Co-operative invested £1.2m in St Columb’s Co-operative Food Stores to transform the shopping experience for the community

MANCHESTER, 2014-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Improvements are in-store at The Co-operative Food in the St Columb area of Cornwall following a £1.2m investment in its three stores to transform the shopping experience for the community.

The store in St Columb Road was the latest to re-open when the ribbon was cut earlier this month (November) following a near £425,000 transformation, it was the third of three Co-operative food stores in the St Columb area to benefit from the combined £1.2m investment.

Its store in Church Street, St Columb Minor re-opened at the end of last month (October), while its store in Fore Street, St Columb Major, re-launched in September. All three have been redefined with a new format including an enhanced bakery range, and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

Each store will also pioneer a new role, known as a Community Pioneer, where a member of the food store team will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs.

Martin Trethewey, Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food in the area, said:

“We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in our stores in the St Columb area, and delighted that we now have three fantastic new-look food stores with which to serve these communities – it is an exciting time for the whole team.“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit. The stores will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how The Co-operative can benefit local groups.“With the combination of our redefined stores, innovations in our own-brand ‘Loved by us’ range, and The Co-operative’s commitment to lowering prices on hundreds of everyday essentials under its ‘Fair and square’ prices banner, I am confident we will provide the community with everything needed to pick-up delicious food conveniently and create inspirational and tasty meals at home.”

Notes to Editors:

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.

For further information please contact

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505551

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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co-operative Xest Says Essential Regular Exercise Is Accessible To All

Following a recent report by health experts stating that even just 15 minutes of exercise a day can significantly improve your wellbeing and life expectancy, co-operative Xest has spoken out to remind people that exercise is possible for people of all abilities and ages.

The results of research published by medical journal The Lancet, which reviewed the activities, behaviours and health of more than 400,000 people in Taiwan, revealed that 90 minutes of moderate exercise per week can help people to live for three years longer.

Similar data in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine hinted that a lazy lifestyle, including six hours a day sitting motionless in front of the television, can reduce life expectancy by five years.

It is therefore important for people to incorporate exercise into their daily routine wherever and whenever possible – even if it is during that time spent watching television. It is especially vital that those with limited mobility take note of this, as such exercises can also improve problems with circulation and related conditions.

co-operative Xest Managing Director, Andrea Dipple said: “There are numerous exercises that can be done while sitting down, using equipment such as a Seated Pedal Exerciser. This allows the user to secure their feet into pedals and rotate in a cycling action, with variable resistance. Minimal assembly is required and it is easy to move around into convenient places.

“For those at risk or suffering from circulation problems, we recommend the Deep Vein Thrombosis Airogym Exerciser, which has a simple design created by an airline captain for use during long flights. It consists of two air compartments which can be inflated orally and can be used to exercise the calf muscles.”

According to updated advice offered by the UK government, a couple of 10-minute sessions of this kind of activity per day – or a 30-minute session on five days each week – could have a very positive impact on a person’s health. It may also gradually encourage them to be more daring with their exercise regime and build it up as they become stronger.

co-operative Xest also supplies shower seats for those with mobility difficulties, alongside a wide range of other products designed for people who want to make their everyday lives easier.

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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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