Waitrose & Partners news

18 May 2021
We take a look at the latest news from Waitrose, including the expansion of its partnership with Deliveroo. Closure of rapid-delivery service to focus on Deliveroo Waitrose will be closing its same day delivery service, Waitrose Rapid, by the end of May. The same-day delivery service was first launched in 2018 and allowed shoppers to have up to 25 items delivered from a choice of over 2,000...
07 April 2021
In our Easter retail execution report we looked at the key themes and featured exciting in-store theatre from around the globe this year. Below are five highlights we took away from the event. 1. Implementing learnings from Christmas 2020 Just like Christmas, Easter is one of the major seasonal events for FMCG. This Easter we saw retailers and brands using learnings from Christmas 2020 to...
30 March 2021
The GB market grew 7.4% in the 12 weeks to 21 March, according to the latest results from Kantar. This period sees the annualisation of retailers’ performance against the record-breaking sales of March 2020, when the country went into its first lockdown. Sales over the most recent four weeks were down 3% versus last year, with shoppers making 117m fewer trips to the supermarket than in March 2020...
12 March 2021
The JLP's results for the 53 weeks ending January 2021 show the business continues to see mixed performance between its brands, with Waitrose seeing strong growth and John Lewis struggling.  Partnership: decline in profits  Partnership total trading sales: £12,317m (2019/20 £11,747m) +5% Partnership pre-tax loss: -£517m Partners received no bonus payment The results show a sim...
10 March 2021
This year, Mother’s Day in the UK will be celebrated on 14 March. Despite lockdown measures easing from 8 March in the UK, most restrictions will still be in place, meaning it will not be a standard Mother’s Day for many. Regardless of this, shoppers continue to seek ways to celebrate the event, but in a safe and memorable way. We highlight seven best-in-class initiatives this Mother’s Day, fol...
02 March 2021
The GB market grew 12.5% in the 12 weeks to 21 February, according to the latest results from Kantar. This period included Christmas and the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions, which drove growth. Strong growth is now expected to slow Sales accelerated further in the last four weeks to +15.1%. This was the fastest rate of growth since June 2020. Market growth is however now expected to...
02 February 2021
The GB market grew 12.2% in the 12 weeks to 24 January, according to latest results from Kantar. As restrictions once again increased, the online and convenience channels continued to benefit the most from changes in shopping habits. Increased restrictions drive up spend A combination of the festive season and the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions drove growth. With dining out no long...
05 January 2021
In the 12 weeks to 27 December 2020 the grocery market grew +11.4%, the fastest rate since August 2020, according to Kantar. Growth was driven by Christmas spending and changing shopping habits due to increased restrictions. Here we look at the results in more detail, including an overview of performance in the online and discount channels. Record four weeks of sales With the closure of ...
21 December 2020
The UK government has introduced new rules for Christmas, with tighter restrictions in some areas of the country. We explore these, and the implications for the grocery sector. What has changed? A new tier has been introduced for London and much of the south-east The whole of Wales has entered another lockdown Scotland will enter a new lockdown from 26 December Where are the n...
08 December 2020
A combination of shoppers planning earlier for Christmas, and a national lockdown in England, led to the grocery market's fastest rate of growth since August. The market grew 11.3% in the 12 weeks to 29 November, according to Kantar. We look at key retailers' sales growth, the latest online developments, and highlight format development from the Big Four in November.  Preparing for Christmas a...