Window cleaning at Morrisons stores suspended to save money

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dalton Philips Dalton Philips

Window cleaning at Morrisons stores has been suspended for two months due to financial constraints as tough trading conditions prevail and budget challengers grab an ever-bigger share of the grocery market.

The Bradford retailer, which reported a 2.4 per cent fall in like-for-like sales for its third quarter, said it had decided to reduce window cleaning because it was less important during the dark winter months.

Morrisons brake on spending with contractor Maintenance Manage-ment Ltd comes as its market share is growing by less than the three per cent market average, along with Asda and Tesco, according to recent figures from retail analysts Kantar Worldpanel. In contrast budget supermarket Aldi’s year-on-year growth rate was 31.7 per cent in the three months to the end of October and the latest in an unbroken series of double-digit growth figures dating back to early 2011.

The cleaning ban will run until February 2, the end of Morrisons’ financial year.

A Morrisons spokesman said: “Morrisons has decided to reduce window cleaning at stores because it is less important to customers at the darkest time of the year; because the water that runs off windows can be a slippage hazard in the winter; and so we can spend money on maintenance activity that our customers do care about at this time of year.

“We will be restoring the normal service in the spring and the reduction does not affect windows easily seen by customers.”

Meanwhile, Morrisons, along with other major supermarkets, have warned that a vote for Scottish independence in next year’s referendum could force up food prices there. Chief executive Dalton Philips said prices could be raised if new regulations by the Scottish Government pushed up business costs.

He said: “If the regulatory environment was to increase the burden of the cost structure on business, that would potentially have to be passed through to consumer pricing, because why should the English and Welsh consumer subsidise this increased cost of doing business in Scotland?”

Fears about new regulation have been heightened after the Scottish Government imposed extra taxes through the Public Health Levy.

Department stores saw the first rise in sales for nearly a year last month as early festive shopping sparked hopes of a rebound for the sector, according to new figures.

Spending in department stores rose 2.8 per cent year-on-year in November, having stayed in the red for 13 months in a row, according to Barclaycard.

So-called Black Friday last week saw spending up by more than a fifth, driven by a 41 per cent increase in the amount spent online.

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8:40am Tue 10 Dec 13

Avro says...

Time for a new MD..
Time for a new MD.. Avro

11:03am Tue 10 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Enterprise 5 store is already looking scruffy with its lack of car park sweeping.
Not surprised Morrisons not doing well with all the silly prices and pricing offers they have these days, they should return to just a simple cheap price EACH.
Enterprise 5 store is already looking scruffy with its lack of car park sweeping. Not surprised Morrisons not doing well with all the silly prices and pricing offers they have these days, they should return to just a simple cheap price EACH. Joedavid

12:43pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Apollo says...

Aldi and Lidl both look better and better value than Morrisons. Morrisons will go the same way as Hillards at this rate.
Aldi and Lidl both look better and better value than Morrisons. Morrisons will go the same way as Hillards at this rate. Apollo

12:51pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Apollo wrote:
Aldi and Lidl both look better and better value than Morrisons. Morrisons will go the same way as Hillards at this rate.
Hillards did they go into Asda or was it Tesco?
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: Aldi and Lidl both look better and better value than Morrisons. Morrisons will go the same way as Hillards at this rate.[/p][/quote]Hillards did they go into Asda or was it Tesco? Joedavid

2:19pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Apollo says...

Joedavid wrote:
Apollo wrote: Aldi and Lidl both look better and better value than Morrisons. Morrisons will go the same way as Hillards at this rate.
Hillards did they go into Asda or was it Tesco?
Tesco
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: Aldi and Lidl both look better and better value than Morrisons. Morrisons will go the same way as Hillards at this rate.[/p][/quote]Hillards did they go into Asda or was it Tesco?[/p][/quote]Tesco Apollo

7:49pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Brannigan says...

Morrison's need to get a grip or they will be history. Paying hundreds of thousands to Ant and Dec was a mistake and did not generate the huge benefit they expected. Staff shortage - even with record unemployment, is leading to long delays and queues at the checkouts, the kiosks and the restaurants and will drive customers like myself to shop elsewhere for better customer service.
Morrison's need to get a grip or they will be history. Paying hundreds of thousands to Ant and Dec was a mistake and did not generate the huge benefit they expected. Staff shortage - even with record unemployment, is leading to long delays and queues at the checkouts, the kiosks and the restaurants and will drive customers like myself to shop elsewhere for better customer service. Brannigan

8:24pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

If they get the right staff!!! the work will be done
If they get the right staff!!! the work will be done bd7 helper

10:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Alhaurinrhino says...

Morrisons is gash
Morrisons is gash Alhaurinrhino

8:21am Wed 11 Dec 13

Nick Harrison says...

Revamped stores with smaller product lines that they think we will not notice. Staff that are rude and seem more interested in chatting amongst themselves or to friends than actually working. MMM, is there a clue there?
Revamped stores with smaller product lines that they think we will not notice. Staff that are rude and seem more interested in chatting amongst themselves or to friends than actually working. MMM, is there a clue there? Nick Harrison

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