Morrisons is taking its first steps in online retailing with the acquisition of Kiddicare, the multi-channel baby products retailer, for £70m. The deal includes the rights to Kiddicare’s highly regarded technology platform. Kiddicare is the UK’s leading specialist online retailer
Spar International has opened two Express convenience stores in Zimbabwe. Spar already trades from over 70 outlets in Zimbabwe and has opened 12 new stores there in the last 18 months. A further 10 will be opened by June 2011.
Robert Wiseman Dairies has named Spar Goring and Spar Ponthir as two of its National Champions 2011 for excellent community retailing. The Capper-owned stores beat thousands of stores from across the UK and were nominated by local customers. A total
Spar retailer James Graven has opened an eco-friendly forecourt store in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, in partnership with Spar’s ‘Stores of the Future’ programme. The store incorporates a number of environmental initiatives and promotes its community involvement. It is designed to combine
Jon Dunman (JD), vice president of petrol and convenience at Torex, the global technology solutions provider, talks to Retail Times editor Fiona Briggs (FB) about the retail trends, which can drive sales FB: How important is technology to retail businesses?
Spar International has unveiled its first hypermarket in New Delhi, the capital of India. Occupying 7,500sq m on one floor, the store is located at the Pacific, Tagore Garden in West Delhi. It is Spar’s sixth store in India. The
Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy has called on governments around the world to work with private companies to ensure innovation in low-carbon growth is not hindered by red tape. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Sir Terry
Rutter’s Farm Stores, the Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain, has promoted Robert Perkins to vice president, marketing. Perkins, who joined Rutter’s in 2007, had been director of marketing. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in the convenience retail industry in the
New research from Mintel has found 44% of grocery shoppers in the US believe private label products are of better quality today than they were five years ago. The private label market has enjoyed sales growth in recent years and
Spar Scotland retailer, CJ Lang, has launched a recruitment drive for independent retailers with a package worth up to £33,600 for stores converting to the Spar brand. The package comprises up to £25,000 per store to help with conversion, including
Sainsbury’s has picked the micro-blogging web site, Twitter, to launch its new format takeway food store, Fresh Kitchen. The retailer’s first concept store was opened in central London on 13 January 2011. According to a Sainsbury’s spokesperson, the retailer has
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has written to the Office of Fair Trading calling for the merger between Tesco and Mills Group to be stopped. Responding to a request for evidence on the acquisition, the ACS has asked the
Elwyn Davies, retail development director at AF Blakemore, the Spar retailer and wholesaler, is retiring today after spending over 45 years in the retail industry and 27 years with Spar. Davies started his retail career with his uncle, RJ Davies,
Almost a fifth of people (17%) who use convenience stores shop there at least once a day, according to the latest research from IGD – the food and grocery experts. And 59% use them at least twice a week. On
One Stop, the convenience chain acquired by Tesco in 2003, has beaten its own expansion target for 75 new stores by 2013 with the acquisition of the Mills Group. One Stop is buying 77 stores from the Mills Group, the
Leading UK audio brand, GEAR4, is launching licensed Angry Birds cases for iPhone and iPod touch in partnership with Rovio, creator of the hit game. The range of products are available to buy at O2, Apple and HMV stores.
Tesco’s international business drove growth in the third quarter with a 4.1% increase in like-for-like sales, excluding petrol, versus a 1.5% gain in same store sales in the UK. Group sales for the 13 weeks ending 27 November 2010 increased
In a regular new column, Verdict retail consultant Simon Chinn, assesses the latest grocery store formats and concepts around the globe One of the things I noticed on my recent trip to Mexico was the proliferation in the convenience sector
Sainsbury’s has improved availability at its 335-strong chain of convenience stores by 2.2% and reduced wastage to an all-time low, according to Simon Stokoe, senior supply chain manager, Sainsbury’s convenience. Speaking at the IGD Supply Chain Summit 2010, Stokoe told
Lactalis-Nestlé, the joint venture between the French dairy company Lactalis and Nestlé in chilled yogurts and desserts in Europe, has integrated demand and supply to collaborate with retailers to meet customer needs and minimise waste. Presenting at the IGD Supply
Discount department store, TJ Hughes, has appointed Beatrice Lafon as chief executive; replacing Sue Tennant, who will be leaving at the end of the year. Lafon was recently chief executive of Etam Group in the Netherlands and was previously commercial
Marks & Spencer is promoting its own label products with the launch of a new advertising strapline, Only at M&S. According to the food, clothing and homewares retailer, the latest brand positioning is designed to show it leads the
Mintel has predicted nine key consumer trends for 2011, which it claims have been shaped by the global recession. The research company says consumer behaviour has been changed for the long term with attitudes inspired by a changed value set.
Morrisons’ chief executive Dalton Philips focused on the retailer’s vertical integration as a point of difference at the 2010 IGD Convention. “We do fresh differently,” he said. Dalton said 28,000 people work on its Market Street concept and, unlike rivals,
Matt Brittin, managing director of Google UK and Ireland, emphasised the importance of keeping up with the consumer via social media and mobile connections at the 2010 IGD Convention. Brittin highlighted the growth of Facebook (500m people are on Facebook