LONDON Jan 18 Britain's fourth largest
supermarket group Wm Morrison said on Friday it would
extend its online presence in the spring with the launch of a
kitchenware website in partnership with specialist Lakeland.
The joint venture will be Morrisons' third fully
transactional website following the launch of wine website
MorrisonsCellar.com in November and the purchase of baby care
retailer Kiddicare.com in 2011.
"We believe the future for retailing many non-food products
is online rather than in supermarkets," said Chief Executive
Unlike the other grocers that make up Britain's so called
"big four" - market leader Tesco, Wal-Mart's
Asda and J Sainsbury - Morrisons does not have a
website for the home delivery of food.
Earlier this month Morrisons posted a weak Christmas trading
update that it partly attributed to its lack of an online food
The firm is researching the possibility and plans to say
more when it publishes full year results in March. Most analysts
expect it to launch a trial this year.