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Adidas has agreed to cut the discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain, following in the footsteps of Nike and Puma in responding to a challenge laid down by environmental campaign organisation Greenpeace.
Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Agüero has signed with Puma, and will be wearing the brand’s Speed v1.11 boots.
Indies offered injury treatment “revolution” A
new first aid product is being offered to independent retailers so they can be at the forefront of a “revolution” in treating soft tissue injuries.
Recoverice is a 100 per cent natural ice wrap that is said to provide deep cooling that penetrates from all angles to stop inflammation from acute or chronic soft tissue injuries, enabling users to remain mobile whilst affording pain relief.
Each wrap is impregnated
with arnica, a natural remedy that reduces swelling and bruising, effectively reducing healing time.
The hygienic, single-use, ice wrap bandage is immediately ready with no preparation required. Users tear open the hermetically sealed packet, which is waterproof with a two-year shelf life, and the air activated Recoverice wrap instantly begins cooling.
The wraps are described as small and lightweight, making them easy to carry whether at the gym or exercising outdoors. They are available in 1m and 2m sizes.
Ronhill/Hilly have named Laura Finucane as the pair's first joint technical representative
Conditioning Wear and
Gloucester RFC have signed an agreement that will see the
performance sportswear brand become official support and
recovery partner of the club.
Recoverice UK is a subsidiary of Catch22 Products, which owns the sole UK distribution rights for the product in the UK. Amanda Bennett, national sales and marketing manager for Recoverice UK, said: “As
it's a newly launched product, although proven in the US, South Africa and being introduced in Australia, independent UK retailers are getting the opportunity to offer consumers something new and different.
“Anyone who knows the RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) principle for soft tissue injuries will realise that an ice pack or gel pack is not the future and the revolution will come.
“They would be offering their customers a good quality product and an essential bit of kit rather than a gadget.” Recoverice UK offers other
products beyond the ice wraps, with a muscle rub, muscle balm, foot soak, foot powder and spritzer available.
Bennett said all of these require minimal space to stock in store fitting on the checkout and becoming impulse purchase items. Recoverice wraps also have a euroslot so can be hung behind the till or with other similar items. Recoverice UK can also supply point-of-sale materials and merchandising ideas, with Bennett noting it is now on the hunt for retail partners it can service: “We are currently looking for stockists for this new range of products. “Catch22 is a privately owned business that understands the current economic climate and the challenges this brings for the independent retailer. We have a flexible approach and can react quickly to a retailer’s needs.”
Cybertill/J2 join forces to benefit retail C
ybertill and J2 Retail Systems have forged a partnership that the duo said will provide a universal EPoS solution for the retail community. Cybertill, which will be installing J2 Retail Systems hardware as part of the partnership, said it has one of the ‘most diverse retail user bases of all the EPoS solution providers’, ranging from big charity retailers to independent specialist stores. These, it added, have different requirements, ranging from the appearance of tills to durability of hardware.
Mantis has been named as the official tennis ball and racket partner for the Aegon Masters Tennis Tournament in November.
Ian Tomlinson (pictured), Cybertill chief executive, said: “Each of our clients makes different demands of EPoS. The good thing is that J2 shares our broad presence in the retail sector, and its EPoS hardware is proven and well regarded. With J2, we can be confident that wherever we install its units they’ll fit in well and be reliable and cost-effective.
“There’s no doubt that J2 tills are good- looking and have a smaller footprint than many other units. This is of real value to our independent retailer clients who need to maximise their space for merchandising and
promoting the business, as it helps them de-clutter the point-of-sale area.” Tomlinson added: “The fact that J2 hardware is well- engineered makes it cost-effective for our customers as well as
suitable for the most rugged environments. “Our clients look for something that gives them confidence. They want to focus on serving their customers, rather than be distracted by using the till, and this is where J2 scores.” Moray Boyd, managing director of J2 Retail Systems, said: “Our Cybertill partnership is a good match. We’re always adding to our product range, using emerging technologies to make for a better user experience of EPoS and achieve a lower cost of ownership. Retail is particularly tough at present, and we believe we can help Cybertill clients run more efficient and more profitable businesses.”
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