Ikea has purchased a wind farm north of Scotland and is investing in rooftop solar photovoltaic installations as part of its plan to use 100 percent renewable energy in the long term. The wind farm in Huntly, Aberdeenshire will generate electricity equivalent to that used in five U.K. stores — or 30 percent of the company’s total consumption in the U.K.
Genesco announced that it has acquired Schuh Group, a specialty retailer of casual and athletic footwear based in the United Kingdom. The purchase price was $159 million. Headquartered in Scotland, Schuh operates 59 stores in the U.K. and Ireland, 16 concessions in Republic apparel stores and one of the U.K.'s largest online shoe websites.
Amazon.com will add a new fulfillment center in Scotland at Dunfermline, to be its biggest in the UK and creating over 750 new jobs. The new facility will offer 1 million square feet of space, built to Amazon's specifications. It is expected work will begin on-site immediately and will be operational by the end of the year. In July, the company announced it would be adding 13 new fulfillment centers worldwide. Amazon will also add an additional 200 posts at its existing fulfillment facility in Gourock, Scotland, and is expected to create a further 1,500 temporary jobs during peak
This past year has seen a small, niche food purveyor begin its slow rise out of anonymity. Mackenzie Limited, a catalog of primarily high-end imported seafood, has struck two interesting deals. It acquired the consumer mail-order business of a domestic seafood supplier, and it signed a licensing and fulfillment deal with a seafood restaurant chain. Here’s the inside story on a catalog company that’s emerging onto the industry’s radar screen. Baltimore-based Mackenzie Limited today is owned by the father-daughter team of Walter Cederholm and Laura McManus. Cederholm is a retired quality control specialist in the nuclear power industry and works at Mackenzie only