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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...
06 April 2020
Walmart has halted moves to sell a majority stake in its UK business so it can focus fully on its response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to press reports. No rush to resume sale process Sources at the retailer, speaking to CNBC under condition of anonymity, said the sale process has been paused to allow the leadership team to concentrate fully on the day to day running o...
03 April 2020
Following the move of other foodservice wholesalers to target retail sales, as the emergency shut down cuts off their core market amongst out-of-home businesses, Brakes has launched a call & collect service to sell to the general public. Initially made available from three of its distribution depots earlier this week, it has now been extended to eight sites across England. Browse online, order...
03 April 2020
We look at what retailers in Ireland are doing to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Aldi Rolling out new social distancing measures, including posters in-store and clear markings on the floor for queuing It is also commencing the installation of protective screens at every till to safeguard its colleagues and customers  Priority hours for the el...
03 April 2020
In this article we look at what UK variety discounters are doing to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Temporary store closures B&M will be closing 49 stores as a response to the current trading conditions. The retailer has not announced what stores these will be, but has said it is likely they will be small format stores Poundland will be closing 1...
03 April 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 Implemnted a one person, one trolley rule in a bid to encourag all customers to try and reduce the number of family members they bring with them into stores Through its partnership with Neighbourly, Aldi will be donating 5...
02 April 2020
With increased pressure on pharmacies and an exceptional increase in demand for health, hygiene and personal care products, Boots continues to evolve its approach to best serve customers and communities.   Donating 200,000 essential products Building on its existing relationship with the Hygiene Bank , Boots will donate essential toiletries to hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis, with t...
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...

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