Booker news

02 January 2015
One Stop, the wholly owned convenience subsidiary of Tesco, is trialling a new discount focused offer in three locations. Three store trial One Stop is reported to have been trialling the stores for two months in Solihull, Burntwood and Manchester. Images of the stores show a clear yellow branding which is used both internally and externally with signage clearly advertising a focus on p...
16 October 2014
Announcing its first half results for 2014/15, covering the 24 weeks to 12 September, leading UK wholesaler Booker has reported total sales up 1.9% to £2.3bn in the period.  Netting out the acquired Makro business, where sales continue to fall, like-for-like sales in the core Booker business were ahead 2.4%, with growth within the core retailer and caterer customer groups stronger on 2.6% and 2.7...
07 October 2014
Charles Wilson, Chief Executive at Booker, took to the stage at IGD's annual Convention this morning. Under the theme of 'disruptive leadership', Charles talked about the turnaround of the Booker wholesaling business since its low in 2005. A simple strategy Back in 2005, Booker was in severe trouble, but has turned around the business by focusing on a simple plan of: Focus - reducing ...
18 September 2014
Reporting its first full quarter including the annualised impact of the consolidation of Makro, leading UK wholesaler, Booker has announced group sales up just 0.1% for Q2 2014/15, with non-tobacco sales of +0.8% offset by tobacco sales down 1.4%. Makro sales impacted by ongoing 're-positioning' As part of the integration of Makro, Booker is rationalising ranges, especially in non-food, t...
27 August 2014
"No battle plan survives contact with the enemy" according to a German strategist called Helmuth von Moltke. In other words, it’s impossible to prepare for all eventualities and even the best laid plans are disrupted by unpredicted events. Every consumer goods company experiences disruption. It could be an unexpected loss or gain of a big customer contract, a sudden change in the cost of a ma...
10 July 2014
In interviews with the national press Charles Wilson, chief executive of Booker, has revealed ambitions to roll out the wholesaler's discount symbol store package, Family Shopper, to 400 locations over the next four years. Eight trading with more to come Launched first in 2013 there are now eight Family Shopper stores trading, including a unit opened by award-winning Premier retailer Shah...
09 July 2014
The latest trading statement from Booker, the UK's biggest food and grocery wholesaler, shows total group sales ahead 3.8%.  This is the first quarter of Booker performance to include the annualised impact of Makro, and shows the group making good progress despite the drag from falling sales in that division, which saw non-tobacco sales down 12%. Like-for-likes improving Like-for-like sal...
30 June 2014
The UK convenience market is set to be worth £49bn by 2019, according to the latest IGD Retail Analysis forecasts. This represents an increase of over 30% from its current value of £37bn. Shoppers in the UK are spreading more of their spending across a variety of grocery 'channels', such as hypermarkets, online etc. Our latest ShopperVista research shows that nearly all shoppers (95%) use at...
25 June 2014
Booker has successfully recruited and opened its first Premier symbol group store in Northern Ireland.  Prior to the acquisition of Makro in 2012 Booker had no presence in this regional market, but now the conversion of the depot there to the joint Booker/Makro format has made the full Booker retail channel offer available to local retailers for the first time.  This first Premier store, an 870 s...
17 June 2014
The Booker-supported Premier symbol group, already the UK's largest in store numbers, has now reached 3,000 stores; 20 years after its launch in 1994.  Premier is the first group to reach this major threshold at any stage in the era of modern convenience retailing, inaugurated by Spar back in the 1980s.  The 3,000th store recruited is located in Blythe, Northumberland. Now worth over £900m to...