BBC One commissions ‘Inside The Supermarket’

BBC One has commissioned a six-part documentary series following 12 months in the life of Sainsbury’s – Britain’s oldest supermarket.

With unprecedented access over the course of a year, ‘Inside The Supermarket’ follows the pivotal points of the retail calendar including Mother’s Day, Easter, the summer holidays and the run-up to Christmas.

The broadcaster said: ‘Twenty six million people pass through Sainsbury’s doors every week, and with the pressures on retail, the continued Brexit uncertainty, and with increased competition from the discounters as well as online retailers, this is set to be one of Sainsbury’s most challenging years to date.

‘The six, one-hour programmes follow Sainsbury’s colleagues from the boardroom to the shop floor and across the country. From one of Sainsbury’s biggest supermarkets – Hedge End in Southampton, which has over 600 employees – to Sainsbury’s London headquarters, known as the Store Support Centre office, to its busiest northern depot at Haydock Park in Merseyside which delivers 1.4 million crates of produce to stores every week, the series gives a multi-dimensional portrayal of the supermarket which this year marks its 150th birthday.

‘Cameras will join a Sainsbury’s team as they scour Britain for the next big food product, hunting down small suppliers who could see their fortunes transformed if Sainsbury’s backs their products; as well as a fashion graduate who, during her first year out of university, launches her clothing collection to the supermarket’s customers.’

BBC commissioning editor of documentaries Emily Smith said: “This is a really interesting time for retail as a whole, and for supermarkets in particular. We all know Sainsbury’s, but we have little knowledge of all the challenges and decision-making that happen behind the shelves. In this exciting time for retail, this multi-layered series will give us a fascinating and enjoyable insight into how Sainsbury’s staff navigate the ever-changing variables they’re faced from HQ to the shop floor – from changes in consumer behaviour and the supply chain to the growing competition.”


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