Marks & Spencer news

25 July 2022
As the retailer acquires Gist and partners with Benefit Cosmetics, we round up these and other developments. M&S to acquire Gist to support its supply chain transformation M&S will acquire Gist, its principal contract logistics provider, as part of its on-going programme to modernise M&S Food’s supply chain network. The retailer said the investment was made given the ‘ substantial opportuni...
21 July 2022
As Sainsbury’s relaunches its ‘Great Fruit & Veg Challenge’ and M&S and The Co-op introduce new campaigns, we round up initiatives from UK-based retailers. Sainsbury’s ‘Great Fruit & Veg Challenge’ returns Sainsbury’s has brought back its ‘Great Big Fruit and Veg Challenge’ following its success over the last two years. The campaign will run from 18 July to 2 September, an extension of thre...
19 July 2022
As M&S and The Co-op look to limit food waste and Sainsbury’s adapts one of its products to reduce plastic use, we round up three initiatives from the retailers. M&S removing best before dates from fruit and vegetables range Following a successful trial M&S is to remove best before dates from more than 300 fruit and vegetables SKUs, which the retailer says is 85% of its produce offer. The i...
07 July 2022
As the UK’s retailers invest further in their sustainability initiatives, we round up developments from M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Iceland. M&S trials private label refillable homecare products M&S is trialling a fixture to enable shoppers to buy pre-filled cleaning and laundry products in six stores. The solution, which has been created in partnership with Re, will see shoppers pay an ini...
20 June 2022
M&S has announced the appointment of Alex Freudmann as the next managing director of its food division. He will take up the post on November 1 st and sit on the executive committee. Alex Freudmann will fill the vacancy created by Stuart Machin’s promotion to M&S CEO. This in turn follows Steve Rowe’s stepping down from that role last month. Who is Alex Freudmann? Alex Freudmann has an exte...
25 May 2022
M&S has announced its 2021/22 financial results, reporting group revenue rose 6.9% versus 2019/20, which it said was more comparable than the 2020/21 year given the pandemic’s effects on its business. Revenue reached £10.9 bn, while profit before tax rose 29.7% to £522.9m. Key figures for Food The retailer reported that M&S Food grew revenue by 10.1%, while excluding the performance of its ...
04 May 2022
Marks & Spencer (M&S) launched an impressive new concept store in a former Debenhams department store site. The M&S ‘store of the future’ was opened on the Roaring Meg retail park in Stevenage on Thursday 28 April 2022. The 75,000 sq. ft M&S store overs two floors, with the food hall, women’s clothing and a beauty department on the ground floor and homeware, baby and kids wear, an opticians, a...
10 March 2022
M&S has announced that Steve Rowe will stand down as CEO at the retailer’s preliminary results on May 25 th as part of a planned succession programme. He will be succeeded by Stuart Machin, Chief Operating Officer and MD of Food with Katie Bickerstaffe promoted to the new role of co-chief executive. Steve Rowe’s multiple achievements as CEO Often it takes an outsider to deliver radical c...
04 March 2022
A group of leading UK grocers has joined forces to launch a Refill Coalition to co-design and develop innovation refill solution The Refill Coalition brings together M&S, Morrisons, Ocado and Waitrose & Partners with supply chain solution specialists CHEP. The group was convened by Unpackaged, a pioneer in zero waste retail business models. The Coalition will explore how key food staples (e...
01 March 2022
Marks & Spencer announced an online and in-store partnership with premium beauty brand Clinique. This partnership is part of M&S Beauty’s plan to focus on skincare and roll-out of more third-party brands to help M&S stay relevant and widen its appeal.    ‘A compelling beauty offer is part of our plans to reshape M&S’ From this summer, around 500 Clinique products will be available on M&S....