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Nisa news

21 September 2022
Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has announced that Matt Hood (previously Commercial Director) has been promoted to Managing Director of its Food Retail operation while Peter Batt becomes Managing Director of its Nisa wholesale subsidiary. Jo Whitfield and Michael Fletcher stepping down Matt Hood replaces Jo Whitfield, having deputized for her as the head of the Co-op retail business w...
19 May 2022
Co-op wholesale subsidiary, Nisa has announced that Steve Leach, a key figure in its sales team since 2014, and latterly sales director, is to leave the business. As yet, no like-for-like replacement has been announced. A major pillar of continuity in the transition to Co-op ownership As an established member of the Nisa team in 2018, Steve’s tenure has included the integration of the busin...
06 January 2022
The opening week of 2022 has brought with it a number of senior people moves. Below we summarise the key appointments.   Major changes to Asda’s executive leadership team Asda has announced that Nisa CEO Ken Towle will join the retailer’s executive leadership team later this year as retail director. He will succeed Derek Lawlor who has decided to leave the business after six years. ...
16 September 2021
Leading national co-operative retailer, Co-op has reported its interim results for the first half of 2021 (26 weeks to 3 July) with sales in its convenience-led Food division (excluding fuel) down 2.8%. This expected decline comes amid a more normalized trading pattern in 2021, compared to the extraordinary surge in consumer demand seen in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic from March in 2...
08 April 2021
The Co-op has announced its full year results for the 51 weeks to 2 January 2021, along with an announcement on its decision to repay relief it received through the UK government’s furlough scheme. Highlights Group revenue £11.5bn (2019: £10.9bn), +5.5% vs 2019 £84m of additional Covid costs during the year (£82m supported by Government economic measures), below the £97m forecast in J...
10 March 2021
This year, Mother’s Day in the UK will be celebrated on 14 March. Despite lockdown measures easing from 8 March in the UK, most restrictions will still be in place, meaning it will not be a standard Mother’s Day for many. Regardless of this, shoppers continue to seek ways to celebrate the event, but in a safe and memorable way. We highlight seven best-in-class initiatives this Mother’s Day, fol...
08 March 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how sustainability and health are rising up the agenda. Taiwan: increasing healthier options Well-known Taiwanese brand I-Mei is promoting new products at FamilyMart, emphasising local origin, quality and no preservatives added. While Famil...
19 February 2021
Proprietary online ordering platform, Snappy Shopper is now being operated by 650 convenience stores across the UK, and is being used by over 100,000 shoppers.  The app, which provides a ready-made shopper ordering and payment solution, allows independent retailers to quickly launch an online offer, enabling them to target opportunities in the current high and sustained demand for local home shop...
21 January 2021
Co-op wholesale subsidiary, Nisa has announced that it successfully onboarded 620 new stores to its distribution network in the course of 2020, a significant rise on 2019. This provides a significant platform for growth into 2021 following the significant boost seen in performance over 2020, with Nisa sales reported up 14% in the half year to July. Mix of independent and multi-site operators a...
22 December 2020
Bestway Wholesale has announced it has agreed a deal to acquire Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) from Bibby Line Group for an undisclosed amount. Taking annual turnover to nearly £3bn The acquisition, which will complete on approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), will see Bestway Wholesale’s turnover reach almost £3bn. It will also take the symbol, franchise, and company sto...