Co-op news

04 February 2020
The UK’s Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), Christine Tacon, has today (4 February 2020) launched her annual survey, inviting suppliers to share their experiences of trading relationships with major retailers and highlight any issues they are facing. The survey has played a vital role in helping the GCA to achieve progress for suppliers, demonstrating where retailers efforts have improved Code ...
30 January 2020
Last week, Co-op opened its latest ‘on the go’ store in London’s Moorgate.  This store is the first to include a sushi range from Co-op’s new deal with Yo!.  We visited the store to see this and other developments. The ‘on the go’ format This is Co-op’s third ‘on-the-go’ store, following Manchester Piccadilly and London America Square.  All three are located in urban office areas, close to ...
07 January 2020
Newly released GB market data from Kantar reveals only marginal growth for the crucial Christmas quarter. Sales in the 12 weeks to December 29th grew by just 0.2%, the slowest rate over Christmas since 2015 and down from 0.5% in the 12 weeks to December 1st. This suggests that trading was particularly disappointing for the four weeks to December 29th. The weak trend is mirrored by Nielsen whic...
02 January 2020
Co-op, the major UK convenience retailer, has set out plans to extend its reach in online sales in 2020 as well as to enhance its product offer, with a new plant-based private label range under the GRO sub-brand. Same-day city-centre delivery to roll-out to 650 stores Over the next 12 months same-day delivery services will be made available across almost 100 towns and cities.  This will be ...
19 December 2019
As the last of the seasonal product launches take to the shelves, we visited a Co-op in a rural community to see how the retailer is gearing up to keep local shoppers well-supplied over the festive period. More than just a top-up shop   The first noticeable highlight is that Co-op are definitely aiming to do more than provide an emergency back-up for shoppers that have run out of ess...
10 December 2019
Co-op’s store opening programme will see 30 new stores open in the two weeks before Christmas.  The retailer has invested more than £25m in new stores opened during November and December, creating over 500 jobs. The new stores will be located in transport hubs, city centres and residential apartments. Getting closer to shoppers The programme is part of Co-op’s strategy to ‘win in conveni...
19 November 2019
At IGD Live last week we heard from an incredible line-up of leading UK and international food-to-go specialists, retailers and manufacturers. Here's what they said about how their businesses are tackling the five big trends in food-to-go .  The rise and rise of health and wellness As interest in healthy lifestyles increases, how can retailers meet the need for healthier food-to-go in ...
09 October 2019
London is home to some of the best food-to-go operators anywhere in the world.  Many brands that have gone on to become global names have started here as just a single site.  Although rents may be high and competition fierce, the sheer density of consumers and pace of life mean it’s where many food-to-go businesses launch flagship stores, test new concepts and pursue the latest trends. This is...
26 September 2019
Convenience retailer Co-op has launched its first customer app designed to bring the digital dimension to the shopping experience of its 4.6m members. Brings personalised deals to drive shopper frequency Primarily intended as a digital medium for its membership loyalty programme, enabling shoppers to collect and track their reward balance, the app adds further benefits to the existing card-...
20 September 2019
The Co-op has signed an exclusive deal with the National Union of Students (NUS) to be the grocery retail store franchise partner on NUS member locations across UK universities and colleges.  The Co-op already has four franchise stores operating on university sites, including Leeds and Newcastle, and this deal now potentially could see the Co-op brand accessing a student population of up to seven...