Former Tesco man to be next chairman of Bradford-based Morrisons

Former Tesco man to be next chairman of Bradford-based Morrisons

Former Tesco man to be next chairman of Bradford-based Morrisons

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FORMER Tesco man Andrew Higginson is set to be the next chairman of Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons as it battles to stem falling market share with £1billion of price cuts.

He will succeed Sir Ian Gibson, who announced he would stand down in 2015 at this year's annual general meeting in June - where he apologised to shareholders for Morrisons poor 2013 performance when it slumped to a £176 million loss .

Andrew Higginson will join Morrisons board on October 1 as non-executive deputy chairman and chairman elect. he was a main board director of Tesco for 15 years until 2012.

Sir Ian Gibson said: "Andy Higginson has a tremendous reputation and a distinguished career at the forefront of retailing in the UK and I am sure he will be a huge asset to Morrisons. I am very pleased to welcome him to the board as deputy chairman and look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition to the chairman role."

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9:45am Tue 29 Jul 14

baildongreen says...

These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city.
These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city. baildongreen
  • Score: 9

9:55am Tue 29 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

baildongreen wrote:
These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city.
Don't necessary agree with that. Plenty of capable people living in the Leeds/Bradford are. Morrisons 'decline' has only started fairly recently. Before that the 'second best' were managing quite well as Morrisons continued to grow.
Their problem has been the slowness to adapt to the changing demands of their customers. All the major supermarkets are losing market share to the discounters at the moment so the 'real high fliers' at other supermarkets based accross the country are not doing a great job either.
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city.[/p][/quote]Don't necessary agree with that. Plenty of capable people living in the Leeds/Bradford are. Morrisons 'decline' has only started fairly recently. Before that the 'second best' were managing quite well as Morrisons continued to grow. Their problem has been the slowness to adapt to the changing demands of their customers. All the major supermarkets are losing market share to the discounters at the moment so the 'real high fliers' at other supermarkets based accross the country are not doing a great job either. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 5

10:10am Tue 29 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

baildongreen wrote:
These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city.
Agree. Tesco isn't the best place to be looking for supermarket executives. Couldn't Morrisons have recruited from Aldi or Lidl? They seem to know what they are doing. This country is no longer a nation of shopkeepers who know what they are doing.
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city.[/p][/quote]Agree. Tesco isn't the best place to be looking for supermarket executives. Couldn't Morrisons have recruited from Aldi or Lidl? They seem to know what they are doing. This country is no longer a nation of shopkeepers who know what they are doing. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 6

10:49am Tue 29 Jul 14

collos25 says...

Sums up the quality of high staff at Morrisons lets get another loser to carry the can when he fails which he will.
Sums up the quality of high staff at Morrisons lets get another loser to carry the can when he fails which he will. collos25
  • Score: 1

10:56am Tue 29 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too.
Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed.
Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc.
Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too. Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed. Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc. Joedavid
  • Score: 1

11:03am Tue 29 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
baildongreen wrote:
These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city.
Agree. Tesco isn't the best place to be looking for supermarket executives. Couldn't Morrisons have recruited from Aldi or Lidl? They seem to know what they are doing. This country is no longer a nation of shopkeepers who know what they are doing.
Aldi and Lidl are both absolutely flying the moment. They be really vibrant and exciting place to work at one imagines.
Aldi and Lidl are totally different business models as well. They are much smaller stores with far fewer products to choose from. They are doing well because they are not Asda/Morrisons etc.
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: These days Tesco aren't exactly a shining example of how to run a supermarket. Like most Bradford companies Morrisons have had to settle for second best because the real high fliers don't want to live anywhere near our wonderful city.[/p][/quote]Agree. Tesco isn't the best place to be looking for supermarket executives. Couldn't Morrisons have recruited from Aldi or Lidl? They seem to know what they are doing. This country is no longer a nation of shopkeepers who know what they are doing.[/p][/quote]Aldi and Lidl are both absolutely flying the moment. They be really vibrant and exciting place to work at one imagines. Aldi and Lidl are totally different business models as well. They are much smaller stores with far fewer products to choose from. They are doing well because they are not Asda/Morrisons etc. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 0

11:04am Tue 29 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Most of the comments here seem to write him off before he's started! I hope he is very successful in his new job and Morrisons prosper.
Most of the comments here seem to write him off before he's started! I hope he is very successful in his new job and Morrisons prosper. Albion.
  • Score: 9

12:19pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Joedavid wrote:
Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too.
Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed.
Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc.
Maybe the threats and intimidation of shoppers is having an effect?

I might start to shop at Tesco, make sure the vocal minority don't get their way.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too. Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed. Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc.[/p][/quote]Maybe the threats and intimidation of shoppers is having an effect? I might start to shop at Tesco, make sure the vocal minority don't get their way. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too.
Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed.
Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc.
Maybe the threats and intimidation of shoppers is having an effect?

I might start to shop at Tesco, make sure the vocal minority don't get their way.
Yeah do it. I hear that anyone wearing an I ♥ Israel t-shirt gets 50% off their shop so if I were you I'd wear one.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too. Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed. Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc.[/p][/quote]Maybe the threats and intimidation of shoppers is having an effect? I might start to shop at Tesco, make sure the vocal minority don't get their way.[/p][/quote]Yeah do it. I hear that anyone wearing an I ♥ Israel t-shirt gets 50% off their shop so if I were you I'd wear one. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 8

2:08pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Grumpygirl says...

Albion. wrote:
Most of the comments here seem to write him off before he's started! I hope he is very successful in his new job and Morrisons prosper.
Hi Albion, filling in for Mr Atkinson and bcfc these days?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Most of the comments here seem to write him off before he's started! I hope he is very successful in his new job and Morrisons prosper.[/p][/quote]Hi Albion, filling in for Mr Atkinson and bcfc these days? Grumpygirl
  • Score: -3

3:03pm Tue 29 Jul 14

MontyLeMar says...

Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable.
Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 1

3:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable.
So who is the driving force at Morrisons these days?
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable.[/p][/quote]So who is the driving force at Morrisons these days? Joedavid
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

clayton_lad says...

Aldi seem to have a knack of recruiting the best staff and must have a great training scheme. They all seem to do everything rather than just work on a checkout or stacking shelves and they do it all very well.

The are all very friendly and super-efficient and seem to love their jobs. I reckon they must serve 4 people to one compared with Morrison's staff who mostly seem to have 2 speeds of slow or stop, no get up and go, no interest in the job or the customers and only seem to have one subject of conversation - how long it is until they finish.

Need I say more?
Aldi seem to have a knack of recruiting the best staff and must have a great training scheme. They all seem to do everything rather than just work on a checkout or stacking shelves and they do it all very well. The are all very friendly and super-efficient and seem to love their jobs. I reckon they must serve 4 people to one compared with Morrison's staff who mostly seem to have 2 speeds of slow or stop, no get up and go, no interest in the job or the customers and only seem to have one subject of conversation - how long it is until they finish. Need I say more? clayton_lad
  • Score: 0

3:21pm Tue 29 Jul 14

MontyLeMar says...

clayton_lad wrote:
Aldi seem to have a knack of recruiting the best staff and must have a great training scheme. They all seem to do everything rather than just work on a checkout or stacking shelves and they do it all very well.

The are all very friendly and super-efficient and seem to love their jobs. I reckon they must serve 4 people to one compared with Morrison's staff who mostly seem to have 2 speeds of slow or stop, no get up and go, no interest in the job or the customers and only seem to have one subject of conversation - how long it is until they finish.

Need I say more?
Bit harsh, but I know what you mean.
[quote][p][bold]clayton_lad[/bold] wrote: Aldi seem to have a knack of recruiting the best staff and must have a great training scheme. They all seem to do everything rather than just work on a checkout or stacking shelves and they do it all very well. The are all very friendly and super-efficient and seem to love their jobs. I reckon they must serve 4 people to one compared with Morrison's staff who mostly seem to have 2 speeds of slow or stop, no get up and go, no interest in the job or the customers and only seem to have one subject of conversation - how long it is until they finish. Need I say more?[/p][/quote]Bit harsh, but I know what you mean. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 3

3:27pm Tue 29 Jul 14

MontyLeMar says...

Joedavid wrote:
MontyLeMar wrote:
Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable.
So who is the driving force at Morrisons these days?
Well, Dalton Phillips seems to be the one pulling all the strings at the moment and firmly guiding them down to compete with Aldi. Judging by some of the prices recently seen in Enterprise5 he is making progress plus I hear he will be opening from 6.00am to midnight very soon. Don't know what this will do for profits though.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable.[/p][/quote]So who is the driving force at Morrisons these days?[/p][/quote]Well, Dalton Phillips seems to be the one pulling all the strings at the moment and firmly guiding them down to compete with Aldi. Judging by some of the prices recently seen in Enterprise5 he is making progress plus I hear he will be opening from 6.00am to midnight very soon. Don't know what this will do for profits though. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 1

3:28pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

clayton_lad wrote:
Aldi seem to have a knack of recruiting the best staff and must have a great training scheme. They all seem to do everything rather than just work on a checkout or stacking shelves and they do it all very well.

The are all very friendly and super-efficient and seem to love their jobs. I reckon they must serve 4 people to one compared with Morrison's staff who mostly seem to have 2 speeds of slow or stop, no get up and go, no interest in the job or the customers and only seem to have one subject of conversation - how long it is until they finish.

Need I say more?
Glad you like Aldi but for us it as somthing thing missing.
Sainsburys and Waitrose work at what they would call giving you a shopping experience.
Think Tesco try with their one stop shop idea but of late have lost the shopping experience at Canal Road at least.
Asda and Morrisons needs their staff to have more training in customer service, plus Morrisons need to get competitive with price and better sell/use by dates.
[quote][p][bold]clayton_lad[/bold] wrote: Aldi seem to have a knack of recruiting the best staff and must have a great training scheme. They all seem to do everything rather than just work on a checkout or stacking shelves and they do it all very well. The are all very friendly and super-efficient and seem to love their jobs. I reckon they must serve 4 people to one compared with Morrison's staff who mostly seem to have 2 speeds of slow or stop, no get up and go, no interest in the job or the customers and only seem to have one subject of conversation - how long it is until they finish. Need I say more?[/p][/quote]Glad you like Aldi but for us it as somthing thing missing. Sainsburys and Waitrose work at what they would call giving you a shopping experience. Think Tesco try with their one stop shop idea but of late have lost the shopping experience at Canal Road at least. Asda and Morrisons needs their staff to have more training in customer service, plus Morrisons need to get competitive with price and better sell/use by dates. Joedavid
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too.
Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed.
Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc.
Maybe the threats and intimidation of shoppers is having an effect?

I might start to shop at Tesco, make sure the vocal minority don't get their way.
Yeah do it. I hear that anyone wearing an I ♥ Israel t-shirt gets 50% off their shop so if I were you I'd wear one.
You think something bad might happen to me if I do?
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Hardly any shoppers in Tesco Canal Rd this morning and any a few of their On-liner in store shoppers too. Some parts of store short of goods to sell and non-food line of checkouts not staffed. Bottom line is of course will this Tesco man at Morrisons be allowed to bring Morrisons stores up to date etc.[/p][/quote]Maybe the threats and intimidation of shoppers is having an effect? I might start to shop at Tesco, make sure the vocal minority don't get their way.[/p][/quote]Yeah do it. I hear that anyone wearing an I ♥ Israel t-shirt gets 50% off their shop so if I were you I'd wear one.[/p][/quote]You think something bad might happen to me if I do? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 3

7:11pm Tue 29 Jul 14

monobrow man says...

If Aldi and lidl try to expand as they are, they will be the next netto, remember them. This is the 3 months leading up to june around the same time the major supermarkets cut their prices. Morrisons are only struggling at the moment because of starting convienience stores and home delivery in a short space of time. I fancy aldi or lidl to be out of business in the next 3 years.
If Aldi and lidl try to expand as they are, they will be the next netto, remember them. This is the 3 months leading up to june around the same time the major supermarkets cut their prices. Morrisons are only struggling at the moment because of starting convienience stores and home delivery in a short space of time. I fancy aldi or lidl to be out of business in the next 3 years. monobrow man
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

36a says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable.
Bet he doesn't come cheap though
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: Let's not expect too much from this guy, he is after all only the chairman, you know, the guy they wheel out when there is an apology to make because profits are bad or non existent. I'm ashamed to admit it but I didn't know who Sir Ian Gibson was until recently. I expect Andy to be as equally obscure and forgettable.[/p][/quote]Bet he doesn't come cheap though 36a
  • Score: 0

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