While many, Coupe included, believe a shift to online grocery shopping will be permanent, Black says Sainsbury’s store estate stands it in good stead for the future.
“Trolleys and proximity have been the two key moving parts in UK grocery recently,” says Black. “Trolleys because people don’t wish to return to supermarkets more than they have to, and proximity because people will go for top-ups at shops more locally.
“In that respect, Sainsbury’s, with its superstore estate and large convenience store business, is actually pretty well placed.”
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Roberts, as he prepares to steer Sainsbury’s through