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Sainsbury's Farlington: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

09 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

‘Our customer demographic is a huge variety so we need to provide a range of stock for their shopping missions’

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Sainsbury's wins with 'high standards throughout' Subscription

09 Aug 2018 | By Emma Gesto

The Portsmouth store was ‘well laid out and easy to follow and shop methodically’

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Asda back on top form with lowest price for 20 items Subscription

09 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Asda’s £53.32 total meant it came in £2.46 cheaper than second-place Sainsbury’s

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Robots in the workforce: could the UK miss out? Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Angelina Mason

Robot density in the UK is below the global average – it must catch up to other countries forging ahead with bot technology

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As loyalty gets more personal and immediate, Clubcard is moving with the times Subscription

01 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Surely time is up on the era of shoppers waiting eagerly at home for their vouchers

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Morrisons St Andrews: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

02 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

‘I started off working for Asda but I then moved into fashion retail, working for Matalan and then in Arcadia and BHS’

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Tesco Wrexham, Wales: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

26 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

‘It’s been a challenging few weeks and the CO2 shortage went on a bit longer than everyone thought’

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Tesco Cadle, Swansea: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

19 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

‘We have over 600 employees, so probably one of the biggest stores in Wales’

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Morrisons West Kirby: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

12 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

‘Our store is right by the beach so good weather really does drive sales’

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Sainsbury's Ashton Gate, Bristol: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

05 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

’It’s about going the extra mile for customers and always putting them first - our employees are great at this’

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Morrisons Ty Glas Road, Cardiff: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

28 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

‘You have to start every day thinking ‘what would our customers want?’’

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Asda Hellesdon, Norwich: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

21 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

‘Our store is 35 years old and we’ve had a few refurbishments over the years’

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Morrisons Carmondean, Livingston: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

14 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

‘The store is a real hub of the community. It’s been serving the area for 35 years and it’s a very friendly environment’

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Waitrose Southend: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

‘We have a number of food to go options now with the café and a new Sushi Daily bar’

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Sainsbury's Nantwich: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

31 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

‘Our clothing sold really well over the bank holiday, especially with the 25% promotion we had’

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Sainsbury's Sprucefield Park: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

24 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

‘Intu and the council are planning to install an 80-room hotel, 12 new retail units and a large public space through lands

Store manager: Steve Jones

Sainsbury's Frome: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

17 May 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

‘We have 10 colleagues who have been here since day one, which is great as they have lots of experience and knowledge to share’

Store manager: Susan Stuhlfelder

Morrisons Bangor: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The great weather came in time for the bank holiday weekend, which was brilliant

Store manager: Mark Maidment

Sainsbury's Deal, Kent: Grocer 33 store of the week Subscription

03 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Store manager Mark Maidment has been with the supermarket for 33 years

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Asda back on top form with lowest price for 20 items Subscription

09 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Asda’s £53.32 total meant it came in £2.46 cheaper than second-place Sainsbury’s

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First win of the Grocer 33 year for Tesco thanks to promos Subscription

05 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Tesco was £1.34 cheaper than Morrisons, both of which had a key deal on vodka

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Asda claims Grocer 33 win thanks to keener prices on fresh Subscription

26 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Walmart-owned retailer’s £55.33 total was £1.75 cheaper than Morrisons

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CO2 crisis still affecting soft drinks and bottled water Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Twitter users across the UK have expressed concerns over ongoing shortages of their favourite brands

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As loyalty gets more personal and immediate, Clubcard is moving with the times Subscription

01 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Surely time is up on the era of shoppers waiting eagerly at home for their vouchers

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Slow checkouts frustrate shoppers most, finds poll

01 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Out of stocks and trouble finding products also led to shopper frustration

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Webinars

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Plastic and the Packaging Conundrum

Plastic is the new public enemy number one. But how should the industry, which is so reliant on plastic as a packaging solution, respond?

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The Soft Drinks Sugar Levy Webinar

What does the Sugar Levy mean? Everything you ever wanted to know and never dared to ask

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Coca-Cola: How to Bring Sales and Operations Alive with Data

Implementing a robust Sales and Operation process at Coca-Cola

Whitepapers

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WHITE PAPER – Accelerate your supply chain as retail pressure intensifies

Big or small, Food and Drink manufacturers are under pressure. Supermarket range reviews, massive retail mergers, the backlash against plastic packaging and the ongoing unpredictability of Brexit are just some of the huge challenges facing them in 2018. 

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WHITE PAPER – Innovation… who gives a SHIFT?

There was a time where it was enough to do one thing and do it well. When simply providing a solid product and service would support your business model for many years, if not decades. But the world has changed and continues to change… fast. Brands need to be planning ahead, but also ready to react when the competition start to encroach on their territory.  

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White Paper: A new model for launching new products

As three in four new product launches currently fail within a year, Bray Leino’s new comms model suggests how the traditional approach can evolve to de-risk the launch process. Hosted by The Grocer, Bray Leino invited marketers from leading food and drink brands to discuss this hypothesis. That discussion is the basis for this paper.

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