Orders spur organic firm to expand


first_imgOrganic pasty and pie specialist Jones Organic has announced plans to expand its production facilities, adding a new site to cope with increased demand from specialist retailers in London and south-east England.The firm, based in Bridgend, began distributing its pies through Stratford Fine Foods in September, and now has orders coming in from London-based speciality retailers, including Planet Organic and As Nature Intended. It signed the lease for a neighbouring 750sq ft factory unit in October. “We’ve been really tight for space in the bakery to meet orders recently,” explained founder and MD Mike Sweetman. “Both our organic bake-off range and our baked chilled range are selling very well we’ve had no choice but to extend our bakery to cope.”last_img read more

What’s holding mobile payments back this holiday season?


first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Why aren’t smart phone users paying at stores with their phones? The short answer to this complex question is user loyalty incentives that integrate with a centralized mobile payment hubs and education on the security standards of mobile payment systems.Only 14 percent of U.S. adults with a smartphone or similar device plans to make even one purchase using mobile payments during the holiday season, according to personal-finance website Bankrate. Over the past year, only 28 percent of smartphone users made a mobile payment, according to the Federal Reserve.Part of what’s holding mobile payments back is there is a generational gap. The newest generation of shoppers, Millennials, are more comfortable making mobile payments than older generations. According to a report by the Consumer Technology Association, 70 percent of respondents between the age of 18 and 34 used a form of mobile payment, compared with 46 percent of respondents over the age of 35. Additionally, 35 percent of respondents between 18 and 34 years old say they’re comfortable replacing all forms of payment with mobile payments, compared with 27 percent of respondents over the age of 35.“Millennials rely on technology to allow them to shop in the most personalized and convenient way, and they’ll remain loyal to the brand that recognizes them for their loyalty status,” Don Yee, vice president at Boston Retail Partners, said. “In a way that loyalty will inspire them to spend more on a shopping trip and shop more often.” continue reading »last_img read more

Preview: Kotoko and Chelsea in ‘title decider’


first_imgIt has been evident for some time that there would be something serious at stake on Sunday as the Glo Premier League reaches the final day with the title destination still undecided.The title charge is dominating the last day of matches as the Ghana league rounds up a long and busy league competition.The final day matches will wrap up a total of 480 matches involving 16 sides with three going on relegation and the title probably heading to Kumasi or Berekum when the curtain is drawn for the 2012-13 season.Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea are involved in the title run-in as both teams remain level on points and are perched at the top of the table.Either side is aware that the last day would decide their seasons as expectation for the title swirls across the country.If either manages to win, then the chase for the title will be prolonged as a play-off rule will be invoked – both teams will play a one-off match – to decide where the trophy heads to. Kotoko will arrive at the Tema Stadium in a buoyant but cautious mood in their meeting against Amidaus Professionals. The Porcupine Warriors are aware what is at stake likewise their opponents, Amidaus, who could play a crucial role in denying Kotoko the title.Whiles Kotoko battle it out in Tema, Chelsea will be up against another tough opposition, Heart of Lions in Kpando.Lions are mired in the relegation battle on the final day and will need a win over title chasers, Chelsea to guarantee safety.Whichever side slips means that the title could be heading the opposite way.Though the focus is on the top-of-the-table meetings, the push for top-four places and the struggle to avoid the drop means there will be drama at all centres. Tema Youth, involved the battle to beat the drop will be looking for a crucial win at the Accra Sports Stadium where they play Hearts of Oak, who are chasing a top-four finish.Berekum Arsenal, sitting second from bottom but with an equal chance of avoiding the drop if they win and Tema Youth and Heart of Lions both lose will turn up at the Essipong Stadium as they serve a home ban to take on Dwarfs, another top-four contender.The Tamale Stadium will serve as the home ground of Aduana Stars, who will complete their two-match home ban after Sunday when they play Wa All Stars.Medeama after blowing the chance to be part of the title chase will try to aim for second place when they complete the season with a home game against New Edubiase at the T&A Park.At the Baba Yara Stadium, King Faisal will host Liberty Professionals. Already relegated, Real Tamale United, who are winless and only this week were ducked three points from their point accumulation to leave them with only 2 points after fielding an unqualified player in a league game will travel to the Len Clay Stadium to play AshantiGold.It promises to a be spectacular finish in yet another competitive season of Premier League football.last_img read more