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Former Co-op director Sam Walker tells tribunal she was sacked over equal pay

Former Co-operative Group executive Sam Walker has alleged she was sacked from the business after she raised concerns over equal pay, according to a report by the Guardian . Walker was appointed chief human resources officer in February 2014, and first raised concerns about equal pay in 2015 after comparing her salary to other male executives who sat alongside her on the board. She was sacked the next year

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Sainsbury’s to trial cashierless SmartShop technology

Sainsbury’s is set to become the latest big-name retailer to trial cashierless technology in its stores, with a view to extending its roll out.






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Waitrose continues to boost John Lewis Partnership weekly sales

Waitrose has once again bolstered the overall weekly sales figures of the John Lewis Partnership, as the sunny spell prompted consumers to flock to the grocery store for picnic supplies. Weekly sales at the partnership grew 1.6 per cent year-on-year to £206.46 million, with Waitrose on its own clocking sales growth of 3.8 per cent compared to the same week last year.






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Morrisons ditches cucumber wrapping amid war on plastic

Morrisons has announced plans to remove plastic wrapping from most of its cucumbers in its latest step in the war on plastic.






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Sainsbury’s crowned UK’s greenest supermarket

Sainsbury’s has been crowned the UK’s greenest supermarket, producing the lowest emissions some 12 times better than the worst offenders. According to new research from Engaged Tracking, Sainsbury’s emits the lowest number of greenhouse gases (GHG) out of the UK’s largest grocers, followed closely by its larger rival Tesco. Iceland came last, producing an intensity of emmisons 34 per cent higher than the average supermarket, while discounters Aldi and Lidl made up the next two bottom spots






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Retail sales cool amid heatwave

Retail sales growth cooled down last month as a surge in food and drink spending prompted by the heatwave failed to offset a wider slowdown in consumer expenditure. According to the monthly BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor, retail sales increased by 0.5 per cent in July on a like-for-like basis when compared to the 1.1 per cent like-for-likes rise in June.






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Tesco-Carrefour alliance operational from October

Tesco and Carrefour have confirmed that their new strategic alliance will become operational in October. Last month, the British and French retailers – regarded as two of the biggest in Europe – announced a global purchasing alliance that demands better terms from major suppliers and the joint purchasing of own-brand products and goods not for resale. READ MORE: Tesco & Carrefour announce long term “strategic alliance”  Tesco-Carrefour alliance to be probed by French regulator Tesco-Carrefour & Sainsbury’s-Asda will put pressure on smaller grocers – Moody’s The alliance ultimately aims to cut costs in an attempt to claw back market share in their respective countries from German discount grocers Aldi and Lidl.






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Lidl to sell 5kg of damaged fruit & veg for £1.50

Lidl has launched a food waste reduction initiative which will see it sell slightly damaged fruit and vegetables at a discount. The German grocer will now sell 5kg boxes of imperfect fruit and vegetables for £1.50 across 122 of its UK stores as part of its Too Good to Waste trial






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‘Store of the Future’ predictions involve pop-ups—and no checkouts

Competition, convenience and checkout technology are shaping the grocery “store of the future.”






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Asda chief merchandising officer departs

Chief merchandising officer Jesús Lorente in the latest executive to leave Asda, as the supermarket gears up for its merger with Sainsbury’s. Lorente worked at Asda since 2017, following an eight-year stint at Carrefour.






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