Shops in a box: The rise of shipping container retail parks

Image caption Stack Newcastle is a temporary food and retail village More than a dozen food, retail or office complexes made from shipping containers have opened across Britain within the past three years. The figures, from research by Radio 4's You and Yours programme, demonstrate the growing popularity of so-called container communities. Organisers say they…

Amazon in row over plastic packaging

Image copyright Getty Images The US retail giant Amazon has been criticised by customers for increasing its use of plastic packaging.While UK supermarkets and shops try to use less plastic, Amazon earlier this year introduced a new range of padded plastic envelopes for deliveries.One fed-up customer told the BBC: "Amazon shouldn't be creating more plastic…

The warehouses where goods are piling up

Shops and restaurants are selling less, but goods are still arriving at warehouses around the country. And as they pile up on the shelves, the warehouse owners worry how they will stay in business. Business correspondent Katy Austin reports.

Coronavirus: Airport tests may provide 'early travel quarantine release'

Image copyright Getty Images Passengers arriving at UK airports could soon be able to have the same type of saliva swab test used by the NHS to screen for the coronavirus.Companies planning a trial of the scheme hope a negative result will allow early release from the government's 14-day travel quarantine.People will have to pay…

Huge rise in people claiming unemployment benefit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People who are at home on furlough do not count towards the jobless numbers The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK soared to 2.1 million last month, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown.The total in April went up by 856,500, the Office for National…

WeWork founder Adam Neumann's voting power curbed

Image copyright WeWork Office space company WeWork says it is changing its corporate structure in a bid to allay investor fears that have put its stock market debut in doubt.Its parent firm, the We Company, said it was reducing the voting power of founder and chief executive Adam Neumann, among other changes.The move comes amid…