Sainsburys reductions

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Posted 26th Oct
Truly shocked. Went to Sainsburys tonight to find assistant with very long clear plastic bag throwing out all the reduced food despite it only being 8pm & the shop is open till 10pm. I asked if I could purchase any and he firmly replied that as he had scanned everything it was now destined for the bin.All fresh food and fresh fruit and vegetables was bagged up as I watched in horror. I always shop for last minute bargains at 8pm to eat same night or cook the next day. Has anyone else encountered this at their local supermarket?
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Haircut_10026/10/2019 22:45

the reductions haven't been better managed throughout the day so that they …the reductions haven't been better managed throughout the day so that they were priced appropriately to have been sold much earlier on


Sainsbury's seem to be terrible at this, everything is 'reduced' from £3 to £2.75 for most of the day! No wonder it ends up in the bin, at those prices you can pay an extra 25p for something considerably fresher.
I've worked on Sainsburys years ago, to a degree I can understand where the shop assistant was coming from. If it's his job to deal with the late night food reductions (and make sure that there are no out of date products remaining on his department) but say his shift finishes at 8pm then he has to make sure that everything has been actioned before he leaves. The real problem though isn't what he was doing, but rather why the reductions haven't been better managed throughout the day so that they were priced appropriately to have been sold much earlier on. The idea is that they should be reduced down a couple of times, rather than being left until the end, no-one wants to be having to throw out stock.
Edited by: "Haircut_100" 26th Oct
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:51

Just admit you jumped in to a topic and completely missed what it was …Just admit you jumped in to a topic and completely missed what it was about


I would say that some of these comments are too naive, argumentative and quite frankly narrow minded. This is about edible food that is being thrown out prematurely because of their best before date which is exactly that, best before but still perfectly reasonable beyond that date. What the op frustrations focus on is that the store opens till 10, so food is being thrown out far too early to allow for anyone to purchase at a cheaper price later that evening. So what’s the whole point of reductions then? Even if the staff member needs to leave at 8, then why not do FINAL 70%+ reductions at 6? Whatever’s left at 7.45 can then be given to a local foodbank or given to whatever waste/energy co. they’re aligned to. Waste is waste. Think about how many thousands of people in this country and throughout the world that don’t have access to food. We all just need to be more grateful of what we have, and try to avoid wasting food and water as much as possible.
Edited by: "fatoosh" 27th Oct
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:25

I imagine the people who work there like to go home at some point rather …I imagine the people who work there like to go home at some point rather than work overtime because somebody wants to buy reduced food in the final hours


That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to a foodbank - the store should know better.
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I’d guess it’s stop people doing what you planned to do. They obviously want you to come in early and pay full price,
I've worked on Sainsburys years ago, to a degree I can understand where the shop assistant was coming from. If it's his job to deal with the late night food reductions (and make sure that there are no out of date products remaining on his department) but say his shift finishes at 8pm then he has to make sure that everything has been actioned before he leaves. The real problem though isn't what he was doing, but rather why the reductions haven't been better managed throughout the day so that they were priced appropriately to have been sold much earlier on. The idea is that they should be reduced down a couple of times, rather than being left until the end, no-one wants to be having to throw out stock.
Edited by: "Haircut_100" 26th Oct
Always hilarious seeing packs of shoppers like that stalking the poor folk doing reductions hounding them for an extra 3p off of a 20p product.
Haircut_10026/10/2019 22:45

I've worked on Sainsburys years ago, to a degree I can understand where …I've worked on Sainsburys years ago, to a degree I can understand where the shop assistant was coming from. If it's his job to deal with the late night food reductions (and make sure that there are no out of date products remaining on his department) but say his shift finishes at 8pm then he has to make sure that everything has been actioned before he leaves. The real problem though isn't what he was doing, but rather why the reductions haven't been better managed throughout the day so that they were priced appropriately to have been sold earlier in the day. The idea is that they should be reduced down a couple of times rather than being left until the end, no-one wants to be having to throw out stock.


I think it is shocking that food should be thrown out. A disgrace. I'm a great fan of yellow label reductions but if you aren't prepared to sell something, make sure it gets eaten.
Haircut_10026/10/2019 22:45

the reductions haven't been better managed throughout the day so that they …the reductions haven't been better managed throughout the day so that they were priced appropriately to have been sold much earlier on


Sainsbury's seem to be terrible at this, everything is 'reduced' from £3 to £2.75 for most of the day! No wonder it ends up in the bin, at those prices you can pay an extra 25p for something considerably fresher.
psychobitchfromhell26/10/2019 22:52

I think it is shocking that food should be thrown out. A disgrace. I'm a …I think it is shocking that food should be thrown out. A disgrace. I'm a great fan of yellow label reductions but if you aren't prepared to sell something, make sure it gets eaten.


I totally agree, there's no need to be throwing out stock. Sometimes though you walk around the supermarket in the evening and you look in that reduced cabinet, but the reductions are so small that you might as well spend a tiny bit extra and get something that is well within date and going to last in your fridge rather than needing to be eaten imminently. Like I say, that's down to the reduction prices not being managed well during the day. I think that Aldi and Lidl do it well where by the afternoon any stock with today's date on it will be reduced by 50% giving it a good chance of selling well before closing. Sainsburys tend to be a little more stingy shall we say, but that's more likely to be down to the store and department management rather than the regular guy who's been tasked with doing the reduction job.
Haircut_10026/10/2019 23:01

I totally agree, there's no need to be throwing out stock. Sometimes …I totally agree, there's no need to be throwing out stock. Sometimes though you walk around the supermarket in the evening and you look in that reduced cabinet, but the reductions are so small that you might as well spend a tiny bit extra and get something that is well within date and going to last in your fridge rather than needing to be eaten imminently. Like I say, that's down to the reduction prices not being managed well during the day. I think that Aldi and Lidl do it well where by the afternoon any stock with today's date on it will be reduced by 50% giving it a good chance of selling well before closing. Sainsburys tend to be a little more stingy shall we say, but that's more likely to be down to the store and department management rather than the regular guy who's been tasked with doing the reduction job.


my local Morrison's used to be fabulous for reductions but these days it is 10p off. What is the point?
psychobitchfromhell26/10/2019 22:52

I think it is shocking that food should be thrown out. A disgrace. I'm a …I think it is shocking that food should be thrown out. A disgrace. I'm a great fan of yellow label reductions but if you aren't prepared to sell something, make sure it gets eaten.


They operate no food waste to landfill in fairness so it gets converted to energy to partially power some of their newer shops and other initiatives.
I imagine the people who work there like to go home at some point rather than work overtime because somebody wants to buy reduced food in the final hours
xCobehx26/10/2019 23:15

They operate no food waste to landfill in fairness so it gets converted to …They operate no food waste to landfill in fairness so it gets converted to energy to partially power some of their newer shops and other initiatives.


I'd rather it fed people
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:25

I imagine the people who work there like to go home at some point rather …I imagine the people who work there like to go home at some point rather than work overtime because somebody wants to buy reduced food in the final hours


if the shop is open till ten, why Chuck food away at eight? That has nothing to do with overtime.
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:25

I imagine the people who work there like to go home at some point rather …I imagine the people who work there like to go home at some point rather than work overtime because somebody wants to buy reduced food in the final hours


That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to a foodbank - the store should know better.
xCobehx26/10/2019 22:51

Always hilarious seeing packs of shoppers like that stalking the poor folk …Always hilarious seeing packs of shoppers like that stalking the poor folk doing reductions hounding them for an extra 3p off of a 20p product.



Nice to have a hobby.
psychobitchfromhell26/10/2019 23:29

if the shop is open till ten, why Chuck food away at eight? That has …if the shop is open till ten, why Chuck food away at eight? That has nothing to do with overtime.


Because there’s only two hours left and presumably they’re employed to do other things besides put reduced food in a bag

if it’s not done then it’s on the shelf in the morning and then they’ll be sued because someone bought something with an old best before date

its been reduced on the shelf all day, it’s not like people haven’t had over 12 hours to buy it
escorttwincam26/10/2019 23:32

That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to …That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to a foodbank - the store should know better.


Well it is... because the was what the original complaint was about. Things being removed at 8pm
escorttwincam26/10/2019 23:32

That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to …That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to a foodbank - the store should know better.


Except that's been done in the past and businesses have been taken to court because people fell ill.

They can't win anyway here, if they don't reduce it, they get grief for it. They make another environmentally sound choice for it, they get grief for it. No pleasing some people sadly.
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:37

Well it is... because the was what the original complaint was about. …Well it is... because the was what the original complaint was about. Things being removed at 8pm


Well it isn't your point was about not wanting to do overtime! That has nothing to do with it.
escorttwincam26/10/2019 23:47

Well it isn't your point was about not wanting to do overtime! That has …Well it isn't your point was about not wanting to do overtime! That has nothing to do with it.


Just admit you jumped in to a topic and completely missed what it was about
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:36

Because there’s only two hours left and presumably they’re employed to do o …Because there’s only two hours left and presumably they’re employed to do other things besides put reduced food in a bagif it’s not done then it’s on the shelf in the morning and then they’ll be sued because someone bought something with an old best before dateits been reduced on the shelf all day, it’s not like people haven’t had over 12 hours to buy it


but where does the working overtime bit come in? If the shop is open till ten, people will be paid till ten. Rather than chuck it in the bin two hours before closing time, have someone reduce it earlier. Surely it is better someone buys it than it is wasted? Given that the shop has paid for every item, surely getting 50p for something is better than getting nothing at all. We waste so much food it is shocking
psychobitchfromhell26/10/2019 23:53

but where does the working overtime bit come in? If the shop is open till …but where does the working overtime bit come in? If the shop is open till ten, people will be paid till ten. Rather than chuck it in the bin two hours before closing time, have someone reduce it earlier. Surely it is better someone buys it than it is wasted? Given that the shop has paid for every item, surely getting 50p for something is better than getting nothing at all. We waste so much food it is shocking


Because there’s only two hours of the shift left?

In your job do you leave all of your work to the final 5 minutes before clocking off?
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:55

Because there’s only two hours of the shift left?In your job do you leave a …Because there’s only two hours of the shift left?In your job do you leave all of your work to the final 5 minutes before clocking off?


I'm a full time carer. I never clock off.
Would you rather the food be thrown away than be reduced?
ThePennyPincher26/10/2019 23:51

Just admit you jumped in to a topic and completely missed what it was …Just admit you jumped in to a topic and completely missed what it was about


I would say that some of these comments are too naive, argumentative and quite frankly narrow minded. This is about edible food that is being thrown out prematurely because of their best before date which is exactly that, best before but still perfectly reasonable beyond that date. What the op frustrations focus on is that the store opens till 10, so food is being thrown out far too early to allow for anyone to purchase at a cheaper price later that evening. So what’s the whole point of reductions then? Even if the staff member needs to leave at 8, then why not do FINAL 70%+ reductions at 6? Whatever’s left at 7.45 can then be given to a local foodbank or given to whatever waste/energy co. they’re aligned to. Waste is waste. Think about how many thousands of people in this country and throughout the world that don’t have access to food. We all just need to be more grateful of what we have, and try to avoid wasting food and water as much as possible.
Edited by: "fatoosh" 27th Oct
fatoosh27/10/2019 00:06

I would say that some of these comments are too naive, argumentative and …I would say that some of these comments are too naive, argumentative and quite frankly narrow minded. This is about edible food that is being thrown out prematurely because of their best before date which is exactly that, best before but still perfectly reasonable beyond that date. What the op frustrations focus on is that the store opens till 10, so food is being thrown out far too early to allow for anyone to purchase at a cheaper price later that evening. So what’s the whole point of reductions then? Even if the staff member needs to leave at 8, then why not do FINAL 70%+ reductions at 6? Whatever’s left at 7.45 can then be given to a local foodbank or given to whatever waste/energy co. they’re aligned to. Waste is waste. Think about how many thousands of people in this country and throughout the world that don’t have access to food. We all just need to be more grateful of what we have, and try to avoid wasting food and water as much as possible.


my son volunteers at our local community centre. Everything which is not sold at the Tesco express next door gets donated to the community centre. There are lots of food banks and food kitchens etc who would love that food...
At the end of the day, no shop have to reduce anything, they can do what they like with their stock.

You can debate right and wrong ways until cows come home tbh.
psychobitchfromhell27/10/2019 00:00

I'm a full time carer. I never clock off.Would you rather the food be …I'm a full time carer. I never clock off.Would you rather the food be thrown away than be reduced?


But it was reduced and will have been reduced for at least a day. It can’t be on the shelf when the store closes at 10pm and it needs to be accounted for before then so the books are balanced at closing
My local Sainsburys usually reduces to super-cheap at some point in the final hour before closing, and only remove items in the last five minutes (or even after closing). Because they've reduced items a few times throughout the day, there is generally very little to throw away, and staff are always grateful for people coming and taking stuff so it doesn't count against the store's waste. It's a relatively new system for the store, and it works out well for everyone. Far more civilised than other supermarkets too, with the sharp-elbowed and aggressive customers harassing staff.

I think Saturdays are a bad day for reductions though, as my local didn't bother with final reductions today, just like the OP's. It's frustrating, as there was some decent stuff there, but they're under no obligation to reduce anything (apart from maybe a moral one).
psychobitchfromhell26/10/2019 23:05

my local Morrison's used to be fabulous for reductions but these days it …my local Morrison's used to be fabulous for reductions but these days it is 10p off. What is the point?


I'd guess: saving 10p.
ThePennyPincher27/10/2019 00:36

But it was reduced and will have been reduced for at least a day. It can’t …But it was reduced and will have been reduced for at least a day. It can’t be on the shelf when the store closes at 10pm and it needs to be accounted for before then so the books are balanced at closing


What books do you think they balance?
AndyRoyd27/10/2019 01:45

I'd guess: saving 10p.


and paying an employee to reduce it by 10p?
psychobitchfromhell27/10/2019 01:54

and paying an employee to reduce it by 10p?


Seems rational as I doubt the employee would do it for no compensation.
Ferris27/10/2019 01:40

My local Sainsburys usually reduces to super-cheap at some point in the …My local Sainsburys usually reduces to super-cheap at some point in the final hour before closing, and only remove items in the last five minutes (or even after closing). Because they've reduced items a few times throughout the day, there is generally very little to throw away, and staff are always grateful for people coming and taking stuff so it doesn't count against the store's waste. It's a relatively new system for the store, and it works out well for everyone. Far more civilised than other supermarkets too, with the sharp-elbowed and aggressive customers harassing staff.I think Saturdays are a bad day for reductions though, as my local didn't bother with final reductions today, just like the OP's. It's frustrating, as there was some decent stuff there, but they're under no obligation to reduce anything (apart from maybe a moral one).


maybe the point is a moral one. Is it moral to Chuck good food out?
AndyRoyd27/10/2019 01:57

Seems rational as I doubt the employee would do it for no compensation.


the employee is paid a wage . No one is asking the employee to work for free beyond their contracted hours to dispose of out of date food. The argument that is being raised appears to be that if the employee does not throw this food away two hours before closing time, they will have to work for free to dispose of them after the end of their shift.
escorttwincam26/10/2019 23:32

That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to …That's got nothing to do with it. If they don't want to sell it give it to a foodbank - the store should know better.


Food banks refuse fresh food. Only long life, canned etc. No fridges etc
the government should introduce a fine system for supermarkets to motivate them to limit waste.
they sadly would throw loads away if it increased their bottom line.
I've always assumed that supermarkets don't want people buying food at a greatly reduced price as it stops them buying it at full price.
Business wise it makes more sense, the shopper is already in the store and will undoubtly buy stuff other than reduced items if the reduced choice is poor.
ThePennyPincher27/10/2019 00:36

But it was reduced and will have been reduced for at least a day. It can’t …But it was reduced and will have been reduced for at least a day. It can’t be on the shelf when the store closes at 10pm and it needs to be accounted for before then so the books are balanced at closing


Why can’t it be on the shelf at closing time? Why can’t it be removed first thing in the morning? Are you telling me they open the door as they arrive at work? No, this isn’t the local grocer. This is a national supermarket chain. Simple problem with their processes. That’s all. Great discussion but this needs to be flagged to their management. If it hasn’t, someone do so or give me the details.
Otherwise, 7:45 pm, collect the yellow stickered items in the store, which can be collated when they are labelled into dry, refrigerated and frozen items, and bag them ready for collection at 8pm by the food bank. And before you all start, I’ve collected the items from another national supermarket chain like this myself, yes that’s perfectly normal to have reduced sections and yes, it probably would help to clear more of the items earlier anyway.
ThePennyPincher27/10/2019 00:36

But it was reduced and will have been reduced for at least a day. It can’t …But it was reduced and will have been reduced for at least a day. It can’t be on the shelf when the store closes at 10pm and it needs to be accounted for before then so the books are balanced at closing


Not for a day. The last few hours of it`s best before date, then it`s thrown for which the supermarket will receive a "disposable" fee for. I used to work there.
Ferris27/10/2019 01:40

My local Sainsburys usually reduces to super-cheap at some point in the …My local Sainsburys usually reduces to super-cheap at some point in the final hour before closing, and only remove items in the last five minutes (or even after closing). Because they've reduced items a few times throughout the day, there is generally very little to throw away, and staff are always grateful for people coming and taking stuff so it doesn't count against the store's waste. It's a relatively new system for the store, and it works out well for everyone. Far more civilised than other supermarkets too, with the sharp-elbowed and aggressive customers harassing staff.I think Saturdays are a bad day for reductions though, as my local didn't bother with final reductions today, just like the OP's. It's frustrating, as there was some decent stuff there, but they're under no obligation to reduce anything (apart from maybe a moral one).


It is or at least used to be in the Store`s interest to sell the reduced stuff off as it would still be above the price they`d get for throwing it away.
I was the reducer in the produce dept. at Sainsbury`s a few years ago.
Disraeli27/10/2019 01:59

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And for this you joined a shopping site dedicated to getting members the best value? Or maybe you just joined on the off chance of getting a competition freebie. From your profile I'm assuming it's the latter.I don't care what you think about me but how dare you judge people who queue for reductions. Yes I know there are people who hang around like vultures after a kill but there are also people who are in genuine need for whom this is the best chance of a decent meal. Last week they reduced a lot of cook in sauces in my local tesco. Nothing wrong with them but the packaging was changing. I bought them all and donated them all to the foodbank. What would you have done? Would it have been below your dignity to even look in that section?
Edited by: "psychobitchfromhell" 27th Oct
It used to be sold/given to the staff perhaps he was doing that to take through to the back?
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