Unveiling the future of Retail Media: Tesco Media announces expansion of connected store and digital offering

  • Tesco Media brings the benefits of digital media into the physical store, introducing dynamic Scan As You Shop ad placements and 1,000+ in-store screens.
  • UK’s largest grocer announces targeted new ad placements in-app and online, allowing brands to target 21m+ Clubcard members at scale

London, UK – 10 October 2023 – Tesco Media and Insight Platform, powered by dunnhumby, has today unveiled a range of innovative new onsite and in-store media channels, allowing brands to reach shoppers at scale, and truly shape what Britain buys.

At an Upfront event in London, Tesco announced a suite of updates to its industry-leading Tesco Media and Insight Platform, including Scan as You Shop media, new in-store digital screens and powerful new onsite digital performance ads, all powered by dunnhumby’s world-leading data science.

“Tesco are leading the way in retail media, giving brands and agencies the power to truly shape what Britain buys, with Tesco Media now standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the established media houses,” explains Nick Ashley, MD, Tesco Media & Insight Platform. “This scale, combined with our advanced closed-loop measurement and cutting-edge data science, allows brands partnering with Tesco Media to connect with shoppers like never before.”

Reaching customers at scale

With over 21m Clubcard members, a vast network of 2,800+ stores and around 36% of the online grocery market, Tesco Media and Insight Platform allows brands and agencies to harness the power of Clubcard to reach customers in every corner of the country. Through precise data targeting and advanced measurement capabilities, it offers an unrivalled understanding of UK shoppers.

Channels announced at Tesco Media Upfront today include:

  • New Scan As You Shop media placements: Tesco is the first retailer in the UK to introduce dynamic ad-served display media onto in-store handsets
  • Double the digital screens of any other grocery network: A growing network of 1,000+ in-store digital screens, and 500+ SmartScreens outside stores, bringing the benefits of digital media to the physical store
  • New digital performance ads: New tesco.com and app ads including ‘Sponsored Browse’, ‘Special Offers’ and ‘Favourites’ placements
  • Channel 4 partnership: Tesco is the first retailer to partner with all three UK TV powerhouses – ITV, Sky, and now Channel 4
  • Product placement opportunities: Brands can now feature on Tesco’s own advertising across TV, social, radio, print, OOH and in-store

Advanced measurement

With Tesco Media and Insight Platform offering closed-loop measurement, brands can prove and improve the effectiveness of their campaigns, crucial in a time when marketing budgets are under more scrutiny than ever before.

At the Upfront event Tesco Media also announced plans to drive standardisation of measurement across retail media, working alongside ISBA (the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers).

“Our unified goal led by brands is to drive responsible retail media investment. We have been working collaboratively with Tesco Media over the last year in our pursuit of retail media measurement standardisation,” said Bobi Carley, Head of Media, ISBA. “Our ambition with Tesco Media is to drive consistency and transparency in the retail advertising ecosystem, benefiting both brands and consumers alike.”

Celebrating retail media success

Leading brands and agencies were recognised for their retail media successes, with L’Oreal celebrated for their collaboration using bespoke world-class dunnhumby data science to identify joint growth opportunities across skincare and haircare – which was then seamlessly activated through precise media targeting.

The value of retail media in today’s advertising landscape was celebrated with Diageo taking home the prize for best use of sharpened audiences, and Heineken UK for campaign of the year. Unilever were celebrated for best use of Connected TV, Premier Foods for best use of Connected Store while Pernod Ricard and agency OMD were jointly recognised for best use of Tesco.com media.

Tesco Media and Insight Platform: Shaping what Britain buys

Tesco Media and Insight Platform combines Tesco’s extensive understanding of its customers with dunnhumby’s data science expertise to provide brands and their agencies with the insight to drive more interactive, two-way relationships with customers.

Nick Ashley, MD, Tesco Media & Insight Platform: “Retail media offers a huge opportunity for brands to inspire and convert shoppers at scale. Tesco Media is uniquely placed with its unrivalled data and insight to help brands and agencies realise this opportunity to sharpen their media plans and connect with shoppers. Whether display, search, out of home, in store, offsite, digital, radio – the list is endless – brands and agencies working with Tesco Media to power their retail media are seeing phenomenal results.”

Tash Whitmey, Group Loyalty, Membership and CRM Director, Tesco“Retail media is an increasingly important part of the media mix. In the last year we’ve significantly expanded our offering across online, in store and offsite and had the pleasure of seeing a record number of campaigns through our Tesco Media and Insight Platform, powered by dunnhumby.

“With over 21 million active households and over 12 mission regular app users, we’re using our unrivalled digital platform to help brands connect with their customers in a meaningful way, at scale.”




About dunnhumby

dunnhumby is the global leader in Customer Data Science, empowering businesses everywhere to compete and thrive in the modern data-driven economy. We always put the Customer First.

Our mission: to enable businesses to grow and reimagine themselves by becoming advocates and champions for their Customers. With deep heritage and expertise in retail – one of the world’s most competitive markets, with a deluge of multi-dimensional data – dunnhumby today enables businesses all over the world, across industries, to be Customer First.

The dunnhumby Customer Data Science Platform is our unique mix of technology, software and consulting, enabling businesses to increase revenue and profits by delivering exceptional experiences for their Customers – in-store, offline and online. dunnhumby employs nearly 2,500 experts in offices throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas working for transformative, iconic brands such as Tesco, Coca-Cola, Meijer, Procter & Gamble and Metro.


About Tesco Media & Insight Platform

Tesco Media & Insight Platform is a partnership between Tesco, the UK’s largest grocery retailer, and dunnhumby, a global leader in Customer Data Science. Together, we always put the customer first.

Everything we do is fuelled by the insights generated via over 20 million Tesco Clubcard holders, a diverse, nationally representative, first-party behavioural dataset. We empower suppliers with granular insights so they can identify their most important customers and understand what matters to them.

We help serve Brands and Agencies via a unique mix of technology, software, and Insight and Media products which collectively help provide customers with a more personalised and relevant shopping experience. As the UK’s largest closed-loop Grocery Media & Insight Platform we’re able to connect the dots between advertising exposure and customer behaviour across online and offline touchpoints to help Brands make better product, marketing, and commercial decisions