Hypermarkets and supermarkets news

23 July 2020
Woolworths in Australia is testing a new app that will allow customers to reduce the amount of time they need to queue at their supermarkets. See real time queue info and book a slot via your phone The app, known as Q Tracker, uses tech that was originally designed for smart car parks. It allows users to both see predictive information on the wait time of a queue at a store, as well as allo...
22 July 2020
As Auchan and Carrefour look to repurpose further space in their hypermarkets and Systeme U and Auchan Chronodrive spotlight local production, we round up news from the market. Auchan and Carrefour repurpose further space in hypermarkets Local trade publication LSA has reported that Auchan and Carrefour continue to find new ways and partners to help them repurpose space in their largest sto...
21 July 2020
As retailers across the Nordics invest in foodservice opportunities in-store, out of store and online, we share some of the latest innovations from Finland. 1. Europe’s biggest sushi seller and country’s biggest venue in new partnership Kesko K-Citymarket Järvenpää, which won the IGD Store of the Year award 2019 claims to be Europe’s biggest sushi seller, selling thousands of kilograms...
21 July 2020
Morrisons has introduced a four-day working week for more than 1,500 workers at its head office. New way of working The Morrisons employees will reduce their weekly hours from 40 to 37.5, working nine hours a day, instead of the previous eight hours, with pay unaffected. They will also be required to work a six-hour shift one Saturday every month. Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, Morrison...
20 July 2020
We look at Walmart Canada’s $3.5bn investment plan, the programmes its drawing on from the US and what it means for the business. Plans shaped by new CEO The retailer’s five-year plan to invest $3.5bn its stores, supply chain and technology comes nine months after the appointment of Horacio Barbeito as the retailer’s new president and CEO. He joined the retailer having held leadership roles...
20 July 2020
The retailer has started consultations with colleagues in a variety of field and central operations roles, as well as property and store management, as it seeks to speed up its transformation plan. Decision follows different ways of working during the pandemic M&S states its ambition to make three years' progress against its transformation plan in just one year. This involves more flexible ...
14 July 2020
Tesco and Tata have both invested a further Rs 67 crore (US$8.9m) into their Trent Hypermarket joint venture. New funds and a new CEO The new investment has been picked up in local regulatory filings and signals the first major injection in funds by the partners in the past two years. It also follows on from the appointment of a new CEO, Martin Bailie, in April this year. Bailie joined Tren...
14 July 2020
As Carrefour makes further management appointments in France, enters the drugstore channel in Romania and launches a new private label range in Belgium, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour’s loss-making hypermarkets in France According to reports by local trade publication Linéaires, around 56% of the retailer’s hypermarkets, 104 out of its total of 185, in France were loss making...
13 July 2020
We round up initiatives from Auchan in its home market and Poland. Auchan adds Patatam corners at hypermarkets Continuing French retailers looking to repurpose space in their largest stores and to meet the growing shopper interest in second-hand clothing, Auchan has opened Patatam branded corners at further hypermarkets following a successful trial. Patatam has enjoyed fast paced growth, wh...
09 July 2020
Following a spike in new cases and the renewed lockdown of parts of Australia's second largest city, how have retailers responded and what can other businesses and markets learn? 1. Short term buying restrictions As reports of new COVID-19 cases in Melbourne were revealed, Coles and Woolworths were both quick to respond to reinstigating buying restrictions on certain products in response to...