United Kingdom news

13 August 2020
As it aims to reduce carbon emissions and reduce the number of miles driven each day, Asda has launched a new fleet of carbon fibre delivery vans. About the new fleet The new carbon fiber fleet has a 10% improvement in miles per gallon and with an increased capacity inside, the 25 vans can deliver to more customers, reducing the number of miles driven and reducing carbon emissions. ...
13 August 2020
Major national wholesaler, Bestway has put 37 of the stores from its Retail division on the market.  The move comes in the wake of an extensive review of its retail assets, undertaken in 2019, to optimize the portfolio of stores it acquired from the collapsed Conviviality business in 2018.  The stores being sold include sites from the full range of its formats operating under the Bargain Booze, W...
13 August 2020
AF Blakemore, the midlands-based regional wholesaler and SPAR distributor has announced the acquisition of online vegan specialist retailer and wholesaler Vegan Store.  With its well-established vegan ranges across grocery, impulse and health and beauty categories, this addition to the Blakemore family of businesses brings a further dimension to its capability in sourcing and supplying innovative...
13 August 2020
Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has confirmed that it has asked thousands of staff to work fewer hours as part of a post-pandemic restructuring. By reducing hours across the board Pret hopes to save a large number of jobs amongst its 8,000 UK employees. Store and customer profile impact recovery Although the majority of Pret’s UK stores are now open, many of the office staff and commuters who ...
11 August 2020
Natalie Mitchell has been promoted to the role. Promotion to director of technical, quality, innovation and supplier management The Grocer reported Mitchell's promotion, highlighting how it will support the retailer as it seeks to accelerate innovation and differentiate its range by working closely with suppliers. Mitchell joined Waitrose in 2001, working in a variety of roles including ...
11 August 2020
Food sales have once again lifted growth in the latest data release from the British Retail Consortium, while a slight softening in the decline of non-food sales has allowed total growth to inch upwards for the second month running. Food sales growth highest for 11 years Over the three months to July, the BRC recorded an 8.2% increase in food sales (6.1% LFL), the fastest growth since June ...
11 August 2020
Co-op has announced it has expanded its partnership with Deliveroo, now offering delivery from 400 stores. Range of 600 products Co-op has become the most widely available food retailer on the Deliveroo app, serving towns and cities across the UK with a combined population of 27 million people. Customers can order from a range of more than 600 grocery and household items, which are order...
10 August 2020
The loyalty app Lidl Plus is now available in the UK and Germany. What is the Lidl Plus app? The app is Lidl’s digital loyalty and rewards programme and offers the following features: Coupons to be redeemed at checkout. Offers include money off on first purchase and 15-50% off on selected private label products Digital receipt and tracking Stores locator with opening hours We...
07 August 2020
Aldi Ireland announced plans to trial reusable fresh produce bags made from 100% recycled plastic bottles at 10 of its stores across the country. From 10 th  of August Shoppers will have the option to purchase the reusable bags for €0.49 per bag. According to the retailer, the reusable bags will be displayed in store using a dedicated stand, which is also 100% recyclable and made from 30% r...
06 August 2020
Amazon is set to increase the fees it charges merchants in the UK from September 2020. 2% increase Amazon has announced it will increase seller fees by 2% due to the passing of the UK’s digital services tax. In a note to sellers, Amazon stated: “While the legislation was being passed, and as we continued our discussions with the government to encourage them to take an approach that would n...