United Kingdom news

19 August 2022
While the UK is not in recession yet, and the Bank of England and OBR forecasting slow or no growth, rather than a contraction, many indicators are suggesting that the country may be heading into one. With companies considering what might be the same or different to the last one in 2008 / 09 we have considered this in our presentation on the topic using data from economic, retail, and shopper...
19 August 2022
As The Co-op extends its partnerships with Spring and Deliveroo, we round up developments from the retailer. Co-op and Spring collaborate for tech recycling The Co-op has expanded its partnership with Spring, as the companies look to help shoppers recycle old phones and other technology goods as they look to cut down on waste. The Co-op and Spring have been working together since October 20...
17 August 2022
As Tesco, with dunnhumby and other third-party companies, launches new digital solutions, we look at what they are and what they mean for the retailer. Tesco creates ‘UK’s largest retail-based digital display advertising network’ Tesco, in conjunction with dunnhumby and JCDecaux, has created what it claims is the UK’s largest retail-based digital display advertising network. Tesco’s SmartSc...
17 August 2022
As our ShopperVista Quarterly channel trends report shows sustained usage for the variety discount channel, with increasing usage from AB shoppers, we round up key developments for Poundland. Poundland to open further new stores in 2022… Poundland will open or relocate 25 stores in the UK before the end of 2022, with 10 to be opened by the end of September and the remainder before the e...
17 August 2022
The latest release from Kantar, based on data from its 30,000-strong shopper panel, indicates that in the 12-weeks to 7 August 2022 total till roll consumer spend in Great Britain rose by 2.2%. The pace of growth is the fastest reported by Kantar since April 2021. Inflation impacting shopper behaviour, benefiting private labels… Kantar reported its inflation read reached 11.6%, the highest ...
16 August 2022
Superdrug has launched a new weekly discount promotion, ‘Feel Good Fridays’, as it looks to help shoppers during the cost-of-living crisis.   Exclusive to Superdrug’s Health & Beautycard members According to Superdrug, the weekly discount promotion is one of the biggest weekly discounts the retailer has ever run. It offers Health & Beautycard members up to 60% off across a selection of prod...
16 August 2022
As Morrisons signs a further wholesaling contract and launches carbon neutral eggs to its range, we round up four recent developments from the retailer. Morrisons signs up for international supply deal Morrisons has signed a deal with the international grocer British Corner Shop, which will see it expand its wholesale activities. The retailer said the partnership will see its private label ...
11 August 2022
Trade press magazine, Better Retailing has reported that the Asda ‘The Deal Depot’ store, opened adjacent to the retailer’s Patchway (Bristol) hypermarket in 2019, has been permanently closed (see the First Look report from our visit ). The Deal Depot store was launched as a trial for the potential demand for a warehouse-style format offering a limited range of food and drink products in bulk...
10 August 2022
We round up sustainable initiatives from Morrisons, Waitrose, and Sainsbury’s. Morrisons launches carbon neutral eggs Morrisons has launched a private label range of carbon neutral eggs under the Planet Friendly Eggs brand, becoming it claims the first supermarket to do so. The step is part of the retailer’s aim to be directly supplied by ‘zero emission’ British farms by 2030. The eggs come...
09 August 2022
As Iceland highlights the challenges it is facing due to rising energy prices, and it launches initiatives to support shoppers, we round up developments from the retailer. Iceland to face challenges from rising energy prices… Iceland has told investors, according to reports in the Financial Times, it is facing challenges from rising energy prices, noting that the ‘ considerable uncertainty ...