Waitrose & Partners news

12 September 2019
In a tough UK grocery market, Waitrose & Partners has reported resilient first half sales but will accelerate its focus on innovation to further differentiate its brand in the months ahead. Pressure on LFLs from comparatives but profits hold up LFL sales for the 26 weeks to July 27th were down 0.4%, with growth of 1.1% in Q1 followed by a decline of -1.6% in Q2, against a challenging period...
20 August 2019
In the 12 weeks to August 11th supermarket sales were flat according to new market data from Kantar. We look at the factors influencing this and key retailers' performance.   Poor weather affects sales Retailers are still failing to repeat the success of 2018, and the strong results generated by the hot summer. Despite the hottest day of the year falling within this period, the weather has ...
01 August 2019
The original Oxford trial will be extended, and key features rolled out for trial in more locations following "an overwhelmingly positive response". Trial extended in Botley Road, Oxford store Though the initiative is just seven weeks into its eleven week trial, Waitrose revealed that the findings so far give it confidence that the concept can be a success elsewhere. 7,000 customers have...
25 July 2019
In the 12 weeks leading up to the 14th July overall market sales fell by 0.5%. This was the first decline in market growth since June 2016. We look at the factors influencing this and key retailers' performance. Cooler weather and lack of seasonal events slows performance This decline was not unexpected as retailers were up against a challenging comparative period where the heat wave and wo...
19 July 2019
The retailer has sold four stores, and is closing a further three as it focusing on long-term profitability. Seven stores to close Waitrose has sold its Bromley, Oadby and Wollaton stores to Lidl, and has also sold its Sandhurst store to an unnamed retailer. Stores in Marlow, Stevenage Waterside (British Airways Headquarters) will also close. The 677 Partners impacted by the closures ...
18 July 2019
Waitrose is rolling out new multicoloured recycled trays for its ready meals in an attempt to eliminate the usage of unrecyclable black plastic by the end of this year. To save 500 tons of plastic from going to landfill The colour of the new trays is determined based on the type of recycled plastic being used to produce them, mainly mixed PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and other c...
16 July 2019
Waitrose & Partners announces plans to expand its unattended delivery service to a further 500 postcodes. Recruiting more customers to trial "While You're Away" The service was previously available in 300 postcodes within reach of its South London Coulsdon fulfillment centre , following a step-up of the trial first launched in October 2018. This has now been further extended to include ...
25 June 2019
Market growth was 1.4% in the 12 weeks to 16 June 2019, according to the latest results from Kantar. Performance has slowed compared to this time last year, when growth was 2.1%. We look at the factors influencing this and key retailers' performance. Cooler weather slows growth This year growth is more modest due to the cooler weather and lack of celebratory occasions such as the World Cup ...
19 June 2019
The retailer unveils plans to ensure its food counters differentiate on service and range. A new online feature offers a convenient solution for returning unwanted John Lewis purchases. Waitrose.com to accept John Lewis returns Waitrose has added a convenient new feature to its online grocery service, allowing customers to return unwanted John Lewis purchases to the driver when they receive...
13 June 2019
Morrisons is rolling out its home delivery deal with online retailer Amazon to more cities, while Waitrose extends its Rapid Delivery trial to more London postcodes. Expansion of home delivery deal with Amazon Following the announcement of their supply agreement in 2016, Morrisons is extending its home delivery deal with Amazon. The expansion will see new cities benefit from the delivery de...