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Retail Gazette Loves: Lidl Surprises, British Daffodils

Thursday 23 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Lidl has released the latest advert in their Lidl Surprises campaign which aims to tackle misconceptions about the quality and origin of its produce. In preparation for Mother’s Day this weekend and Easter, the latest advert focuses on Lidl’s 95p daffodils and invites doubtful...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Lidl's new Scottish distribution centre to create 360 new jobs

Thursday 23 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Lidl has won planning approval from North Lanarkshire Council for a new regional distribution centre, which is expected to create up to 360 jobs. Located at Eurocentral on Coddington Crescent at the end of the M8, the grocer will also relocate its 400-strong workforce from Liv...

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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 ...

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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...

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Ex-BHS stores continue to find new owners

Tuesday 07 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Two former BHS stores at shopping centres in Walthamstow and Redditch have found new tenants. Lidl has signed a 25-year lease on an 18,000sq ft space at The Mall in Walthamstow, which is expected to open in early summer. Capital & Regional, the company who let the properties, ...