United Kingdom news

30 July 2020
Aldi plans to open an average of one new store a week in the UK until Christmas 2020. One store every week The store expansion plan for the rest of the year is part of Aldi’s strategy to reach 1,200 stores across the UK by 2025. The retailer is set to open stores in locations including Bristol and Edinburgh. Aldi plans to hire 1,200 additional employees throughout the rest of the year, with...
30 July 2020
Following last year's decline in profits and the extreme challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, John Lewis Partnership has outlined new priorities in its strategic review of the business. The review aims to deliver 'green shoots' in performance over the next 9-12 months and rebuild profits over the next three to five years. Five new priorities Driven by purpose: The partnership a...
29 July 2020
McDonalds announced results for the second quarter 2020 ended 30 June 2020, the period when global COVID-19 restrictions had most impact on store trading. Summary As of 30 June 2020, nearly all McDonald’s restaurants around the world were open to serve customers Total revenue fell from US$5,409.8m in 2019 to US$3,761m in 2020 Systemwide sales decreased 24% Operating income decli...
28 July 2020
Sainsbury's has launched a trial of an innovative virtual queuing system designed to help customers save time and stay safe while shopping at its supermarkets. Virtual queuing  The app will allow customers to join a virtual queue without needing to physically wait in line at a store. They can monitor their position in the queue remotely, for instance from a car or a coffee shop, and will be...
28 July 2020
Amazon is now offering free grocery deliveries for Prime members. Paying for convenience Delivery fees are a key barrier to using online, and previously, Amazon Fresh charged a monthly add-on fee of £3.99, or £2.99 per delivery, (in addition to £79 for an annual Amazon Prime membership).  Now, shoppers using Amazon Fresh, spending over £40, and agreeing to receive their groceries within a...
28 July 2020
Walgreens Boots Alliance has announced changes to its team and is expanding its delivery service. Stefano Pessina steps down as CEO   Stefano Pessina has announced he is stepping down from his role as CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, six years after leading the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in 2015. He continues to remain the largest stakeholder in the company with a 17% stake. ...
28 July 2020
Variety discounter Poundland will be adding free from products to its grocery range and new lines to its entertainment and stationery range, as part of its transformation plans. New products, new prices Poundland will be trialling its new free from range at 16 stores. This includes milk, snacks, cereals, bakery products and pasta. It will also be adding new, higher priced items to its en...
28 July 2020
Greggs, one of the UK’s largest food-to-go operators, posted a loss of £65.2m for the first half of 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.  During the same period last year it made £36.7m profit.  However, with the majority of stores now reopen, weekly sales are up to 72% of 2019 levels with breakeven at 80%.   Successive years of strong growth performance and clear strategic plans enabl...
23 July 2020
Pre-COVID, food-to-go was the hero of the food and drink market - growing at twice the rate of the grocery retail with high levels of dynamism and innovative thinking from retailers and specialist operators. However, as lockdown restrictions rolled out across country after country, consumers’ daily routines changed overnight.  Coffee shops and takeaways in cities, transport hubs and shop...
23 July 2020
Co-op has announced the expansion of its click-and-collect partnership with John Lewis, to an additional 400 stores. 500 Co-op stores in total by the end of summer The expansion of this partnership means that 500 Co-op stores in total will be hosting John Lewis click & collect points. The service extension has started this month and is due to be finalised by the end of September. John Le...