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Woolworths customers will soon be able to get their hands on a new line of Disney-themed collectables called Ooshies.
From August 26, across most of Australia, customers will be able to claim their Ooshie when they spend $30 or more in store, however, the launch will be delayed in Victoria due to the state’s coronavirus crisis.
This time around, people will be able to collect characters from the Disney+ universe.
There will be nine Ooshies to collect from each of the four Disney+ universes - Marvel, Star WarsTM, Disney and Pixar.
Fan favourite characters like Frozen’s Elsa, Toy Story’s Woody, Star Wars’ Mandalorian and Captain Marvel from the Marvel universe will be available.
“When Disney+ launched in Australia in November last year, it quickly captured the hearts of millions of Australians by bringing together the world’s biggest entertainment brands on one streaming service,” Kylie Watson Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company, Australia and New Zealand said in a press release.
“We are excited that Aussies can now get their hands on a world exclusive Disney+ Ooshies collection only at Woolworths.”
Woolworths Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Hicks said the company was “thrilled” to announce the upcoming collection.
“With families spending more time at home, possibly watching their favourite Disney+ movies or series, they can now enjoy Disney+ Ooshies as added value to their everyday shop at Woolworths,” he said.
“It’s been a difficult year as Australians navigate the challenges of the pandemic, so our goal by partnering with Disney once again is to bring more magic, surprise, and delight to our customers.
“From Frozen’s Elsa or The Mandalorian, there’s a Disney+ Ooshie for everyone in the family to enjoy.”
While the Lion King Ooshie collection proved to be popular, some customers were not impressed with the promotion.
Woolworths has once again partnered with with TerraCycle, so customers can return their unwanted Ooshies to a Woolworths store so the plastic toy can be repurposed and turned into plastic pellets.
“The pellets are used to help make outdoor products such as garden beds, decks, fences and benches, and the bag the Ooshies come in can be recycled via kerbside yellow bins,” a spokesperson for Woolworths said in a media release.
“We are pleased to team up with Woolworths again to ensure any unwanted or pre-loved Ooshies are diverted from the environment,” General Manager of TerraCycle, Jean Bailliard, said.
“Last year, our partnership saw thousands of Lion King Ooshies recycled through the program, which have now been used to create recycled benches.”
Woolies appoints medical officer for coronavirus
Woolworths has created a chief medical officer position within the company to shape the retailer's response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Rob McCartney, who has more than 20 years' experience in occupational medicine, has been appointed to the position.
"This appointment ensures we have an internal expert, with a grounding in medical advice, to help make well informed long-term decisions on the safety and wellbeing of our teams and customers," Woolworths Group safety, health and wellbeing general manager, Brian Long, said in a statement.
"Dr McCartney's appointment will ensure we keep at the forefront of occupational health, hygiene and public health policy as it relates to COVID-19, while upholding the highest possible health and hygiene standards across our supermarkets, distribution centres, and support offices."
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