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20 July 2020
The retailer has started consultations with colleagues in a variety of field and central operations roles, as well as property and store management, as it seeks to speed up its transformation plan. Decision follows different ways of working during the pandemic M&S states its ambition to make three years' progress against its transformation plan in just one year. This involves more flexible ...
17 July 2020
Having begun trials with the third party online ordering app, Snappy Shopper, almost a year ago Scotmid Co-op has been rolling out the service to a growing number of its 188 stores.  Now the app will be launched from Scotmid stores in Edinburgh, bringing Scotmid’s home shopping service within the reach of a fifth of all the population of Scotland. App platforms a range of 1,000 lines Scotmi...
17 July 2020
Poundland has announced major transformation plans, according to Retail Gazette. This follows on from the evolution we saw last year where Poundland introduced a new pricing structure and grew its grocery range to include chilled and frozen.  Trialling online delivery  This week Poundland will be closing one of its stores in Cannock, to convert it to an online fulfilment centre. It will beg...
17 July 2020
Sainsbury's has agreed a deal to supply garden centre chain Dobbies with its own label products. Leading garden centre to stock Sainsbury's own brands The partnership is set to launch at the garden centre chain's flagship Edinburgh store later this month, according to press reports. The deal will make up to 3,000 Sainsbury's products available to Dobbies' customers, with the range spanning ...
16 July 2020
Leading food-to-go chains are passing on the tax cuts announced last week by the UK Chancellor. The temporary reduction in VAT from 20% to 5%, worth £4bn, came into force on 15 July allowing firms in the food, drink and hospitality sectors to slash prices.  The scheme will run until 12 January 2021. The scheme is part of a package of measures to help companies recover and get consumers spen...
16 July 2020
McDonald’s has recommended price cuts to it franchises following last week’s VAT cut announcement by the UK government.  Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s chief executive UK and Ireland commented: “ We welcome the timely package of measures from the UK government to protect the hospitality sector. They enable us, along with our franchisees, to protect our people, absorb the increased costs of oper...
15 July 2020
Aldi announced the expansion of its home delivery trial with Deliveroo. A further 11 stores Aldi has initially conducted the trial, back in May, in eight stores in Central England, before extending the trial to another store in Camden, London, in June. The trial has now been expanded to an additional 11 stores, including five located in London, and others in Manchester and Cambridge. ...
15 July 2020
Tesco has partnered with online returnable packaging provider Loop to launch an online shopping service that delivers products in reusable packaging. 150 products, including sauces, yoghurts, soaps and cereals, will now be available through the service. What is Loop? Loop was founded at the World Economic Forum, with the aim to offer a zero-waste option for popular consumer products, whilst...
14 July 2020
Joint managing director of Iceland, Nigel Broadhurst, has stepped down from his role, according to Companies House. Who is Nigel Broadhurst? Nigel Broadhurst has held his position as joint director of Iceland Foods and Iceland Topco since 2012. He has worked in this role alongside Richard Walker. After initially starting with the business in 1983, Broadhurst left Iceland to work for various...
14 July 2020
Despite disruptions from COVID, Lidl is still on track with its opening plans. We look at these in more detail. 100 new store openings by 2023 Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Lidl plans to continue with its ambitious expansion plans. The retailer has two key goals for the years ahead, according to Retail Gazette; Open 25 new stores by the end of 2020 Reach 1,000 sto...