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01 April 2020
Many column inches and news broadcast minutes have focused on the challenge of getting food and groceries to the most vulnerable members of society, in a world where large sections of society are not allowed to leave their homes except for essential purposes, and where retailers are under increased pressure to keep essential food and grocery products in stock. A quarter need outside help ...
01 April 2020
Market growth for the 12 weeks to 22 nd March was +7.6%, the fastest rate in over a decade, according to Kantar. The rapid growth was driven by a 20.6% surge in sales over the last four weeks – equivalent to an extra £10.8bn of spending - as shoppers stocked up on groceries and switched back to retail from out-of-home consumption in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Huge increa...
31 March 2020
We look at what Iceland Foods is doing to meet the evolving challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Helping to enforce social distancing Limiting the numbers of shoppers in store  Placing tape on the floor every two meters, guiding shoppers on how to maintain a safe distance from each other Contact-free delivery is available for those shopping online Ensuring shoppe...
31 March 2020
In this article we round up the latest initiatives from Aldi and Lidl UK and Ireland to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Aldi Introduces priority shopping for all emergency workers. They will be able to bypass the queues into store any time by showing ID Store and distribution staff will recieve a 10% pay rise, backdated from 9th March, in recogn...
31 March 2020
Tesco adds more home delivery and Click & Collect slots to cope with the increasing demand that resulted from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 780,000 slots this week The number of slots has been increased to 780,000 this week, up from 660,000 slots two weeks ago, with the aim of increasing this figure by an additional 100,000 in the next few weeks. To do so, Tesco plans to add more tha...
30 March 2020
Asda has announced that it is extending support for colleagues who need to self isolate because of Coronavirus COVID-19. Full paid leave for vulnerable colleagues Asda is now offering fully paid leave to vulnerable colleagues, including pregnant colleagues and those aged 70+, as well as the carers of extremely vulnerable people. This is in addition to offering full pay to colleagues identif...
30 March 2020
Aldi is fast tracking its payments to over 200 of its smallest suppliers in Ireland, thanks to a new five-day payment regime that has been put in place. Up to €1million worth of goods annually The new payment terms, which will become effective by the end of March, will remain in place throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They will apply to businesses that supply the retailer with...
30 March 2020
Major UK national wholesaler, Bestway has put in place clear social-distancing measures across its self-service cash & carry network, to safely manage the high levels of footfall seen during the current pandemic emergency. One-in one-out to limit customers in-depot Bestway has set limits on the number of customers in each of its depots at any one time.  Depending on depot size, this restric...
30 March 2020
Booker Group’s creative approach to developing a training programme for its butchers won this award in 2019. More than 500 colleagues, passionate about improving and maintaining their skills, have started butchery careers with Booker. Having the right people has supported steady improvements in customer service and cash profit. The judges said Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s CEO, said: ...
30 March 2020
Veg Power defeated the competition in 2019 with its campaign to encourage children to eat more vegetables. It partnered with ITV and Adam & Eve/DDB to create a multimedia campaign. Eat them to defeat them ran from January to April 2019, helping generate more positive attitudes to vegetables. The judges said Anne Bordier, Charity Programmes Director at IGD, said: “The team were ...