Retail and consumer goods industry news

01 December 2022
Waitrose is expanding its partnership with the bakery chain Gail’s, by trialling a new Gail’s fixture in three of its stores.  Whilst Gail’s bread is available in many Waitrose stores across the UK, the range is limited.  The three trial stores are in Berkhamsted, Bloomsbury and Richmond. Providing differentiation for Waitrose As well as increasing the range, Waitrose will be highlighting t...
01 December 2022
Having expanded to a growing number of towns and suburbs in Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire the Starship/Co-op robot delivery service is now to be launched as a trial in two areas of Leeds, West Yorkshire; bringing the autonomous delivery experience to the north of England for the first time. To operate from the Co-op stores in Adel and Tinshill Using the Co-op’s A...
30 November 2022
More than 3,500 Tesco suppliers can now potentially cut production costs and reduce waste by selling or donating surplus stock or products to other suppliers who can make use of them. Tesco Exchange is a new online marketplace that matches suppliers who have a surplus of crops, by-products, ingredients or packaging with other Tesco suppliers that can use it. It is expected that savings in prod...
30 November 2022
As the current inflation crisis shrinks disposable income, Japanese dollar store Daiso looks to capture sales from a growing pool of value shoppers in the US. Dollar store for household products Daiso is a Japanese dollar store known for its wide range of household products, while also selling food items like snacks. It has more than 80 stores in the US to date. Daiso expects its quality pr...
30 November 2022
Japanese discount chain Don Don Donki recently launched an arcade-themed store in Singapore. This reflects the retailer's strategy to create a unique experience for shoppers in the store. Source : IGD Research Game-themed store Since Don Don Donki entered Singapore in late 2017, it has been on an aggressive expansion drive, with its latest launch in Jurong Point being its 14 th ...
29 November 2022
Leading global convenience chain Couche-Tard, which operates as Circle K, is one of the most innovative in the channel. It continues to flex its approach in response to the current trading environment while also investing for the future. We highlight some of the programmes it has in place, many of which could be replicated by operators across different channels. Value food-to-go - it has ...
28 November 2022
Nathan Ansell has been appointed as the new customer director for Waitrose, to replace Martin George.  Former M&S Marketing Director Ansell will join Waitrose in January 2023 having previously worked at Marks & Spencer as marketing director. Ansell spent more than nine years at M&S, joining as head of brand in 2011, before rising to marketing director for clothing and home in 2018. Prior to...
28 November 2022
As part of its growth strategy in Spain, Aldi is moving into the online channel. Like its operations in many markets, this is with non-food, focusing on its weekly offers. The discounter has previously tested an online offer in Spain, trialling delivery in 2021. Details of how many products the service will include, or where it will be rolled out have not yet been released. The physical store...
28 November 2022
In response to customer demand for help during the cost-of-living crisis, Waitrose has rolled out its new ‘ways to spend less’ campaign.  Communicated both in-store and online The campaign is designed to make it as easy as possible for shoppers to spot opportunities to save money across the store and also online.  A green and yellow ‘Waitrose ways to spend less’ logo is now being used to hi...
28 November 2022
Data from Adobe Analytics revealed that online sales on Black Friday increased by 2.3% to $9.1 bn, beating expectations of a modest 1% rise. Difficult to draw conclusions on a single data point While Black Friday sales are an important measure of how retail may perform this holiday season, there is a lot of noise surrounding the data. Changes to store opening hours, promotional strategies a...