Argos kicks off Black Friday bonanza Wednesday 15 November through Cyber Monday

Argos kicks off Black Friday bonanza Wednesday 15 November through Cyber Monday

 

Argos’s eagerly anticipated Black Friday bonanza will kick-off tomorrow – Wednesday 15 November – and run for 14 consecutive days through to Cyber Monday.

London, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The leading digital retailer will once again offer deals galore on thousands of products from top brands including Dyson, Phillips, Samsung, Xbox, PS4 and Lenovo across the whole period.
Whilst the deals remain a closely-guarded secret, there will be sizable discounts available on over 60,000 products across a range of toys, homewares and electricals.

Falling on 24 November, Black Friday – the most popular day in the shopping calendar – marks the start of the festive shopping season for customers, with many also taking advantage of the opportunity for self-gifting, adopting a ‘one for you, one for me’ state of mind.

Cyber Monday (27 November) also continues to be an important day for online shopping and falls around pay day for many people this year.

Argos expects Black Friday to be dominated by digital platforms again this year, after its website received more than 12 million visits in less than 24 hours during 2016.  Customers made a staggering 18 transactions a second at peak times during the day and 75 per cent of all visits were from mobile and tablet devices.

Free Fast Track store collection more than doubled year-on-year in 2016. Across the four days of the Black Friday weekend, Argos delivered 263,000 products to 146,000 customers through Fast Track delivery.

John Rogers, Argos CEO, said: “Last year’s Black Friday was the biggest and most successful shopping day ever for Argos, with the first hours seeing the largest amount of online traffic in our history.

“We have been busy preparing for the Black Friday period for many months now, ensuring our digital channels, stores and distribution centres are all geared up in anticipation for high levels of demand for what we expect to be fantastic deals across must-have products.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday have definitely changed how people shop for Christmas, with many using it for the initial burst of gift buying in the festive season, whether they choose to shop in store, online, or by mobile.”

Last year savvy shoppers were ready to snap up bargains as soon as deals went live at midnight – with half a million visits to Argos’s digital channels between midnight and 1am, equating to 8,000 visits per minute.

Tech and gaming fans were early birds, with 57 per cent of all deals purchased between 12am – 4.30am being video games consoles, games and tablets.

The biggest hour was 9-10am with 720,000 visits to the Argos website, equating to 12,000 visits a minute and 18 orders per second.

Argos has more than 800 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland, which includes approximately 150 Argos stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets, with 165 planned by Christmas 2017, and around 200 digital collection points in Sainsbury’s stores.”

Argos has recruited an additional 10,000 seasonal workers to help serve millions of customers in its stores over the festive period. On Black Friday itself, they will be joined by hundreds of head office workers helping out on the shop floor.

To get the deals and top products out to stores and customers’ homes, Argos’s 11 distribution centres covering more than five million square feet of floor space will have around 5,000 warehouse workers, supported by 3,000 Fast Track drivers, using 950 delivery vans based at local stores.

Argos’s Fast Track delivery service offers customers same-day home delivery in as little as four hours for just £3.95 and covers more than 90 per cent of the country.

On Black Friday, same-day Fast Track delivery slots will be offered to customers on a first-come, first-served basis with subsequent days’ slots offered once Black Friday’s delivery schedules are full.

Media contact:
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0207 695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

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Argos opens two new regional fulfilment centres in Birmingham and Reading

Will mean more products to more customers, faster than ever

  • Two Regional Fulfilment Centres opened in Birmingham and Reading
  • Added 200,000 sq ft of space improving Argos’s same / next day fulfilment capability on 35,000 products across the UK
  • Argos’s Fast Track service increasingly popular with customers: sales through Fast Track delivery up 31%; sales through Fast Track collection up 57%
  • 100 new permanent part and full-time jobs created with 400 new jobs over peak Christmas season

LONDON, UK, 2017-Nov-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —Argos has opened two new regional fulfilment centres (RFCs) in Birmingham and Reading to make it more convenient for customers to shop whenever and wherever they want and receive fast, efficient delivery on thousands of products to a location of their choice.

Each new RFC is c.100,000 sq. ft., increasing Argos’s total RFC space to 250,000 sq. ft. The RFCs process orders for same / next day delivery to customers’ homes and to stores for customer collection and they complement Argos’s seven Distribution Centres and extensive hub store network. The two new RFCs will significantly improve Argos’s fulfilment capabilities, with six million additional households now able to get same-day or next-day delivery or collection on an extended range of around 35,000 Argos products. Customers can choose between Fast Track home delivery or free Fast Track Click & Collect from their local store.

Argos’s Fast Track offer has become hugely popular with customers, with Fast Track delivery sales up 31% and Fast Track collection sales up 57%. And with more than 200 collection points inside Sainsbury’s supermarkets across the country, the RFCs put an extended range of Argos products virtually on the doorstep of millions of customers across the UK.

John Rogers, Argos CEO, said: “Our new Reading and Birmingham sites increase our Fast Track capacity across the UK significantly, which means we can get more products to more customers more quickly. Six million more households now have access to an increased range of 35,000 products, delivered to a location of their choice within 24 hours. This is great timing for customers with Black Friday and Christmas just around the corner. We expect the two new sites to process more than a million items in time for Christmas.”

He added: “We know that we see double-digit sales growth and increased footfall when sales from a Sainsbury’s in-store collection point are fulfilled through a Regional Fulfilment Centre, so we are confident that this will have a significant, positive commercial impact as well as delighting our customers.”

Argos is creating 100 full and part time jobs at each RFC, increasing to around 200 seasonal jobs in each location in the run up to the busy, peak trading seasons of Black Friday and Christmas.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

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UK: Argos raised £2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support

UK: Argos raised £2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support

Argos has raised an incredible £2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, thanks to the dedication and support of its colleagues and customers across the UK

London, 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — This amount will fund vital Macmillan nursing care at a local level, and equates to paying for 38 Macmillan nurses across the country to help those living with cancer for one year.

With the number of people living with cancer in the UK rising to 4 million by 2030, funding Macmillan nursing care is crucial. Macmillan nurses provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support which is a life line for many people living with cancer and their families.

With many at Argos holding the cause close to their hearts, Macmillan won the vote to become the retailer’s charity partner in 2015. Since then, colleagues and customers have thrown themselves head first into fundraising and volunteering – raising smiles as well as money along the way.

Always keen to don an adventurous fancy dress outfit, colleagues have dressed up and donated for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Many team members have even been brave enough to shave their heads for charity as well as taking on gruelling challenges like Tough Mudder, marathons and cycling events.

And over 400 Argos colleagues, including Chief Executive Officer John Rogers and members of the senior Argos team, are limbering up to take on the 26 mile-long ‘Mighty Hike’ challenges happening in scenic spots across the UK this summer.

In addition to ongoing activity, team Argos raised over £70,000 during its last ‘national collection’ in January 2017, which saw colleagues unite to raise funds in-store for Macmillan on the day of the new season’s range launch. They also raised over £50,000 during the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September last year.

John Rogers, CEO at Sainsbury’s Argos, said: “We’re so proud of the way that our colleagues and customers have come together over the past two years to raise such significant funds for Macmillan. It is a fantastic cause, close to the hearts of many of us at Argos, and raising £2million simply wouldn’t have been possible without the unstoppable enthusiasm that we have seen along the way.

“But it doesn’t stop here – we look forward to building on these efforts even further this year and are honoured to be able to make such a difference to people living with cancer across the UK.”

Natasha Parker, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Argos colleagues and customers for their continued support and dedication. This incredible amount will make a real difference for many people living with cancer and their families who will benefit from the essential support Macmillan nurses provide. In so many cases, Macmillan nurses ensure that ‘life with cancer’, can still be a life. We really can’t thank you enough.”

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

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Sainsbury’s announces expansion plans for Argos and Habitat

Sainsbury’s announces expansion plans for Argos and Habitat

 

London, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (13 April 2017), Sainsbury’s opens its 50th Argos Digital store in a Sainsbury’s supermarket. The opening marks an important milestone in the retailer’s strategy to be a multi-product, multi-channel retailer, serving customers quickly and conveniently whenever and wherever they want to shop.

  • Plan to transform 60 existing Argos stores to new digital format
  • Sainsbury’s to open 10 further Mini Habitat stores in its supermarkets
  • As 50th Argos Digital store opens in Kiln Lane, Epsom, Surrey

Sainsbury’s has moved rapidly to open 50 Argos Digital stores since the acquisition of Argos and Habitat seven months ago and has committed to opening 250 over three years. Argos also announced today that it plans to transform 60 stand-alone stores to the digital format. This will mean that over a third of the Argos store estate is digital in a year’s time, helping customers benefit from a fast and convenient store experience. Argos digital collection points are also available to customers in 90 Sainsbury’s stores for customers to Click & Collect Argos parcels.

Following the launch of the first Mini Habitat concession in in Nine Elms, London, in October 2016, the seventh Mini Habitat opened today alongside the 50th Argos Digital store at Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane in Epsom, Surrey, giving customers the opportunity to buy Habitat products both in-store and via in-store iPads.  Sainsbury’s also announced it plans to open another 10 Mini Habitats during this financial year, which will help the company to assess the full potential of the Mini Habitat format in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos Chief Executive Officer, John Rogers, said: “The opening of our 50th Argos Digital store just seven months after we acquired the company shows we are moving ahead at pace with our strategy.  Our cutting-edge digital capability is a core strength of our business and our decision to transform 60 Argos stores by March next year moves our strategy on further. Over a third of the store estate will now benefit from cutting-edge digital technology that will improve the customer experience, making shopping faster and more convenient.”

Customers increasingly appreciate the benefits of shopping at both Sainsbury’s and Argos under one roof and there is a clear uplift of one to two per cent on sales from Argos customers shopping for Sainsbury’s food, general merchandise and clothing products. Argos Digital stores located in Sainsbury’s supermarkets that have been open for more than a year are delivering 20 to 30 per cent like-for-like sales growth.

Over half of all Argos sales originate online.  Its leading digital capability is an important differentiator and is key to its future strategy

At over 76,000 sq ft, the flagship store at Kiln Lane is one of the largest in the retailer’s estate and demonstrates how Sainsbury’s is using its space to offer customers choice and convenience, with over 90,000 products and a range of popular services under one roof.  In addition to the new 2,100 sq ft Argos Digital store and the 1,790 sq ft Mini Habitat, the store also boasts the latest Sainsbury’s Food Hall format and the full range of general merchandise and Tu clothing. Carefully chosen concession partners include Timpsons and Sushi Daily.

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Source: Sainsbury’s

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Argos kicks off Black Friday bonanza on November 18 through 28

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos’ eagerly anticipated Black Friday bonanza will kick-off on Friday 18 November and will run for 13 consecutive days through Cyber Monday.

The leading retailer will once again offer deals galore on thousands of products across the whole period as UK shoppers look to help themselves to a wealth of bargains in the run-up to Christmas.

Falling on November 25, Black Friday, the most popular day in the shopping calendar, marks the serious start of the festive shopping season as customers take advantage of the bargains available for a little self-gifting and adopt a ‘one for you, one for me’ state of mind.

Cyber Monday (November 28) also continues to be an important day for online shopping and falls on pay day for many people this year.

Argos expects Black Friday to be a digital day again this year, after its website received around 12 million visits on the day itself in 2015 with customers making a staggering 18 transactions a second during peak trading periods.

Over 70 per cent of all visits were from mobile and tablet devices and a quarter of total online sales were fulfilled via the newly introduced Fast Track Same-Day Delivery and Fast Track In-Store Collection services, allowing shoppers to get hold of their deals at a time to suit them.

Whilst the deals remain a closely guarded secret, Argos insists that there will be some sizable discounts available on a range of technology, toys, consumer electronics and domestic appliances.

John Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Sainsbury’s Argos, said: “Last year’s Black Friday was the biggest and most successful shopping day ever for Argos.

“We have been busy preparing for the Black Friday period for many months now, making sure our website, stores and distribution operations are all geared up in anticipation of high levels of demand for our great range of products.

“Without doubt Black Friday and Cyber Monday have changed how people shop for Christmas in the past few years but we remain focused on making shopping easy and convenient for customers, so they can get a great deal, whether they choose to shop with us in store or online, or a combination of the two.”

Argos has over 800 stores across the UK and Ireland as well as almost 30 stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets and another 30 digital collection points in Sainsbury’s stores.

Argos has recruited an additional 10,000 seasonal workers to help serve millions of customers across the festive period. On Black Friday itself, they will be joined by hundreds of head office workers helping out on the shop floor.

To get the deals and top products out to stores and customers’ homes, Argos’ 11 enormous distribution centres covering a total of 5.4 million square feet of floor space will have 6,100 warehouse workers and 1,000 delivery drivers, supported by 3,000 Fast Track drivers based at local stores.

High-demand products being ferried across the UK this Christmas using a fleet of 1,800 lorries and Fast Track vans include wearable tech such as Fitbit, Virtual Reality Headsets, 4K & LED TVs, X-boxes with games such as FIFA 17, and Amazon Fire Sticks, as well as a thousands of the most popular toys including Star Wars, Hatchimals, Lego and Tiny Treasures.

Same-day Fast Track delivery slots will be offered to customers on a first-come, first-served basis with subsequent days’ slots offered once Black Friday’s delivery schedules are full.

This year Argos expects to see a repeat of last year’s shopping patterns as customers stayed up to shop into the small hours to snap up the best deals as soon as they launched. Ten orders per second were processed between 1am and 2am (340,000 digital visits). Early bird shoppers were gaming and tech fans.

By 9 am, digital channels had already seen 3.2 million visits and breakfast shoppers were after computing bargains, especially laptops. Peak hour was 8am to 9am with nearly one million visits.

Across the full week including Black Friday, customers visited Argos digital channels over 42 million times.

Notes to Editors:

About Sainsbury’s Argos

Sainsbury’s Argos is a leading UK digital retailer and sells more than 60,000 products under the Argos and Habitat brands. It sells through www.argos.co.uk, www.habitat.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, its 845 stores and over the telephone. Argos Digital Stores and Mini Habitats can also be found in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos is the UK’s largest high street retailer online and the second most visited website, with nearly a billion website visits a year. More than half of the company’s sales originate online and around 120 million customer transactions take place in its stores each year. Argos offers customers market leading delivery and collection services, including Check & Reserve, Fast Track Delivery and Fast Track Collection which make customers’ lives easier, every day.

Sainsbury’s Argos is part of J Sainsbury plc, a leading retailer of food, clothing and general merchandise and owner of Sainsbury’s Bank. Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what the company does since 1869. J Sainsbury plc employs 195,000 colleagues across the UK and Ireland whose strong culture and values are integral to driving its success – now and in the future. Our vision is to be the most trusted retailer where people love to work and shop.

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR

Source: Argos

J Sainsbury plc welcomes new CFO Kevin O’Byrne

J Sainsbury plc welcomes new CFO Kevin O’Byrne
J Sainsbury plc welcomes new CFO Kevin O’Byrne

 

London, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today (07 November 2016) announces the appointment of Kevin O’Byrne as Chief Financial Officer. This follows the move of John Rogers from being CFO of J Sainsbury plc to CEO of Sainsbury’s Argos, following Sainsbury’s successful acquisition of Home Retail Group plc on 2 September 2016. Kevin will join the business on 9 January 2017 and will be a member of the J Sainsbury plc Board and the business’s Operating Board.

Kevin O’Byrne is currently CEO of Poundland Group.  Kevin previously held executive roles at Kingfisher plc from 2008 to 2015, including CEO of B&Q UK & Ireland and Group Finance Director. Prior to this, Kevin was Group Finance Director of Dixons Retail plc. Kevin is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Land Securities Group PLC.

Mike Coupe, Group Chief Executive of J Sainsbury plc, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Kevin as Chief Financial Officer of Sainsbury’s. We are two years into the delivery of our strategy and this is an important time as we integrate the Argos and Habitat businesses into the group. Kevin brings a wealth of retail and finance experience and a track record in growing businesses. I very much look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

Kevin O’Byrne said: “Sainsbury’s is a strong business with a clear strategy and I am really excited about joining at this important point in Sainsbury’s journey. I look forward to working with Mike and the team from the New Year.”

Ed Barker will continue as Interim Chief Financial Officer until Kevin joins the business and will continue to have a leading role in the business.

No further information is required to be disclosed under LR9.6.13 of the UK Listing Rules.

Press Enquiries:
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020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

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Sainsbury’s to open 200 Click & Collect points by the end of the year

Sainsbury’s to open 200 Click & Collect points by the end of the year
Sainsbury’s to open 200 Click & Collect points by the end of the year

 

London, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following its recent acquisition of Home Retail Group plc, owner of Argos and Habitat, Sainsbury’s today ( 09 September 2016) unveiled plans for customers to shop whenever and wherever they like, by launching up to 200 newly-designed digital Click & Collect points in stores across the UK.

• Building on Argos’s exclusive Click & Collect partnership with eBay, following Sainsbury’s successful acquisition of Home Retail Group plc
• Customers can collect Tu clothing, eBay purchases and DPD parcels under one roof
• Customers can also collect online Argos orders in 30 of the 200 Sainsbury’s stores

Customers are increasingly choosing Click & Collect as a delivery option and Click & Collect points serve as a one-stop destination for customers wanting to collect online orders while doing the rest of their shopping.

Up to 200 Click & Collect points will be open in Sainsbury’s stores by the end of the year, enabling customers to order online and collect locally. New digital collection points for Argos’s exclusive Click & Collect partnership with global e-commerce leader eBay will launch in Sainsbury’s Click & Collect stores. Customers will be able to pick up their Tu clothing, eBay and DPD parcel deliveries from a Sainsbury’s store near them, making their lives easier and freeing up valuable time. 30 Sainsbury’s Click & Collect points will also offer Argos online collection.

Tablets will be available in all the new Click & Collect points to enable customers to ‘check in’ digitally, which will significantly speed up the time it takes from arriving in store to receiving parcels for collection.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of J Sainsbury plc, said: “Our vision in bringing these two successful retail businesses together is to combine Sainsbury’s leadership in food retailing with Argos’s digital strength and non-food capability. We are excited about the potential of this combination and today’s announcement is a clear demonstration of how this ambition will benefit customers, bringing them a broader range of quality goods and services whenever and wherever they want.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s Argos, said: “It’s an exciting time in retail. As customer shopping habits change, people increasingly want flexibility, speed and choice both online and in-store. We are pleased to be bringing Argos’s products and services to Sainsbury’s customers via the new digital collection points, which are a demonstration of both businesses working closely together to bring benefits to customers at pace.”

Tanya Lawler, UK Vice President, eBay, said: “We know that shoppers love to Click and Collect. Building upon our exclusive Click and Collect partnership with Argos, by establishing 200 further collection points in Sainsbury’s stores, means even greater choice and convenience for shoppers.”

Press Enquiries please contact: press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

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Sainsbury’s to introduce Argos digital concessions in its stores by Christmas

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Following its recent acquisition of Home Retail Group plc, owner of Argos and Habitat, Sainsbury’s will introduce Argos digital concessions to more than 20 additional stores by Christmas, bringing the total number of Argos concessions to over 30.

  • 30 Argos digital stores to be open in Sainsbury’s stores by Christmas
  • Five Mini Habitat stores planned to open in Sainsbury’s stores
  • Customers can shop across three high street brands and over 90,000 products in one store
  • 195,000 colleagues now work for Sainsbury’s following its acquisition of Home Retail Group plc, owner of Argos and Habitat

Argos digital stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets gives customers access to over 90,000 products under one roof, as the combination of Sainsbury’s and Argos creates one of the UK’s leading food and non-food retailers.

The Argos digital stores will offer customers a choice to either buy instantly in-store via tablets, or to reserve online for easy same-day collection. The Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s will range in size from around 1,000 to over 5,000 square feet.

Sainsbury’s will also introduce five Mini Habitat concessions within Sainsbury’s stores over the coming months. These concessions, which will range from 1,400 to 2,000 square feet in size, will sit alongside and complement Sainsbury’s own homeware and cookware ranges. Building on its reputation for affordable, well designed products for the home, Mini Habitat stores will include over 600 products – all designed in-house by the Habitat design team in London – with a range of price points across furniture, upholstery, lighting, homewares and textiles.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of J Sainsbury plc, said: “This is the start of an exciting new phase for Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat. I am delighted to be able to quickly capitalize on the benefits of our combined group by opening more Argos digital concessions in our stores and introducing the Mini Habitat format to our customers. Being able to shop across all three brands under one roof will make our customers’ lives even more convenient and offer them incredible choice.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s Argos, said: “Argos is one of the UK’s leading digital retailers. We know customers value the convenience of shopping for Argos products whenever and wherever they want and we are pleased to be quickly rolling out twenty more digital concessions in Sainsbury’s stores before Christmas. Habitat is a fantastic brand and we know customers will value the opportunity to shop the stylish ranges in Sainsbury’s stores.”

Clare Askem, Managing Director of Habitat, said: “Sainsbury’s offers the Habitat brand significant growth potential. We’ve seen our brand evolve rapidly over the last few years and the opportunity to create a network of local stores to support our multi-channel business strategy is a really exciting prospect. I’m confident that our brand will connect with Sainsbury’s shoppers and make Habitat more accessible to shoppers both on the high street and online.”

For more information on the acquisition please click here.

Press Enquiries please contact: press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

J Sainsbury plc successfully completed acquisition of Argos and Habitat owner, Home Retail Group plc

London, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today (02 September 2016) announces that is has successfully completed its acquisition of Home Retail Group plc – the owner of Argos and Habitat.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s, said: “We are delighted our acquisition of Home Retail Group is now complete. The combination of Sainsbury’s and Home Retail Group creates one of the UK’s largest food and non–food retailers, offering customers over 90,000 products in over 2,000 stores and across market leading digital channels, employing 195,000 colleagues across the UK and Ireland. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues and customers from Monday and our focus, as always, is on delivering excellent customer service.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s Argos, added: “The way people shop is changing – customers expect choice, convenience, flexibility, fast delivery and to shop whenever and wherever they want. I am excited about leading the newly formed Sainsburys Argos management team. Our customers will benefit from great quality products and services and fast delivery networks, so whether customers want home delivery, Click & Collect or to visit our stores, we will make it easy and convenient for them.”

Press Enquiries please contact: press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

J Sainsbury plc: Chief Financial Officer John Rogers will expand his role to include Business Development

LONDON, 2015-7-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc is today announcing changes to positions on the plc Board and Operating Board.

John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer, will expand his role to include Business Development.  Helen Buck, who previously had responsibility for this area, will be stepping down from the Operating Board on 31 July.

In his expanded role, John will have responsibility for group strategy, Sainsbury’s online, Mobile by Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s Energy, Netto and new business in addition to his existing responsibilities of finance, property, procurement, operational efficiency and Sainsbury’s Bank.

Commenting on the changes, David Tyler, Chairman, said: “I am delighted to see John assume a wider role in the business. His contribution since joining the plc Board in 2010 has been invaluable, and it is a natural progression to see John take on expanded operational responsibilities. Mike and John have formed a great partnership and, alongside our wider management team, we think we have the right people in place to drive the business forward over the coming years.”

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said: “John is a key member of the executive team and will play a major operational and strategic role in driving forward our business in his expanded role. In particular Sainsbury’s online is a key component of growth in both our food and non-food businesses and I look forward to John’s contribution in this area. I would like to thank Helen for all her hard work since she joined the Operating Board back in 2010 and wish her every success in her new role.”

The changes will come into effect on 31st July 2015.

Notes to Editors:

1. John Rogers was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 19 July 2010. John is also a member of the Board of Sainsbury’s Bank plc. John joined Sainsbury’s in November 2005 as Director of Corporate Finance and then became Director of Group Finance from March 2007 to July 2008. In July 2008, he was appointed to the Operating Board as Property Director. John is co-chair of the Chief Financial Officer Leadership Network, established by the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and is a Non-Executive Director of Travis Perkins plc. John will join the boards of Mobile by Sainsbury’s and i2c as part of his new role. To reflect his increased portfolio, John’s base salary will be increased to £675,000. All other elements of his remuneration package will remain unchanged.

2. Helen Buck leaves Sainsbury’s on 31st July to join Palmer and Harvey as Chief Operating Officer. John Rogers will assume all of Helen’s responsibilities and there will be no additional changes to the Operating Board as a result of this move.

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J Sainsbury plc: Chief Financial Officer John Rogers will expand his role to include Business Development

J Sainsbury plc: Chief Financial Officer John Rogers will expand his role to include Business Development

BRC Director General Helen Dickinson comments on the announcement that the Government will examine the structure of the current business rates system

LONDON, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commenting on today’s announcement that the Government will examine the structure of the current business rates system Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said:

“We very much welcome this further announcement of a complete review of the business rates system. This is, after all, a system that acts as a major drag on our economy while punishing our local high street.

“We supported the government’s decision back in December to take a proper look at the inequities of this system and today’s announcement from the Chief Secretary of a ‘radical’ review is great news for all of us who want a fairer, more efficient and sustainable system.

“From the breadth of the questions that the review is to address it’s clear that the government intend to take a broad and open-minded approach to finding solutions. That will meet with strong support in the business community.

“To guarantee that this review is a success it’s absolutely crucial that the government seeks authoritative and independent analysis as it progresses, with solutions based on the objective consideration of supporting evidence.

“Taking this approach will guarantee that the government’s own assessments are robust and that the necessary sweeping reforms deliver a fairer and sustainable system, one that ensures that the tax more closely reflects the wider economic conditions and allows businesses to remain competitive.

“With cross-party political support for a fundamental review of business rates I’m confident that we can bring about badly needed change, and in doing so securing the investment, jobs and growth that have been held back by the burden of this pernicious tax.

“We look forward to working closely with government and the review process as it progresses.”

John Rogers, Sainsbury’s Chief Financial Officer and Chair of the BRC industry-wide group looking at the issue of business rates, said:

“This review is very encouraging, and we welcome the possibility of much needed reform of business rates, and the reporting deadline of next year’s Budget. The fundamental questions announced by the government today are the right ones, and open up the possibility of creating a rates system fit for the twenty first century. We need to have a system that is fair, adaptable, and competitive across all sectors and businesses. Reducing the business tax burden, sharing it equitably across all industries and flexing it according to sales performance and economic conditions would encourage businesses to support economic growth, invest in high streets and create more jobs.”

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