Tesco has pledged its support for a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) in efforts to reduce the billions of single-use drinks bottles Britons throw away every year.
Online grocery retailer Ocado is set to start testing a humanoid robot in its warehouses that will assist human engineers. The robot, dubbed SecondHands, will assist engineers working on Ocado’s handling systems using artificial intelligence to predict their needs and hand them tools. READ MORE: Are robots about to take over the retail industry
Sainsbury’s has upgraded its full-year profit forecast after enjoying record sales rises over the Christmas period. In its third quarter trading update covering 15 weeks ending January 6, the Big 4 retailer posted a 1.1 per cent rise in like-for-like sales
Lidl is the latest grocer to have posted record sales over the Christmas period, as it continues its expansion programme across the UK. The German retailer said sales rose 16 per cent in December, and it also recorded its highest-ever footfall figures.
Morrisons has enjoyed the fruits of its turnaround strategy over Christmas with “another period of positive like-for-like sales”.
Waitrose is set to ban the sale of strongly caffeinated drinks to children under the age of 16, following calls for a complete ban from campaigners.
Nisa has released its Christmas trading update, reporting an increase in sales boosted by large contracts which grew its supplier network. In the 10 weeks to December 31 Nisa’s sales rose 17.7 per cent to £277 million, while like for like sales increased by 1.7 per cent. The standout sales performers were pre-pack fruit, pre-pack vegetables and ready meals up 38.1 per cent, 38.6 per cent and 43.7 per cent respectively.
Record sales over the Christmas period at Aldi have pushed its full year sales to £10 billion for the first time in the UK. Sales during December were reportedly 15 per cent higher than in 2016, thanks to its “specially selected” premium range which saw sales jump by nearly a third. Its top sellers from the range included mince pies and Aberdeen Angus beef joints.
The Lancashire based supermarket Booths has reported ballooning losses for its last full year as damage from storm Desmond continues to hits its margins. In the year to April 1 the grocer reported losses of £14.8 million, more than doubling from £6.3 million a year prior. This was driven by a sales dip of 4.3 per cent to £263.4 million
Morrisons has named Kevin Havelock as a new non-executive director on its board of directors. Havelock will take up his position on February 1, and will be part of the grocery retailer’s audit, corporate compliance and responsibility, nomination and remuneration committees