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AO gives a new lease of life to unwanted electricals at new ‘rework’ facility


The facility is currently handling around 900


appliances a week, including washing machines, fridges and TVs from a range of well-known manufacturers. Once safety tested, cleaned and repackaged, the appliances are sold for a reduced price on the AO Outlet Ebay shop, available for delivery to all UK postcodes. Mark Rothwell, Head of Outlet Sales at AO, said:


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AO has opened a new ‘rework’ facility in Crewe to give returned appliances a new lease of life. Operating out of its Latchford warehouse, the


online electricals retailer said appliances returned by customers will be thoroughly tested with the aim of reselling them.


“We believe that reuse is the best form of recycling, so we’re really pleased to offer a new facility to support the second-hand market while also offering some great bargains for our customers.” The new site has created several roles for


engineers in the local area and AO has ambitious plans to launch apprenticeships and external levy approved training in the near future.


John Lewis Partnership plans to cut 1,000 more jobs


It has been reported that John Lewis and Waitrose are planning to cut 1,000 jobs as part of an overhaul of its store management structure. The John Lewis Partnership announced earlier


this year it is trying to cut costs of around £300 million as shopping habits change and more people shop online. And this latest news also follows the


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closure of eight John Lewis stores, which put almost 1,500 jobs at risk back in the Spring. The proposed job cuts – which will “reduce the


number of layers between our most senior leaders and non-management shop floor staff” – will allow the retail giant “to reinvest in what matters most to customers”, a John Lewis Partnership spokesperson said.


   Sirius Buying Group celebrates 20th anniversary


Sirius Buying Group is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Managing Director, Steve Jones, said that following a period of paused trading due to the pandemic, to recognise 20 years in business “is truly remarkable”. He also added that it had been the best year to-


date in terms of new members, purchasing growth and rebates. Mr Jones continued: “How our members proved


they could adapt and the support of our Approved Suppliers should not go unnoticed. We are extremely proud of them as our company ethos has always been to work creatively together for the greater good and this is evident given our network of market leading Approved Suppliers, 183 members and over 250 retail outlets.” Mark Veysey, General Manager of the Group, added:


“Taking a positive and professional approach to change is a key pillar of the Sirius Buying Group philosophy.”


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