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Waitrose: innovation holds the key to new opportunities

UK food retailer Waitrose's first-half results bring a few surprises. Sales grew 7.1% as further investment in service and quality helped distance it from the likes of Tesco and Sainsbury. With a solid pipeline of new store openings over the coming 12 months, and further opportunities in the North, Waitrose has much potential for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2007
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Waitrose: expansion not convenient for competitors

Waitrose, the retailer owned by the John Lewis partnership, is set for expansion into the rapidly growing but increasingly competitive convenience segment of food retailing. The new stores are expected to aim at the premium end of the market. Although a national convenience store operation would take years to grow, Waitrose could be impacting in local areas within a year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2008
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Waitrose: expanding its convenience offer

Waitrose has announced plans to open up to 300 new convenience stores and strengthen its ties with the health and beauty retailer Boots. The two retailers will trial selling each other's ranges, with Waitrose supplying food to Boots and Boots providing Waitrose with a health and wellbeing range. With the convenience market consolidating, the time is right for Waitrose to expand.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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Waitrose: blueprint for international growth?

Waitrose has signed a licensing agreement to open more than 20 sites in the Gulf by 2010. Waitrose's decision to license its fascia to a retail partner in the Gulf is a further indication of the retailer's more aggressive approach to expansion. If successful, it could provide the template for further international growth alongside the buoyant prospects of its UK operations.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jan 2008
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Waitrose: being nice to little guys

UK supermarket Waitrose is keen to work with more small, local and regional producers. The retailer has launched its Small Producers Charter, setting out its approach to the supply chain for the particular benefit of small scale and regional producers. This is a positive step to winning back trust from smaller producers, who've had their fingers burnt when playing with the big boys in the past.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Aug 2002
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Waitrose: a taste of Cornwall

Waitrose is hoping to gain from the growing interest in locally produced food, proposing a 50,000 sq ft Cornish Food Hall to be built near Falmouth. In a move that promotes positive supplier and retailer relations, numerous parties stand to benefit from this innovative concept.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2003
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Waitrose must develop a more active online strategy

Waitrose managing director Mark Price has taken a pragmatic prudent approach to online, but the retailer can't rest as online grocery rival Ocado continues to expand. While Waitrose continues to put its existing customers at the heart of everything it does, it needs to become more active in order to protect itself from becoming over-reliant on Ocado.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2013
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Waitrose is extending its international brand reach with new stores and increasing exports

Waitrose has expanded its store portfolio with outlet openings in Jersey and Bahrain during February, with four further Channel Islands stores soon to follow. Meanwhile, the retailer will continue to extend its brand equity in 2011 through the distribution of its own brand products in the US and Canada, as it maintains a two-pronged international development strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2011
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Visa: Australians choosing safer option?

Visa Australia has announced that debit card uptake in Australia rose significantly in the last quarter of 2005 and online spending boomed. Visa expects this trend to continue into the near future, and these latest statistics may be an indication of Australian consumers becoming more aware of the problems of credit card debt.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2006
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Virgin Wines: maturing nicely

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2000

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