Tesco to phase out in-store CDs and DVDs

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Tesco has confirmed that it has started to “cut” its in-store entertainment range, as it focuses more on homewares and outdoor products.

The news was initially revealed when insiders hinted at changes to the Big 4 grocer which would see it cut the sale of CDs, DVDs and computer games in stores. Tesco confirmed the move today, revealing it had phased them out over the past month.

He also confirmed that no colleagues will be impacted by the changes.

A Tesco spokesman said Grocery Gazette“As more and more customers turn to digital entertainment, over the past month we have begun to phase out certain products from our entertainment line, focusing instead on those lines where we see the greatest demand. from customers, such as household goods and outdoor products.”

A report on Movie stories previously suggested the company would end stocking new physical media, with stores expected to have sold or removed all remaining products by the end of February 2022.

“We will reduce the entertainment, electrical and general merchandise toy lines [in stores]“, we read in the internal document of Tesco. The memo also allegedly specifically referred to “removal of CDs and DVDs”.

The move echoes that of rival Sainsbury’s, which announced a similar policy regarding the sale of physical media in July last year.

READ MORE: Tesco cuts 1,600 jobs as it closes roles overnight

The latest news follows recent announcements from the supermarket giant, including 1,600 job cuts following the slashing of night shifts at some of its stores, including some petrol stations.

The changes will see restocking overnight at 36 department stores and 49 convenience stores, in addition to the closure of seven Jack’s stores.

“We operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing market and our customers are buying differently, particularly since the start of the pandemic,” Tesco UK and ROI CEO Jason Tarry said yesterday.

“We are always looking to run our business in the simplest and most efficient way possible, so that we can reinvest in the things that matter most to customers. The changes we are announcing today will help us do just that.

“Our priority now is to support our colleagues affected by these changes and, where possible, to find them alternative roles within our company. »

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