United Kingdom news

12 October 2022
Bewiched Coffee has opened its first franchised site and launched its first express format as part of its partnership with the Heart of England Co-operative Society. Source: IGD Research Bewiched was founded in 2010 in Northampton. The chain now has 15 sites in the Midlands and Cambridgeshire, including a drive-thru site which opened last year and is Europe’s first purpose-bui...
11 October 2022
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM) for September indicates UK sales grew by 2.2%, with stronger growth in core non-food categories, such as clothing and footwear, pushing performance ahead of August. However, underlying growth is weak as volumes struggle and inflation accounts for much of the value uplift. Inflation driving up food growth ...
11 October 2022
The latest release from Kantar, based on data from its 30,000-strong shopper panel, indicates that in the 12-weeks to 2 October 2022 total till roll consumer spend in Great Britain rose by 4.8%, up from 3.8% in the previous reporting period. Inflation continued to drive value growth, with volume sales continuing to contract. Average annual grocery bill rises again Sales growth continued to ...
10 October 2022
M&S continues to look for ways to provide a seamless shopping experience for its shoppers and extend its reach, through new partnerships. M&S launches Sparks Pay In its quest to provide a more personalised and seamless customer experience, M&S has launched Sparks Pay for its members, in conjunction with M&S Bank. Sparks customers have exclusive access to Sparks Pay, which offers digital cre...
06 October 2022
September was a historic month with the sad passing of our longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Alongside this, we saw a new Prime Minister appointed and the ‘mini budget’ that was announced on the 23rd of September. Every month on ShopperVista, we talk to over 1,000 British food and grocery shoppers to explore their behaviour, missions, sentiment and preferences across a range of diff...
05 October 2022
Although the cost-of-living crisis is impacting retailers’ current priorities, sustainability remains high on the agenda. New EU regulations are being considered to tackle deforestation, while retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and SPAR Austria continue to step up their efforts to reduce plastic packaging and food waste in a bid to increase cost efficiency. EU Deforestation Regulations ...
05 October 2022
As Tesco reports on its performance in H1, which showed Group sales, excluding VAT and fuel, rose 3.5% (at constant exchange rates) to £28.2 bn, I look at the five key numbers that stood out in the results. 1. UK like-for-like growth of 0.7% Versus recent announcements from Co-op and Morrisons , which saw them post like-for-like sales contractions of 0.7% and 3.1%, albeit for differe...
04 October 2022
As Deliveroo opens its first physical store, on New Oxford Street, I headed in-store to see how it integrates digital ordering and Morrisons products to offer near-immediate collection of orders. What is the Delivery Hop store? The Delivery Hop store enables shoppers to buy from digital kiosks or through the Deliveroo app. Walk-in shoppers can order through the digital kiosks or Deliveroo a...
03 October 2022
Speaking to an audience of over 900 suppliers in Manchester on 29 September, major convenience retailer Co-op has set out the future direction of its food business with a new strategic blueprint entitled ‘Pure Convenience’. Led by new Food Managing Director Matt Hood and the new-look senior team, with Adele Balmforth as Director of Proposition and Sinead Bell as Commercial Director, the business...
30 September 2022
As Tesco works with Ikea and toothpaste manufacturers on separate trials, we round up news from the retailer. Tesco and Ikea collaborate on collection points Ikea will trial click and collect points in car parks at seven Tesco stores as part of an expansion of its Collect Near You service. The retailers have said they will trial the solution for six months. Ikea shoppers will be able to col...