When Sainsbury's new boss hosts a virtual focus group with supermarket shoppers on his first day in charge on Monday, the conversation will be radically different from the one he might have imagined when he got the job.
Debenhams continues to face major challenges and is still to close nearly 30 of its stores, but the company is moving fast to make sure it gets its messaging right and has made a second senior hire in marketing.
M&S is focusing heavily on its retail operations and said that it has added two key new roles to the organisation to help it build “a store estate that’s fit for the future with industry-leading store operations”.
Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe, has bowed to the inevitable and is stepping down from his role in May. He’s being replaced by current Retail and Operations Director Simon Roberts, who’s been at the firm for three years.
The winter version of Love Island is having a big impact on product sales in Britain, a release from general merchandise retailer Argos claimed on Tuesday, with beauty tools and other products surging.
Sainsbury's retail and operations director Simon Roberts has emerged as the internal favourite to succeed Mike Coupe as chief executive if the supermarket group opts to promote from within, reports said.
There was good news and bad from UK supermarkets giant Sainsbury's on Wednesday as the company’s third-quarter trading statement (the 15 weeks to January 4) showed weak sales, although fashion was stronger.
The shift in consumer focus from physical stores to online shopping was underlined this week on news of a £51.4m deal to transform a London retail park into a logistics hub with warehousing for online businesses.