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Is retail changed forever after the Covid pandemic?

The last 12 months has had a massive effect n the retail and shopping industry. Many shops have had to close their doors for long periods of time throughout the last year and unfortunately some have not made it through these tough times and will not be able to open again.

The government have announced that non-essential retail can start to reopen again from the 12th April 2021. This is a much-needed boost for many retailers who fear they may not be able to survive for much longer, but will shopping be the same as it was before?

It is likely that when shops first do open, many social distancing rules will still be in place so you may still not be able to use the changing rooms and queues may be expected as less tills are open and less people allowed in the shops. We do not yet know how many of these rules may be here to stay. Also, lots of people have had to turn to online shopping throughout the pandemic and it may be that they continue to do so even when the shops reopen. We could see a lot less foot fall to out towns and cities.

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Be careful when using charging cables

So many of our items now have internal batteries built in such as laptops, phones, tablets and power banks. These devices may use a number of different connections for charging such as Micro USB  or lightning connections. You should always try and charge the device using the cable that was supplied with it but you may need to replace it after a while or get another one to keep in another room. When buying charging cables be sure to only buy them from genuine retailers. Unfortunately, all chargers can fail or even become dangerous over time but it is more common with charging cables that have not been made to standard.

When you plug your device in, be sure not to leave it on anything that could potentially be flammable such as a blanket or cushion. Chargers and their devices can become very hot quite quickly which can be a fire hazard.

Although charging cables do get warm, they shouldn’t get so hot you can’t touch them. IF you have a cable that gets this hot it may be worth throwing it away and investing in a new one as it is likely that it is faulty and needs to be replaced.

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Is it time to take out the sandwich toaster again?

With many of us having to work from home again lunchtimes have become something of a task.  Trying to find something that is easy to make that everybody likes and isn’t going to break the bank can sometimes be a challenge. Often many of us have sandwiches at lunch time but it may be that during these colder months you fancy something a little warmer. You may not have the time to be preparing a hot meal but what about a toasted sandwich? Toasted sandwiches can be filled with a number of different types of fillings, so there is always something for everyone. They take little time to prepare abs are usually cooked within five to ten minutes.

The cost of sandwich makers vary from £10-£15 upwards of £30. If you have a family the. You may want to invest in a four person sandwich maker otherwise it can take a long time to cook them all. You should also try and get one that says it is deep filled to allow for the filling. The cheaper sandwich toasters are often only very thin and you find that your filling will start spilling out.

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Choosing the perfect blender

So many more people are getting into making healthy shakes and snacks that over the past couple of years, blender sales have started to soar. There are a number of different types of blenders from simply tabletop jugs to ones that can do a number of different processes.

Whether you are looking for a blender for yourself or as a present for a loved one, you need to think carefully what it is going to be used for. If it is to make smoothies or shakes then you may want to invest in one of the small handheld blenders that have been designed specifically for this purpose. These are often priced at around £15-£20 and are very easy to use and don’t take up much room.

IF you think the blender si also going to be used to blend up food to make soups or to make baby food then you may want to invest a little more in one. You will probably want one with a jug attachment on it and possibly even one that comes with lots of different blades as sometimes you may need one that dices rather than blends for example.

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Christmas shopping in England

With lockdown restrictions hopefully being lifted just a few weeks before Christmas, many of us will be rushing around to get everything we need. This lockdown a few shops have remained open but not clothing and toy shops.

Every year more and more people do their shopping online but this year there has been a huge increase. For many people, they do not want to wait until a few weeks before the big day to start doing their shopping. It may be that you are still shielding and therefore do not want to risk going out to the shops especially when it is going to be really busy.

If you are going to order presents online, you need to do it as early as possible. There is likely to be delays in the post the closer we get to Christmas, so ordering now should avoid disappointment. When ordering online it is even more important to read the descriptions in full and check things such as dimensions as many people have been caught out this way. Also check the delivery times, especially if ordering from somewhere like eBay or Amazon as some deliveries are coming from abroad so can take a few weeks.

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