Midcounties Co-operative HFSS implementation

Midcounties Co-operative commission RAS for HFSS implementation

The Requirement

A new government legislation comes into law in England and Wales in October 2022, effecting the promotion and placement of certain food and drink products in retail stores that are high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS).

As specialist providers of merchandising services into retail, RAS were engaged by The Midcounties Co-operative to provide a range of services that would ensure that changes to their stores could be implemented before the legislation coming into force.

The Service

Prior to go live, RAS carefully scoped the works and completed a number of trial stores to capture learnings that could be applied for an efficient roll-out.
Creating a rolling project delivery plan aligned to a principle of implementation week minus 3, RAS provided a Project Manager to phase the schedule of works from store specific existing and proposed store layouts, allocating the appropriately sized teams to implement the changes.

Within the stores, the works comprised of category de-merchandising, fixture installations, equipment cleaning, re-merchandising and the application of shelf edge labels to final product locations. The full store schedule was completed on time and digitally signed-off by each store representative. This process would also capture our performance and implementation standards for KPI reporting.

The Results

Over a period of 3 months RAS completed the service specification in 46 stores across the UK. This was delivered across 425 shifts equating to 4650 of in-store hours plus 280 project management hours.

Mid Counties Co-operative

“We worked with RAS as one of our merchandising partners to deliver the challenging HFSS re merchandising programme. This project was delivered on time and on budget. Throughout the project, we developed an open and honest relationship which supported the project communication, workload and standard of work delivered.”

John Russell
Store Development Manager