Tag Archives: Waitrose & Partners

Waitrose invests in service counters with plans to train fishmongers and butchers

Waitrose & Partners has unveiled plans to place its service counters centre stage in order to differentiate its offer from competitors. The supermarket chain is launching a pilot scheme to raise the expertise of staff working on their service counters. Initially training 10 fishmongers and 10 butchers, the longer term …

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Waitrose extends Rapid Delivery trial outside London

Waitrose & Partners is to extend its Waitrose Rapid Delivery trial outside London for the first time following its success in the capital. The service, which enables customers to have up to 25 grocery items from a choice of more than 2,000 products listed at rapid.waitrose.com delivered to their home or …

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Bakery sales strong at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.8% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday June 1) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst said: “Sales of bakery were strong, led by products in our Scrumptious Summer range, including cakes (up 8%) and …

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Waitrose & Partners launches ‘Unpacked’ initiative

Waitrose & Partners is testing a series of concepts that could save thousands of tonnes of packaging and plastic. The supermarket chain has launched an ‘Unpacked’ initiative at its Botley Road store in Oxford which includes a dedicated ‘refill station’ where packaging has been removed from hundreds of products. The …

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Waitrose to introduce ‘invisible door’

Waitrose & Partners is set to introduce an ‘invisible door’ that, it claims, has the potential to save British retailers a combined £1.5 billion per year by reducing their energy bills. Wirth Research’s AirDoor concept prevents warm air being lost from the store during colder temperatures, and cold air being …

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Waitrose kicks off a ‘Scrumptious Summer’

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 3.1% last week (to Saturday May 25) compared with the same week last year when sales were boosted due to the warmer weather, according to the supermarket chain. Finance director Ross Avery commented: “On the back of the RHS Chelsea …

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John Lewis Partnership staff log a record 24,500 hours of volunteering

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) staff have donated over 24,500 hours in the last year through the retailer’s Golden Jubilee Trust long-term volunteering programme – equivalent to 3,293 working days, and a record number of hours since the programme launched 19 years ago. JLP owns and operates department store group John …

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New Customer Fulfilment Centre for Waitrose

Waitrose & Partners has acquired an 110,000sq ft property at Enfield in north London that will open as a dedicated fulfilment centre for online customer orders in Spring 2020. The announcement is the third in a series of big moves by the supermarket chain to treble Waitrose.com to a £1 …

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Waitrose & Partners introduces ‘W’ range of lesser-known wines

Waitrose & Partners is introducing a new range of nine own-label wines celebrating lesser-known grape varieties. The ‘W’ range, which launches in-store and online from June 17, will introduce an experimental range of wines from different regions and countries including Sardinia, Austria and Chile. A survey of 2,000 people in …

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Scotch egg set to make a comeback as this summer’s staple snack

The classic Scotch egg is getting a makeover this summer as part of the new Waitrose & Partners Scrumptious Summer range. The grocery chain said: ‘This retro classic, a popular party food of the 1970s, has been slowly making its way back into fashion, appearing on gastro pub menus and …

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