United Kingdom news

01 March 2021
Major UK convenience retailer, McColl’s has announced that it has extended its wholesale agreement with Morrisons, which will see the national supermarket operator supply the entire McColl’s store portfolio (currently over 1,200 stores) with full a range of products until January 2027. As part of the extended agreement McColl’s will increase the number of its stores trading under the Morrisons...
25 February 2021
Sainsbury’s has launched a new brand slogan to support its position as the Principal Supermarket Partner at the United Nations' international clmate change conference, COP26, taking place in Glasgow this November. New strapline to align with Sainsbury’s updated strategy 'Helping Everyone Eat Better' will replace 'Eat Well for Less' as Sainsbury’s primary messaging in late Spring in a move d...
25 February 2021
Asda has announced plans to transform how it serves online demand  - with a big expansion of its store pick model, the proposed closure of two home shopping centres and a consultation to simplify ways of working across store teams. Responding to a structural shift in demand Providing context for the changes, Asda noted how it has increased online capacity by 90% since last March to 850,000 ...
25 February 2021
Nestlé announced it has agreed to acquire recipe kit company SimplyCook, in the UK. More than 20 million recipes since launch SimplyCook launched in 2014 and offers pre-portioned flavour blends along with easy-to-follow recipes. The company offers 130 recipes with delivery in a recyclable, letterbox-sized box. Customers then have to purchase the fresh ingredients shown on the recipe cards t...
22 February 2021
During a year like no other, Ocado Group delivered a 33% year-on-year (YoY) increase in sales. 2020 saw the launch of the first international CFCs for Groupe Casino in France and Sobey’s in Canada. In 2021, seven partners will be live with Ocado’s technology with ten CFCs live worldwide. Ocado will continue to invest in the Ocado Smart Platform to attract new partners and find efficiencies. In...
22 February 2021
In our report on Valentine’s Day 2021 , we highlight five key themes from the event and explore best-in class retail execution from the UK and beyond. In this article we round up some of our favourite examples of in-store execution from the UK and Canada. M&S: creating an immersive in-store experience Marks & Spencer created a vibrant, love-themed vibe in-store. Its standalone fixtures dis...
21 February 2021
From our global view of grocery retail we can clearly see the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the development of food-to-go in small stores. Once a hero category, reduced mobility and stay at home guidance have had a dramatic impact on category sales. In the UK we estimate this loss to be worth c£0.8bn in 2020 vs 2019 (–29%) . However, after an uncertain few months in Q2 2020 w...
19 February 2021
Proprietary online ordering platform, Snappy Shopper is now being operated by 650 convenience stores across the UK, and is being used by over 100,000 shoppers.  The app, which provides a ready-made shopper ordering and payment solution, allows independent retailers to quickly launch an online offer, enabling them to target opportunities in the current high and sustained demand for local home shop...
18 February 2021
After the tumultuous year that was 2020, what can we expect in the grocery sector in the year ahead? Across two articles I will look at trends impacting shoppers and retailers. In this first article, I will consider the pressures and issues being felt by shoppers. 1. EU Exit: deal adds to cost pressures It was a nail-biting ride, but the signing of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement on Ch...
18 February 2021
Asda has confirmed that trading for 2020 finished on a strong note, lifted by particularly rapid growth online. The news follows Tuesday’s announcement the acquisition of the business by the Issa Brothers and TDR Capital has now completed. Pick-up in growth for Q4 and Christmas In the three months to December 31, LFL sales grew by 5.1%, Asda’s fastest rate of any quarter in 2020. For the Ch...