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Each Brit spends an average of 882 hours Christmas shopping, purchasing 1,386 presents across a lifetime, according to a survey commissioned by online retailer Amazon to mark the launch of the Christmas Shop and Gift Finder on Amazon.co.uk. Across the average adult


lifetime, Brits will receive 630 presents and travel, on average, 20,097 miles to get home during the festive period. Christmas is also a time for foodie favourites, with 504 mince pies and 1,008 sprouts eaten over the course of


our adult life. We each hang 1,827 baubles on our Christmas trees and pull 252 crackers around the table. The research revealed that


partners and spouses were voted by 46% of respondents as the best present buyers, followed by mothers (27%) and then daughters (17%). While the average UK adult will buy 22 presents this Christmas, those in Oxford are the most generous, splashing out on 33 gifts each for their friends and family, followed by the residents of Sheffield, who


Monday February 4 2019 THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM, BIRMINGHAM


Amazon reveals nation’s festive shopping habits


purchase an average of 26 presents. Closely behind are the people of Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne, who buy on average 25 gifts each. The poll also showed that over


a quarter (27%) of UK adults still receive a Christmas stocking, with chocolate coins (59%) taking the top spot as the must-have stocking filler, followed by satsumas (39%), socks (23%) and miniature toiletries (17%).


L-R: Keith Brymer Jones, Anita Rani, Patch Rogers


Keith Brymer Jones to co-present design show


Horwood launches new website


Horwood has launched a new transactional website at www.horwood.co.uk The housewares supplier said: ‘Our new website is


designed to give retailers - and consumers - all the information they need when searching and selecting products. It gives retailers the ability to take customers on a journey and compare our products, and helps consumers select the best product for their culinary needs, whilst considering their oven/hob/kitchen.’ The company’s full Judge and Stellar brand


product portfolios can be found on the site, divided by task and by brand. Also featured is a journal which covers Horwood’s trade campaigns, alongside topical cooking ideas and tips, seasonal recipes and product care and use guides. Horwood added: ‘We know how important it is


during the purchase of a new cookware set to be able to pick up the pans, feel their weight and look


at them in detail. So we have a whole area of the site dedicated to helping end-consumers find their nearest stockist. Horwood revealed that 2019 will see the


introduction of other new digital initiatives to support retailers and consumers, some of which will be shared at Spring Fair 2019.


Which? survey rates Britain’s best and worst online shops Shoppers also criticised the


Homebase.co.uk has been rated the worst online retailer in the UK for 2018, according to the latest Which? annual online shop survey. The independent consumer body asked more than 10,000 of its members in June and July about their shopping experiences online. They were asked to rate websites based on their experiences in the past six months and to consider factors including price, product range, deliveries, product quality and the returns process. Homebase.co.uk achieved the


lowest customer score of 55%. Shoppers told Which? they found the site difficult to navigate and not always up to date with stock information.


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retailer’s ‘poor product range, ‘bog standard’ product quality and poor value for money’. Joining Homebase.co.uk at


bottom of the list were SportsDirect.com (61%) DorthyPerkins.com (61%), DIY.com (B&Q) (62%), WHSmith.co.uk (63%) and JDSports.co.uk (63%). Which? said: ‘Specialist sellers trumped the better-known brands when it comes to customer satisfaction and likelihood to recommend. The top of the overall table is populated with smaller retailers that treat their customers well and offer a more personalised service.’ Coming out top overall was


‘The Victorian House Of Arts And Crafts’ is the name of a new BBC Two series presented by Anita Ranim, alongside potter and ceramic designer Keith Brymer Jones (who is head of design at housewares company MAKE International) and arts and crafts expert Patch Rogers. Due to air in early 2019, the four-part show will transport six craftspeople back in time to experience the ideas and practices of Arts and Crafts visionaries William Morris, John Ruskin and Gertrude Jekyll. Living and working collectively, the participants must decorate and furnish four rooms – one per episode – making everything from scratch, from hand-printed wallpaper, bespoke craft furniture, furnishings and ceramics, using archives and original source material. Keith Brymer Jones said: “Being part of the


presenting team is truly inspirational. The crafters living and working together in the house and growing as a group really reflects what the Arts and Crafts movement was all about.”


Eddingtons to distribute


Full Circle Homewares Housewares supplier Eddingtons has announced its appointment as sole distributor of Full Circle Homewares for the UK and Eire effective from December 1. Full Circle is a New York-based brand


beauty specialist LizEarle.com, with a customer score of 94%. Next were RicherSounds.com,


Rohan.co.uk, SeasaltCornwall.co.uk and WexPhotoVideo.com, which all came in with a high overall customer score of 93%.They were followed by JohnLewis.com (90%), Dyson.co.uk (89%) and Lakeland (89%). The full list of results can be found at which.co.uk/onlineshops


‘committed to developing safer, more beautiful, super functional products that contribute to a healthier planet’. Its 50-strong product range is divided into four categories: compost, clean, dry, and keep (organisational tools). Eddingtons commercial director Richard


Walker said: “Now is the perfect time to be partnering with Full Circle. Their ranges of bamboo cleaning equipment, eco composting solutions and innovative storage solutions fully complement the current sea change in retail and consumer attitudes towards product and lifestyle choices.” Lily Sei, director of global business


development of Full Circle Brands, added: “We are pleased to welcome Eddingtons as our new distributor to build the Full Circle Brand and take us forward in the UK and Eire.”


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