Co-operative Food teams up with delivery specialist Hermes to launch ParcelShop service

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Mar-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Millions of Co-operative Food customers are set to benefit from a new service that will not only enable them to send parcels from their local store but have them delivered there as well.

The Co-operative has teamed up with Hermes, the consumer delivery specialist, to offer its ParcelShop service that provides consumers with an effective means of sending personal and business parcels, returning unwanted Internet purchases and to specify their local Co-op store as an alternative delivery address.

Following a successful pilot in 42 stores from today (15 March) the service is being extended to up to 450 outlets across the UK, making the Co-op one of Hermes’ biggest business partners.

Chris Whitfield, the Co-op’s Retail and Logistics Director said:

“As a community retailer we are committed to enhancing the communities in which we operate. The pilot scheme clearly demonstrated that the Hermes ParcelShop service is used and appreciated by many of our customers and so we are delighted to extend it to many more stores.”

Carole Woodhead, CEO of Hermes, said:

“By entering a partnership with such an established and trusted retailer like the Co-op, we have further strengthened our dedicated network of 4,500 ParcelShops. This partnership focuses on convenience, with consumers being able to buy groceries whilst also sending parcels, collecting or returning their online purchases, and vice versa.”

Further Information:

Dave Smith, Press and Media Manager – 07702 152 771

Halloween: Co-operative Food to find which is the best British apple for bobbing

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-10-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — With Halloween fast approaching, the Co-operative Food today, Tuesday, 20, October, reveals the results of research to find which is the best British apple for bobbing.

Commissioned by the community retailer, the study made a splash with students at the Co-operative Academy of Leeds who concluded that the Spartan apple pipped the Royal Gala (2nd) and Cox’s Orange Pippin (3rd) to be awarded the “best for bobbing” title.

Led by the Academy’s Head of Science, Christina McGhie, approaching 200 Year 8, 9, and 10 students got their teeth into a series of experiments designed to put popular British seasonal varieties to the test.

Students compared attributes considered core to bobbing performance by pressure testing the softness of the flesh and considering the size, shape, buoyancy, density and, stability of the fruit in the water.

The overall winner, Spartan – which was introduced into the UK in the mid-1930’s and whose sweet flavour makes it a popular choice as a cooking or dessert apple – will be displayed as “best for bobbing” in selected Co-operative food store’s across the UK.

Christina McGhie, Subject Leader for Science at the Co-operative Academy of Leeds, who supervised the research, said:

“The Academy was delighted to involve so many students in the study, they were intrigued by the science behind the research, the different techniques being employed and, that there are so many different types and flavour of British apple.

“There are pupils from around 80 different cultures and countries at the school, some who had never experienced the traditional game of apple bobbing, however all of them were enthralled by the study, taking into account all of the variables and declaring the Spartan to be best for bobbing.

“The day ended with pupils taking on the teachers in a game of apple bobbing and, in a reversal of the age-old tradition of pupils giving an apple to the teacher, The Co-op supplied enough fruit for the teachers to give all of our students an apple.”

Sarah Eldridge, the Co-op’s apple buyer, said:

“The meticulous way in which students at the Co-operative Academy of Leeds went about the research was fantastic. Bringing an Apple to school perhaps conjures up thoughts of technology among many pupils these days and, in an interesting twist, the Spartan is derived from the McIntosh apple.

“The Co-op works with growers and suppliers to ensure great tasting fresh produce in our stores and, with so many people enjoying apple bobbing at Hallowe’en, we were all keen to establish the best home-grown variety for this quintessentially British game.

“Various techniques were displayed, making waves in the bowl and pushing the apple to edge of the water however, it was found that the key to apple bobbing success lies with the choice of apple and with its soft flesh, medium size and buoyancy, the Spartan dessert apple enjoyed the sweet taste of victory.”

Adrian Barlow, Chief Executive of English Apples & Pears Ltd – which represents apple growers throughout the UK commented:

“This is a great initiative from The Co-op, the more we can engage and encourage young people, and consumers generally, to connect with healthy, fresh produce, the better. While there are many superb British varieties available at this time of the year – some old, some new – the Spartan has long been popular for bobbing. The findings reaffirm that the Spartan apple really is at its best around Hallowe’en with the combination of its sweet, clean and crisp taste and, just the right amount of juice, making it a popular choice.”

The Co-op has announced a £125M investment in quality, freshness and, lowering the price of everyday essentials – a move which has included pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables and, the introduction of revolving offers on popular produce, called “fresh three”.

Further Information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551


Halloween: Co-operative Food to find which is the best British apple for bobbing

Halloween: Co-operative Food to find which is the best British apple for bobbing

The Co-operative Does The Double At Retail Week Supply Chain Awards

The Co-operative Group has won the prestigious Supply Chain Project of the Year and the Grand Prix accolade at the first ever Retail Week Supply Chain Awards.

The Group won the Supply Chain Project of the Year Award, the biggest of the night, for the integration of Somerfield’s supply chain and the transformation of Lea Green distribution centre in St Helens. This award was shared with technology partner Manhattan Associates whose supply chain optimisation solutions played a key enabling role in the project.

However, the real success story of the night was the Group walking away with Grand Prix Award. This special award, which is not open to general entry but is conferred by the event’s organisers, was awarded by the judges who felt the Group had achieved a significant amount of change to the organisation, while also delivering a massive benefit to the enlarged Food shops business.

The Co-operative’s Supply Chain and Information Systems teams worked together to deliver the integration of the two organisations’ supply chains, which included a number of tactical solutions, such as including more fairtrade food and transport optimisation that has resulted in the significant reduction in transportation costs and has also removed more than 5,800 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

Mark Hale, the Group’s Director of Food Retail Information Systems, said: “These awards are recognition of all the fantastic people we have in our business and the hard work they put in to transform our supply chain for the benefit of our stores and customers.”

More than 400 of the UK’s top retailers attended the inaugural industry event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, which was hosted by comedian Russell Kane.

Trevor Ashworth, the Group’s Director of Food Retail Supply Chain, added:“This is a great collective achievement for both the Group and our partners within our supply chain. We’ve delivered a fantastic result, which was a major milestone in our integration plan for the Somerfield business, which also delivered huge business benefits.”

The Co-operative worked closely with a number of key partners, including Manhattan Associates, BT, Zetes and IBM, to successfully deliver the integration programme without impacting availability in its stores.

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The Co-operative Food Goes Green with Roll Out of Recycled Plastic Shopping Baskets

The Co-operative Group have always been known for their industry leading approach to green initiatives, whether it is their Plan Bee campaign to save the bees or opposition to tar sands, The Co-operative has made a point to ensure they operate ethically.

The Co-operative Food Goes Green with Roll Out of Recycled Plastic Shopping Baskets

Now the humble shopping basket is the latest to benefit f r o m a more green approach with a new design made f r o m 100% recycled plastic that would have otherwise been sent to refuse sites and landfills.

The newly designed shopping basket had been tested in selected Co-operative Food stores and after a big thumbs up f r o m shoppers it is hoped that by the end of the year at 1,000 of The Co-operative’s stores that 95,400 new baskets will be used by shoppers which will help save roughly 66 tonnes of plastic f r o m being sent to the landfills or for incineration.

Sean Toal, Commercial Director at The Co-operative Food said, “We’re proud to be at the forefront of green product innovation.

“We’re sure our customers will welcome the new generation of shopping baskets, which, as well as being kinder to the environment, are much easier to carry.”

The new baskets are also benefitting f r o m a more ergonomically friendly shape that contours around the leg to make carrying a basket full of shopping a more comfortable experience and reducing the strain put on the wrist.

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