Macmillan Cancer Support has today announced a brand new partnership with the Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, Homebase and Habitat. The partnership will engage Home Retail Group colleagues and customers across the UK through a range of fundraising activities and events aiming to raise a total of £3million for Macmillan.
Andrew Johnson Director-General of the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association
"Employee motivation is vital for all firms, large and small. National Employee Motivation Day is therefore a great chance for businesses to acknowledge the good work carried out by their employees and remind themselves of the importance of maintaining a motivated workforce. After all, a business is its staff. Poor staff performance can therefore directly impact customers. Rewarding staff to incentivise and motivate them will boost commitment and confidence and sustain morale within the business. The stronger the focus and commitment from a team of employees, the more likely the business will accomplish the results it is aiming to achieve, and more.
Argos, the UK’s leading general merchandise retailer and Sainsbury’s, the UK’s second largest grocer, have teamed up to open 10 new Argos digital stores within existing Sainsbury’s supermarkets. This will bring extra choice and convenience to Sainsbury’s and Argos’ customers who will have access to the combined ranges in the convenience of a Sainsbury's supermarket.
These new format Argos digital stores will provide customers with a choice of over 20,000 non-grocery products which they can either buy instantly in store via tablets, or reserve online for easy collection within hours, the same or the following day. An extended range of around 40,000 products can also be ordered in store for home delivery. The Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s will range in size from around 1,000 to over 5,000 square feet.
The combination of Argos digital stores and Sainsbury’s supermarkets will create a compelling and complementary product offer and provide the convenience that customers are increasingly looking for from their local supermarket. The 10 digital stores will open by summer this year.
John Walden, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, said:
“Our new distribution model allows us to provide customers in any Argos location with a choice of around 20,000 lines within hours, regardless of the size or stocking capacity of the store. This strategic capability has opened up options for a variety of new Argos stores and formats, and the possibility that we can now cost-effectively reach more customers and neighbourhoods with an Argos presence. I look forward to the results of the 10 store programme with Sainsbury’s and to understanding the full potential of this exciting opportunity.”
Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s, said:
“These 10 Argos stores will complement our supermarket offer, giving customers the opportunity to shop for an extended range of non-food items. They will bring something new and different to our customers, and fit well with our strategy of making our supermarkets more convenient. As well as looking at carefully selected partners, we continue to roll out our ranges of own brand clothing and general merchandise in our supermarkets to give customers even more choice and value.”
Customers whose Argos Business Account card expires end 12/14, and has been used during 2014, will be issued a new card w/c 15th December 2014. For all other card holders expiring this month, you will be contacted shortly with details of how to obtain your new Business Account card.
All Business Account cards which expire 12/14 are still active for use during December across all usual channels.
Email Argos for Business to receive further information.
Christmas is a great opportunity to say thank you or build morale for the year ahead and Argos gift cards are an ideal way to do this. They allow staff and customers to select their own ideal gift from over 30,000 products, including Sony, Apple, Mattel, Nike and many more, in over 700 stores across the UK.
Gift cards can be purchased in denominations from £1 to £25 and all orders for gift cards over £250 will receive a 5% discount during October, allowing you to give a little extra this Christmas.
Ordering is easy:
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If you wish to order over £10,000 call us to discuss additional discounts.