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Tesco is taking over the world

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flashingnose Tue 12-Apr-05 10:08:41

They've just posted massive profits which mean they now account for £1 in every £3 that is spent in British supermarkets. Does anyone else think that's scary and rather obscene?

swiperfox Tue 12-Apr-05 10:12:34

You'd think with all that money they'd run a decent clubcard scheme and make the computers for schools scheme a little less ridiculously unrealistic!!!!

JoolsToo Tue 12-Apr-05 10:16:09

why is success obscene?

obviously people think they're getting a good deal from Tesco - I don't know whether they are or not but if people choose to shop that's their choice

enigma Tue 12-Apr-05 10:18:49

Must say I hate their new advert with the guy with the faux regional accent trying to give it the 'common touch' and widen their appeal (but it comes across fake and patronising)

Btw - I've got a regional accent

flashingnose Tue 12-Apr-05 10:19:13

I do think success achieved by screwing your suppliers is obscene, yes.

louee Tue 12-Apr-05 10:19:51

i can't complain they pay my bills!!!!!!!!!

SeaShells Tue 12-Apr-05 10:20:35

I like Tesco's, I get clubcard points for filling up the car there, their own brand stuff is good quality, I'm using my clubcard points to go to legoland for next to nothing!

Tesco is taking over the world! Good on them!

Blackduck Tue 12-Apr-05 10:22:54

Try reading 'Shopped' if you don't think this is obscene - makes you want to never set foot in a supermarket every again.....

SeaShells Tue 12-Apr-05 10:24:51

I'd say tesco is the best of a bad bunch though.

swiperfox Tue 12-Apr-05 10:24:57

Have you ever seen the catalogues that the schools get for the 'computers for schools' scheme? The schools need hundreds of thousands of vouchers for a computer - at one voucher for £10 spent that is a ridiculous amount of money.

Blackduck Tue 12-Apr-05 10:28:30

I'd argue its probably the worst - the more power it gets the more it can grind down its suppliers

Toothache Tue 12-Apr-05 10:30:59

I think the statistic was £1 in every £8 according to the BBC this morning. They pay my bills too and they give their staff loads of free shares!! My DH is just about become a Manager for Tesco.

They're starting wage is terrible, but good if you go into management.

My gripe is that fact that they keep announcing record profits but the staff have to fight to get a 3% annual payrise!!!

I buy all my shopping there, we get a 10% discount which probably just brings it inline with Asda. But with 5p every litre of petrol it's been worth it for fuel. I think they've stopped doing that offer now though.

flashingnose Tue 12-Apr-05 10:32:12

I think it's £1 in £8 spent in any retail outlet but will now scurry off to check.

snafu Tue 12-Apr-05 10:32:47

I've just read 'Shopped' and agree - from the evidence presented in there at least - that Tesco is the worst at least as far as its suppliers are concerned. Can't say I would never set foot in a supermarket again - because after all where else is there to go when all the independent places have 'mysteriously' closed down? - but that book is a real eye-opener.

Blackduck Tue 12-Apr-05 10:35:59

They are also trying to compulsory purchase my FILs business (well the land...) and have offered him a derisory sum of money.....
Re where else do you go? - I do see what you are saying, but are trying to follow her advice in as much as I try to put at least some of my custom elsewhere when ever possible

flashingnose Tue 12-Apr-05 10:39:10

Quote from Sky News website:

<<One pound in every eight spent in British shops now goes through Tesco's tills.>>

I'm sorry but that is not in our interest, whichever way you look at it. We will soon be in a position where supermarkets can charge what they like because they've driven out all the competition. And for those whose bills are paid by Tesco - your partners are not paid nearly enough by such a successful company.

Gobbledigook Tue 12-Apr-05 10:42:17

Are Tesco 'screwing their suppliers'? I met someone the other day who assesses shops like Tesco, BHS, Matalan etc for ethical compliance and she says Tesco are fabulous - you can buy their cheapie clothes knowing they aren't using sweat shops anyway. Apparently BHS are horrendous and she wouldn't buy anything from there.

I think the clubcard scheme is quite good too - I got £42 in 'use on whatever you want' vouchers last quarter plus all the other vouchers for extra points.

flashingnose Tue 12-Apr-05 10:44:39

GDG, read this book or this one - yes they really are.

Toothache Tue 12-Apr-05 10:44:42

Flashingnose - Maybe not, but isn't everything about competitors? The management at Tesco are paid either better or just the same as the other supermarkets. I still think they should be offering more than a 3% payrise after announcing record profits. It's quite an insult when they are increasing their profits by 20%, but making the staff beg for 3% every year!

snafu Tue 12-Apr-05 10:46:26

Blackduck wrt going elsewhere - me too, but it's not easy (especially if you don't have a car). But that's the point, isn't it?

flashingnose Tue 12-Apr-05 10:46:28

Toothache - get your DH to work for John Lewis/Waitrose - now there's a retail outfit that does look after its staff.

Blackduck Tue 12-Apr-05 10:46:30

ethical compliance and 'screwing your suppliers' are, I would argue, two different things. You can be ethical (no sweat shops) and STILL force down the price you pay the supplier - read Shopped, some of the practices described are appalling.....

GeorginaA Tue 12-Apr-05 10:48:45

Have to say that it does worry me that there are now less alternatives if you want to shop elsewhere. The meat and veg at Sainsburys and Tesco really are poor in terms of quality and flavour, yet trying to find a good greengrocer or butcher now is hard work as they get pushed out of the market.

Managed to find a good butcher locally - it's more hassle to get there, but the difference in quality of meat is amazing.

Toothache Tue 12-Apr-05 10:49:48

Easier said than done Flashingnose!! And thats only handy if you have a John lewis or Waitrose nearby, which we don't.

flashingnose Tue 12-Apr-05 10:50:15


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