May 17, 2020

Sainsbury's appoints new Group Chief Digital Officer to its leadership board

Sainsbury's
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Clodagh Moriarty
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 ro...

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.”

 

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Jul 21, 2021

Time waits for no man or woman as The Hundred begins

Food
cricket
thehundred
Sustainability
2 min
100 balls, no excuses!
Cricket most inclusive tournament encourages sustainability, picnics and goodwill

What WG Grace would have thought of The Hundred – the latest attempt to bring cricket to a wider international audience – is probably not repeatable. In time, perhaps, he will understand that this new jamboree is designed as a ‘gateway drug’ to encourage people to take up cricket themselves.

Lord’s, the wistful, melancholic ground in North West London – designed in 1814 – is the spiritual home of cricket and, along with seven other grounds, will host this curious new incarnation of a historically long-form game. Indeed, seven teams across eight cities will be allocated only 100 balls each per fixture. 

And with ‘cool’, millennial-friendly names like London Spirit, Manchester Originals and Welsh Fire they will be expected to smash as many boundaries and sixes as possible in the shortened format, leaving fans delirious, engaged and able to navigate the eccentricities of this hopelessly romantic pastime.

Perhaps most importantly, the tournament will be the stage for a brilliant array of women cricketers including Australia’s Jess Jonassen, England’s Sarah Taylor, South Africa’s Mignon du Preez and Stafanie Taylor from the West Indies. 

By making each fixture two and a half-hours, The Hundred is already decreasing waste and carbon emissions. At Lord’s – as with many other grounds – only cashless payment methods are accepted, reducing the spread of COVID-19 during an event where the food and drink is as much part of the sport as the pyrotechnics of bat and ball (indeed, some would regard it as far more important). 

With this considered, spectators at Lord’s are encouraged to consume extravagant picnics in several opulent locations, including the Coronation Garden. Meanwhile, those attending the matches at Lord’s have been permitted to bring one bottle of wine or Champagne (wonderful evidence that breaking with tradition has its limits). Sustainability awareness also extends to cans of beer or cider (two per person) and, my personal favourite, two cans of premixed aperitifs.

Also, 25 water fountains throughout Lord’s will enable fans to refill their own bottles, while The Lord’s Tavern will be serving responsibly-sourced food throughout the day.

At several of the grounds, including Lord’s, there will also be a drive to reduce plastic waste. Cider and beer sold on site will be provided in reusable cups, but during The Hundred there will be no £1 charge.

Now that really is cricket!
 

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