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Are you planning to mail MORE catalogues this coming year? That is, more than you mailed in 2019 and 2020. You might want to speak with the team at Royal Mail Marketreach. Apparently there are some stonkingly good incentives available for those growing their mailing volumes which only a savvy few have so far secured.


On selling bee business for £100m S Y


ES, according to research by YouGov on behalf of Manhattan


Associates between 29-30th March.


34 per cent said they had no desire to return because many well-established retail brands have disappeared. A further 8 per cent said they will not return to the high street until they are fully vaccinated.


Aside from the lack of shops, people continue to fear spreading Covid-19: 60 per cent will delay a return to


teve Ryan, who is from Liverpool, has sold his Bridlington firm Bee Health to Dallas-based INW, and says he can now afford an island in


the Bahamas and a Falcon private jet. Asked by a Mirror reporter how it feels to be a multi-millionaire he said: “No bloody different”. Adding, “we ended up at more than double what we thought we’d get for it”.


Steve and his late wife started the bee product company in 1992 and a move into health supplements saw business soar. “The pandemic doubled us, it sent us into chaos. We were manufacturing 160 to 170 million tablets and capsules a week,” he said. “The business was just so successful. We were making 50 million Vitamin D every two weeks”.


Will 30 per cent of UK shoppers plan to shun the high street from 12th April?


the high street until they have confidence that people are adhering to government guidelines around Covid-19. While 25 per cent say they consumers will hold back on high street visits for fear of potentially catching Coronavirus.


Craig Summers, UK MD, Manhattan Associates commented: “Well known brands leaving the high street and an ongoing fear of Covid-19, has had an impact on consumer confidence to visit and enjoy shopping


homeofdirectcommerce.com | Direct Commerce


from 12th April. With fewer people intending to shop on the high street, retailers need to continue to rethink their approach, with 50 per cent of consumers wanting shopper numbers limited in store and 16 per cent want same-day delivery – especially 18-24 year olds (29 per cent) to reduce the handling of purchases, and 17 per cent wanting till-less shopping to ensure social distancing.”


20 per cent said having to use public transport would prevent them from returning.


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