Cookies Policy

Cookies Policy

Our website uses cookies.  By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

About Cookies

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.

For more information on cookies please see the website which describes what cookies are and how you can control, manage and delete them.

Magento Cookies

Our ecommerce store is built on the popular open-source Magento platform.  Magento like most ecommerce platforms requires the use of several cookies to function correctly.   The name and function of the cookies Magento may deploy are listed below.

Google Analytics Cookies

Google Analytics is a simple, easy-to-use tool that helps website owners measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to “remember” what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website.

The name and functions of the cookies deployed by Google Analytics are listed below.

Google Advertising Cookies

We use remarketing to advertise across web sites
Google will show ads across web sites that our users are visiting
These ads shown across other web sites are based on a user’s past visits to our web site by using cookies

For more information including how to opt out of Google’s use of advertising cookies, visit Google Ads Settings page.  It’s a great place to see what information is being used and allows you to fine tune it.

For more information on Google advertising and how Google uses cookies in advertising, click here.

Google have produced an easy-to-use guide to how their adverts work and how they deal with personal data. It’s an interesting read; have a look at it here.

Social Network Cookies

We’re keen to allow sharing of our content across different social networking platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkdedIn, Houzz and Pinterest.  We use add-ins from these platforms to allow their functionality on our site.  Each of these sites may deploy cookies depending on whether you are logged in to their services and the privacy settings you have set on your account with any given social network.  The names and functions of cookies that may be deployed by these networks are listed below.

Cookies That May Be Deployed on

Cookie CategoryCookie NameCookie Description
Google_utmaA Google Analytics cookie, which keeps track of the number of times, a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.
_utmbA Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor enters a site.
_utmcA Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor leaves the site.
_utmvUsed for reporting in Google Analytics classifying the visitor.
_utmzA Google Analytics cookie which tracks where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, and where in the world the site was accessed from.
PREF, NIDThis cookie is set by Google Maps when you load a map of our location
AddThisloc, uid/uit, psc, di/dt, atuvc/bt/ssc/ssh/sshs/xtcAllows users to share content via Social Networking websites and email
MagentoCARTThe association with your shopping cart.
CATEGORY_INFOStores the category info on the page, that allows to display pages more quickly.
COMPAREThe items that you have in the Compare Products list.
CURRENCYYour preferred currency
CUSTOMERAn encrypted version of your customer id with the store.
CUSTOMER_AUTHAn indicator if you are currently logged into the store.
CUSTOMER_INFOAn encrypted version of the customer group you belong to.
CUSTOMER_SEGMENT_IDSStores the Customer Segment ID
EXTERNAL_NO_CACHEA flag, which indicates whether caching is disabled or not.
FRONTENDYou sesssion ID on the server.
GUEST-VIEWAllows guests to edit their orders.
LAST_CATEGORYThe last category you visited.
LAST_PRODUCTThe most recent product you have viewed.
NEWMESSAGEIndicates whether a new message has been received.
NO_CACHEIndicates whether it is allowed to use cache.
PERSISTENT_SHOPPING_CARTA link to information about your cart and viewing history if you have asked the site.
POLLThe ID of any polls you have recently voted in.
POLLNInformation on what polls you have voted on.
RECENTLYCOMPAREDThe items that you have recently compared.
STFInformation on products you have emailed to friends.
STOREThe store view or language you have selected.
USER_ALLOWED_SAVE_COOKIEIndicates whether a customer allowed to use cookies.
VIEWED_PRODUCT_IDSThe products that you have recently viewed.
WISHLISTAn encrypted list of products added to your Wishlist.
WISHLIST_CNTThe number of items in your Wishlist.

Managing, Controlling and Deleting Cookies

The website provides detailed information on cookies.  It provides detailed information on how to manage, control and delete cookies for each major browser.