Asda sets out plans on how it will reduce its use of plastic

Asda sets out plans on how it will reduce its use of plastic


Leeds, UK, 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 5, 2018), Asda has become the first of the “big four” supermarkets to set out detailed plans about how it will reduce its use of plastic.

The supermarket, which accounts for 15.3% of the supermarket industry in the UK has also said it wants to create a more collaborative, open environment within the retail industry to help drive innovation and “unwrap” the plastics problem.

In a document published on its website today, “Plastic Unwrapped – our pledge to use less and recycle more”, Asda has promised its customers that it will reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging by 10% this year, as well as work with its suppliers and other experts to investigate new options to replace plastic packaging and find more recyclable solutions.

What has Asda committed to doing?

  • Removing 10% of plastic from its Own Brand packaging in the next 12 months and publishing regular updates for customers to follow its progress
  • Introducing a zero profit re-usable coffee cup to give customers a great value alternative to single use cups.
  • Remove all single use cups and plastic cutlery from its offices in 2018 and all its stores and cafes by the end of 2019.
  • Phase out 5p ‘single use’ carrier bags from its shops by the end of 2018 and introduce a donation to good causes from the sale of its “bags for life” so that charities don’t lose out.
  • Work in partnership with the UK’s leading experts in packaging technology at the Leeds Beckett University Retail Institute as well as one of Asda’s biggest UK suppliers, ABP, on priority projects to develop new alternatives to plastics and more recyclable materials.
  • Creating the Asda Plastic Ideas Hub, open to all from industry to individuals, offering a £10,000 award for every scaleable, workable idea that helps Asda to tackle its top plastic challenges – such as alternatives to plastic film.

Asda’s President and Chief Executive, Roger Burnley, outlined his commitment to reducing plastic in a blog published alongside the “Plastic Unwrapped” report.

In it he says; “I truly believe that when you serve 18 million people each week and have the ability to make a difference to them, you should do it.

“I want Asda’s customers to know that they can trust us to take the lead on the issues that really matter to them. So we have challenged ourselves to look at what more we can do to reduce the amount of plastic in our business, and within our industry as a whole.”

You can read the full blog from Roger Burnley here and Asda’s ‘Plastics Unwrapped’ here.

Source: ASDA


Asda announces the appointment of Roger Burnley as President and CEO

Asda announces the appointment of Roger Burnley as President and CEO


Leeds, UK, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (30th October 2017) CEO of Walmart International, Dave Cheesewright announced that Roger Burnley is to take on the role of Asda’s President and CEO from 1st January 2018.

Roger returned to Asda as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO in October 2016, joining the board following Sean Clarke’s appointment as President and Chief Executive in July 2016.

At the time, Dave Cheesewright described Sean Clarke as “one of our most experienced global executives” whilst also recognising Roger as “a future CEO”.

Commenting on Roger’s appointment, Dave Cheesewright said: “Roger was purposefully brought back to Asda to partner with Sean ahead of the transition to Roger taking up the position of CEO. He and Sean have worked as a great team and I’m really confident in Roger’s ability to continue building upon our returning momentum.

“After more than 21 years with the company, Sean has worked across five international markets including serving as President and CEO of Walmart China and obviously here in the UK too. He’s continually shown the ability to lead critical transformation and the last 15 months are no exception. Sean will continue to lead Asda until the end of December after which, he’s taking some time out and will then remain engaged with Walmart.”

Roger Burnley, said: “Asda is a great business and we’ve started to realise its potential again. Sean’s focus on serving customers and simplifying the business has established a firm foundation on which we can build. Since I returned to Asda last year, I have been encouraged by the passion and professionalism of our colleagues and look forward to leading this terrific team.”

Sean Clarke, said: “Asda is moving in the right direction but there is still much more for us to do. I am excited to see the momentum continue under Roger’s leadership. Walmart has given me and my family some great opportunities. I am looking forward to taking some time out but I will always stay connected to the company.”

Sean remains Asda’s CEO until 31st December and will work closely with Roger to ensure a smooth transition and deliver the best Christmas ever for our customers.

Media contact:
Natalie Chandler
Press Officer
0113 826 2829

Source: ASDA


Grocer Gold awards: Asda the lowest priced supermarket for the 20th year running

Grocer Gold awards: Asda the lowest priced supermarket for the 20th year running

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the Grocer Gold awards on Tuesday evening, Asda was awarded the lowest priced supermarket of the year award – for the 20th year running.

Based on the Grocer 33 price basket survey that consists of 33 everyday supermarket items which change each week, Asda was ahead of the pack with 26 basket wins this year – 17 more than its closest rival. On Average, Asda was £5.79 cheaper each week– which could add up to over £300 a year for customers.

Asda’s most recent win this week included 20 of the cheapest products available, 9 of which were exclusively cheaper than its Grocer 33 peers.

At the Grocer Gold awards Roger Burnley, Asda’s deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, accepted the award and said: “We’re delighted to have been named the lowest price supermarket for the 20th year in a row. Offering great value to our customers week in, week out is at the heart of what we do and awards like this really drive us to keep working hard to do even better for them.”


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His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew visits world’s first Automated Retail Distribution Centre at Asda’s new facility in Warrington

His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew visits world’s first Automated Retail Distribution Centre at Asda’s new facility in Warrington


Colleagues work alongside state of the art automated technology at the site, which serves supermarkets across Manchester and Liverpool, along with Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, made an official visit to the world’s first Automated Retail Distribution Centre to see the cutting edge technology at the new £100 million Asda facility in Warrington.

HRH was shown around the distribution centre, which is a major investment into the UK retail market by parent company Walmart, by the site manager Tom James, alongside Asda’s Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, Roger Burnley.

Tom and Roger lead the tour, in which the Prince was looking to learn about how automation is becoming a major part of retail and also what benefits the centre has to the business and the local area.

The warehouse is 97% automated and sees 600 colleagues work alongside robotic technology to process around four million cases per week, serving 140 Asda stores across the North of England and beyond.

The technology ensures that Asda stores in the North West are receiving the correct amount of product for the 18 million customers that visit stores each week, with 100% accuracy.

The automated nature of the facility means that it is also one of the most ergonomically friendly distribution centres in Europe, as colleagues have standing work stations and are assisted by robots and 4.5km of conveyer belts.

The new facility puts Asda and the North of England at the forefront of retail distribution innovation and is set to vastly improve retail productivity and efficiency. At optimum capacity, the site can process 4.9 million cases and up to 8000 lines of product, which makes it the biggest distribution centre in Europe.

Walmart is closely monitoring the operation, with future plans to replicate similar facilities across its vast operations in North America, with the potential to improve efficiency across its US estate by learning from the Warrington site.

It features nine state-of-the-art robotic cranes, which each control 27,000 individual pallet locations and are all able to lift pallets as high as 27 meters, which is higher than any fork lift truck currently can do.

Located on the site of a former World War Two American air base at Burtonwood, the warehouse has a one million square foot capacity because of the unique way its robots can access stock.

The strategic location of the site was selected due to its close proximity to Liverpool’s deep sea port, Manchester Airport and the local rail and motorway networks, which enable direct and efficient delivery and receipt of goods.

Colleagues at the new Asda Warrington Automated Distribution are trained to use and work with the hi-tech machinery. Two colleagues at the new site are Mary Winstanley and Kate Veregan, who explained to the Duke that the centre can receive up to 3000 pallets of product each day, which is split up and sent to different stores across the north of England through 250 delivery drivers.

Roger Burnley, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer at Asda, said: “Our Warrington site really is impressive. Our colleagues do a fantastic job to ensure the depot works at its maximum efficiency to send product to stores across the North of England.

“His Royal Highness was genuinely interested in how the operation works, and was impressed at the innovations we’re pioneering at Warrington. It was great to be recognised for our state of the art technology, which ultimately provides Asda customers with a better shopping experience.”

Tom James, Warrington Depot General Manager, said: “It isn’t often you get a visit from Royalty, but it was extremely exciting to be able to meet his Royal Highness Prince Andrew and show him around our Depot in Warrington. I have walked the tour route a thousand times but I still enjoy seeing the amazement on visitors faces as they walk around, especially when its royalty!”

Source: ASDA


Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

LONDON, 2015-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first two Argos digital stores are opening today (Wednesday 27th May) in Sainsbury’s supermarkets in North Cheam in Surrey and Nantwich in Cheshire, bringing extra choice and convenience to customers in the local communities.

This follows the announcement in January about the retailers teaming up to open 10 new Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets this summer.

The smaller, new format Argos digital stores offer all the most popular products that customers want for immediate pick up with 20,000 products available for pick up within a few hours at the store*, ranging from tables to tablets to toys.

The new stores will be around 1,000 square feet with other stores opening over the summer ranging in size up to 5,000 square feet. All 10 locations are now confirmed to open over summer 2015.

Sainsbury’s Retail & Operations Director, Roger Burnley, said: “This partnership with Argos is one of a series of steps we are taking to ensure we continue to offer our customers a wide range of products at great value and to make their shopping more convenient. We are looking forward to working with Argos to ensure the best availability and shopping experience for our customers.”

Argos Director of Retail and Customer Operations, Steve Carson, said: “Working with Sainsbury’s will help us to bring the convenience of the Argos offer to more customers. This is the first time we have had stores in these specific locations. I’m delighted to bring our very latest digital stores to customers inside their local Sainsbury’s. I am particularly pleased with how our teams have worked together to make sure customers have the best experience of this very new partnership.”

The new stores are equipped for shopping in the digital age, with tablets that mirror the online shopping experience and staff on hand to help. Around half of Argos’ total sales now start online, but 90% of customers will visit one of 755 stores to pick up their goods.

The ten locations are:

  • Nantwich
  • North Cheam
  • West Hove
  • Crayford
  • Calcot
  • Bognor Regis
  • Durham
  • Rustington
  • Drumchapel
  • Keighley

*Order by 1pm for collection the same day from 4pm.

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Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period

LONDON, 2014-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year, over 2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers from the retailer’s store support centres in London, Manchester, Coventry and Edinburgh will pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period.

Sainsbury’s suppliers are also joining in, with more than 480 people from 121 different suppliers pledging an additional 560 days of help – taking the total up to over 4,300 days of extra support. The annual store working initiative runs from Wednesday 17th December to Wednesday 31st December.

Board members and their teams will be helping keep the shelves fully stocked, as the supermarket gears up for its busiest trading days of the year – Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th December.

For the second time in a row, Sainsbury’s has also won ‘The Grocer 33 Store of the Week’ award, based on metrics such as great customer service and product availability. The extra help from office workers and suppliers over the festive period will ensure that Sainsbury’s customers get the best service possible.

Retail and Operations Director, Roger Burnley said: “It’s fantastic that we have so many colleagues volunteering to help during the busiest time of year and it’s a great opportunity for them to get hands on experience of working in a store. Our teams work incredibly well together and I’m looking forward to us delivering a great service for our customers this Christmas.”


2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period

2,100 Sainsbury’s office workers pledge over 3,800 days of their time to help out in stores over the busy Christmas period