Sainsbury's news

26 September 2019
In its first major strategy update since it was barred from buying Asda, Sainsbury's has announced several actions to strengthen its business and unveiled six priorities that will frame its strategy: 1. Be more competitive on price Sainsbury's is stepping up actions to boost its appeal with value seeking customers by introducing more entry price point (EPP) 'owned brands' and highlighting p...
25 September 2019
Sainsbury's has reported improved trading for Q2 with total sales up +0.1% in the 12 week to September 21st, excluding fuel, lifted by improved momentum in grocery sales. Most resilient retailer of the Big Four LFL sales in the period were -0.2%. This is compared to -1.6% in Q1 and +1% in Q2 18/19. Performance was mixed amongst different categories with total grocery sales at +0.6%, c...
17 September 2019
The grocery market returned to growth in the 12 weeks to September 8th with sales at +0.5% according to Kantar. Following a challenging summer, the warmer weather over the August bank holiday helped to boost sales. We look at the results in more detail including the impressive performances from Co-op and Ocado. Stand-out performance from Co-op Co-op saw excellent growth in this period with ...
16 September 2019
The UK's second largest retailer, Sainsbury's, has set an an ambitious new commitment to reduce plastic packaging by 50% by 2025. Major leap in ambition The new target includes all branded food packaging, private label packaging and packaging across all of Sainsbury’s operations. Sainsbury’s currently uses almost 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging per year and believes a transformational l...
04 September 2019
Sainsbury's has ended its till-free store experiment at Holborn Circus Local after concluding that not all of its customers were ready for it. Trial made app the primary way to pay The trial was launched in April and made Sainsbury's 'SmartShop Scan, Pay and Go' technology the primary way to pay for purchases at the store. Customers have needed to download the app, scan their purchases as...
29 August 2019
Sainsbury's has launched new collector cards promotion, this time in partnership with Disney. 'Unlock the hero in you' theme Running from August 21st to October 2nd, the campaign brings together Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel characters, with 144 cards to collect. Based around the theme of ‘unlock the hero in you’, the album and cards include facts, games and challenges ranging from Ea...
20 August 2019
In the 12 weeks to August 11th supermarket sales were flat according to new market data from Kantar. We look at the factors influencing this and key retailers' performance.   Poor weather affects sales Retailers are still failing to repeat the success of 2018, and the strong results generated by the hot summer. Despite the hottest day of the year falling within this period, the weather has ...
22 July 2019
Sainsbury's is partnering with delivery specialist Deliveroo to bring freshly baked pizzas from its counters direct to customers homes. Deliveries from five stores Launching in five stores – Cambridge, Selly Oak, West Hove, Pimlico and Hornsey – across four UK cities, the trial is the first time that a UK supermarket has offered hot takeaways through Deliveroo, giving customers the chance t...
18 July 2019
Buying director James Bailey is to leave Sainsbury's as the retailer continues its restructure of its fresh food department, according to industry sources. Departure as new fresh food unit created The move follows Sainsbury's decision to split its fresh food department in two, separating out a new business unit for 'value added' food, including food-to-go, bakery, counters and concessions, ...
11 July 2019
Sainsbury's Argos is making a number of changes to its senior marketing and digital teams, as part of wider moves to drive efficiency across the group, according to reports in Retail Week. Expanded role for Mark Given Argos marketing director Gary Kibble is reported to be leaving his position in August, with his responsibilities taken on by Sainsbury's director of Marketing, Mark Given. Kib...