United Kingdom news

06 August 2020
Announcing its financial results for the first half of its 2019/20 year (26 weeks to 24 May), major UK convenience retailer, McColl’s has revealed total sales slightly down (-1%) as a result of planned store closures and the suspension of some services such as Lottery scratch cards.  However, boosted by the move of UK shoppers to focus on local stores under the restrictions of the pandemic lockdo...
05 August 2020
Iconic UK retailer, WH Smith has indicated that in light of the significant pandemic impacts felt across both its high street and travel retailing divisions, it is initiating a major review of operations which could lead to up to 1,500 roles being made redundant across its business.  The company reports that despite some signs of recovery as lockdowns have been eased, sales are being slow to retu...
05 August 2020
M&S: latest shopping innovations New initiatives from the retailer include food-to-go vending, rolling out its checkout-free shopping app, and opening a "store for the new world". M&S also prepares for the Ocado switch-on in September. Trial for food-to-go vending Cherwell Valley is the first M&S site to trial a new vending solution for M&S's food-to-go, reports The Grocer. A second tria...
04 August 2020
Amazon has reportedly agreed to a deal to open more than 10 of its checkout-free Go stores, and is in holding talks for 20 more stores, according to reports from The Sunday Times. Just walk out technology Amazon Go launched in the US in January 2018, marking the first checkout-free, 'just walk out' store concept to be developed by a major retailer. The Amazon Go concept has since been rolle...
04 August 2020
Having seen sustained demand up over 100% for much of the national lockdown period, regional cash & carry wholesaler, Parfetts has now established contingencies for increased stockholding, including additional storage facilities, in preparation for the possibility of secondary lockdowns as Covid-19 infection rates start to rise again. Two depots already in areas of local restrictions With s...
04 August 2020
Digital director steps down; click and collect innovation; electric delivery vans. Ben Stimson steps down from role Waitrose's digital director is set to leave the business in September, as Waitrose.com parts ways with Ocado, reports The Times. Stimson was promoted to the role in 2019, prior to which he was retail director, bringing experience of operational and store management from Waitro...
03 August 2020
The drugstore announced it is adding MAC cosmetics to its premium beauty line to be sold in-stores and online. Expanding its premium brand offerings Boots launched MAC cosmetics on its online platform and in 100 Boots stores in the UK and Ireland. The drugstore seeks to expand its offerings in premium beauty as it previously secured partnerships with other premium brands such as Rihanna’s F...
03 August 2020
Lidl started operations officially at its new distribution centre (DC) in Peterborough on the first day of August. 45,000 square metres, £70 million The £70 million new facility, based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, spans 45,000 square metres, and employs 400 people (with an additional 50 to be recruited this year). It is set to become a new major hub of fresh produce. The new site replac...
03 August 2020
Tesco has announced it will be extending its improved payment terms for smaller suppliers until 31 January 2021. Nearly 2,000 suppliers will continue to have their invoices paid immediately, instead of the usual 14 days. Security through Christmas period Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, smaller suppliers have been amongst the hardest hit in the food industry. This extension of ...
30 July 2020
The UK's largest wine specialist, Majestic Wine, has confirmed plans for future growth with a strategy that blends store openings and e-commerce. Online sales boom through lockdown During the lockdown when Majestic was unable to open its stores, it experienced an influx of over 150,000 customers using its delivery service operating from local stores. Online sales surged 300% in May and June...