Asda news

21 January 2020
Asda has become the first UK supermarket to roll out a one-hour click and collect service, according to reports from The Grocer. Express Click & Collect At the end of 2019, Asda launched trials of its Express Click & Collect service at its Killingbeck and Middleton stores. The retailer will now expand this initiative to further stores, with 25 offering the service by February. Hundreds of s...
16 January 2020
Asda has joined forces with some of the UK leading brand owners to launch its first ‘test and learn’ sustainability store with a mission to find new ways to reduce plastic and encourage customers to reuse and refill. Three month refill station trial From May, Asda's Middleton superstore in Leeds will become the retailer's first location to offer refill stations for dispensing loose products...
14 January 2020
Asda has begun a consultation process with over 2,800 staff in back office roles as it looks for new ways to reduce its operating costs in an intensely competitive UK market. Changing customer behaviour According to reports in The Guardian, Asda is proposing halving the back office workload inn each of its 639 stores. In a statement Asda said “The way in which we operate our store-based bac...
10 January 2020
Asda is to replace all of its meat and fish counters in a drive to strengthen its position in the fast growing food-for-now market, with pan-Asian and street food offers and new brand partnerships. Test and learn approach for food-for-now During 2019 Asda trialled a number of alternatives to traditional meat and fish counters at 13 stores, including hot chicken and pie offers, and Sushi Dai...
07 January 2020
Asda has announced a number of new board appointments to start off 2020. These appointments include a new chief customer officer, as well as chief operating and supplky chain officers. Three board appointments Anna-Maree Shaw is set to take on the role of chief customer officer at the end of January. She will replace Andy Murray who led the customer function for four years. Shaw is curren...
17 December 2019
Asda has reportedly launched a search for a new director as it continues preparations for a future flotation. Search agency hired According to the Sunday Times, the Walmart-owned business has hired headhunters Heidrick & Struggles to find a suitable candidate to strengthen the exec team. The move comes less than 18 months after Rob McWilliam took up the position  on a fixed term contract. H...
16 December 2019
Morrisons is the last of the major UK retailers to launch its Christmas ad.  Iceland For Iceland's Christmas 2019 campaign 'The Magic of Frozen', the retailer has partnered with Disney's Frozen, ahead of the release of Frozen 2 at the end of November. The ad uses several characters from the Disney film, with each sharing their favourite part of Christmas. The retailer returns back to ...
10 December 2019
In the 12 weeks to 1st December growth halved from the previous 12 weeks to November 3rd, to 0.5%. Consumers on average made one fewer visit to the shops over the past three months than this time last year. Challenging environment persists Shoppers have been delaying spending in the lead up to the festive season, with a wet November and the uncertainty that comes with the looming election d...
05 December 2019
Asda has opened its first bulk-buy trial outlet adjacent to its Patchway, Bristol superstore.  Using the The Deal Depot banner, this new format represents a distinct concept from the core Asda operation, with separate branding and differentiated ranging.  We popped in on its first day of trading to get a feel for this new value proposition and to grab a couple of bargains! Source: IGD Resea...
14 November 2019
Asda has posted a 0.5% decline in like-for-like retail sales for the three months to September 30th and highlighted how uncertainty about Brexit is impacting shopper confidence. The drop in sales represents a slight deterioration on performance in the first half of 2019 when sales declined by 0.3% (Q1 was -1.1% and Q2 +0.5%, with quarterly trends impacted by the timing of Easter). 'Doing the r...