Waitrose & Partners news

12 July 2013
Waitrose has announced its intention to launch temperature controlled collection lockers enabling customers to collect their orders at their own convenience. Building on online growth This initiative is the latest move by Waitrose to build on the 50.1% growth the retailer is seeing in its online business. The lockers are able to store orders at ambient, chilled and frozen temperatures and wil...
02 July 2013
Waitrose’s frozen beef facility is now in operation and sees the retailer take control of the whole production process, according to press reports. Yorkshire facility The facility is up and running and is run by its beef supplier Dovecote Park. This extends the suppliers responsibility from just handling Waitrose’s fresh beef to also processing its frozen beef for burgers and ready meals. Thi...
28 May 2013
Waitrose has signed an agreement to supply Chilean retailer, Unimarc, with British products, according to press reports. This follows on from a recent announcement that the retailer was to supply Eurostar with on-board catering. Exporting British goods Following an approach from Unimarc, Waitrose will begin exporting more than 40 products to Unimarc stores in Chile. The range will include t...
23 April 2013
Employees are Waitrose distribution centres (DCs) are to be equipped with headsets enabling voice picking, according to press reports. Trial at Aylesford Waitrose has trialled the system, provided by Red Prairie, at its chilled and produce warehouses in Aylesford. It will be rolled out to Aylesford’s ambient warehouse as well as the new DC in Leyland. Other depots will follow in 2014. ...
13 March 2013
Waitrose posted a strong performance in 2012 with online operations driving its sales growth. 49% sales growth for online Waitrose gross sales for the year ending 26 January 2013 were £5.7bn, an increase of 6.7%. Profits also grew to £292.3m an increase of 12.2%. The fastest growing segment of Waitrose’s business is online, which delivered sales growth of 49%. Growth driving network change...
25 February 2013
Waitrose is to trial a drive through click and collect service enabling customers to collect their orders without stepping inside the store according to press reports. Extending click and collect Waitrose currently has 157 stores which are click and collected enabled. Starting with the Cheltenham store, the retailer is to enable shoppers to collect their shopping from a collection area in...
19 February 2013
Waitrose is stepping up vertical integration in its supply chain with the opening of a new production facility. New processing facility Waitrose will open the unit within the next three months and it will be based at Dovecote Park’s facility in Yorkshire. This development extends the activities between the two companies into frozen meat products. Dovecote Park has supplied Waitrose with b...
15 January 2013
Waitrose is re-structuring its distribution centre (DC) network and will exit its Bardon DC, according to press reports. Exit later this year Waitrose will exit the Leicestershire based operation later this year after deciding not to renew its contract with Kuehne + Nagel. The contract was due to expire on 31 May 2013 but has been extended to 1 September 2013. This will mark the end of ...