Latin America News & Analysis

30 July 2021
Since launching in 2009, discount retailer D1 has grown to become the third largest grocer in Colombia and the 10 th largest company overall. Despite stiff competition it has become the first discounter in Colombia to record a profit in a Fiscal year, reflecting the positive direction it is going in. Here we explore the reasons behind its success and how the pandemic has influenced change.   ...
19 July 2021
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on grocery shopping habits in Brazil. Social distancing has led to people spending more time at home than ever before, creating a desire for hyperlocal convenience stores. This has led to a rise in autonomous store formats, which, over the last 18 months, have been opening close to homes and inside workplaces all over Brazil. Some were around pre-COVID, ho...
09 July 2021
Latin America is one of the most advanced regions for quick commerce, which we define as groceries and essential products delivered in under one hour. In the last year we have seen the emergence of new pureplay businesses (e.g. JOKR, Getir, and Gorillas), and the launch of new ultra-fast delivery services from existing plyers (e.g. Rappi Turbo), which can fulfil deliveries in 10 or 15 minutes. ...
02 July 2021
Given its size and population, Brazil has comparatively few convenience stores. There are a handful of forecourt convenience operators, like ampm which operates over 2,000 stores, but leading grocery convenience store players (GPA and Carrefour) have less than 400 stores combined. OXXO, the region’s largest convenience retailer, opened its first store in Brazil in December 2020 and set out amb...
21 June 2021
Since the start of the pandemic, Brazilian retailer GPA, part of France’s Casino Group, has shown impressive agility in responding to changes in consumption habits. The surge in online shopping has accelerated its digital and omnichannel strategies, which it continues to evolve at an impressive pace. In Q1 2021, the number of GPA customers using ecommerce grew by 60% year-on-year, and the numb...
17 June 2021
The world in 2030 will look very different to today. The way people shop for their food and consumer goods is changing rapidly. Traditional store operating models are coming under significant strain. COVID-19 has both highlighted challenges and accelerated trends within our industry. We believe retailers and suppliers need to work harder to evolve store formats so they reflect these changes. I...
07 June 2021
Speaking at the DbAccess Global Consumer Conference, Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International, outlined how Walmart adopts best practice technologies between various markets to activate its ‘Strong local businesses, powered by Walmart’ strategy. Refining its global footprint Over the last year, Walmart  has continued to refine its international operations, ensuring a st...
07 June 2021
On Tuesday 1 June 2021, GPA (Brazil’s second largest grocery retailer) announced its partnership with Latin American ecommerce giant Mercado Libre. This news comes less than six weeks since Soriana (Mexico’s number two) partnered with the business. Who are Mercado Libre? Argentine ecommerce business Mercado Libre (Free Market) was founded in 1999 and is now the largest online buying and sel...
26 May 2021
Chilean-based retailer Cencosud is rolling out a 35-minute delivery service (Spid35) in all of its operating markets (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru). Rapid deliveries are made possible through the use of its own dark stores and through strategic partnerships with some of the regions’ largest last mile delivery businesses. Having launched the proposition earlier this year (Januar...
15 May 2021
Mexico’s Grupo Comercial Chedraui, through its Bodega Latina Corporation subsidiary, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire US-based operator, Smart & Final, in a $620m deal.  Unique retail model Smart & Final operates a unique concept in the US, bridging wholesale and retail models. It operates more than 250 stores under two banners: Smart & Final and Smart & Final Extra!, in C...