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A certain level of plastic was needed for food safety purposes, but retailers did not use excess packaging because it was costly, Mr Burke said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Supermarkets need to do more to halt “the rising tide of plastic”, according to the organisers of a day of action targeting excess packaging and plast(...)

Less than 30%  of Irish retailers have an e-commerce capability on their websites, and 22%  have no online presence at all. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s town centres will struggle to survive if businesses do not get the support of the State in their fight against online giants, a leading reta(...)

Amazon’s centre in Peterborough, England. A report from Retail Ireland report indicates that events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday are hoovering up spending in the run-up to Christmas. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Shoppers’ dramatic shift to the internet in search of better value and more choice is causing one of the biggest structural changes in the history of (...)

 Iceland managing director Richard Walker with examples of  non-plastic packaging, after the retailer   committed to eliminating plastic packaging for all own-brand products within five years to help end the “scourge” of plastic pollution. File photograph: Iceland/PA Wire

UK supermarket group Iceland has stolen a march on rivals by announcing that by 2023 it aims to have eliminated all plastic packaging from its own-bra(...)

Science: Making a better world

The success of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is a telling indicator of the health of Irish science. Participation is a reliable pre(...)

The two German-owned rivals  are renowned for having the best entry-level hourly pay rates in the industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Supermarket group Lidl has pledged to match the pay rise for entry-level store assistants that was announced on Friday by its rival, Aldi, amid what i(...)

Retail Ireland’s rival body Retail Excellence estimated at the weekend that Irish consumers had spent €300m with UK websites in the first three weeks of December. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Shoppers boosted spending this Christmas but overseas online outlets cut the growth enjoyed by Irish retailers, the industry says. Industry body Reta(...)

Ibec predicts an increase in total sales of more than €100m, with sales during the Christmas season expected to top €4.5bn, up from €4.4bn in 2016. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

It could be a very happy Christmas for Irish retailers with shoppers taking advantage of rising wages and falling prices to spend significantly more i(...)

 Motorists queue to fill up at  a petrol station in  Tallaght in Dublin which was   selling fuel for 99 cent per litre for 99 minutes as part of a Black Friday promotion. Photograph: Collins

Brisk sales were reported at retail outlets throughout Ireland on Friday as shoppers took to the streets in search of ‘Black Friday’ offers. This Am(...)

“If you are just a retailer now you are going to have to be a tech company tomorrow.” Photograph: iStock

Retailers will gather in at a conference Dublin later this week to find out how they can make shopping more “experiential”. What on earth is experient(...)

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