Marks & Spencer news

28 April 2020
M&S is launching a six-week campaign to support British farmers. Committing to British farmers The campaign includes documenting and interviewing farmers by ‘farmer cam’ to shed light on what goes behind the scenes and further showcase British products across its stores. This is part of a wider push to reassert its commitment to sourcing from nearly 10,000 British farmers. Stuart Ma...
14 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Multiples update: Tesco releases annual results and updates on COVID-19: More normal shopping behaviour has resumed after a surge in demand for certain items in the first few weeks of the crisis caused sales uplifts of c.30%. Grocery home shopping capacity has been in...
25 March 2020
We look at the latest developments from the John Lewis Partnership and M&S that address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes the newly introduced Five Point Plan for Waitrose stores.  Five point plan Waitrose & Partners has introduced a five point plan to keep its shoppers and partners safe; Customer numbers are limited so social distancing ca...
20 March 2020
M&S has announced considerations of the impact of COVID-19 on its outlook for the next 12 months of trading, as well as longer-term impact on the business. Clothing & home and international business significantly impacted The retailer announced trading over the next 9-12 months in its clothing & home division, as well as the international businesses, is likely to be severely impacted. Whils...
02 March 2020
While Waitrose prepares to ramp up operations and switch shoppers from Ocado to its own online platform, Ocado and M&S answer shoppers’ questions in anticipation of the changes to product range in September. Waitrose: “September offers single biggest growth opportunity for our business”   Currently 150 stores offer the Waitrose.com’s online delivery service, in addition to orders fulfille...
02 March 2020
M&S announces plans to include a Fill Your Own fixture in Manchester in March, and will test the concept across more formats and locations. Source: IGD Research Key features of M&S Fill Your Own trial in Hedge End, Southampton Fixture included in refurbished store on re-opening in December 2019 More than 44 lines product lines. These are cupboard essentials including cereals, ...
11 February 2020
Roll-out of "Mobile Pay Go" 50 stores (all but one in London) now offer shoppers the option to scan and pay through the M&S Mobile Pay Go app. M&S first introduced the technology in 6 trial stores over a year ago. The retailer reports that there is a Mobile Pay Go transaction every three seconds over the lunchtime period in these stores, with the average purchase time taking just 40 seconds...
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 ...
09 January 2020
In its latest trading update, for 13 weeks to 28 December, M&S has reported total group sales down 0.7%.  But behind this the performance of its core UK business was stronger with like-for-like sale positive in the period; up 0.2%.  Furthermore, the Food division proved the growth driver, with a market-beating +1.5% offsetting a 3.7% decline in its Clothing & Home sales. Standout performance i...
16 December 2019
Morrisons is the last of the major UK retailers to launch its Christmas ad.  Iceland For Iceland's Christmas 2019 campaign 'The Magic of Frozen', the retailer has partnered with Disney's Frozen, ahead of the release of Frozen 2 at the end of November. The ad uses several characters from the Disney film, with each sharing their favourite part of Christmas. The retailer returns back to ...