Sainsbury selects Blue Yonder to power its supply chain transformation strategy

UK – Leading UK retailer, Sainsbury’s has selected Blue Yonder to feed its supply chain strategy leveraging the company’s end-to-end platform as the foundation of the retailers supply chain transformation. Through the partnership, Sainsbury’s will deploy Blue Yonder to power its end-to-end supply chain strategy, on a single artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform. To support the business’ future supply chain program, Sainsbury’s is also poised to benefit from extending its current Blue Yonder solutions footprint, with powerful new capabilities. These current and new capabilities will now span AI-powered demand forecasting and…

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Sainsbury’s pledges US$1.31bn investment towards becoming carbon neutral by 2040

UK – Sainsbury’s has committed to investing £1 billion (US$1.31bn) over the next twenty years towards becoming a Net Zero business across its own operations by 2040. The investment, which is aligned to the Paris Climate Change Agreement, will be used in the implementation of a programme of changes, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging and water usage. Sainsbury’s will also focus on increasing recycling, biodiversity and healthy and sustainable eating.  Sainsbury’s plans to will work with the Carbon Trust to assess emissions and set…

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Sainsbury’s announces succession plan as CEO Mike Coupe retires

UK – British supermarket group, Sainsbury’s has appointed Simon Roberts as the group’s Chief Executive Officer following Mike Coupe’s decision to retire after almost six years as the retailer’s CEO. Simon, who is the Retail and Operations Director at the group, will start as Chief Executive Officer from 1st June 2020 while Mike will continue in his role as Chief Executive until the end of May 2020. Mike will also remain a director in the retail giant from 1st June until the AGM on 2nd July 2020, at which point…

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Britain’s Sainsbury’s signs private label deal with Australian retailer Coles

UK – British supermarket group, Sainsbury’s has signed a major deal to supply private label products to Australia’s second largest retail chain Coles. The arrangement, which Sainsbury’s says is its biggest wholesale deal yet, will see Coles sell a new range of groceries and packaged foods from pre-made meals, to health food and icecream among others. Coles chief executive, Greg Davis said that the partnership with Sainsbury’s will “accelerate the introduction of innovative products to Coles Own Brand” by opening up “a range of food and groceries that are already…

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Sainsbury’s to launch UK’s first no and low alcohol pub

UK – UK’s leading supermarket, Sainsbury’s is set to launch industry’s first pub that will only serve non-alcoholic and low alcohol drinks for consumers who want to enjoy these categories. Taking a model similar to traditional pubs, the facility will provide no alcohol or low alternatives to wines, beers and spirits with up to 0.5% ABV. The new pub is referred to as ‘The Clean Vic’ and will open its doors on New Oxford Street from 24th to 25th July, serving a wide range of beers, wines and mocktails. There…

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Sainsbury’s opens meat-free butchers to meet plant-based demand

UK – UK’s leading supermarket, Sainsbury’s has unveiled UK’s first meat-free butchers to expand its plant-based product offerings in a market where consumers are demanding healthier foods. Launched during World Meat Free Week, the butcher shops replace the traditional style butchers, offering customers an array of cuts and joints derived from 100% plant-based alternatives. The meat substitutes will be made from mushroom, jackfruit and even pea protein, enabling customers to choose from over a dozen high quality fresh foods in the shop. The industry is also boosted by sustainability trends,…

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Sainsbury’s launches reverse-vending trial to boost plastic recycling

UK – UK leading supermarket chain, Sainsbury has launched reverse vending machine trial at its Lincoln store in commitment to boost plastic recycling. The Reverse Vending Recycling will allow customers to return plastic bottles of any size up to 3 litres and drinks cans bought from Sainsbury’s in exchange for 5p coupons towards their shop. Up to 500 items can be deposited per customer, which means customers could save up to £25 off their shopping, according to Sainsbury. The Reverse Vending Recycling trial is the latest in a line of…

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UK competition body stops Sainsbury’s-Asda proposed merger deal

UK – The UK competition watchdog, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed merger between retail chains Sainsbury’s and Asda amid extensive competition concerns. The competition authority cited concerns around possible price monopolies, likely to increase the cost of goods in British retail stores as well as online. In its report, CMA noted that the merger between UK’s largest supermarkets would probably affect the quality of service as well as reduction in the range of products available for customers. Decision to block the merger was also attributed to…

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Sainsbury’s first UK supermarket to sell edible insects in stores

UK – Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom has agreed to stock edible insect products at its stores, becoming Britain’s first to stock edible bugs. Sainsbury’s will be launching Smoky BBQ Crunchy Roasted Crickets produced by Eat Grub in 250 stores across the country. The insect snacks are designed to be eaten alone as a snack or used to garnish dishes such as tacos, noodles or salads. They can be found online from Eat Grub as whole insects, encouraging consumers to stir-fry grasshoppers and make…

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Sainsbury’s to start trials for the smartphones payment system

UK – Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in UK, is planning to get rid of checkouts as its tests new technology that allows customers to scan and pay for shopping using their smartphone. According to Sun, this is not the first time that Sainsbury’s has tested the technology as last year the lunchtime shoppers at Sainsbury’s London Euston Station store had the opportunity to trial the “scan & go” app, to buy the £3 On The Go meal deal without visiting the checkout. Sun also added that according…

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