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Retail warns of “revenue-crushing” impact on sector should click-and-collect ban spread – ToyNews

Retail warns of “revenue-crushing” impact on sector should click-and-collect ban spread – ToyNews

The British Retail Consortium and Scottish Retail Consortium have warned that the curb on non-essential click and collect services could prove ‘disastrous for an already beleaguered retail industry,’ with far wider implications for the UK’s retail sector should the ban widen.The warning has been issued since yesterday’s breaking announcement that Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon was to impose a ban on non-essential click and collect services for shops across Scotland.It followed plans detailed by John Lewis Partnership to halt its own click and collect services across the UK in a bid to help the government drive down non-essential travel.Until now, retailers have relied on their click and collect efforts to weather a relentless storm of lockdowns and social restrictions that have heavily impacted footfall and business as customers turn to online shopping.

Click and collect services of the non-essential retailers have been their life-line and, in many cases, their last remaining link to local communities, themselves driven to spend more with online giants such as Amazon.“Preventing people using click and collect services would harm the viability of many retailers, already suffering under lockdown, as well as severley limiting the choice for some consumers.

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