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Sainsbury's announce 100 new Argos click'n'collect locations

Sainsburys Argos store front

Mike Coupe CEO of Sainsbury's has announced ambitious plans to introduce 100 new Argos click'n'collect locations at Sainsbury's convenience stores, as the business gears up for the peak Christmas trading period.

This announcement comes almost 18 months since Sainsbury’s acquired the catalogue retailer, and highlights Coupe’s objective to have 2,000 Argos points of presence in an effort to fight back against Amazon.

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“Customers are demanding more and more flexibility and more speed in terms of the way they shop with us,” Coupe said. “We would argue very strongly that with the 2000 points of presence, the great Argos digital capability and the supply chain that backs that up – and the fact that those businesses have access to 27 million customers a week – it gives us a reasonably powerful combination to compete in future.

“But I don’t pretend for a moment that Amazon and others aren’t going to be significant competitors.”

Currently there are 100 Argos “store-in-stores” and Sainsbury’s expects this number to hit at least 150 by Christmas.

Further to the roll out of collection points throughout its own convenience store estate, it is understood that Coupe intends to adopt Amazon’s model of using small independent retailers as click-and-collect points.

Source: Insight DIY Team

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29 August 2017

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