United Kingdom news

15 September 2020
Ocado's retail revenue grew by 52% in Q3, for the 13 weeks to 30 th August 2020. Driven by average order size In Q3, retail sales grew faster in comparison to Q2 due to demand remaining high versus a “seasonally soft” quarter in Q3 2019. The increase in revenue has been driven by an average order size of £141, up over 30% YoY. Whilst average order size continues to normalise from COVID-...
14 September 2020
Like all the major retailers, Iceland has seen a huge surge in demand for online delivery this year. We look at how the retailer has responded to this. Trial partnership with UberEats Iceland is partnering with UberEats to trial a 20-minute delivery service from its store in Hackney, London. Shoppers can use the UberEats app or website to order groceries from the retailer. The range offe...
14 September 2020
Aldi UK is running a pilot of a grocery click and collect service for the first time. Available to Aldi’s staff, initially At the moment, the trial of the service is being run exclusively for Aldi colleagues from a store in the Midlands. If the trial proves successful, it will be extended to customers and to further stores across the country in the near future. How does it work? Aldi ...
11 September 2020
Gridserve the renewable energy business that plans to open more than 100 electric-only forecourts across the UK has announced the retailers it has partnered with to provide the complementary services on its sites.  As the construction of Gridserve’s first location, at Braintree in Essex, approaches completion it has been revealed that it will incorporate retail units supplied by Booths, WH Smith,...
10 September 2020
Newly released half year results show the impact of Morrisons pledge to play its 'full part in feeding the nation' in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the retailer adapted its stores, channel strategy, ranges and ways of working to meet customer demand. Headline results (for 26 weeks to 2 August 2020) Group LFL (ex fuel/ex VAT): +8.7% (Q1: +5.7%, Q2: 12.3%) Retail contribution to...
10 September 2020
L’Oréal has announced it is introducing make-up recycling bins in Tesco, Boots, Sainsbury’s, and Superdrug. It has also launched 100% recycled and recyclable bottle packaging.  ‘Make-up, not Make Waste’ campaign L’Oréal has teamed up with TerraCycle to launch its make-up recycle bins across 1,000 UK stores to help customers dispose of old makeup packaging in an eco-friendly way. These bins ...
08 September 2020
Amazon announced John Boumphrey, formerly vice president of its European fashion division as the new boss to lead Amazon’s UK operations. Boumphrey will start his new role in mid-November Boumphrey succeeds Doug Gurr who stepped down in June to become director at the Natural History Museum in London. He will start his new role as UK country manager in mid-November. Boumphrey first joined...
08 September 2020
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM), for August, shows that UK retail sales rose by 3.9% over the month, though the overall period of the pandemic still shows a decline.  Remote working has helped boost sales in home goods such as food, computing, furniture and TVs, but retailers in categories such as clothing, footwear and beauty are still seeing ...
07 September 2020
Morrisons has become the latest major retailer to make significant cuts to its prices to boost its appeal with households hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Launching at the start of the new school year, the new round of price cuts is specifically designed to engage family shoppers. It follows last week's return of 'pocket tap' adverts from Asda and a new Price Lock campaign from Sainsbury's. ...
07 September 2020
Tesco has announced that Booker CEO Charles Wilson is to retire in February 2021 after 15 years of leading the Booker business. Charles Wilson was diagnosed with throat cancer a couple of years ago and has fought back against the disease but has decided that now is the right time to make a break from running the business. Leaves Booker as the biggest UK wholesaler with a unique breadth of capa...