Waitrose & Partners news

12 March 2013
John Lewis has announced it is investing £2million trialling a new food concept at its Watford department store, offering John Lewis customers access to Waitrose products as they shop. Look and feel 'like a little Waitrose' The store will be managed by the John Lewis division, occupying 5,500 sq ft of space on the second floor which was previously used as back of house. The offer will look ...
07 March 2013
Sales at the John Lewis Partnership increased by 9.3% to £9.5bn in the year to January 26 2013, driven by a strong sales uplifts at both Waitrose and John Lewis.  Impressive performance from Waitrose Waitrose gross sales were ahead by 6.7% at £5.7bn. LFLs (excl. petrol) increased by 3.4%, with an acceleration in the second half, as the impact of significant investment in lowering prices was...
07 March 2013
As Waitrose reports on a strong 2012/13, we look at three key levers that will drive its sales momentum in the coming year. 1. Becoming a truly omnichannel retailer With an impressive 49% uplift, Waitrose.com outperformed over the year, with the online basket size on average five times higher than in-store. This growth was also driven by the growing number of collection points in-store,...
04 March 2013
Waitrose has announced that it intends to add 400 lines to its entry level essential Waitrose range in 2013. Enhancing choice for value conscious shoppers The move will see the entry level range that was launched in March 2009 expanded to 2,200 lines, with new products introduced to both existing categories and to new areas of non-food. In total 700 lines will be new or improved in 2013. Val...
25 February 2013
Waitrose will launch a new drive-through click and collect service as  part of a wider multimillion pound investment in its multichannel operations. Complementing existing services Waitrose will open its first drive-through collection point in Cheltenham in March, followed by drive-throughs in Southend, Salisbury, Wolverhampton and Lincoln. Shoppers will be able to pick up online orders ...
21 February 2013
With this year's official Fairtrade Fortnight beginning on 25th February, we take a look at how retailers are supporting the event, driving an ethical agenda in the face of a highly value orientated market. The Bean Machine The Co-operative has commissioned a car powered entirely powered by waste coffee beans to celebrate ten years of selling 100% Fairtrade coffee. Having broken the Guinn...
13 February 2013
.style1 { border-width: 0px; } Waitrose has announced it intends to double its estate of inner London convenience stores over the next year. 10 openings targeted The move will involve the opening of 10 stores during 2013 and represents the largest numbers of stores the business has ever opened in inner London in a year. Waitrose also intends to open 10 supermarkets this year. Locati...
12 February 2013
With 2013 lacking the wealth of event opportunities offered last year by the Olympics, Euro 2012 and Diamond Jubilee, retailers are looking to make full use of the year's seasonal events, with Valentine's Day and Shrove Tuesday being developed to drive shopper enthusiasm for these celebrations. Home dining for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day presents a clear opportunity to promote luxury 'dine ...
01 February 2013
Waitrose has announced Jackie Wharton as the new convenience director, replacing Diana Hunter. 15 years experience at Waitrose Following the announcement of Diana Hunter leaving to take up the role of chief executive of Bargain Booze, Waitrose has today announced  Jackie Wharton as its new convenience director.  Wharton has worked at Waitrose for 15 years, most recently as director of c...
17 January 2013
New market data from Nielsen confirms solid Christmas trading in the UK and highlights advertising expenditure as a key driver of performance. Solid Christmas trading According to the new data, year-on-year value growth for the sector was 3.7% for the four weeks ending 5 January, a marked pick-up on the 1.3% growth recorded for the previous four period. The best performers for the period were ...