United Kingdom news

11 February 2013
At IGD we keep a close eye on innovation and developments in our  industry.  Here are our latest top picks from around the world.  McCain multi-sensory bus stop ads When McCain launched its new Ready Baked Jackets, it created 3D bus stop adverts containing heating elements. As people activated them, they released  the smell of slow-baked jacket potatoes. The posters were located at bus  shel...
07 February 2013
We look at the strategic priorities for leading European retailers - Carrefour, Lidl & Schwarz (Schwarz Group), Tesco, Auchan and Aldi - in 2013's difficult economic environment, and how they are driving growth.   Carrefour: will 2013 be a year of stabilisation? Carrefour’s new management team has launched initiatives to turn around its performance, including selectively exiting internati...
07 February 2013
Morrisons is taking action to sharpen its appeal to customers with a couponing scheme that offers money off to loyal shoppers and a new campaign to communicate its fresh food specialist strengths. The new tactics are the first major initiatives to emerge since Nick Collard was appointed as Morrisons new group marketing and customer director last month. Payday Bonus helps stretch monthly budget...
07 February 2013
From requests for promotions with real depth, through to the growing demand for discounters and evolving shopping patterns, our ShopperVista service reveals three shopper trends that should be top of mind if you want to stay ahead of the competition in the coming months. 1. Real Deal In response to the 'blizzard' of promotions, more shoppers are calling for depth over breadth of promotions in...
07 February 2013
As Tesco creates a new position for a Managing Director to oversee its operations in London, what does this mean for its strategy in the capital in terms of how its business develops going forward? Getting serious about the London opportunity Andrew Yaxley was moved from his position as UK Commercial Director for Fresh Food last October and will now take on the responsibility for all for...
07 February 2013
Ocado has confirmed gross sales grew by 11.4% to £716.2m for the 52 week period of 2012. The pure play retailer expanded its range by 40% during the year to reach 28,000 SKUs, as CEO Tim Steiner aims to move from 'supermarket to hypermarket' status. EBITDA was up 20.4% to £33.5m, although the retailer recorded a loss before tax of £1.0m this narrowed to £0.6m looking at the 53 year period. Gross m...
07 February 2013
M&S has created a dedicated team to experiment with new technology, according to reports in Retail Week. It also intends to open Simply Food stores in France. Digital lab to introduce 'start up' mentality According to the report, the digital lab will be central in driving M&S'  multi-channel ambitions, with a start-up, agile mentality helping the retailer to evaluate and develop cutting edge ...
07 February 2013
It has been revealed that US-based global warehouse club operator, Costco will open a further two depots in the UK during 2013 taking its total number of units in the country to 25.  This will make 2013 something of a bumper year for Costco.  In its twenty years of operating in the country new openings have averaged little more than one every twelve months. Depot twenty-four for Farnborough, Hamp...
07 February 2013
We highlight the stores you’ve looked at the most on Retail Analysis in January Aldi, Atherstone, UK : an increasingly potent format Source: IGD research With the discount channel growing rapidly, this store demonstrates many of the reasons why discounters are trading so successfully. The store has developed its product range through investing in NPD acr...
06 February 2013
Lidl UK has recently launched two new digital campaigns through its Facebook page. The first is to encourage shoppers to "Like" its page to receive a £5 voucher to spend in-store and the second is an unusual Valentine's Day initiative. Building its fan-base As a "thank you" to its 250,000 Facebook fans, Lidl recently offered all Facebook users who "Liked" its page a voucher to print off...