Waitrose & Partners news

14 May 2020
The popular private label range has received a fresh new look and feel, packaging reductions, and new and improved products. Re-emphasising value Essentials was launched in 2009 at a time of rapid growth for entry tier private label ranges in the UK. As shoppers were feeling financial pressures, the new range resonated well, and enabled Waitrose to emphasise both quality and value credentia...
05 May 2020
Waitrose is due to open on 7 May a new customer fulfilment centre (CFC) in Enfield, North London, in a bid to double its grocery delivery capacity amid a sharp surge in demand from consumers. 370 new jobs, before rising to 850 The new six-acre facility will create initially 370 new jobs, before rising to 850 once the site reaches full capacity later this year when it is due to add, on a wee...
03 May 2020
In this regularly updated article, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Market update: Grocery sales growth slows to 5.5% in April:  New data from Kantar  reveals a slowdown in grocery market growth from 20.6% in March to 5.5% over the four weeks to April 19th as consumers settle into life under lockdown. Multiples update: Sain...
29 April 2020
James Bailey takes on the top role at Waitrose today (29 April). Extensive experience from Sainsbury's Bailey joins Waitrose after 18 years at Sainsbury's. As well as roles in finance, convenience, strategy and commercial, Bailey was most recently buying director for grocery. Bailey commented on the news “ I'm delighted to be joining the Partnership. It's a business I've admired for a lo...
26 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Multiples update: Tesco opens first NHS Nightingale hospital stores:  Tesco has opened stores at the NHS Nightingale hospital, at London's ExCeL centre and the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Open 24 hours a day and staffed by colleagues from nearby stores, they ...
23 April 2020
Following the publication of its annual results in March , The John Lewis Partnership has released its annual report, including an update on trading performance amid COVID-19 conditions. Sales up 8% at Waitrose The retailer reports sales growth of 8% year-on-year since 26 January 2020. Private label sales are likely to have experienced a boost, with cleaning, store cupboard, home baking...
20 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Multiples update Morrisons offers 10% discount to NHS staff: From Thursday, NHS staff will be entitled to a 10% discount when shopping at the retailer's stores. The scheme will last until July 12th when it will be reviewed. This latest initiative follows on from Morrisons...
14 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Multiples update: Tesco releases annual results and updates on COVID-19: More normal shopping behaviour has resumed after a surge in demand for certain items in the first few weeks of the crisis caused sales uplifts of c.30%. Grocery home shopping capacity has been in...
06 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Market update: GB grocery market sees fastest growth on record. Market growth for the 12 weeks to 22 March was +7.6%, the fastest rate in over a decade, according to Kantar. The rapid growth was driven by a 20.6% surge in sales over the last four weeks. . More details ...
01 April 2020
Market growth for the 12 weeks to 22 nd March was +7.6%, the fastest rate in over a decade, according to Kantar. The rapid growth was driven by a 20.6% surge in sales over the last four weeks – equivalent to an extra £10.8bn of spending - as shoppers stocked up on groceries and switched back to retail from out-of-home consumption in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Huge increa...