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Amazon groceries grab headlines, but shoppers won't be swayed

Amazon is reportedly planning to expand its online grocery service to Los Angeles this month, but will it be a success? The current state of the market dictates no, with limited demand for online grocery and high set-up costs a significant barrier to entry.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2013
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Marks & Spencer: two heads are better than one

Yet again, Marks & Spencer's food arm has exceeded general merchandise. The innovative and unique food offer is far from replicated by GM, and the retailer's current management structure is doing little to help. What M&S needs is stronger direction in GM from a product-focused professional.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2013
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Tesco: testing foodservice with Taylor Street coffee chain

By investing in a joint venture to learn from the upmarket coffee chain Taylor Street, Tesco is highlighting the increasing interest of grocers in the foodservice sector. The retailer has learned from the unsuccessful standalone venture of competitor Sainsbury's and will take a more subtle role in researching the market before possible entry.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Aug 2012
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Boots: going back for seconds in the convenience food sector?

Following the announcement of its partnership with Walgreens earlier in June, it has been confirmed that Boots has been in talks with Irish retail and wholesale group Musgrave, which runs the Budgens and Londis symbol groups in the UK. This news comes after Boots and Waitrose decided to end their partnership earlier this year, which is currently being phased out.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2012
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Healthy vines support Majestic Wine

Majestic has posted another year of solid growth as it continues to dominate specialist wine sales. In a market that has been increasingly difficult for specialists, Majestic has managed to use its strengths in customer engagement alongside a knowledgeable workforce to secure loyal customers. While its goal of 330 UK stores seems ambitious Majestic is working on improving its online proposition.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2012
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Pasty tax will be hard to swallow for Greggs

Greggs has had a difficult start to 2012, with like-for-like sales hit by bad weather and weak consumer spending. The retailer is pinning its hopes on the Olympics and the Jubilee, but faces controversial legislation set to add VAT to many of its goods. Rather than opposing the proposed tax, it would be wise to plan how it will phase in the inevitable price increases over the coming months.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
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Greggs benefiting from increasing resonance among a widening range of consumers

UK foodservice operator Greggs has benefited from its continued aggressive space expansion during the 12 months to January 1, 2011. Despite like-for-like growth of just 0.2%, total sales increased by 0.6% off the back of a net 68 new retail outlets. Datamonitor believes that Greggs is well positioned to continue to take advantage of emerging value, convenience, and health trends.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2011
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Stokes: closure hints at wider troubles faced by independent food specialists

The collapse of Stokes greengrocers has brought to light the difficult market conditions in which food specialists are currently operating, as multiples and symbol groups expand in neighborhood locations. As traditional players fight to maintain relevance, Verdict believes that survival in the convenience market will depend on differentiation and specialization.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2010
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Woolworths and IGA: supermarkets go local

Independent grocery network IGA recently launched an advertising campaign emphasizing the local individualism of each of its 1,000 independent stores. The launch came days after Woolworths announced it would clearly label its range of Tasmanian produce. Supermarkets are increasingly tapping into the 'local' trend, driven by consumers' desire to support and feel part of their community.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2010
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VAT rise: another damper on already cautious spenders

While the UK government's move to increase VAT to 20% in January 2011 will reduce volumes and add to inflationary pressures in retail, the effect will be minimal given that consumer spending habits are already changing, with shoppers being more cautious and value-conscious. As retailers pre-empt the VAT increase to prepare shoppers, Verdict expects to see prices rise in the latter half of 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010

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