United Kingdom news

05 December 2022
As Ocado pauses the opening of new customer fulfilment centres (CFCs) and trials a digital deposit return scheme, we round up news from the retailer. Ocado pauses expansion due to reduced demand Ocado had planned to open more automated CFCs over the next few years to keep up with growing demand.  However, in a recent presentation to analysts it announced that two new CFCs scheduled to open ...
01 December 2022
Ocado Retail is rolling out a new shopper insights platform for suppliers called Beet Insight. Opportunities for suppliers Beet Insight, will provide suppliers with information on key shopper and ecommerce trends.  According to Ocado it will provide “the deepest and broadest customer shopping insights available in the UK”.  Suppliers using this data will have access to the same insights as ...
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...
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
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...
25 November 2022
Wilko is reportedly in discussions with alternative lenders to secure a £30 million cash injection as it looks to navigate cost pressures in the buildup to Christmas. Wilko’s short-term financing plans According to the Sunday Times, Wilko is in talks with alternative lenders for an emergency loan of £30m as it deals with the cost-of-living crisis, rise in inflation and supply chain disru...
23 November 2022
Latest accounts filed with Companies House for Tesco convenience subsidiary One Stop, shows that sales from its company-owned stores fell by 4.4% in the year to 26 February 2022 to £965m. The decline owes much to the very tough comparison made by the pandemic-boosted sales in the previous year (up 15.5%), but was also exacerbated by the loss of six stores (695 in 2022 versus 701 in 2021). Neverth...
17 November 2022
The sixth larger grocery retailer in the UK has reported a 1.5% YoY increase in turnover in the 2021/22 financial year. Positive sales growth expected to continue Lidl GB achieved a turnover of £7.8 bn in the financial year ending 28 th February 2022, a 1.5% increase on the previous year. The efficient retailer also saw profits before tax significantly increase, achieving £41.1m compared t...