United Kingdom news

23 January 2020
Latest developments include new brands, more specialists, and beauty hall roll-out Revamp rolls out to more locations In addition to the 29 stores which renovated their beauty halls in 2019, a further 60 stores will receive the new look this year. The design is more open plan, encouraging shoppers to interact with products, and gain inspiration from trend zones. New brands Huda Beauty wil...
23 January 2020
While only joining Sainsbury's in 2017, Simon Roberts, the man who will take over from Mike Coupe as CEO on 1 June, is a lifelong retailer with a pedigree built on long-service with two of the UK's other high street icons: M&S and Boots.  Then in two-and-a-half years with Sainsbury's he has been key in the radical reshaping of its in-store operations and the integration of Argos. From shop-floo...
22 January 2020
After six years as CEO of Sainsbury's, Mike Coupe will retire in May. Simon Roberts, currently retail and operations director, will take up the role from 1st June. Mike Coupe's legacy: a multi brand, multi channel business After fifteen years at Sainsbury's, including six in the top job, Mike Coupe announced his retirement. Sainsbury's Chairman Martin Scicluna described Coupe as "an exc...
21 January 2020
The John Lewis Partnership has named Rupert Thomas as the Director of Food & Grocery across both its Waitrose supermarkets and John Lewis department stores.  The new role has been created as part of the new 'Future Partnership' structure that aims to bring the two brands together in a single operation for the first time, and sees a single executive team replacing the existing separate ones as of ...
21 January 2020
Asda has become the first UK supermarket to roll out a one-hour click and collect service, according to reports from The Grocer. Express Click & Collect At the end of 2019, Asda launched trials of its Express Click & Collect service at its Killingbeck and Middleton stores. The retailer will now expand this initiative to further stores, with 25 offering the service by February. Hundreds of s...
21 January 2020
Morrisons has promoted group marketing and customer director Andy Atkinson to be its next commercial director and David Lepley to group retail director. Andy Atkinson promoted As group commercial director Andy Atkinson will be responsible for the company's trading and manufacturing business. He joined Morrrisons in 2011 and has held a variety of roles including trading director and own bran...
20 January 2020
Regional co-operative retailer, Central England Co-op, has reported a positive performance over the three key Christmas and New Year Trading weeks. Like-for-like sales were up 3.5% in the three weeks ending 4 th January 2020. Community-based convenience stores trading well The retailer, which has over 240 food stores across 16 counties, said its community-based convenience stores traded pa...
20 January 2020
Healthy food-to-go specialist Crussh is rolling out a range of ‘fit food’ to over 300 Sainsbury’s stores following a successful trial last year. The range comprises of salad pots and wraps, including some vegan products, and will boost healthy food-to-go options available to Sainsbury’s customers.  It was first trialled in 61 stores in May last year and will now appear in stores across the UK....
16 January 2020
Asda has joined forces with some of the UK leading brand owners to launch its first ‘test and learn’ sustainability store with a mission to find new ways to reduce plastic and encourage customers to reuse and refill. Three month refill station trial From May, Asda's Middleton superstore in Leeds will become the retailer's first location to offer refill stations for dispensing loose products...
16 January 2020
SPAR UK has reported an increase of 2.6% in like-for-like sales for the four weeks to 29 December 2019. Focus on fresh and availability As well as a 2.6% increase over the period, SPAR UK announced a 7% increase in like-for-like sales during the final week. The retailer said this was due to its focus on fresh and availability. Louise Hoste, managing director of SPAR UK, commented: “O...