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"Free from" ranges see 36% boost as inflation hits grocers

Tuesday 04 April 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Inflation has continued to push up prices in the grocery sector as sales of gluten free items skyrockets by over a half. New figures from Kantar Worldpanel have revealed that in the 12 weeks to March 26, supermarket sales increased by 1.4 per cent, despite inflation rising 2.3...

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Lidl opens new distribution centre in West Midlands

Friday 31 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Lidl has just opened its 11th regional distribution centre (RDC) in the West Midlands, providing 400 jobs for the local area. Taking up 435,938sq ft, or 10 football pitches, the Wednesbury warehouse is also Lidl UK’s biggest. It’s the German discount grocer’s second distributi...

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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 ...