Blue bin thinking.

TJA-Connect has launched ‘Retail Xchange’ to support the retail trade in being more environmentally conscious, by taking advantage of its marketplace ecommerce services to recycle or give away unwanted trade items.

Books, tools, counters, shop displays and even jewellery can be listed for sale or given away… or the money raised might be given to a charity such as the Benevolent Society, which helps people within the trade.

Being environmentally friendly is on everyone’s minds these days; it’s reported on TV every day to highlight the need for change, with much focus on businesses in general and the jewellery trade is no exception. Ben Poulsom DGA, founder of The Society of British Jewellers comments: “Retail Xchange is another great tool to add to our ‘online benches’. A service that can help us all find items and reuse them from other jewellery trade businesses, this is going to prove really useful to not just our members but also the whole trade. We must move forward with being more responsible as an industry and this service by TJA-Connect is a good start.”

While being more responsible in relation to the consumer is vital, the jewellery industry can play its part further in terms of business-to-business (or individuals), by sharing what we don’t want or need with those who can put it to good. In a recent report by Fashion Retail Academy, the British public is sitting on £4.1bn in used clothing – now imagine what businesses have in their back offices or storerooms.

Students, those taking jewellery courses, emerging designers or first-time retailers are obvious examples of people who would be able to reuse, recycle or even upcycle things no longer needed by others but until now businesses haven’t had a way to dispose of them.

Daren Daniels, co-founder of TJA-Connect says: “When I was learning to be a registered valuer I needed books and equipment, but couldn’t afford most of them. For me this would have been a brilliant resource. It’s not just about learning though, anything jewellery trade-related can be listed; if you no longer want it or use it, I’m sure someone else will.”

Retail Xchange is part of TJA-Connect’s new business model and platform. It has removed the transaction charge and introduced a free seller membership level, which includes a ‘Retail Xchange’ section for retailers. This gives the trade a cost-effective route to display and sell items and may be be a little more environmentally friendly… as well as helping another trade colleague. To start listing your products, your shop, single items or job lots go to www.tjaconnect.com or join our Facebook page.

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