Sainsbury's appoints new Group Chief Digital Officer to its leadership board
J Sainsbury plc has revealed that it has appointed Clodagh Moriarty to the new role of Group Chief Digital Officer with immediate effect. Through the role, Moriarty will be responsible for the creation and subsequent leadership of the Group’s digital strategy, ensuring customers experience an integrated and seamless digital experience across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Sainsbury’s Bank and Nectar divisions.
The news follows on from the grocery giant’s plan to partner with Unilever to develop new in-store ice cream parlours, as well as gearing up for a £12bn merger with Walmart-owned Asda.
With extensive experience across the business, most most recently as Director of Online, running Sainsbury’s Groceries Online business, Moriarty has been instrumental in growing online sales, profitability and driving customer innovation.
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Such responsibilities have encompassed introducing same-day grocery delivery, one-hour grocery delivery in Chop Chop and SmartShop, which lets customers scan products themselves as they shop in stores.
“The creation of the new Group Chief Digital Officer role demonstrates the importance we place in giving customers outstanding and seamless digital shopping experiences. Investment in this area is vital to our future success and I am confident that Clodagh has the expertise and leadership we need in this area,” explained Mike Coupe, Group Chief Executive.
Clodagh Moriarty, Group Chief Digital Officer, added: “It’s a really exciting time to be working in retail and digital innovation is key to making our customers’ shopping experiences easier.
“I am supported by talented colleagues across the Group and see lots of opportunities to build on our existing platforms. I am delighted to be joining the Operating Board at such a pivotal time for our company.”
Restaurant Brands New Zealand agrees to a master franchise deal with Yum! Brands
Restaurant Brands New Zealand has seen an 10% increase in its first quarter in comparison to the previous year, generating sales of up to $97.4mn.
The corporate franchisee is also now set to further its growth by signing a new Pizza Hut master franchise agreement with Yum! Brands, which will enable it to continue its operations for the brand in New Zealand.
Network sales in the first quarter sales within Pizza Hut’s New Zealand arm equated to $23.4mn, an increase of up to 1.2%. However, there is now a slight decrease in the number of Pizza Hut stores run by independent franchisees, with up to 98 stores in total.
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The 10-year agreement will enable Restaurant Brands to continue running the everyday administration and marketing work of the Pizza Hut brand in the country, and also bolster independent franchisee-owned stores, according to newsroom.pro.
Restaurant Brands has become New Zealand’s largest fast-food operator, with KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks Coffee and Carl's Jr brands situated under its umbrella.
In Hawaii, Pizza Hut has also seen an increase of 10.9% in Q1, with no decrease in store numbers.