Convenience news

27 January 2023
On 24 January, Amazon opened an new format Amazon Fresh store in Croydon and on 26th January, it opened another new format Amazon Fresh store in Monument, London. During the same week, Amazon permanently closed its Amazon Fresh store in Dalston, London after 18 months of operating. The new format Amazon has introduced a hybrid checkout experience at the two new stores in London. Unlike t...
26 January 2023
Morrisons has updated its investors on full year trading for the 52 weeks ending 30 October 2022, noting that “ with continued high food inflation, rising interest rates, an ongoing cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine set to enter its second year, there is a continuing sense of uncertainty in consumer sentiment .” Group revenue for the year was up 2.2% to £18.4 bn, from £18.0 bn last ...
26 January 2023
Major UK wholesale business A.F. Blakemore, and the biggest distributor within the UK’s SPAR retail network, has appointed Carol Welch as CEO to replace Jerry Marwood; who has held the role for the last 11 years and is leaving to focus on consultancy and non-executive directorships. New CEO joins from ODEON Cinemas Group For the last six years Carol Welch has been managing director UK & Ire...
23 January 2023
Circle K is testing a new loyalty programme in Western Canada. VIP Premium Pass provides subscribers with access to excusive promotions. Sign-up required to access promotional details Customers can join the program by visiting a dedicated website or scanning a QR code in-store. The sign-up process is simple, only requiring a phone number and a confirmation text. After joining, members can tak...
23 January 2023
Central Co-op, the largest of the UK’s regional co-operatives, is to discontinue its independent distribution operations and fully integrate its service requirements into the national LIDIA network operated by the central (Manchester-based) Co-op. The switchover is planned to occur from 2024. LIDIA operates 13 depots servicing 4,000 co-op store nationally Having effectively outgrown its own...
23 January 2023
Private equity investor TDR and the Issa brothers, joint owners of forecourts business EG Group and supermarket Asda, are reported to be exploring a full merger of the two operations, with a view to securing more favourable terms in their upcoming refinancing of the extensive debts that EG Group has built up through its successive global acquisitions. EG Group operates significant forecourt est...
19 January 2023
Cartology, Woolworths’ standalone retail media business, is adding a new network of digital screens across Woolworths Metro stores. Reaching more shoppers With the new additional screen, brands will reach Metro shoppers across 90 physical stores in the city and neighbourhood environments. Woolworths Metro stores offer a localised shopping experiences for shoppers across CBD and highly traff...
17 January 2023
M&S have announced that they are to open 20 new ‘bigger and better’ stores by April 2024. This follows strong Christmas results that were reported last week . Eight of the new stores will be full-line stores selling M&S clothing home and food ranges with the remaining 12 taking the M&S Foodhall format. Five of the eight full-line sites will be relocations of existing stores, with M&S takin...
12 January 2023
Tesco has published its Q3 and Christmas trading update, noting that Q3 like-for-like sales were up 5.7% and were ahead by 7.9% in the Christmas trading period. LFLs were up by 4.3% in the UK, 5.3% in Ireland, 9.3% for Booker and 12.3% in Central Europe. UK trading well Key trading highlights in the UK included: Tesco offered its “ most competitive offering to date, delivering further...
10 January 2023
Co-op, the UK’s largest consumer co-operative has announced the appointment of Kenyatte Nelson to its operating board, with responsibility for the society’s marketing, brand and membership strategies; reporting directly into Group Chief Executive Shirine Khoury-Haq. His role will include supporting Co-op’s presence at UK music festivals and also the naming rights partnership with Co-op Live – ant...