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.

1Home Retail Group Annual Report 2015

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Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

Argos and Sainsbury’s team to open 10 new Argos digital stores within existing Sainsbury’s supermarkets

LONDON, 2015-1-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos, the UK’s leading general merchandise retailer and Sainsbury’s, the UK’s second largest grocer, have teamed up to open 10 new Argos digital stores within existing Sainsbury’s supermarkets. This will bring extra choice and convenience to Sainsbury’s and Argos’ customers who will have access to the combined ranges in the convenience of a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

These new format Argos digital stores will provide customers with a choice of over 20,000 non-grocery products which they can either buy instantly in store via tablets, or reserve online for easy collection within hours, the same or the following day. An extended range of around 40,000 products can also be ordered in store for home delivery. The Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s will range in size from around 1,000 to over 5,000 square feet.

The combination of Argos digital stores and Sainsbury’s supermarkets will create a compelling and complementary product offer and provide the convenience that customers are increasingly looking for from their local supermarket. The 10 digital stores will open by summer this year.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s, said: “These 10 Argos stores will complement our supermarket offer, giving customers the opportunity to shop for an extended range of non-food items. They will bring something new and different to our customers, and fit well with our strategy of making our supermarkets more convenient. As well as looking at carefully selected partners, we continue to roll out our ranges of own brand clothing and general merchandise in our supermarkets to give customers even more choice and value.”

John Walden, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, said: “Our new distribution model allows us to provide customers in any Argos location with a choice of around 20,000 lines within hours, regardless of the size or stocking capacity of the store. This strategic capability has opened up options for a variety of new Argos stores and formats, and the possibility that we can now cost-effectively reach more customers and neighbourhoods with an Argos presence. I look forward to the results of the 10 store programme with Sainsbury’s and to understanding the full potential of this exciting opportunity.”

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Argos and Sainsbury’s team to open 10 new Argos digital stores within existing Sainsbury’s supermarkets

Argos and Sainsbury’s team to open 10 new Argos digital stores within existing Sainsbury’s supermarkets