Retail and consumer goods industry news

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
As part of its growth strategy in Spain, Aldi is moving into the online channel. Like its operations in many markets, this is with non-food, focusing on its weekly offers. The discounter has previously tested an online offer in Spain, trialling delivery in 2021. Details of how many products the service will include, or where it will be rolled out have not yet been released. The physical store...
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...
28 November 2022
Data from Adobe Analytics revealed that online sales on Black Friday increased by 2.3% to $9.1 bn, beating expectations of a modest 1% rise. Difficult to draw conclusions on a single data point While Black Friday sales are an important measure of how retail may perform this holiday season, there is a lot of noise surrounding the data. Changes to store opening hours, promotional strategies a...
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...
24 November 2022
Despite shopper focus on value, Lidl continues to work towards its sustainability commitments. We look at recent developments across its European markets. Lidl France encourages sustainable travel Its first e-station was launched in Villefranche-sur-Saône this week, offering 13 spaces dedicated to the fast and ultra-fast charging of electric vehicles. Lidl France announced plans for a furth...
23 November 2022
As retailers adjust to a rising cost base, we are seeing several changes in the in-store environment. Initiatives are being focused in four key areas including reducing labour requirements, improving productivity, reducing energy costs and limiting food waste. Here are some global examples. Reducing labour The focus on reducing labour is mainly being driven by the vacancies retailers are fa...
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...
23 November 2022
Coles Group has shaved 30 minutes off its click and collect boot delivery service at its Southland store in Victoria. Largest collection point  The store at Southland, Victoria will have the widest range of items and click and collect ready in 60 minutes. The range for this service is extended to 20,000 products, including items like hot roast chicken. New technologies, such as digital scal...
18 November 2022
Tesco has launched a trial partnership with French frozen food chain Picard. This has seen the introduction of Picard-branded bays in the frozen section of select Tesco stores, with the signage stating ‘bonjour to food lovers’ and ‘bonjour to evenings with a French touch.’ The new range in Tesco consists of around 20 SKUs. A fuller Picard range has been available via Ocado for several yea...