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Exclusive: Aldi confirms it plans to keep controversial "self-tipping" measures

Friday 17 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

New information acquired exclusively by the Retail Gazette reveals that Aldi has made no plans to scrap the controversial “self-tipping” measures exposed earlier this week by the BBC. Discount retailers Aldi and Lidl were criticised by both union representatives and workers fo...


Aldi & Lidl in hot water over treatment of drivers

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Discount grocers Aldi and Lidl have come under fire following a BBC investigation revealing their delivery drivers are forced to do the work of warehouse staff. In order to maintain low prices, lorry drivers for the grocers are told to unload their own deliveries, prompting cr...


Supermarket sales skyrocket amid inflation & retail sales decline

Tuesday 07 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Supermarket sales grew at the fastest rate since 2014, despite inflation rates doubling and overall retail sales declining. Kantar Worldpanel’s grocery market share figures have shown that in the 12 weeks to February 26, supermarket sales grew by 2.3 per cent year-on-year. Lik...


400 jobs axed and thousands of hours cut at Sainsbury's

Monday 06 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

A major restructure at Sainsbury’s will see 400 staff jobs axed with thousands more to be affected by changes to working hours. The UK’s second-largest supermarket retailer plans to scrap the role of price controller, which involves a staff member ensuring the price labels aro...


Asda's suppliers told to wait 90 days for payments

Friday 03 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Big 4 grocer Asda has introduced harsher and longer payment terms for the suppliers of its clothing brand George in a turnaround effort. According to the Guardian, a letter sent by Asda on Tuesday to its suppliers stated that the waiting time for payments would now be up to 90...


Aldi opens 700th store

Wednesday 01 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Aldi has just opened its 700th store in the UK, just weeks after it officially became the country's fifth-largest grocer. The German discount supermarket chain also confirmed have 1000 UK stores by 2022. The 700th store opened in Whitstable, Kent, and is one of the 70 stores t...


Aldi, Primark, TK Maxx, Poundworld & TJ Hughes swoop in on former BHS sites

Friday 24 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Discount and budget retailers are swooping in on a raft of former BHS department stores across the UK. According to Property Week, Aldi has signed a 20-year lease on a former 20,000sq ft BHS site Cameron Toll Shopping Centre in Edinburgh, while Poundworld is close to confirmin...


Which? survey crowns Waitrose for 3rd consecutive year

Thursday 16 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Which? has announced the results of its supermarket consumer satisfaction survey, with Waitrose, Iceland and Marks & Spencer taking the top spots. Upmarket grocer Waitrose was awarded best for in-store experience, closely followed by M&S and discounters Aldi and Lidl in joint ...


Co-op Bank goes up for sale

Monday 13 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Co-op has announced that its banking arm will put itself up for sale, as it continues to underperform and make substantial losses. The grocery company will sell all of its shares in Co-op Bank, which almost led to the collapse of the retailer in 2013 after it racked up a £1 bi...


Lidl CEO resigns over internal "disagreements"

Wednesday 08 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Sven Seidel has announced a shock departure from German discount supermarket Lidl, amid conflict with its owners. Following a near three-year stint as chief executive of the group, Lidl’s boss will be replaced by long standing board member Jesper Højer. His sudden departure is...