Latin America News & Analysis

19 February 2021
Chilean retail group Falabella aims to open 11 new supermarkets in 2021. This will consist of four Tottus stores in Chile and seven supermarkets in Peru, across its Tottus and Hiperbodega banners. The business will also invest US$243m in optimising its store network, which spans across supermarkets, shopping centres, and home improvement stores. Heavy investment in 2021 Falabella’s CEO G...
16 February 2021
Shoppers’ needs have evolved in recent years and they increasingly want stores and online delivery services that can adapt to their busy lifestyles. This has been accelerated by the conditions of the pandemic, which have impacted mobility, creating a greater need for delivery. In response, retailers are investing in ecommerce and re-prioritising their omnichannel strategies. Walmart Mexico (...
05 February 2021
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the food and consumer goods industry in a way that no one could have foreseen at the start of the year. Shopping habits changed at rapid pace and the retailers had to adapt to meet their changing needs. Although it is unclear exactly what the next 12 months will bring, the actions of the region’s leading retailers in 2020 help to us to understand the d...
04 February 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a challenge, but also an opportunity to accelerate development for discounters. In several markets with high penetration of online, such as the UK, the lack of ecommerce proved to be a weakness for the discount channel. However, the value proposition of the channel resonated well with increasingly savvier shoppers, ensuring footfall and sales remained strong. ...
02 February 2021
With a strong fourth quarter rounding off a great year, Colgate-Palmolive’s chairman, president and CEO, Noel Wallace, has outlined how investing in innovation, productivity and capabilities will enable it to build on the momentum of 2020 in the year ahead and beyond. Forecasting organic sales growth of 3-5% in 2021 For 2021, the company is planning for organic sales growth of 3-5%, with co...
26 January 2021
Walmart Chile has been rebuilding after a challenging 2020, where it was impacted by political turmoil and riots. These issues were exacerbated by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a surge in online demand at the start of the pandemic, the business announced it was investing US$50m into ecommerce initiatives in 2020 and 2021. Here we explore how the business is bolstering its o...
22 January 2021
Turkish on-demand rapid delivery company Getir announced it has secured $128m for international expansion in a funding round. Valued at $850m The funding round, led by venture capitalist Michael Moritz’s Crankstart Investments and Brazilian Base Partners, valued Getir at around $850m. With this investment, Getir aims to expand internationally to offer its services initially in London, Sao P...
22 January 2021
Cencosud S.A. is a Chilean-based multi-format retailer with operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. The business has announced plans to invest US$1.8 bn between 2021–2023. This will be mostly invested in renovating and constructing stores, as well as developing technology and launching a new proximity supermarket banner. Heavy investment in renovating and constructing new s...
21 January 2021
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
19 January 2021
Spain-based discounter DIA has revealed its Q4 2020 results, which showed total group sales of €1.7 bn and an increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales of 6.9%. The results were particularly positive given DIA’s store numbers fell by 457, with the retailer ending Q4 2020 with a total of 6,169.  Division sales performance DIA Spain’s sales increased by 9%, to €1.14 bn, while LFL sales grew by 10...