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06 May 2020
Ocado has announced its trading update for Q2 and business response to coronavirus (COVID-19). In Q2, retail revenue was up 40.4% year-on-year (YoY), compared to 10.3% YoY growth in Q1. Impacts of COVID-19 Following significantly increased demand at the start of the outbreak, Ocado announced the number of items per basket appears to have passed its peak, whilst remaining high. The share of ...
06 May 2020
In this regularly updated article, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Ireland: Aldi Aldi Ireland will be returning to normal opening hours from Thursday 7th May. Stores will once again be open 9am to 10pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday Rolling out new social distancing measures, including posters in-store and clear ma...
06 May 2020
In this regularly updated article, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Market update: Grocery sales growth slows to 5.5% in April:  New data from Kantar  reveals a slowdown in grocery market growth from 20.6% in March to 5.5% over the four weeks to April 19th as consumers settle into life under lockdown.   Multiples update:  ...
05 May 2020
McDonald’s have announced plans to gradually reopen their UK restaurants. From 13 May, 15 sites (to be announced next week) will open for delivery only. The food-to-go operator closed its UK stores on 23 March in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Behind closed doors” trials successful Over the past week, the company has been running controlled tests to explore th...
05 May 2020
The Co-op is rapidly accelerating its online expansion to more than double the number of stores planned as it adapts to changing shopper demands caused by the coronavirus crisis. The same-day service was initially trialled at a London store in March 2019, and by the end of 2019 had rolled out to 23 central London and Manchester hub stores.  In parallel, Co-op also developed its online de...
01 May 2020
As it reported like-for-like sales growth of 13.3% in its first quarter, Reckitt Benckiser underlined the challenges the business faces in terms of demand planning and understanding whether the buying habits it has seen will continue in the short term. Unclear whether buying will be maintained in rest of 2020 Although the company was able to report strong sales growth across most geographie...
30 April 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from UK Convenience store ordering platform, Snappy Shopper has revealed that the number of local stores across the UK se...
16 April 2020
Waitrose has unveiled a range of measures to help it support its most vulnerable suppliers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. £200,000 from the Waitrose Foundation Global Fund Some of the measures put in place include a £200,000 purse from the Waitrose Foundation Global fund, which will support its overseas farming communities. The purse is due to be used to convey advice on social...
16 April 2020
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM), shows that UK retail sales fell by 4.3% in March, the largest monthly drop in the history of the measure. While sales in supermarkets saw an exceptional peak in the month, large elements of non-food sales fell away sharply, even before the general shutdown announced on 23 March. Then thereafter many non-food sec...
06 April 2020
Only 10 days since we reported that the majority of the UK’s restaurant and food-to-go chains were closing all operations, some have now re-opened their kitchens to launch new services.   Although the logistics are complex, there are benefits to remaining operational in some way: Offering services that support key workers and the vulnerable can boost staff morale, build ties with the loc...

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