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Mastercard trials biometric fingerprint payment technology

20 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Payments giant is testing a biometric credit card in two South African retailers

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Sainsbury's faces Twitter backlash over new self-serve tills Subscription

18 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Users complained the tills were unable to weigh items or allow use of own bags

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Sainsbury's to roll out SmartShop app more widely

06 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The in-store shopping app will go out to a “much bigger” audience over the course of 2017

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Waitrose launches supper club at new Haywards Heath store Subscription

06 Apr 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The retailer will offer three-course meals for £35 in the store’s mezzanine-level café on eight dates

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Tesco to cut more night shifts and 24-hour opening at stores Subscription

05 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

 Tesco is ploughing ahead with more changes to its service model at a further 69 stores, with 3,000 staff facing redundancy as a result

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European pizza delivery giant Telepizza to launch in the UK Subscription

04 Apr 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The first outlet in Hounslow will be followed by nine company-owned restaurants and two franchise sites

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Poundland has eye on the availability prize Subscription

31 Mar 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Trading director Barry Williams said this week there was a “huge prize” for the discounter if it addressed availability

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Waitrose cuts out coffee 'freeloaders' with rule tweak Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Waitrose is to put a stop to people who pick up free coffee in stores without making a purchase

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Morrisons hails success of in-store gap-filling order system Subscription

17 Mar 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The system was launched last summer and rolled out to all 491 stores in three waves

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Tout's plans extra services for Somerset Budgens amid backlash Subscription

15 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Local council is still opposed to opening in Cleve, which will include a pub, café, hairdresser and beauty salon

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Salad crisis over as courgette and lettuce supply stabilises Subscription

09 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Supplementary imports from the US have now stopped, as yields across Europe have picked up

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Contactless finally in all Sainsbury's stores Subscription

03 Mar 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Sainsbury’s has at last rolled out contactless payment technology across all its supermarkets and c-stores

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Sainsbury's to trial early delivery slots in Scotland Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Sainsbury’s is launching early morning home delivery slots in Scotland for the first time next month

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Thornton's Budgens switches to majority of self-service tills Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Thornton’s Budgens is replacing the majority of its manned checkouts with “assisted self-service” tills

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Sheerness store suspended from National Lottery activity Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Costcutter said the owner was working closely with Camelot to restore this service as soon as possible

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Tesco orders promotion checks after damning BBC investigation

13 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Undercover reporter found customers were being overcharged on multibuys at two thirds of stores visited

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Grocer 33 reveals the secret to supermarkets' recovery Subscription

27 Jan 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The top five supermarkets all improved their in-store performances compared with the previous year

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Tesco customer satisfaction improves faster than rivals Subscription

20 Jan 2017 Updated: 23 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

But its score remains below average for food retail, found the UK Customer Satisfaction Index

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M&S plans to ramp up Lunch to You van sales operation

16 Dec 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

M&S is planning a rapid expansion of its little known Lunch to You van sales operation

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Co-op sharpens game with overhaul of IT Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Co-op Food has signed a contract with software provider SAP to provide it with a new IT infrastructure

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Boxing Day shop closure petition dismissed by government Subscription

13 Dec 2016 | By Michelle Perrett

Labour MP for Warrington North Helen Jones said the current system of Boxing Day sales was not fair on workers

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Amazon unveils checkout-free convenience store Video Subscription

05 Dec 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The new store is based in Seattle and currently in beta testing

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Generation Z is 'touchpoint to the future of retail' Subscription

19 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Supermarkets should offer in-store shopping apps, speedy delivery and engaging social media says researcher

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Walmart tech boosts Asda forecasting

11 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Asda has turned to new tech from Walmart to improve its availability and increase the efficiency of its supply chain

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Sainsbury's widens trial of SmartShop app to 10 stores

03 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The app was updated on Monday to make it “easier to use” based on feedback from customers in the initial two stores

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'Really easy' Asda scores 95 points in online Grocer 33 Subscription

06 Apr 2017 | By Victoria Goodsell

It only took 20 minutes to complete the order and there was only one unavailable item

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Simon Gregg, Asda VP online grocery: star order Subscription

06 Apr 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

“It’s great to hear such positive customer feedback, which backs up market and our internal metrics”

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Sainsbury's Clodagh Moriarty on winning the G33 Online Subscription

06 Oct 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The rollout of the online shopping app in May was a big move because our customers shop across lots of channels and device

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Sainsbury's Arnison, Pity Me, Durham: G33 store of the week Subscription

06 Oct 2016

I have previously won it while I was working in branches in the North East and London and now I’ve won it twice in this store

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Lidl beats its Grocer 33 rivals by a big margin Subscription

08 Sep 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Guest retailer Lidl reaffirmed its clear pricing lead over the traditional supermarkets…

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Ocado wins G33 online with 'easy to navigate' website Subscription

23 Jun 2016 | By Victoria Goodsell

Ocado won the online G33 this week with good availability and a super-fast order time

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Lawrence Hene of Ocado on winning the G33 online star order Subscription

23 Jun 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Our number one focus is offering the shopper the best experience

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Adrian Letts, Tesco, on delivering the G33 star order Subscription

15 Apr 2016 | By Lauren Morgan

When recruiting, we put a real focus on service skills, and everyone gets expert training and coaching

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Waitrose's Ross Avery on winning mobile G33 star order Subscription

18 Dec 2015 | By Lauren Morgan

All the improvements from our main site have been replicated on our mobile site

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Grocer 33 Online Star Order: Asda e-commerce chief Jon Bell Subscription

09 Oct 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

”As part of our Make Us Proud initiative we have given a lot of training to our whole team of e-commerce colleagues”

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Amazon trial delivers Grocer 33 shop in just 46 minutes Subscription

09 Oct 2015 | By James Halliwell

Amazon extended trials of its nascent chilled and frozen offer to London this week but the service to date has been mixed

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Steve Lee, Morrisons Denton: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

03 Jul 2015 | By Fiona McLelland

It’s been a tough few weeks with all the initiatives rolling out in the business…

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'Selfie culture' boosts cosmetics category to tune of £55m Subscription

24 Apr 2017 | By Beth Gault

The sector is now worth almost £900m, fuelled by the popularity of selfies on social media

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Four lessons in food retailing excellence from M&S - video Video

18 Apr 2017

Jeremy Garlick on M&S_still Jeremy Garlick on M&S_still In this video, Jeremy Garlick of Insight Traction sets out four key areas where M&S excels when it comes to selling food

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Andy Savage: the Morrisons store manager who fixes things

16 Jun 2016 | By James Halliwell

The Grocer’s Store Manager of the Year has overcome countless challenges yet still has an appetite for turnarounds



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