United Kingdom news

01 September 2020
It has been revealed that Tesco convenience subsidiary, One Stop is to launch a number of private label lines from the Jack’s discount format across its company-owned and franchise store estate, adding a significant value tier to the One Stop range. 50 plus lines primarily in chilled and frozen It is understood that the launch will include at least fifty Jack’s branded lines, first develope...
01 September 2020
Leading UK food-to-go retailer, Pret A Manger, is set to cut 3,000 jobs following the fall in sales as a result of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuts following fall in sales Pret is cutting more than a third of its workforce due to sales being 60% lower than in 2019. The majority of roles cut will be from its stores, and around 90 roles lost at its support centre. Pret’s reliance on ...
01 September 2020
Price discounts become more prevalent, with some changes to "softer" rewards, as Booths aims to make its loyalty card more relevant to shoppers. 5% off 1000s of products  From 2nd September, Booths loyalty members will see their benefits change. The retailer is introducing 5% money back on thousands of products across the store, exclusively for card holders. The savings are stored on the Bo...
01 September 2020
The grocer adds a new route to rapid delivery for shoppers. 12 week trial Over half a million households will be able to shop for Waitrose products via Deliveroo, with deliveries in just 30 minutes. The stores taking part are Bracknell, Clifton, Surbiton, Fitzroy Street (Cambridge) and Notting Hill in the first week of September. If successful, Waitrose will extend to more locations. The...
27 August 2020
Ocado has increased its stake in the UK vertical farm business, Jones Food Company, according to a report from The Telegraph. Meanwhile, Ocado’s CFO, Duncan Tatton-Brown is set to step down after eight years in the role.    Vertical farm investment   According to the report, Ocado has increased its share in Jones Food Company, which currently operates a vertical farm in Scunthorpe, to 7...
27 August 2020
Latest developments include queuing solutions, earlier Christmas shopping, a new marketing campaign, and innovative services.... Virtual queuing trial Six Waitrose stores and three John Lewis stores will trial a virtual queuing system, reports The Grocer. The trial will run for four weeks, encouraging shoppers to scan a QR code to hold their place in line. They will receive a text message w...
25 August 2020
Morrisons has launched its Market Kitchen food-to-go concept at a second store, following the launch at its Canning Town store last year. As reported by The Grocer, Asda has also opened a new Asian street food KellyDeli concession. Second Market Kitchen concept Morrisons has opened its Market Kitchen concept at its Manchester Piccadilly Gardens store. Customers can choose from a range of...
25 August 2020
Permanent roles have been created as the retailer serves nearly 1.5m shoppers a week online. Holding on to temporary staff The roles include of 10,000 pickers and 3,000 delivery drivers, alongside store and distribution centre based jobs. Temporary colleagues hired during the pandemic will be offered the roles first before Tesco recruits externally. More than double online capacity pr...
24 August 2020
Marks & Spencer is set to launch a drive-up click and collect service as well as in-store contactless collection, in partnership with Doddle. The services will be available for clothing and home ranges and aim to offer a more convenient journey, and help customers shop with confidence during the pandemic. Digital click & collect trials With its new drive-up collection service, available at ...
24 August 2020
We look at the latest news from the discount channel in UK and Ireland. Lidl Ireland reaches €2bn sales Lidl's turnover in Ireland has reached over €2bn, according to The Irish Times. The discounter has over 200 stores in Ireland, 40 of which are in Northern Ireland. By the end of 2020 Lidl is looking to open a further 11 stores and refit or extend a another 12. It also plans to open a new ...