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15 April 2014

Commerce points to negative side effects of plastic bags proposal

The European Parliament will tomorrow vote on the legislative proposal to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Plastic bags represent an extremely small portion of the total amount of plastic waste generated in the EU. Whilst the retail sector has carried out a number of voluntary measures to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, it considers that the European Institutions should tackle the issue in a more inclusive manner, focusing on plastic waste in general.

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"Shopping for Growth"

We are at the dawn of a new European legislature. The next five years will be critical in returning the European economy to growth and job creation. Retail and wholesale can contribute, given the right economic and policy conditions. This manifesto, "Shopping for Growth" highlights our key proposals for the next five years. With the right policy and legisative environment, our sector will respond, supporting growth and creating jobs in the European economy.

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E-commerce, omni-channel retail, and EU policy

E-commerce, omni-channel retail, and EU policy

E-commerce is a major, sometimes disruptive, driver of change in the world of retail and wholesale, and in that of the consumer. It offers major new opportunities in many sorts of ways for businesses which serve consumers. Consumers themselves, with their increased use of the computer and of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, are changing dramatically in terms of behaviour and expectations as shoppers. For traders, e-commerce offers new ways to interact with their customers and to serve them through different channels and platforms.

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