United Kingdom news

04 December 2020
Walgreens and VillageMD to open 40 more co-owned clinics, while the retailer establishes the Walgreens Advertising Group to support suppliers and Boots appoints a new Chief Marketing Officer. 40 new Village Medical to open at Walgreens clinics Walgreens and VillageMD plan to open 40 more Village Medical at Walgreens full-service primary care clinics by the end of summer 2021 as part of its ...
04 December 2020
PayPoint, the service platform operated by many UK convenience retailers, has released results for six months to 30 September showing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the business and the changed missions of shoppers in convenience stores.  Despite resilience in some areas of PayPoint's activities, especially B2B services such as EPoS and card payment solutions, revenue from its B2C serv...
03 December 2020
Central England Co-op is trialling a scan and go app, created by Ubamarket, at its Spies Lane store in Halesowen.  Scan, pay, go The trial is part of the retailer’s efforts to make the shopping experience easier, quicker, and safer for shoppers. On entering the store, shoppers can download the app, scan items as they shop, and pay digitally without having to queue at a checkout. The tria...
03 December 2020
Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda and Aldi have followed Tesco’s lead in deciding to repay business rates relief received from the UK government and devolved administrations during the pandemic. The moves follow criticism of food retailers taking advantage of the scheme while also being able to trade throughout the crisis. Repaying the tax breaks will make it easier for these retailers to pay dividend...
03 December 2020
As excitement builds, despite a different feel to Christmas this year, we share three initiatives that focus on offering ease, value, and support to local communities during the season. Hassle-free Christmas food box Food boxes have become increasingly popular in 2020, providing shoppers with a one-stop solution for celebrating seasonal events at home. To appeal to customers on a plant-base...
03 December 2020
Major UK and international forecourt retailer EG Group is launching the first phase of its new partnership with US sweet bakery brand Cinnabon.  On 4 December it will open the first of a number of central bakery sites in the UK, which will act as supply hubs for up to 50 Cinnabon units on EG sites across the country.  In the long term EG plans to grow this network to 150 units. Central bakerie...
01 December 2020
Waitrose and Deliveroo have announced the expansion of their delivery trial to 40 stores. At the same time, they have launched  a new Christmas campaign, ‘Donate a Plate’, on the Global Day of Giving. Expanding from 25 to 40 stores in total Waitrose’s trial with Deliveroo has been expanded given the rising customer demand, and will be available from 40 shops in the next week. More than 650 ...
01 December 2020
Asda has announced that children will be able to eat for free at its cafes throughout December, in a move that should boost footfall to stores from high spending family customers in the run-up to Christmas. All cafes to offer free meals All 216 Asda cafes will take part in the scheme which allows children under the age of 16 a meal free of charge when accompanies by an adult. Stores locat...
27 November 2020
Speaking to Forecourt Trader magazine, Ilyas Munshi, Group Commercial Director for EG Group has emphasized that despite the company’s owners being closely involved in the recent acquisition of Asda, this represents a separate enterprise, and that for forecourt operator EG Group, everything is very much ‘business as usual’. Will explore opportunities to collaborate and work together ‘in due cou...
26 November 2020
Sainsbury’s is to stock a range of cakes and baked delicacies from Patisserie Valerie in a new tie-up with the patisserie specialist. The deal will see a range of 14 popular lines sold through around 250 stores. Developing ‘Food First’ The move follows Sainsbury’s launch earlier this month of its ‘Food first’ strategy through which it aims to become a more distinctive destination for high...