John Lewis introduces new pledge on Quality & Value

Friday 25 February 2022

  • £500m investment means every customer gets Quality & Value every day 
  • Customers can still trust John Lewis prices whether shopping in store or online 
  • Never Knowingly Undersold to be retired in the summer because customers have changed how they shop

John Lewis is today pledging a £500m investment to give John Lewis quality at great value prices - as shoppers become more cost conscious this year.

John Lewis is the brand you can trust for Quality & Value. Our Never Knowingly Undersold pledge has given customers reassurance for nearly a century.

However, Never Knowingly Undersold is no longer enough to assure trust because it applies to fewer and fewer sales as shopping moves increasingly online, and isn’t applicable to online-only retailers. So, we’re replacing it with a new approach, which all of our customers can trust because it applies to however and wherever you shop - in store or online. 

Retiring Never Knowingly Undersold in favour of everyday Quality & Value means that all John Lewis customers will benefit from great prices everyday - without having to shop around. We will more proactively lead on great value, rather than reacting to other retailers’ price changes. The £500m investment in value is 25% higher than the amount we spent on keeping prices affordable last year.

Our founding philosophy of treating customers fairly remains. Shoppers can be reassured that we’ll continue to monitor other retailers’ prices especially on products that matter most to them - from mattresses to microwaves and TVs to toys - regardless of whether they’re buying online or in store. 

Our commitment to quality, style and service won’t change. We'll have a broad range of products at different price points for every budget. And additional benefits, unique to John Lewis customers, like our standard two-year guarantees on electricals and five-year guarantees on TVs will remain, so customers can still trust we’re doing right by them. 

Our customers will also benefit from better and more personalised offers and rewards through the My John Lewis loyalty scheme.

Pippa Wicks, Executive Director of John Lewis, said: “Customers are tightening their belts and we’re responding so John Lewis is more affordable for every customer, every day whether shopping in-store or online.  

“Never Knowingly Undersold has been a cherished sign of trust for John Lewis for a century but it doesn't fit with how customers shop today as more purchases are made online. Our new £500m investment means all our customers can trust they’re getting the quality, style and service they expect from John Lewis at great value prices.”

Building on ANYDAY success

The move builds on the success of ANYDAY - our own-brand, more affordable range that doesn’t compromise on quality and style. Following its introduction in spring 2021, it’s already the most successful brand launch in our history and is available in store and online at John Lewis and in Waitrose: 

  • Over two million customers have shopped ANYDAY in just nine months;
  • 25% of ANYDAY customers are new to John Lewis
  • ANYDAY prices are, on average, 20% lower than our other own brand ranges.
  • The brand has notched up £125m in sales so far.
  • 800 ANYDAY products are sold every hour across fashion, homeware, technology and nursery. 
  • Expanding ANYDAY with new swimwear range and kidswear collection and increasing outdoor furniture range for Spring/Summer 2022.

We’ll continue to introduce more great value brands such as Mango, Nobody’s Child, Julian Bowen furniture, Blanc prints and beauty brand, The Ordinary.


  1. Never Knowingly Undersold applies only to: like-for-like branded products, and national retailers that sell both online and in shops. It doesn’t apply to online-only retailers.
  2. It was introduced in a different era, originating as part of a guide for our product buyers in 1925 when there were just two John Lewis shops. It allowed John Lewis to check and then match the prices of local shops if customers said they had seen a product cheaper elsewhere. 
  3. Never Knowingly Undersold will be retired in the summer and we will inform customers of the exact date nearer the time.

Example products offering quality, style and value: 

  • John Lewis & Partners Spectrum Solo Portable DAB+/FM Digital Radio (2 year guarantee), £40
  • ANYDAY 100% Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt, £6
  • John Lewis & Partners Single Sheepskin Rug, £35
  • ANYDAY Geo Folding Highchair £35
  • ANYDAY 100% Cotton Crew Neck Sweatshirt, £25
  • ANYDAY 100% Cotton Towels, £2-6
  • ANYDAY Kids’ Plain Leggings £4-6
  • ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Basic Plain Cushion £5
  • ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Animal Print Side Split Midi Skirt £26

John Lewis & Partners Spectrum Solo Portable DAB+/FM Digital Radio (2 year guarantee), £40


ANYDAY 100% Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt, £6


John Lewis & Partners Single Sheepskin Rug, £35


ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Basic Plain Cushion £5


ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Animal Print Side Split Midi Skirt, £26


ANYDAY 100% Cotton Towels £2-6


ANYDAY Geo Folding Highchair £35


ANYDAY Kids’ Plain Leggings £4-6


ANYDAY 100% Cotton Crew Neck Sweatshirt, £25

About the John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership owns and operates two of Britain's best-loved retail brands - John Lewis and Waitrose. Started as a radical idea nearly a century ago, the Partnership is the largest employee-owned business in the UK and amongst the largest in the world, with approximately 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the business. For all intents and purposes, the Partnership is a social enterprise; the profits made are reinvested into the business - for customers and Partners. John Lewis operates 34 shops plus one outlet across the UK as well as Waitrose has 331 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 59 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. Our omnichannel business includes the online grocery service,, as well as specialist online shops, including for wine and for plants and flowers.


John Lewis Partnership

Mandy Pursey 
Partner & Communications Manager

Eleanor Gillingham
Partner & Communications Manager