Morrisons chief architect for food Scott Weavers-Wright is to step back from his day-to-day role in the business following the grocer’s tie-up with Ocado, Retail Week can reveal.
Ecommerce insiders said Weavers-Wright, who was parachuted into the business in March to aid Morrisons’ online grocery launch, is not going to play a key role in the ongoing Ocado tie-up and there is speculation that he will leave the business later in the year.
Morrisons last month struck a deal to acquire Ocado’s distribution centre in Dordon, Warwickshire and for the etailer to deliver its products.
Weavers-Wright, last year named sixth in Retail Week’s annual Etail Power List, was formerly chief executive of Kiddicare and boss of Morrisons non-food online. Morrisons acquired Kiddicare for £70m in 2011 and used its software to develop its MorrisonsCellar.com wine site launched last year.
However, Morrisons opted for the in-house platform designed by Ocado and is set to launch an online grocery offer by January 2014.
Weavers-Wright could not be reached for comment. Morrisons declined to comment.
- Morrisons has ended its partnership with kitchenware retailer Lakeland to sell its products online. The joint venture, originally revealed in January, was halted following Morrisons’ tie-up with Ocado.