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Tesco - every little helps or hurts ?

 
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geoff



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PostPosted: 16/11/05, 09:53    Post subject: Tesco - every little helps or hurts ? Reply with quote

TESCO is facing a renewed threat to its dominance of the grocery market this week as the Office of Fair Trading begins its "reconsideration" of whether to refer the supermarket giant to the Competition Commission.

According to a recently launched website http://www.tescopoly.org/ ...

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Tesco now controls 30% of the grocery market in the UK. In 2005, the supermarket chain announced over 2 billion in profits. Growing evidence indicates that Tesco's success is partly based on trading practices that are having serious consequences for suppliers, farmers, overseas workers, local shops and the environment.

Fewer local farmers and shops mean both customers and goods need to be transported further. This means more pollution from cars, as people drive further to shop, and more pollution from aircraft and lorries, as food is transported from around the world.

In the five years to 2002, 50 specialised stores like butchers, bakers, fishmongers and newsagents closed every week.


TESCOs Corporate responsibility statement at http://www.tescocorporate.com/page.aspx?pointerid=BD7485D6BD47463CA5F9D64302AF858A says ...
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One of our most important values is to treat people how we would like to be treated. We try to achieve this by being a good employer and by playing our part in local communities. People tell us that they want use to use our size and success to be a force for good. We accept this challenge with enthusiasm and commitment.


So is it a case of "no more thanks", or is Tescos a convenient, cheap, accessible way for the busy moderm family to shop and go with as little time wasting as possible ?
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PostPosted: 21/11/05, 17:45    Post subject: tescos attempted to buy cinema Reply with quote

i think tescos i a bit too big for there own good i work at the regent cinema in lyme and tescos wanted to buy us out and build a tescos metro on the grounds obviously before the cinema was a listed building but imagein if they did build one there numerous shops in lyme would face closure
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PostPosted: 26/11/05, 15:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tesco is a superbly run company.
Tesco survives and grows in all larger towns and cities in the face of enormous competition.
Uplyme residents should be thankful that they have access to the Axminster store.
Pity there is no such store also in Lyme Regis. The Co-op is a joke.
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PostPosted: 30/11/05, 09:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

gepalmer wrote:
Tesco is a superbly run company.
Tesco survives and grows in all larger towns and cities


As a business, there can be no doubt that they are highly successful at what they do.
But from a moral point of view, is it a good thing that there seems to be no limit to their growth and that they are effectively closing smaller town centre shops who can't compete with their buying power?

Should we not value diversity ?

Is lower cost always the highest priority ?

Geoff.
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PostPosted: 30/11/05, 10:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geoff, I'm with you that lower cost should not always be our priority - especially as perceived lower cost is often short-term only. Tesco is very adept at attracting people with BOGOFs, double points etc., but by no means everything is cheaper there. By being (admittedly) good at what they do, they suck the lifeblood out of surrounding competitors. Anyone remember the delicatessen that used to be on the squre in Axminster? They sold plenty of things that you can't get at Tesco.

Then there's the question of how they treat their suppliers. There seem to be regular investigations into bullying tactics, but no real action. Any supplier who can't meet their rules is dropped quicker than a hot potato. And the rules seem pretty arbitrary - is it really the case that consumers will only buy fruit and veg of "perfect" appearance? Surely it must be part of the retailers' job to persuade consumers that a crooked carrot is OK to eat - and reduce waste.

I admit we use Tesco as well as others because it's easy, but we should make an effort to support smaller competitors.
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PostPosted: 12/12/05, 04:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Never buy anything from the supermarket (that mass-murderer of small independent enterprises) that you could get at a private shop or at the real, the traditional market!"

That's quoted from my website www.lymaze.com, page about the Axminster Thursday market.
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PostPosted: 22/02/06, 13:54    Post subject: the devil, you know. Reply with quote

When you use Tesco you sup with the devil Twisted Evil

While they 'save you money' they are destroying your community Twisted Evil

We are all frogs in boiling water, far to comfortable and wedded to easy parking and low hassle to allow more time to watch sky sports Confused

Do we really need to choose between 30 waters, 100 cheeses, 30 sausages, 20 types of bacon etc etc? Rolling Eyes

When they have succeeded we will end up with no real choice or option

It will be our own fault and I can be as guilty as anyone Crying or Very sad

I feel better now, thankyou Cool
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