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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland was invited to the Stevenage Asda store to check out some of the technology innovations being developed by the retailer. The Stevenage store has been picked to be the Technology concept store, allowing local shoppers to get a glimpse into the future.

Stephen was given a guided tour of the store during which he was shown the new features, and afterwards commented, "It is great to hear that Stevenage has been picked by Asda as its Technology concept store, allowing local shoppers to get a glimpse into the future of retail.

"From my behind the scenes tour of the store, it was interesting to see how Asda are testing the various technologies, like the automated click and collect machine, to give their customers a shopping experience that is fit for the future, and upskilling their colleagues in the process."

The Stevenage store is already testing over twenty different technologies since phase one of the project was launched with more to come throughout 2020. One of the innovations that Stephen tried out for himself was the Cleveron Flex Machine, an automated parcel service for Click & Collect shoppers. One of the Asda team explained, "It is essentially a large, and very clever, vending machine. You put your order number in, the machine will find your parcel and it will be delivered at the front of store for you to pick up. In the past a colleague would have to go and find the parcel, but now the machine does it all. It's pretty cool to see how these latest technologies can enhance the services we provide."

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Over 3,000 primary school children from Stevenage and North Herts took part in the Writing Project competition for Years 1 to 6 with the winners were awarded prizes by Stephen McPartland MP, the Mayor of Stevenage and representatives from sponsors.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "It is brilliant to see how using a creative approach to developing writing, which includes art and drama, immerses the children to help extend their vocabulary and inspire their writing. The project is based on a wordless picture book and I look forward to seeing what is chosen for next year's project."

The Writing Project is the brain child of Sarah Inman, Deputy Head and English Lead from Pixmore Junior School who added, "Nothing will compare to the many smiley faces we had tonight and the fact that three parents from other schools came up and said that the project had inspired their children to write. That’s why I started the project: to prove that every child can write!"

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