Ocado sales soar despite extreme British weather conditions
Online supermarket Ocado carved out double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter of its financial year, despite heavy snow in the UK disrupting its deliveries.
The British grocer said that revenue had hit £363.4mn during the 13 weeks until 4 March, up 11.7% on the same period.
Average orders per week also increased by over 11%, to around 280,000 but the average order size dipped marginally by 0.4% to £110.45.
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Extreme weather in the UK - known as the ‘Beast from the East’ - had threatened to disrupt Ocado’s stream of deliveries.
Yet despite the severe snow and ice nearly 3000,000 orders were delivered in the last week of the quarter with extreme weather conditions resulted in only a 1% drop in revenues in the quarter.
The group’s chief executive, Tim Steiner, said that he was “pleased” with Ocado’s strong underlying sales growth for the quarter despite the snow causing widespread disruption during the final week.
In recent months, Ocado has also moved to position itself as both a supplier of grocery retail technology as well as an online supermarket.
The online supermarket bolstered this position by signing deals with French firm Groupe Casino and Sobey’s in Canada to build automated warehouses and provides its platform to the companies.
The British firm has also moved to accelerate capacity at its own warehouse in Andover, investing in humanoid robots and other technologies, and is also set to open its fourth warehouse in London later this year.
"Taking advantage of the opportunities ahead of us is both challenging and exhilarating," Steiner said. "The business is firmly looking forward."
Jim Donald appointed the CEO of Albertsons
Donald, who previously worked as the company...
The Idaho-based grocery chain, Albertsons, has appointed Jim Donald as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Donald, who previously worked as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep his presidential role.
The new CEO will replace Bob Miller, who will continue in his position as Chairman of the Board.
“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail,” remarked Bob Miller.
“His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies.”
“We look forward to tapping his experience in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”
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In his career, Donald has held positions such as the CEO of Starbucks and the CEO of Pathmark Stores.
The newly-appoint CEO also worked for Albertsons for 15 years, starting 1976, becoming the Vice President of Operations in Arizona.
“Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a 'four walls' traditional environment and the 'no walls' world of technology,” stated Jim Donald.
“We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies.”
“That's a significant food, health and wellness footprint. We're well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today's customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us.”
“I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”