Sainsbury’s and Asda technology branches will be open to shoppers immediately.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, queues for entry to supermarkets are commonplace. Shops must limit the number of customers inside, provide hand washing at the door and ensure that mask-wearing customers wear them.
Sainsbury’s as well as Asda now use virtual queues via apps on their phones so that you don’t need to be outside.
This is particularly important as winter approaches, and the weather gets colder and wetter every day.
As people stock up for Christmas, the queues could grow in the coming weeks.
According to The Mirror, 55 Sainsbury’s shops will now use the queuing application, which allows customers to add themselves to the queue at their local shop.
When they are in the front of the line they get a notification. This allows them to turn up and go straight in.
Customers without a smartphone may ask staff members to be added to the virtual queue. They will be notified when their turn comes up.
Ufirst provided the app and it was piloted in July. It is currently being tested in additional stores.
Asda now has a similar app in approximately 50 of its stores. According to The Grocer, the system was tested in the Middleton branch of Leeds in May.
Qudini manages the virtual queue at the budget supermarket. Customers can log in using an app, scan a QR code, or send a message.
How asda technology to Gain Market Share
We have previously discussed the entire concept of technology in previous chapters and how Asda uses it to increase market share. This chapter will discuss the history of the UK, the retail sector, and the company. Also, we will provide statistics on the UK, the retail industry, and the company.
United Kingdom Retail Industry
The UK’s main industry is the retail sector. It generates a lot of revenue and business. The majority of the UK’s total revenue is generated by the retail sector. The UK’s economic growth is mainly driven by retail growth. According to Keynote Market Review 2005, 30% of total UK employment is in the retail sector. In the past few years, the retail industry has grown even more because of the fierce competition among the large retail giants.
Figure: UK Share Market 2009 (Source: Kantar Worldpanel 12 Week Market Shares)
According to the BRC Retail Sales Monitor, October 2009 data showed a 5.9% increase in retail sales. This number shows that the sector has had a good performance over the past eight years. According to the IGD Retail Analysis report the UK grocery market value is 164.23 million euros. The four largest companies in the UK’s retail sector are ASDA, Sainsbury and Tesco. These four companies account for nearly 76.00% of the UK grocery market. (www.igd.com)retrieved on 17/11/10.Then technology development in this industry, better customer service, logistics management and the new revolution of online shopping has made the retail industry even more competitive and sales are on boost in the last few years. The recession saw the retail sector make good profits and grow their business. This helped the economy recover.
ASDA Technology was founded in 1949 by Farm Store Limited and Associated Dairies. Asda was created in 1965 by the merger of Associated Dairies with the supermarket chain owned by the Asquith brothers. Established stores were mostly located in the North of England during this period. Asda is now part of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart, a US-based retailer company, is the world’s largest. ASDA is the second-ranked food retailer in the UK. There are 400 stores across the UK and Northern Ireland. Each store has an average sales area of 42000 ft. Asda shares rose 17.3% to the end of the 2nd November 2010 report, compared with 16.9 a year ago. http://www.retail-week.com ) retrieved on 25/11/10.and the current share price of the company (wal-mart stores) is 54.01 $ as on 25thNovember, 2010(http://uk.finance.yahoo.com) retrieved on 25/11/2010.
Asda is the UK’s largest retail company and plays a responsible role in helping the poor. Asda foundation has its own charity, which was established in 2010 and raised PS3712936. This fund is used for children’s education. Asda also runs a campaign for pregnant mothers, its programme name being Asda Foundation supports Tommy’s pregnancy line. In this phone number, mothers can ask questions about their child and get advice about improving the health of the baby and mother during pregnancy. It helps to prevent certain cases such as premature birth, miscarriage, and stillbirth.
Asda has implemented its own program to reduce carbon emissions. This includes reducing their fleet’s emission to 40% by using freight to the nearest rail or sea. Asda technology is a major revenue source for the UK government. 160000 people also work for Asda. Retrieved on 25/11/10. Asda gained market strength due to promotional advantages such as the price reduction, which is useful for increasing the company’s sales and revenue. Asda is now a global brand that has expanded into every sector of the economy. Its technological efficiency and online services have helped to improve the customer’s experience every day.