United Kingdom news

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 ...
20 August 2020
In its new UK Channel Opportunities report, IGD predicts that UK food and grocery market is set to grow by 10%, or £19.1bn, between 2019 and 2022. The report reveals the impact of COVID-19 on the overall market over the next two years, with a breakdown of expected implications and performance on individual channels. Pandemic accelerates transformation of UK food and grocery market The pande...
19 August 2020
Amazon and Morrisons have announced that customers are now able to shop the full Morrisons range on Amazon.co.uk. ‘Morrisons on Amazon’ store The ‘Morrisons on Amazon’ store offers customers access to a range of thousands of Morrisons grocery products including Morrisons The Best range and Morrisons Market Street selection, along with everyday essentials. The online store has launched in Le...
19 August 2020
It has been announced that Andy Cresswell will step down from his role as Chief Retail Officer at Bestway, where he has headed up the managed and franchise retail operations of the wholesaler for the last two years.  It is understood that, following his departure at the end of January 2021, the role will not be back-filled on a like-for-like basis, with company-owned and affiliated retail (franch...
18 August 2020
In the 12 weeks ending 9th August take home grocery sales grew by 14.4%, according to Kantar. This was a slight slowdown compared to the 16.9% growth of the previous reporting period. Growth slowed as restrictions eased further and shoppers began to return to their normal habits, with average spend declining and frequency of visit increasing. We look at the results in more detail and the lates...
18 August 2020
Asda has reported a 3.8% increase in LFL sales for the 3 months to June 30th (excluding fuel), with trading boosted by a doubling of online sales during the trading quarter. Record online sales As well as doubling online grocery sales, sales through click & collect quadrupled during the period, with transactional data showing many customers were new to Asda. This growth was enabled by a 65%...
18 August 2020
Midcounties Co-op has appointed Alison Bain as its first ever Chief Marketing Officer as it looks to further strengthen itself as a member-owned organisation. Deepening the member experience Bain previously held the role of Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing and Communications, EMEA at Gallagher Insurance. Prior to this she spent 14 years at American Express. In her new role at ...
18 August 2020
7,000 roles are at risk at M&S, as the retailer reports an improving food performance and relaunch of its value campaign. Streamlining the business M&S is embarking on consultations that is expected to result in 7,000 roles being cut over the next three months. Areas impacted include its central support centre, regional management and UK stores. This comes as a result of a shift in trade...
17 August 2020
Morrisons is set to run a trial of reusable paper bags, in a bid to ditch its plastic “bags for life”. Starting Monday 17 th  August The trial will take place initially in eight stores, before rolling out the paper bags across all its stores nationwide, if the trial proves successful. According to Morrisons, the switch to paper bags would save 90 million plastic bags from being used on a...