attracting more high-end mainstream brands.

Meanwhile, passenger carrying capacity will be greatly improved to provide consumers with better choices and shopping experiences, said Yao Lei, a first-class inspector with the Hainan Provincial Department of Commerce.

Hainan’s offshore duty-free policy has been implemented for 11 years since its inception in 2011, and the policy has been adjusted eight times, leading to the rapid growth of the market.

Data shows that sales of Hainan’s offshore duty-free shops exceeded 60 billion yuan ($8.3 billion) in 2021, about half of visitors entered duty-free shops and one-sixth of visitors shopped. purchases.

More and more tourists come to Hainan for duty-free shopping, which stimulates the development of various industries, including accommodation, catering and transportation.

Meanwhile, the sales of duty-free products accounted for half of the province’s tourism consumption income, and the import of duty-free products accounted for about one-third of the province’s total imports and exports, making a great contribution to development. economic and social of Hainan.

The opening of two more offshore duty-free shops will inject new vitality into Hainan’s offshore duty-free shopping, accelerating international synchronization in terms of brand, variety and price, Yao said.

Supermarket giant to launch Asda Express convenience stores Tue, 18 Oct 2022 12:18:39 +0000

Asda has revealed plans to open its first high street convenience stores later this year under a new Asda Express brand.

The supermarket giant has announced that it will open the first two stores under the brand in Sutton Coldfield next month and in Tottenham Hale in London the following month.

Asda said the two openings will create 37 jobs.

It marks the start of a growth plan that will see Asda launch another 30 sites next year, which are expected to create around 500 jobs.

Zuber, left, and Mohsin Issa, who bought Asda with private equity firm TDR Capital (EG/PA)

Asda said growing its convenience stores will be a “key element” in its strategic vision to overtake Sainsbury’s and once again become the UK’s second largest supermarket chain.

The new Asda Express stores are located in residential areas and will each stock around 3,000 products, the retailer said.

Stores will also carry hot and cold ‘foods for now’ from Asda and partner brands such as healthy food chain Leon, which is also owned by the billionaire Issa brothers.

The expansion into convenience is the latest shift in strategy since the Issas and private equity backers TDR Capital bought Asda in a £6.8bn deal last year.

Mohsin Issa said: “The launch of our first two Asda Express convenience stores is a historic moment for our great business and a key step in our journey to bring Asda to more customers in more communities across the UK.

“The stores have been designed to meet a wide range of customer needs, whether it’s picking up a pint of milk, grabbing a quick lunch or buying the fresh ingredients to cook dinner. from zero.

“We are confident that customers will find everything they need in these stores and enjoy the convenience of having a new type of Asda store on their doorstep.”

Asda stressed that the new Express stores are separate from the Asda On the Move convenience stores on the forecourts which are operated by EG Group.