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US: C&S names Bob Palmer CEO
C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States, has appointed Bob Palmer CEO, succeeding Michael A. Duffy in the role. “C&S has been a leader in the rapidly changing grocery industry for over 102 years”, said Rick Cohen, chairman of Keene, New Hampshire-based C&S. “We will continue to drive innovation and adapt to the dynamic market conditions to better serve and support our customers. These unique times have required us to refocus our efforts and priorities”.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: Fresh food makes pandemic-stressed consumers happy
What made consumers happy during the pandemic? Fresh food – at least according to Deloitte. In its new “The Future of Fresh: Patterns from the Pandemic” report, Deloitte found that nine of 10 survey respondents said that fresh food literally makes them happy. The findings were based on interviews of 2,000 adults (age 18 to 70) in the United States who influenced fresh food purchases in their households. The interviews were conducted in July.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: Smart & Final improves store planning, workforce management
Smart & Final has implemented Logile Inc.’s store-planning and workforce management technology solutions in all of its stores. According to Logile, these solutions enable retailers to understand true labor costs and impacts, improve labor use, and achieve unparalleled operational optimization and visibility. Logile’s software supports compliance with regulatory requirements, including predictive scheduling, which applies to several Smart & Final market areas.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: Consumers cut down grocery trips but still overspend
Consumers are making fewer trips to the grocery story but are spending more, according to new LendingTree data that offers one of the most recent views of food retail trends during the pandemic. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based online lending marketplace found that U.S. consumers now spend

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Planning a home renovation? Here’s how to make sure you profit from it

How your space functions and feels matters now more than ever, especially if your new norm is an everything-at-home lifestyle; work, play and living. And, by this point in the pandemic, if your space isn’t optimal, you’ve probably exhausted all the furniture- and room-rearranging options available to you. So naturally, if you own, home improvements aimed at increasing the livability and workability of your space are probably on your mind.

Whether it’s a long-planned or pandemic-induced renovation, here’s how to do the math on it.

Begin with the final market value in mind

Before you start breaking up the concrete in your basement in an effort to level out the floor, you’ll want to compare listings and sale prices of properties that are, and are not, upgraded (for condos and townhouses, too). Some of this information can be found online, and your realtor, if you have one, can fill in the blanks of what else is happening in your neighbourhood in terms of prices. No one has a crystal ball for the real-estate market, especially during COVID-19 times, but by gathering up as much pricing data as you can, you’ll better determine guardrails for your renovation budget.

The high-level math on renovations is this; you need to get out the money that you invested in the reno when you sell, and then some, otherwise it’s not worth your while. Also, you need to be able to afford to pay for the improvements.

For example, if you invest $100,000 in an upgraded kitchen, bathroom and basement, but comparable listings show that you’re only going to fetch $80,000 more for your property (from current value), you’re effectively losing $20,000 plus the value of your efforts. On the flip side, if you’re likely to fetch $150,000 more for your property, your costs are

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Up to 30,000 affordable houses to be scrapped under Tory planning reforms

Close to half of affordable homes in some of the most expensive areas of England will not be built if ministers proceed with planning reforms, analysis by councils suggests.



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The government’s proposal to scrap the duty of developers, to build affordable housing on sites for up to 40 or 50 homes, would have led to 30,000 of such homes going undelivered over the last five years, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

Some areas likely to be most affected are the least affordable and under greatest housing pressure, the cross-party grouping said.

Elmbridge in Surrey, where the average house price is over £760,000, has 486 affordable homes either built under construction or with planning permission over the past five years. This would be reduced to 271 if the proposed 40 or 50-unit threshold is introduced, the LGA said.

Lewes district council in East Sussex could lose up to 37% of its affordable homes, based on past trends. Council leaders in Cornwall have complained the change could result in 300 fewer affordable homes in the county every year.

The warning comes as several Conservative councils voice objections to the planning reforms, which they also complain will limit local power over developments. Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, defended the plans in an interview with the Guardian, telling rebellious shire Tories their party has a “moral mission” to build more homes.



a close up of a wire fence: Planning proposals may cut affordable housing between 7% and 20%


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Planning proposals may cut affordable housing between 7% and 20%

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The government admits lifting the threshold at which affordable housing must be included from sites

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Egypt- Planning Minister approves additional EGP 100m for Aswan-Al-Alaqi Road improvements

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said has approved an additional budget of EGP 100m for the Ministry of Transport to start raising the efficiency of the Aswan-Al-Alaqi Road.

The road, which runs for a total length of 150 km, has already been granted EGP 560m in funds for its development.

El-Said made note of the economic importance of the transportation sector, with transport networks of all kinds considered economic lifelines. She also said that these networks link production centres with consumer markets, whilst also ensuring that production sites can obtain the required raw materials and operating requirements.

She pointed out that the transport sector’s output is important for production in many commodity and service sectors, such as the trade, extractive and manufacturing sectors.

The minister said that a country’s productivity highlights the importance of a sound and efficient transportation sector. Improving transportation networks has many positive effects on the performance of other economic sectors and their competitiveness.

El-Said referred to the Egyptian transportation sector’s development vision and its main pillars, as stated in the medium-term plan for sustainable development, which will extend from fiscal year (FY) 18/2019 to FY 21/2022.

‘Egypt’s Vision 2030 aims to provide a transport system that achieves the goals of sustainable development, and is intrinsically linked with the requirements of future national economic and social development,’ the minister said.

El-Said also said that transport sector indicators have become one of the main indicators showing the degree of a country’s economic and social progress.

In Egypt, this sector has special importance due to the country’s distinguished geographical location as a hub for transport routes. Egypt also has close geographical proximity to the main markets in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

El-Said said that the Aswan Governorate has acquired

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Some Issues To Consider In Planning A Kitchen Transform

It’s estimated that the kitchen represents around 20 percent of the complete worth of a house. Having blocked off the old again door we made use of the old useless house on the end of the kitchen by putting up a stud-wall which we then used for kitchen wall and base items; and the world behind the stud wall was then utilised to create a relatively handy little cloakroom, with the adjoining front room.

Underneath counter sinks, granite counter tops, inventive tile work and ornamental backsplash designs may give a drained, worn down and cramped kitchen the look of a modern fashionable and spacious kitchen that will not only look improbable but in addition work better for the household’s needs.

From multiple wallpapers that coated partitions and ceilings to luxurious materials trimmed with silk tassels and embroideries as well as intricately woven Oriental and Persian rugs, Victorians loved sample and used it lavishly all through their properties.

As soon as this area of the old kitchen was partitioned off with a stud wall with the plasterboard in place over the wooden stud frame, and access knocked by way of to the adjoining lounge, we might then make a begin on changing it right into a cloakroom.

A typical or typical kitchen remodeling, if patterned prior to now a long time should have the “triangular” basics, wherein the sink, fridge, and stove are on triangle angles with an enormous space within the kitchen center, in order that it might be easier for the mom or the woman of the home to maneuver round.…

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