Marks & Spencer news

09 November 2022
As part of its total H1 results update, M&S highlighted the continued progress it was making with its Foods business. Total sales at M&S Food rose 5.6% to £3.3 bn in the first half, for the 26 weeks ending 1 October, with the pace of growth slowing slightly in Q2, when it stood at 4.5%, versus 6.6% in Q1. Rise in footfall and transactions offset by fall in basket value… M&S Food’s growth wa...
09 November 2022
We round-up the latest Christmas adverts from the UK’s grocery retailers. The common theme for 2022 sees the adverts focus on how retailers are looking to help people spread festive cheer in the face of the cost-of-living crisis. Tesco: budget-friendly Christmas Tesco’s Christmas campaign acknowledges the cost-of-living crisis as it spotlights its budget-friendly range and value-led prom...
03 November 2022
One of Marks & Spencer’s strategic priorities is to provide trusted value for shoppers. The retailer has recently invested £200m into value across food, clothing and home and continues to grow its value ‘Remarksable’ range. To prove to its customers its commitment to supporting them with rising living costs, M&S Food is extending its price lock through to the new year. Price lock extended on...
26 October 2022
Marks & Spencer continues to surprise and delight its shoppers with its new fresh food counters at its London Colney store. The counters launched this week and are already attracting lots of shopper attention and engagement. London Colney is one of Mark & Spencer’s renewal stores, showcasing the retailer’s latest thinking and providing convenience and inspiration for shoppers. Variety of cu...
24 October 2022
Marks & Spencer is set to boost its Ocado food delivery business, with a review of the service currently underway. This is the latest step by Stuart Machin to increase Marks & Spencer’s share of the UK’s food spending in stores and online by more than 25% in the next five years. Alongside Hannah Gibson, the new Ocado Retail CEO, Machin is looking for ways to make the business more efficient. S...
13 October 2022
Stuart Machin’s nine point plan aims to accelerate M&S’s food growth and rebalance the overall business amid ongoing cost pressures. It ranges from cutting the cost base to improving the omnichannel experience. 10-15% increase in space for food While closure of 67 M&S department stores (including food) has made the headlines, the retailer is simultaneously planning to open 104 Simply Foo...
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...
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...