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27 March 2020
As the UK approaches the end of its first week under near lockdown, we look at how the grocery sector is adapting to new operating conditions. Improving safety for customers and colleagues Retailers have moved at pace to design and install safeguarding screens to protect customers and colleagues. To reduce the risk of transmission, some retailers are limiting the numbers of customers in-sto...
26 March 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, EU antitrust regulators have relaxed the competition law for suppliers to coordinate the distribution of scarce products. The competition law normally forbids retailers from exchanging information on their stocks, prices and sales under rules that target illegal cartels. However, the pandemic may require cooperation from retailers to ensure the ...
26 March 2020
Leading north-west regional wholesaler, Parfetts has moved to a 24/7 picking operation to meet spiking delivery orders from its independent retail customers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Faced with unprecedented consumer demand independent retailers are purchasing in significantly increased volumes to meet these needs.  Parfetts’ traditional cash & carry business is also sharply up...
26 March 2020
The past week has been a time of unprecedented change for the UK’s foodservice operators as the government announced tighter social distancing guidelines that meant dine-in spaces had to close.  Takeaway and delivery are still allowed but the processes involved in providing these services raise concerns for the wellbeing of staff and customers. At the same time, however, the government also la...
25 March 2020
AI food technology company, Spoon Guru, has launched a new ‘Immunity Support TAG’ which is designed to appeal to an increased interest in this aspect of health during the coronavirus outbreak. Immunity Support TAG As shoppers search for health ‘shortcuts’ during the coronavirus outbreak, Spoon Guru has developed an initiative that claims to help people to identify food products that support...
25 March 2020
In this article we look at what UK variety discounters are doing to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. B&M: prioritising food and supporting vulnerable shoppers Going forwards B&M will be; Prioritising food, toiletries and cleaning products over non-grocery in all warehouses and on lorries Providing extra support for the elderly and vulnerable fi...
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...
25 March 2020
Our team has been continually monitoring the latest developments from retailers and manufacturers globally over the past few weeks. In this article we highlight three ways retailers are and could further adapt their online operations to deal with the on-going effects of the pandemic. 1. Making online groceries available for those most in need We have seen retailers around the world flex the...
24 March 2020
Research and training charity, IGD, has been bringing the food and grocery industry together in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19), engaging with retailers, manufacturers, government, trade associations and other key stakeholders, to help ensure food is able to flow through the supply chain and reach those people most in need. Susan Barratt, CEO of IGD, said: “We all understand that this i...
23 March 2020
Tesco has launched a recruitment drive to ease the short term pressures on stores created by the Cononavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It will also pay a special bonus to reward permanent colleagues to thank them for their commitment. Fast track process to fill temporary posts Tesco hopes the recruitment drive will bring 20,000 new colleagues into the business over the next few weeks. They will ...

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