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McColl’s to trial Morrison’s Daily

McColl’s to trial Morrison’s Daily

Talking Retail reports that McColl’s is to trial the Morrison’s Daily fascia at 10 of its stores. The trial, which begins in April, will see McColl’s supplied with Morrison’s own label products. Morrison’s has supplied McColl’s 1,300 convenience stores and 350 newsagents since January 2018.

M&S Simply Food is best UK convenience store chain.

The Daily Mirror reports that Which? researched 9,000 shoppers to find the best and worst convenience stores in the UK. In this country shoppers spend significant money in local stores but they are far from impressed by them. The winner was M&S Simply Food which scored 68% across all measures: quality of own label, fresh produce, wide choice of items, in-store experience, staff helpfulness, appearance and queue length. Low scorers in the Which? survey were McColl’s and Londis who both scored particularly low on own label and fresh produce.

Ocado switches to M&S and ditches Waitrose

The Grocer reports that a deal announced between Ocado and M&S will see M&S buy 50 % of Ocado’s retail business under a new joint venture, and supply roughly 10% of the online supermarket’s SKUs. M&S has agreed to pay £750m for the deal, which will also see it replacing Ocado supplier Waitrose from September 2020.

Menzies to handle DRS returns?

Better Retailing is reporting that Menzies has expressed an interest in handling bottle collections from stores as part of the deposit returns scheme (DRS) planned from Scotland. David Woodrow owner of Woodrow’s in Renfrewshire told RN “We involved Menzies from the beginning because they visit almost every shop in Scotland every day.”

Self-Scanning leads to higher thefts

Talking Retail is reporting that retail companies which installed self-scanning checkout technologies saw theft increase by almost a third. The research data from 13 retail companies based in the US and Europe also found that scan & go systems were likely to result in 18% more losses than those retailers not using self-pay technology. The research was carried out by the shopper solution company Checkpoint Systems and the ECR Community Shrinkage and On-Shelf Availability Group.

Tesco increases bottle sizes for DRS trial

The Grocer reports that Tesco has increased the size of the bottles that can be recycled in its deposit return scheme (DRS) after revealing it has now seen 100,000 pass through its vending machines.

David Gilroy

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