Co-op news

09 July 2021
Co-op is set to expand its in-store recycling scheme for plastic bags and product wrapping. 2300 stores by November According to the Co-op, once the rollout is completed, it will host Europe’s most extensive in-store network recycling scheme for problem plastics. The scheme has been rolled out to 1,500 stores this month, and is set to be introduced to a total of 2,300 stores by November. ...
01 July 2021
Global food brands and a group of European supermarkets have teamed up with top food and environmental scientists to pilot front-of-pack environmental scores on food products from September. Who’s involved and how will it work? Among the major food brands involved in the pilot are Nestlé, Tyson Foods and Mash Direct.  As well as UK supermarkets Sainsbury’s, Co-op and M&S, Spanish supermarke...
17 June 2021
Unilever is teaming up with Asda and Co-op to ramp up refillable packaging trials across the UK. Participating stores include Glasgow, York, Rugby and Leeds According to Unilever, the aim of these new ‘test and learn’ trials is to gain a deeper understanding of the likelihood and habits of consumers using refillable and reusable packaging. The trials are set to test different refill models,...
18 March 2021
Central England Co-op has announced plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 90% by 2030. A seven-figure investment The company aims to eliminate 450,000 tonnes of carbon over a period of 10 years with a range of initiatives that include the full use of renewable electricity and leveraging new technologies such as low-carbon refrigeration and air conditioning systems, LED lighting, electri...
18 March 2021
East of England Co-op has ramped up its same-day grocery delivery service with Snappy Shopper. Seven locations added to the Snappy Shopper app Following a pilot that took place last December, seven additional locations are now included in the Snappy Shopper app. As a result, three quarters of the retailer’s 122 stores across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are now providing home deliveries....
14 December 2020
Central England Co-op is running a trial of refill station at its new flagship store in Lichfield. In partnership with Suma The zero-waste refill station was developed in partnership with Suma, a wholesale worker co-operative. Suma supplies the products in the refill hub, such as pulses, cereals, nuts and dried fruits. The latest trial, which will allow shoppers to fill their own contain...
11 December 2020
Co-op has announced plans to replace its entire fleet of fossil-powered home delivery vans with electric versions. 200 diesel vans phased out by 2025 The move indicates Co-op’s commitment to accelerate zero emissions deliveries and reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2025. The retailer intends to use initially Renault Kangoo EVs. However, the choice of model might change...
26 November 2020
Co-op is expanding its use of autonomous home delivery by rolling out the service to shoppers in Northampton. The retailer says has it has ambitions to use as many as 300 robots by the end of 2021 as it looks for more towns and cities in which to operate autonomous deliveries The autonomous service will serve around 5,000 Northampton households with contactless deliveries. Initially deliveries...
18 November 2020
Many retailers are currently looking to maximise the online channel opportunity in response to the growing demand for online grocery shopping, particularly amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Technology as well as shoppers’ expectations are changing rapidly, which brings the need for strategic partnerships with third parties. In this context, we highlight the latest supply chain development...
28 October 2020
Co-op is preparing to roll out new IT capability to 2,600 stores in the next few weeks following a successful trial. The development is expected to improve planning and space allocation, increase availability, reduced waste and help support better communication across the extended supply chain. The scale of the rollout is significant, and Co-op is taking a phased approach, with work to migr...