Marks & Spencer news

16 July 2019
Evolving its relationship with franchise partner WHSmith, M&S food-to-go and food-for-later products are being introduced to selected WH Smith branches.  M&S food in new high street locations According to local press, clearly branded M&S food-to-go zones have launched in Bournemouth and Bedford branches of WH Smith in May and June respectively. In addition, The Grocer reports that a further...
10 July 2019
The retailer's latest initiative to attract bigger basket family shops will reward customers spending £20 with mini collectable versions of popular products. Source: M&S   M&S Little Shop M&S has recreated 25 mini products for shoppers to collect.  These include M&S signatures such as Percy Pig sweets and "Best Ever" prawn sandwich. Shoppers spending £20 or more will receive one ...
22 May 2019
As M&S reports decline in full year sales and profits, CEO Steve Rowe states the pace of change will accelerate, and that the business is on track with its transformation. Developments in the year ahead will include more store portfolio redevelopment and rationalisation, the relaunch of the Sparks loyalty programme, and the pilot of a new food store format. Results in brief for the full year e...
25 April 2019
Price investment and new twists on its popular meal deal mechanic are evident on the shelves as the retailer seeks to win bigger baskets and appeal to family shoppers. Investing in price M&S's competitively priced basket of Easter goods was widely reported in the press. According to Good Housekeeping magazine, purchasing items for Easter lunch for eight people was £3.65 cheaper than the pre...
03 April 2019
M&S has reintroduced ‘this is not just food…’ marketing campaign as it looks to transform its food business. This is not just food… After twelve years, M&S has brought back its ‘this is not just…’ campaign for its food business. The relaunch has been marked with a new 60 second advert, created by Grey London, and showcases a selection of products including cauliflower cheese, salmon and ...
07 March 2019
With this year's official Fairtrade Fortnight running from 25th February-10 th March, we take a look at how retailers are supporting the event, and driving an ethical agenda in the face of a highly value orientated market. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight focuses on campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa, with a particular focus on women. The found...
06 March 2019
Ahead of our next London safari on April 9, we share some of the reasons why we believe London stands out as a source of food-to-go innovation. 1. Health and wellness We don’t mean to say that London’s food-to-go scene is all about health and wellness, but we see a strong health and wellness positioning running through the proposition at a number of key players. Perhaps among the most obvio...
05 March 2019
The overall growth of the UK grocery market was 1.9% in the 12 weeks up to February 24th, according to the latest data from the Kantar Worldpanel. This was a slight increase of +0.2 percentage points on January, reflecting a nudge upwards in both inflation and volume.  Brexit: despite growing concern shoppers are not stockpiling Brexit remains a key issue. Shoppers are worried about its imp...
27 February 2019
M&S will acquire a 50% share in Ocado's UK retail business for £750m. Ocado's commercial agreement with Waitrose will come to an end in 2020. Details of the deal M&S will pay up to £750m for its stake: £562.5m on completion and up to £187.5m plus interest after five years This will be funded by selling £600m shares and cutting dividends to shareholders The transaction is expected t...
07 February 2019
M&S is trialling in-store meal kits, ‘In the Bag’, in six of its stores. ‘In the Bag’: expanding the food-for-tonight offer M&S is trialling a new food-for-tonight meal kit offer, ‘In the Bag’, in six of its stores. Branches involved in the trial include Tolworth, Marble Arch, Braehead, Lisburn, Camberley, and Handforth Dean. The offer will appeal to a wide range of busy shoppers, wit...