Quite obviously, the rest of the industry has not been standing still while Sainsbury struggled with its image. The Morrisons/Safeway deal has left Sainsbury with a strong new opponent snapping at its heels, while Asda's tie-up with US giant Wal-Mart, and particularly the adoption of its low price policy helped propel it ahead of the one-time market leader.
Sainsbury's is implementing a series of new HR initiatives in an attempt to accentuate staff morale, as part of a 950m rescue plan. The supermarket chain has admitted that a low staff morale has been a significant factor in its financial struggle of recent years.
The company announced a new bonus scheme, which rewards all colleagues on store standards and availability to help create an environment focused on support and customers. Staff suggestions, reward and recognition schemes have also been introduced to create a more flexible work culture.
All in all, it is way too early to state whether Sainsbury's strategy is the right one or not.