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Tesco’s deal with Booker: Attempt to control the UK food supply chain?

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The deal, announced in January 2017, grants several benefits to Tesco. It means that the incumbent retailer can expand even faster in the UK food convenience sector, the fastest growing part of the grocery market for a number of years. The merger with Booker will also give the retail giant the access to a new territory – the “out-of-home” eating market, as it will be taking over the supplier to a string of restaurants and cinemas. This is a new area for Tesco, but one that accounts for around a… Read more

Tesco-Booker: The Squeeze on Small Businesses

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Tesco, one of the largest retailers in the world, is the most dominant supermarket in the UK market. Its recent announcement to merge with Booker was a surprise to all. Booker occupies a very different area of the market, primarily offering bulk-purchase supply to small retailers, both independent and franchised stores under brands it owns, such as Londis and Budgens. At first glance then, this seems an odd target for Tesco; to merge operations with a company whose target market is so different to its own. Indeed, no one considers… Read more

Next alone in its Christmas disappointment

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The Christmas trading period is the most important time of the year for retailers, accounting for a significant proportion of a company’s sales and profit. In January 2017, numerous UK retailers revealed their Christmas 2016 trading results, with many high street retailers hailing the festive period a success. A notable exception to this was Next PLC, which revealed it had faced a difficult Christmas trading period and warned of a problematic retail environment in the UK as a whole. On 4th January 2017, Next was the first high street retailer… Read more

Sainsbury’s trialing one-hour delivery service

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Supermarkets in the UK have faced a tough marketplace in recent years. The recession, and the accompanying squeeze on incomes, has led to many consumers becoming shrewd in their purchases and increasingly looking to find the cheapest option. This has led to a climate in which discounters, and in particular Aldi and Lidl, have been able to thrive. All of the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets have seen their market share eroded by the discounters, which led to a debilitating round of price wars in which profits were eroded. As such, there… Read more

Supermarkets facing up to the discounters; Asda left behind?

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Supermarkets in the UK have faced a tough marketplace in recent years. The recession, and the accompanying squeeze on incomes, has led to many consumers becoming shrewd in their purchases and increasingly looking to find the cheapest option. This has led to a climate in which discounters, and in particular Aldi and Lidl, have been able to thrive. The impact on the big four supermarkets has been evident. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, and Morrison’s have all seen sales fall and profits eroded. Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Morrison’s all responded to the… Read more

Big retail takes control of Russian food market

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The Russian food market is amongst the largest and most populated globally. As the population of 146 million people continues to grow, they are also buying more food. There are a lot of opportunities for further development, especially in the convenience segment, as the grocery retail market is significantly less saturated than in Western Europe. Changes in tastes and technology have opened up the sector to new suppliers and new ideas. However, after almost a decade of double digit growth, this over $300bn market has seen a significant deceleration recently… Read more

Morrison’s: Can’t match up to the discounters?

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From November 2, 2015, Morrison’s will be making changes to its Match & More scheme. The program will no longer include Match points on comparable shopping. The scheme, which was introduced in October 2014, gained widespread coverage in the UK for its promise to match the discounters, Aldi and Lidl, on price or refund the difference in the form of points, with vouchers being issued once enough points have been accumulated. While the other major supermarkets in the UK have their own price promise schemes, none have been brave enough… Read more

Pack your bags: England joins other UK nations in ending free plastic bags with caveats

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England has become the final part of the UK to introduce a charge for plastic carrier bags in a bid to slash the 7.6 billion handed out annually. However, several caveats and exemptions may stifle the scheme’s success compared to other parts of the UK. Although some retailers (such as M&S and the German discounters Aldi and Lidl) have already introduced plastic bag charges, the government has moved to employ a strategy used in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland which has reduced consumption of plastic bags dramatically. The 7.6 billion… Read more

Consumer Law: Shifting power from businesses to consumers

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As of October 1, 2015 new consumer protection measures came into force in the UK. Under the Consumer Rights Act, customers are now entitled to a full refund on faulty goods for up to 30 days after the purchase. This area was previously rather sketchy, with consumers only being entitled to refunds for a ‘reasonable time’. A further measure has been the introduction of new protection for those purchasing digital content, allowing for a replacement on downloads that do not work. What’s more, if a digital download infects a user’s… Read more

The driving force behind Aldi’s success: Phantom Brands

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Discount supermarket Aldi reported a 65% jump in pre-tax profits in September 2014. More than 95% of Aldi’s products are own label, but many of its products lack direct reference to the retailer. As discussed in the MarketLine case study, Supermarket private labels: growth following economic downturn; market share for retailer brands has increased rapidly over the years, most notably in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.  After years of consistent market share increases, private label now has its strongest competitive position ever. Of particular interest is the… Read more

Tesco: Fallout from profit overstating continues

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Yesterday (September 22), the UK’s largest retailer Tesco had to make the embarrassing and damaging admission that its first half profits had been overstated by some £250m (approximately $390m). Consequently, profits for the period are now expected to be around £850m (approximately $1,328.8m) rather than the originally-reported £1.1bn (approximately $1.7bn); quite a difference. The fallout has been catastrophic and has prompted some serious questions that have led to staff suspensions, a delay in publishing its first half results, and the intervention of legal and accounting firms. Following the shock announcement,… Read more

Another American dream over: the failure of Tesco PLC in the US

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Tesco joined a growing list of failed British retailers in the US – including J Sainsbury and Marks & Spencer, as it finally disposed of its US venture Fresh & Easy in November 2013. The scale of losses the company incurred is astonishing- amounting to £1bn in just 6 years. Just how did Britain’s largest grocery retailer, with numerous international businesses, fail so badly? The difficulties faced by Tesco’s Fresh & Easy US venture may be best understood as an interaction between macro-economic problems in the US economy and conceptual… Read more

The rise of e-commerce in fashion in supermarkets

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The increasing popularity of online retail has resulted in an increase in online purchases making it an attractive means for retailers to drive top line growth. Asda has boosted its presence in the online marketplace with its website direct.asda.com which offers a wide range of products including its own clothing brand, George. Asda sells over one million products across ‘Asda Direct’ and ‘George.com’, it can utilize the opportunity to market its presence across the globe through Internet services and increase its customer base. Furthermore, enhancement of the internet service could… Read more

Fashion in supermarkets not supermarket fashion

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The UK apparel retail industry has experienced fluctuating levels of low growth in recent years which may potentially make it less attractive to new entrants. During a time of financial crisis and low disposable income, consumers are less likely to buy expensive designer wear. According to British national newspaper, the Telegraph, two-thirds of people reported living on less disposable income than last year (2012), and are trying to stretch out a low monthly expenditure budget of £192 ($304). Supermarkets have been able to establish themselves during the economic downturn by… Read more

Coconut Water Consolidating Growth in a Burgeoning Segment

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Coconut water has experienced a lot of initial success in the US due to its unique taste profile and sports nutrition benefits. Now is a pivotal time to further consolidate and grow the market, lest it be dismissed as just another ‘fad’ category. The myriad of health benefits associated with consumption means that a natural positioning for coconut water has been a healthier alternative to sports nutrition drinks. This has particular appeal to athletes who have become reticent in recent times to consume some of the more commercially popular sports… Read more

Fiber Cereal – How One Ingredient Can Make or Break an Entire Category?

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Cereal manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand have struggled to gain traction in the fiber cereal category. Not only do they have to contend with Kellogg’s dominance of the category, but they also face competition from non-cereal products touting the same benefits. This article investigates the appeal of fiber cereal, and how industry players can withstand competition from both within and outside of their category. The fiber cereal markets in Australia and New Zealand are characterized by numerous players, both new and established. Despite the number of products on offer… Read more

Post Recessionary Opportunities for Calorie Conscious Snacking

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The launch of Kraft Foods’ 100 calorie Oreo Thin Crisps in 2004 kick-started the 100 calorie food trend and marked a US snack revolution. However, after five consecutive years of market growth, this snack segment is now dwindling. Perhaps surprisingly, this comes at a time when both weight management and convenience remain core consumer issues. This case study will examine both the consumer and market issues that together will determine the future success of this currently diminishing category. In response to rising obesity levels, enhanced working pressures, and an increasingly… Read more

Tesco’s Grocery Retail in the US

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In 2007, UK based company Tesco PLC entered the US grocery market with its Fresh & Easy stores. This article will examine Tesco’s market entry, performance, the difficulties it has faced, and what the future holds for Fresh & Easy. On the surface, the US grocery retail market is an attractive prospect to potential new entrants. It is massive in size and scale compared to the UK, and has the potential to provide huge returns. In reality, grocery retailing in the US is a tough, highly competitive industry where market share… Read more

How Tesco Became the UK’s Largest Retailer?

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Tesco is the largest retailer in the UK and dominates the UK food and grocery market, accounting for almost a third of all grocery sales. This article examines the factors that have led to the growth of the company as the UK’s number one retailer. In 1995, Tesco overtook Sainsbury’s to become the UK’s largest retailer. Since that time the company has grown from strength to strength, widening its lead year on year. The unrivaled success of the Tesco Clubcard in building customer knowledge and generating loyalty has been fundamental to… Read more

Sainsbury’s and Tesco: Retaining market share during the credit crunch

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Sainsbury’s looks to be gaining ground on Tesco, at least in terms of sales revenue as the third largest (following Asda and Tesco) supermarket group announced a fourth quarter sales increase of 7.1% (excluding fuel). This, in conjunction with Tesco’s shrinking grocery market share, seems to make Sainsbury’s the biggest ‘winner’ following the horsemeat scandal, as consumers flock to the seemingly better quality meats and provisions in the iconic orange branded stores. Whenever an industry-wide scandal or external shock racks a market or industry, it is a race for PR… Read more