Wholefood and eco-refill specialist shop Poppy’s Pantry in Wilford Bridge Road, Melton, has launched a new online ordering service.
Customers can click and collect their order from the shop on http://www.poppyspantryshop.co.uk
The aim is to expand the service to include two Ipswich collection points in future.
Poppy’s Pantry specialises in employment opportunities for people with disabilities and/or disadvantages and has a team of around 40.
Working in the shop, in fulfilment and also in Poppy’s pop-up café at St Mary’s in Woodbridge on Tuesday mornings, gives the team opportunities to develop a wide range of skills – such as following instructions, listening, colour and shape recognition, problem-solving, communication and customer services.
Manager Lisa Mann said: “Our business has been running for 12 years this year. We have a loyal and devoted customer following who support our mission and ethos and like what we sell.
“We are always looking at ways of improving what we do and expanding the business to offer click and collect offers our customers the convenience of saving time by shopping from home and collecting their order when they like. The more we are successful, the more people with disabilities and/or disadvantages we can support so it’s a win-win situation.”
Poppy’s Click & Collect is launching with 400 of its popular items available online, including kitchen and cupboard essentials and household products, and also food items like Poppy’s best-selling seeds, nuts and dried fruits.
Lisa added: “We stock around 1,200 different products and specialise in ethically-sourced items, such as Fairtrade, and have an extensive range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dietary products. These are hard to find elsewhere, and this has helped us build up our customer following. We will be adding to list of items available over time.”
The award-winning wholefood shop also sells a wide selection of refillable household products, from laundry liquids to shampoo.
For customers, it refills around 5,000 plastic bottles a year, helping to prevent plastic pollution, and it estimates that when people refill a used bottle with Poppy’s, it costs approximately £1.50 less than buying a new bottle.