Retail and consumer goods industry news

08 April 2020
We look at how retailers across Italy are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to products as they respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to update this article with the latest measures. Technological developments Retailers understand queuing outside and inside stores is increasing shoppers’ exposure to coronavirus. The Italian government has launche...
08 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Multiples update: Tesco releases annual results and updates on COVID-19: More normal shopping behaviour has resumed after a surge in demand for certain items in the first few weeks of the crisis caused sales uplifts of c.30%. Grocery home shopping capacity has been inc...
08 April 2020
To help local residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chicago based Mariano's has launched an online platform called Mariano's Meet Ups. Interactive classes The platform is hosting cooking classes, demonstrations, wine tastings and more. Classes will be hosted by local chefs and sommeliers, as well as Mariano's Tastemakers. They aim to provide customers with tips and tricks to...
08 April 2020
SPAR stores in England are to be the first convenience retailers to partner with the Royal Voluntary Service on its NHS Volunteer Responders programme. This will enable volunteers to shop on behalf of vulnerable community members and make payments in store for them. Service accessible in over 700 stores The Volunteer Responders Programme has been put in place to support those referred to th...
08 April 2020
Tesco has released robust full year results for the year to 29 February 2020, together with an update on how it is supporting customers and colleagues through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Headline results (actual exchange rates, 52 week change) Group sales: -0.7% to £56.5bn UK & Ireland sales: +0.1%, +0.2% LFL Tesco UK: -0.6%, -0.3% LFL Booker sales: +5.0%, +3.3% LFL Ce...
08 April 2020
In response to the strong demand for its online grocery service during the coronavirus pandemic, Walmart Canada is planning to triple its ecommerce capacity. Recruiting 10,000 associates The retailer shared details of its plan as part of an update from president and CEO, Haio Barbeito. Demand for its online grocery service continues to be high, with thousands of orders being fulfilled each ...
07 April 2020
Spar Croatia is increasing its collaboration with an additional 60 small-scale agricultural producers, who are facing challenges marketing their produce due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Gardens of Croatia” Spar Croatia is appealing to small producers who cannot market their produce to get in touch with the retailer directly so products can be packaged and delivered through its n...
07 April 2020
Alibaba’s Taobao Live is helping more industries in China digitise their operations. Live streaming in agricultural and retail sectors Alibaba is increasing Taobao Live’s reach and accessibility. Taobao Live announced that it would offer training to 200,000 farmers in ongoing efforts to increase business in rural areas across China. The livestreaming platform aims to generate CNY15bn (US...
07 April 2020
Due to restrictions put in place due to COVID-19, kiosks (traditional convenience stores) and Chinese supermarkets (traditional mom-and-pop neighbourhood supermarkets) are facing their toughest challenge of recent years. Government restrictions significantly impacting kiosks Argentina’s mandatory social isolation decree, which was released on March 19, stated wholesalers, supermarkets and l...
07 April 2020
We round up some of initiatives SPAR International’s partners have rolled out to limit the impact of COVID-19 on shoppers, staff and their operations. SPAR Austria SPAR Austria is facilitating home delivery by volunteers to vulnerable groups in Salzburg, Vorarlberg, Carinthia, Lower Austria and Tyrol The municipalities will handle the coordination of the volunteers, shopping requests ...