Waitrose & Partners news

06 May 2014
Waitrose is testing iBeacons and a raft of new technology at its newest supermarket in Swindon. Personal greetings and offers Waitrose is currently piloting the use of new technology to personalise the instore experience for its customers. IT Director Cheryl Millington showed IGD around its newest store in Swindon, where the retailer is trialling iBeacons to interact with Apple mobile devices...
02 May 2014
Leading UK premium supermarket retailer, Waitrose has announced a sales uplift of 6.5% in the 13 weeks to 26 April, with its market share (as measured by Kantar Worldpanel) now at a new record of 5%. Easter sales up 7% While the last reported week of the period saw sales fall by 2.1%, this was impacted by the mismatch in Easter timing.  Comparing the two weeks around Easter with the equival...
17 April 2014
Waitrose has commissioned a brand new live Saturday morning lifestyle and cookery programme 'Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose' for Channel 4. The new show broadens Waitrose's broadcasting offer, building on its existing Waitrose online TV channels. Evolving the Waitrose Weekend format The show will feature a variety of well known chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux Jnr,...
14 April 2014
Latest figures from Nielsen's Scantrack EPoS tracking service for the UK grocery sector shows that, in the four weeks to 29 March, sector sales fell by 4.3%, with volumes falling slightly faster on -4.8%.  The steepness of the decline owes much to the specific seasonal effects of the timing of Easter in April this year, whereas the holiday fell at the end of March in 2013.  Meantime sales within s...
14 April 2014
Waitrose has begun trialling grazing areas in its latest stores as part of a drive to create a more compelling in-store experience for shoppers.  Keynsham store used as test bed Waitrose's Keynsham store, one of seven former Co-operative supermarkets that Waitrose acquired last November, has been chosen as a test bed for the retailer's new hospitality initiatives. Located in Somerset, sout...
08 April 2014
Kantar Worldpanel's latest 12-week data release shows that the GB grocery sector growth rate fell sharply, to just +0.6% in three months to 30 March.  This drop from +2.2% in the last release, owes much to the late date of Easter in 2014, while the holiday fell at the end of March in 2013.  Adjusting for this seasonal impact Kantar estimates that underlying market growth was in fact 1.5%, though ...
19 March 2014
Waitrose has announced that it is to open its first national distribution centre (NDC) in 2015. Supply chain simplification The NDC, which will be over 90,000sq m, will handle the distribution of around 25,000 nationally available lines available in Waitrose stores and online. It will simplify Waitrose's supply chain and cut the number of stock transfers between its regional distribution centre...
11 March 2014
The latest release on GB grocery market shares from Kantar Worldpanel shows sector growth continued to slow in the 12 weeks to 2nd March, dropping to 2.2% from 2.4% in the 12 weeks to 2nd February.  Market performance is being restrained by falling inflation above all, which across the grocery sector stood at 1.9%, the lowest level seen since July 2010.  New initiatives now being launched by reta...
06 March 2014
Waitrose has reported impressive sales growth of 6.0% to £6.1bn for 2013/14, driven by a 5.1% uplift in like-for-like sales. Profit also moved ahead for the year to 25 January 2014, up by 6.1% to £310m. The progress was mirrored at John Lewis where sales rose 7.5% (6.4% LFL) and profits increased 4.3%. Highlights of the year included: myWaitrose card . The loyalty card, which...
18 February 2014
Latest figures from the Nielsen Scantrack pool, aggregating sales from the UK's leading grocery retailers, show that sales across the sector fell 0.4% in the four weeks to 1 February, with volume (unit) sales falling faster, decreasing by 3.2%. 12 week data show declines for four of the top five In Nielsen's consumer panel-based Homescan data, covering the three months to 1 February, Tesco, ...