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Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has announced it will create 5,000 new roles in a bid to provide temporary employment for workers being laid off in the hospitality industry.  The move, comes as the UK hospitality sector bears a significant impact from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency as customers avoid restaurants, pubs and cafes in line with government advice.

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In a letter to customers, Co-op’s CEO Steve Murrells has explained how the retailer is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the role the business will play in supporting customers and colleagues. Key points: Food stores Staff are working round the clock to keep food stores stocked, clean and safe Investigating options to make sure the most vulnerable get the foo...
UK convenience retailer Co-op plans to roll out same-day delivery to more than 650 branches by the end of 2020. Pilot launched in March 2019 This announcement follows on from a successful pilot launched in March 2019, where Co-op used Digital Goodie’s connected commerce platform to provide West London shoppers with same-day delivery. Co-op’s digital team started the design and build of i...
This is the fourth and final blog in a series in which we look at how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have panned out. In this instance, I’ll be taking a look at Clarity on circularity . Across the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant surge in interest with regards to circular economies. Being sustainable is no longer a PR exercise, but an essential step that brings ...

Presentations

21/10/2019
An essential summary of supply chain priorities, latest network developments, and other key statistics for Co-op.
14/10/2019
Using global examples from retailers including Walmart, E.Leclerc, Carrefour and Amazon, among others, we explore different click and collect formats and how retailers and operators are approaching the opportunity.
21/02/2019
On shelf availability (OSA) provides retailers with a shopper perspective of service and a view of overall supply chain effectiveness. This report explores shopper responses to out of stock products and what retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Co-op are doing to improve OSA.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the UK government’s independent forecasting body, has issued a new edition of its regular Fiscal Risks Report.

This includes interesting content, relevant to grocery businesses. Chapter Nine examines climate change as a threat to economic performance and fiscal outcomes.

24 September, Manchester

At this year's IGD Co-op Trade Briefing, hear from Co-op’s leadership team on its initiatives for growth, with an extended lunch and even more networking time with key contacts. Click to find out what else is new.

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A practical one day workshop for all roles in suppliers, to help develop your understanding of the vital part that supply chains play in underpinning FMCG businesses.