United Kingdom news

16 May 2022
Last week IGD hosted its first webinar for the eating out market: “ Eating out: a new world of challenges and opportunities ”.  Over 150 retailers, operators, manufacturers, wholesalers and opinion leaders joined the session to find out where the opportunities for growth could be found amid the challenges facing the market. Missed the webinar? View the recording and download the slides on our ...
16 May 2022
The government has announced revised dates for some HFSS restrictions. What has changed? There have been two major changes to the timelines of implementing HFSS policies: Restrictions on volume price promotions e.g., BOGOF have been postponed by one year, until October 2023 The restrictions banning HFSS adverts on TV before 9 pm and paid-for adverts online will also be paused f...
16 May 2022
The sustainability initiative is piloted by A.S Watson at the Serpentine Green Shopping Centre Superdrug store in Peterborough, UK. This follows some of the efforts introduced in its Asian stores like the refillable stations and plastic recycling programs. New Greener Stores Global Framework The global framework for sustainable practises introduced by A.S Watson takes a holistic approach ...
12 May 2022
After Tesco’s chief executive, Ken Murphy, discussed the part it was aiming to play by creating better baskets for its customers and the planet, the retailer has brought the initiative to life in store. Better Baskets logo to help shoppers make better choices Under the initiative, which was discussed in March 2021, Murphy set out how Tesco was aiming to reach its net zero climate target in ...
12 May 2022
As The East of England Co-op and Heart of England Co-op announce their results for the 2020/21 financial year we look at how they, and other regional co-operatives, have performed. The East of England Co-op sees slight fall in turnover The East of England Co-op’s turnover fell by 0.3% to GB£384.6m in its 2020/21 financial year ending 22 January as shoppers’ buying habits returned towards so...
12 May 2022
As the Co-op launches a new click and collect solution and retailers add or extend quick commerce partnerships, we round up news on the UK’s ecommerce channel. Co-op trials new click and collect solution Co-op has launched a new service at its store in Lewes Road in Brighton, due to it being one of the retailer’s busiest for click and collect orders through its own store and the Deliveroo a...
10 May 2022
A round up of the latest developments in quick commerce. Unilever has partnered with on-demand automated store operator Robomart to launch a direct-to-consumer (D2C) service. Operators are focusing on expansion plans with Ocado launching its latest Zoom by Ocado site in East London and Zepto raising $200m to expand across India. Unilever signs deal with autonomous store operator Robomart ...
10 May 2022
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor show that UK retail sales fell 0.3% in April, in spite of the positive monthly performance in food, flattered by the mismatched timing of Easter between 2021 and 2022. With the cost-of-living crisis putting increased pressure on household budgets bigger ticket, non-food sectors such as furniture saw significant declines as...
09 May 2022
Supermarket retailer Morrisons has agreed a deal with administrators to acquire McColl’s Retail Group following a failed attempt to prevent the convenience chain collapsing last week.  Having tabled an improved offer over the weekend Morrisons will now acquire McColl's as a going concern including all 1,165 McColl's stores.  Morrisons has become increasingly involved with the McColl’s business in...
06 May 2022
Asda has launched a new price match initiative against Home Bargains, in a move that demonstrates how much of a threat the fast expanding variety discounter has become to the UK’s third largest grocer. Source: IGD Research Price Matching on over 100 lines Home Bargains Price Match extends to over 100 popular branded lines stocked by the variety discounter. While the focus is v...