United Kingdom news

07 September 2020
Co-op will open more than three stores each week until December as plans to serve new neighbourhoods accelerate. The convenience retailer will launch over 65 stores new and extended stores, with more than 100 further outlets receiving major makeovers as part of a £130M store investment programme creating up to 1,000 local jobs – this is in addition to the more than 1,000 permanent roles that c...
04 September 2020
Accounts filed by warehouse club operator, Costco UK, for 2018/19 show its sales increased by 2.9% to reach £2,618m over the 12 months.  Operating profit rose by 32.4% to £19.2m, with operating margin up to 0.7%. Currently operating 29 warehouses Costco added one further warehouse in the course of the year, at Stevenage, bringing its UK total to 29.  As with other new sites, Stevenage inclu...
04 September 2020
Pret a Manger will offer a new coffee subscription service where customers can buy up to five coffees a day for £20 per month.  The new scheme aims to tempt back customers as the chain struggles to regain sales in its core city centre locations, which are still relatively deserted as many office workers continue to work from home. New digital strategy Pret will launch its YourPret Barista m...
04 September 2020
Costa Coffee is the latest food-to-go operator to announce plans to reduce its workforce, following similar announcements by Pret and SSP. Up to 1,650 jobs are at risk across 1,600 Costa-owned stores – the company’s 1,100 franchise stores are not affected. Costa did not mention specific store closures, saying, “In terms of store closures, we open new stores, renovate stores and close sto...
04 September 2020
Tesco has launched a new hot pizza to-go counter in partnership with Pizza Express under the Za brand. We visited the hypermarket Cardiff store, which is situated in a residential area with student accommodation nearby to take a first look. Source: IGD Research On arriving at the store shoppers are told about the new arrival through a pop-up stand. Source: IGD Research ...
03 September 2020
The grocer brings back "That's Asda Price" in its latest Rollback campaign, amid fierce competition to win shoppers over with everyday low prices. Lower prices on 1000s of products Asda will lower the prices of branded and own label products across the store, including fresh, ambient, non-food, and GM categories. To raise awareness of the price investment, the grocer is bringing back its...
03 September 2020
National symbol group retailer SPAR UK has announced the appointment of Lee Johnson as its Operations and Strategy Director.  Having joined the organization on 17 August, Lee Johnson now has responsibility for the group’s finance, governance, IT supply chain and strategic planning. Joined from Coty Lee Johnson has come to SPAR from the beauty and cosmetics business Coty (whose portfolio inc...
03 September 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainties regarding students returning to school in the UK. Parents are equipping their children with new school essentials such as face masks, hand sanitisers and disinfectant wipes to ensure they are safe. With many changes in the way school will be conducted such as no school meals, retailers in the UK are providing inspiration and solutions to he...
03 September 2020
Amazon announced today it is creating 7,000 new permanent roles in addition to the 3,000 roles already created this year, taking the company’s total permanent workforce in the UK to more than 40,000. Recruiting for the seasonal period The company has already created 3,000 new permanent roles this year across its UK network of fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations. It plans ...
02 September 2020
M&S products have now exclusively launched on Ocado.com. We take a look at some onsite execution, including M&S shop-in-shop, Fresh Picks, and Dine in for Two. Full M&S food range The partnership with Ocado sees the first time the entire M&S food range has been available to buy online. The range includes 6,000 M&S food products and 800 M&S everyday clothing and home lines. Ocado’s full rang...