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What if psychologists ruled the world? In real life?


Lazy, selfish motorist taking up child space

Sainsbury’s car park on a Sunday lunchtime. Not packed out with plenty of spaces but sports car driver and passenger happy to take up one of the limited child spaces. My partner challenged them but female passenger arrogantly dismissed it with “if it makes you feel better” as she continued to text on her smartphone . Just hope they’ve not got kids or grandchildren to worry about on car parks.

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Which supermarkets are still treating suppliers badly?

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custom_text_delivery_truck_13837Well it’s Morrisons that has the worst record at the moment according to the industry watchdog, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

20% of a survey of 1,000 suppliers said that Morrisons rarely or never complied with industry rules governing supply chain relations. Recently Morrisons were forced to pay back £2 million they had demanded in cash from suppliers.

David Morrison, the Chief Executive of Morrisons was formerly with Tesco so has obviously carried over some of the bad tactics they previously used.

Now Tesco is considered the most improved main grocer in terms of supplier relations only 6 months after it was the subject of a major investigation and a scathing report.

Iceland and Asda were also thought be in breach of the legally binding code of practice.

On the positive side Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Lidl were most likely to comply consistently well with the rules.

The GCA Christine Tacon said that most…

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Bananas – we love ’em but waste a lot

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P1030766Bananas are the UK’s most popular health snack with 80% saying they like them,

We each eat three a week on average or 12kg a year and 20% of us eat one every day.

However we also throw away 160 million of them according to a survey by Sainsbury’s – enough to stretch from the UK to New Zealand.

One in three of us throw a banana away if it has the slightest blemish or black mark.

Someone wrote to the Times bout this saying that they got bruised because supermarkets store them the wrong way. They put them on the shelves “canoe” style rather than like an arch or hanging them which makes them bruise more easily.

Food waste is worse than packaging waste as it produces methane, which is more likely to cause global warning than carbon dioxide.

In total there may be £1 billion of food thrown away…

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Thai Union Group – that’s John West – facing supermarket bans

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UnknownOther supermarkets look set to follow Tesco’s example in banning John West tuna products.

John West, owned by the Thai Union Group, has broken its promise to use sustainable fishing methods for at least half its products by 2014, and 100% by 2017. In reality only 2% of its tuna is caught sustainably.

Tesco threatened to pull its products last year and have recently re-confirmed that it would remove most of its products within weeks from its shelves. The supermarket said “it had decided to delist a number of core John West lines” after it reviewed its sustainable fishing policy.

Now Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have joined the fray. Sainsbury’s suggested that it would take action if John West didn’t improve its practices by 2018. A spokesman said “we’re the UK’s leading retailer of sustainable fish and we expect our suppliers to take a responsible approach to sourcing

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Supermarket prices-confused.com

If you think that you get good value from your supermarkets maybe you should think again.

All the price cutting campaigns appear to be just smokescreens to actually increase the cost of your basket.

The Sunday Times reported on research at Warwick University which examined prices between 2003 until the end of 2010. They found that supermarkets would reduce prices on lots of items by amounts as small as 1p but at the same time increase the price on others by up to 10p.

The researchers think the stores are exploiting the “number blindness” experienced by shoppers faced with hundreds, if not thousands, of price changes.

The ST article gives examples such as Tesco changing the price of Dolmio microwave sauce 88 times over the 8 year period. 40 of the changes were 1p reductions but others were increases of up to 10p.

Sainsbury’s did something similar with Hellman’s Mayonnaise: 46 changes of which 16 were 1p reductions and increases on 10 occasions of up to 10p. Sainsbury’s appeared to have fewer price cuts than Tesco or Asda.

Tesco also came in for criticism from the Grocer magazine which found that over the past 6 weeks Tesco had put up prices on 3 products for every 2 it reduced. Examples were a 35% increase in the price of chicken pieces ie up 69p and up to 35% increases on cooked meat – and all this is during the Big Price Drop campaign!

The supermarkets all claim that they offer the best possible prices to their customers. You make up your own mind.

PS I’ve written before on the supermarkets’ habit of increasing prices and then dropping them but to a higher base level. These price fluctuations are just one example of the psychological ploys used by supermarkets.