Waitrose & Partners news

29 June 2020
Waitrose plans to open its third customer fulfiment centre (CFC) in West London, as it aims to ramp up its capacity to serve online shoppers across the capital. Greenford, West London The new site will be based in Greenford, West London, and will be operated in collaboration with third-party logistics provider Wincanton, as part of an initial five-year contract. The new facility is due to c...
25 June 2020
John Lewis appoints former Co-op deputy chief executive Pippa Wicks. Executive director restructure complete Wicks' appointment to the senior leadership of the John Lewis Partnership fills the seventh role in the new structure, reporting into Chairman Sharon White. At the end of April, James Bailey took on the equivalent position for Waitrose .   Commenting on the appointment, White hi...
23 June 2020
In the 12-weeks prior to 14th June take home grocery sales grew 13.7% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from Kantar. This is a slight slow down from the previous 12-week period where sales growth was 14.3%. We explore the growth in more detail and look at key retailers' performance. Shopping patterns remain severely disrupted This 12-week period captures the full lockdown period...
23 June 2020
Now processing 150,000 online orders per week, this represents more than double the number Waitrose.com was processing at the start of the year. How Waitrose is ramping up its online business As it ends its 20 year relationship with Ocado Retail in September, Waitrose has been ramping up its online operations, stating its ambition to double the size of its online business. Increased demand ...
03 June 2020
Waitrose & Partners has launched a series of virtual health workshops. This news follows the  pivoting of its at-home wine tasting service to become virtual events. Holistic health solutions, accessible from home Waitrose and John Lewis have launched the new initiative in partnership with health and life insurer Vitality. A series of virtual health workshops will cover topics including nutr...
27 May 2020
The 12-week period to 17th May saw grocery sales rise 14.3%, the fastest rate since comparable records began in 1994, according to the latest figures from Kantar. We look at the results in more detail and performance from key retailers. Shoppers conducted fewer, larger shops The 12 weeks to 17th May included the pre-lockdown rush to the shops in March and eight weeks of stay-at-home advice....
14 May 2020
The popular private label range has received a fresh new look and feel, packaging reductions, and new and improved products. Re-emphasising value Essentials was launched in 2009 at a time of rapid growth for entry tier private label ranges in the UK. As shoppers were feeling financial pressures, the new range resonated well, and enabled Waitrose to emphasise both quality and value credentia...
05 May 2020
Waitrose is due to open on 7 May a new customer fulfilment centre (CFC) in Enfield, North London, in a bid to double its grocery delivery capacity amid a sharp surge in demand from consumers. 370 new jobs, before rising to 850 The new six-acre facility will create initially 370 new jobs, before rising to 850 once the site reaches full capacity later this year when it is due to add, on a wee...
03 May 2020
In this regularly updated article, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Market update: Grocery sales growth slows to 5.5% in April:  New data from Kantar  reveals a slowdown in grocery market growth from 20.6% in March to 5.5% over the four weeks to April 19th as consumers settle into life under lockdown. Multiples update: Sain...
29 April 2020
James Bailey takes on the top role at Waitrose today (29 April). Extensive experience from Sainsbury's Bailey joins Waitrose after 18 years at Sainsbury's. As well as roles in finance, convenience, strategy and commercial, Bailey was most recently buying director for grocery. Bailey commented on the news “ I'm delighted to be joining the Partnership. It's a business I've admired for a lo...