Retail and consumer goods industry news

05 November 2020
Major UK SPAR distributor, AF Blakemore has announced significant new initiatives to upweight the food-to-go capability of its company-owned and independent partner stores; enhancing core cold ranges and launching two new hot concepts to increase daypart relevance. Daily Deli range overhauled Blakemore’s core pre-packaged food-to-go brand, Daily Deli has been comprehensively overhauled with...
05 November 2020
Ahold Delhaize reported net sales, at constant currencies, rose 10.1% to €17.8 bn during its third quarter. The retailer’s growth was broad based, with comparative sales, excluding petrol, rising by 12.4% in US and by 7.5% in Europe. Despite the boost to sales from the pandemic, the results did show a sequential slowdown on previous quarters, underlining how markets were stabilising as the qua...
04 November 2020
The world’s largest annual online shopping festival that culminates on 11.11 has begun.  More than 250,000 brands will participate. We share some of the key things to expect this year. Presales activity to build brand and drive engagement This year’s 11.11 kicked off on 19 th October. To warm up for 20.11.11 presales, Tmall kicked off an online-to-offline fashion event spanning 48 hours. T...
04 November 2020
Following updates from South Africa-based Woolworths and Walmart-owned Massmart, we round up news from the retailers. Woolworths SA invests in prices… Woolworths is to invest ZAR1.0 bn (US$61.4m) in prices over the next two to three years. ZAR750m (US$46.0m) will be invested in its food business and ZAR250m (US$15.3m) in its fashion business. In the first phase Woolworths will invest ZAR500...
04 November 2020
Woolworths has reported strong growth in Q1 FY21, with group sales up 12.3% to AU$17,853m. Australian Food up 12.9% to AU$12,033m                Australian Food sales continued to soar, boosted by COVID-19 and the retailer’s Ooshies collectables marketing campaign. Both stores and online played their part, with LFL sales up 11.5% and online sales growing 100% to $961m. Online penetration hi...
04 November 2020
Following on from its strong Q3 results announcement , we look at five initiatives from the retailer’s operations in Europe as it looks to build on its strong foundations and continue its recent sales momentum. Carrefour adds health-focused personalisation tool online in France… After announcing plans to launch the service in July , Carrefour has launched its personalisation service i...
03 November 2020
We look at why Walmart’s making the shift away from using in-store inventory scanners, often referred to as shelf-scanning robots. Technology push The Wall Street Journal has reported that Walmart is ending its use of using shelf-scanning robots within its US stores. Last April, the retailer announced that it was deploying a further 300 of the Auto-S shelf scanners to its stores, with aro...
03 November 2020
Shoppers can book slots in advance of shopping, in a move to enhance the experience and prevent queuing at M&S stores. How does it work? Shoppers select the store they wish to visit through the M&S website They pick a date and a 30 minute time slot On arrival, an in-store host greets them, managing the total number of shoppers in the store at one time Winter-friendly initiativ...
03 November 2020
In its third annual Christmas report, the retailer shares insight on what it expects from shoppers in the festive season. Family connections One in five people report having grown closer to their family over lockdown, putting family and traditions at centre stage for Christmas celebrations this year. Nostalgia is expected to be highest amongst younger shoppers, with 40% saying a traditional...
03 November 2020
COVID-19 has shifted shoppers to online, and many retailers have rapidly increased their online order capacities using in-store picking. Online profitability, or its unprofitability, is an uncomfortable topic and rarely discussed, but with online penetration at record levels, and most new online shoppers saying they will stay in the channel, I think we’ve got to understand the issue and change...