Retail news round-up on February 19, 2016: Morrisons' £30m investment to upgrade staff facilities and Google bolsters its Express food delivery service.
Morrisons to spend £30m to improve stores
Morrisons is to pump in as much as £30m to overhaul its facilities for employees at all of its 498 stores.
The revamp, part of the grocer’s store improvement programme, will see the introduction of free wi-fi, separate rest areas alongside dining rooms to charge mobile phones and discounted coffee.
Chief executive David Potts said about 100 areas will be upgraded this year and all stores will be covered within four years.
Potts said: “We asked our staff for their views about their stores and many commented about their restrooms saying they would like them to be more relaxing and offer a better food service. This investment will ensure they are provided with the facilities and food to help them recharge during their breaks.”
Google adds fresh foods to grocery delivery service
Google has ramped up its ‘Express’ grocery delivery service with the addition of fresh food items, Daily Mail reported.
The move by the search giant comes after rival Amazon expanded its grocery delivery scheme to include fresh products.
Google Express is to feature a range of fresh products including ship milk, eggs and others in trial markets in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
The regions of Los Angeles include the Pacific Palisades, Westwood and Marina Del Rey, while in San Francisco, the pilot scheme will be available in Financial District, Mission and Potrero Hill.