Poppy’s Pantry Launches New Click & Collect Service

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: poppyspantryshop.co.uk.

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 and 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 service.

Manager Lisa Mann said: “Our business has been running for 12 years. We have a loyal and devoted customer base that 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 successful we are, the more people 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 the 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. It refills around 5,000 plastic bottles a year, helping to prevent plastic pollution. Refilling a used bottle with Poppy’s, is approximately £1.50 less than buying a new bottle.

Poppy’s is one of six businesses run by Ipswich-based social enterprise Realise Futures in Suffolk which specialises in employment and skills development opportunities for people who disabled and/or disadvantaged. Operating in Suffolk and Essex, Realise Futures employs around 290 people, 41 percent of whom have a disability. It delivers employment support services across Suffolk and Essex for people with disabilities, as well as walk-in advice, peer support and help for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

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