Tag Archives: Waitrose

Father’s Day celebrations leads to strong sales of treats at Waitrose

Sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday June 15) were 2.6% lower compared with the same period last year, which saw warmer weather throughout the week. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “Colder and rainy weather led to sales of warming food, including gravy …

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Slow cooking products hotting up at Waitrose

With the summer weather on hold last week, Waitrose & Partners reports that slow cooking products are hotting up. The supermarket chain reports that sales of the Waitrose & Partners Slow Cooked range were up 82% last week, with searches for slow cooked on Waitrose.com up by 247% compared with …

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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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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 plants truffle orchard in supermarket first

Waitrose & Partners has planted its own truffle orchard on the retailer’s Leckford Estate in Hampshire. Oak and hazel trees have had truffle spores added to their roots and should start producing a meaningful yield of this edible fungi in around five to seven years. The farm will then recruit …

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