Waitrose & Partners news

29 May 2019
In the 12 weeks to 19th May 2019 the grocery market grew by 1.3% according to the latest results from Kantar. This was slower than the previous reporting period of April, and the equivalent period in 2018. Inflation continued to decrease (+1.2% compared to +1.4% in the previous period). We look at these results in more detail.  Slowing growth Shoppers have cut back on spend this month. In M...
20 May 2019
Waitrose & Partners announces a new collaboration with Today Development Partners (TDP) as it seeks to treble the size of its online grocery business. Tripling capacity Together Waitrose.com and TDP will develop three state-of-the-art automated customer fulfilment centres (CFC). Currently Waitrose.com fulfils its online orders through a combination of picking from store and its CFC in Co...
16 May 2019
Waitrose & Partners is extending its in-home unattended delivery service, While You’re Away, following a successful initial trial. Successful pilot In October 2018, Waitrose became the first UK retailer to deliver groceries through in-home unattended delivery. The retailer’s While You’re Away service was initially trialled with 100 customers located within the delivery area of its dotcom fu...
15 April 2019
A roundup of five latest news stories from Waitrose & Partners: sustainable packaging innovations, the launch of a new at home spirits sampling service, exporting to international markets, an update on counter performance, and the latest seasonal innovation. Experimental new packaging solutions In collaboration with Scottish biotec company CuanTec, Waitrose is working on a new film for food...
02 April 2019
Growth slowed to 1.4% in the 12 weeks to 24th March, according to Kantar. This makes it the slowest growth rate since March 2018. Inflation edged up from 1.4% to 1.5% causing implied volumes to dip into negative territory. We look at the results in more detail. Seasonal changes impact growth Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit challenges have mainly come for retailers from changes to...
27 March 2019
Opening Retail Week Live, Judith McKenna, CEO Walmart International refused to be drawn on its future ownership of Asda. The merger with Sainsbury’s is “ still in the process, we’re working with the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority), and we’ll see what the road ahead is when they publish their next papers ” she stated. McKenna shared her belief that Asda has put together a “fair and reasona...
07 March 2019
Waitrose has reported higher sales and a recovery in operating profits in its full year results to 26th January 2019. Headlines: sales growth, operating profit recovers Sales grew +1.2% to £6.8bn, with like-for-like sales growth of +1.3% . Operating profit (before exceptional items) recovered from a weak FY2017 result, growing +18.1%  to £203.2m Waitrose's online business outpe...
05 March 2019
The overall growth of the UK grocery market was 1.9% in the 12 weeks up to February 24th, according to the latest data from the Kantar Worldpanel. This was a slight increase of +0.2 percentage points on January, reflecting a nudge upwards in both inflation and volume.  Brexit: despite growing concern shoppers are not stockpiling Brexit remains a key issue. Shoppers are worried about its imp...
18 February 2019
The UK’s Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, has today (18 February) launched her annual survey, inviting suppliers to share their experiences of trading relationships with major retailers and highlight any issues they are facing.   This year the survey – the sixth carried out by the GCA - includes Ocado and B&M, which were designated by the Competition and Markets Authority in Novemb...
06 February 2019
The ‘last mile’ has become an increasingly competitive place, as the food industry and disruptors continue to create solutions that make online shopping even more convenient. We know that the convenience and ease of online shopping is extremely appealing to shoppers. We’ve identified several examples of last mile solutions that help online shoppers embrace this convenience. Increase in un...