Retail and consumer goods industry news

02 July 2013
Carrefour has signed franchise agreements with two new chains in Romania, a step that will see it add 20 Carrefour Express to its network in the country. Two new deals signed Carrefour said that it had signed deals with Rost Com, which operates 15 stores in the county of Brasov, in central Romania, and Traditional Ecologic, which runs five outlets in Bucharest’s Ilfov region. Expansion ...
02 July 2013
Ocado has reported gross sales of £382.7m for the first half of 2013, growth of 15.2%. The increased growth reflects ongoing new customer sales. In addition, improvements to the range and customer service metrics remain key drivers of online grocery shopping. Customer numbers and average basket growing Ocado grew both customer numbers and average basket over the first half of the year, with ...
02 July 2013
Following Tesco CEO Philip Clarke's pledge earlier this year that the retailer would work to build stronger relationships with farmers, Tesco has created a new agricultural director role to develop its relationship with farmers and producers around the world. Bringing the best of British produce to its customers Tom Hind, who has 15 years experience of workings for the National Farmers Union (...
02 July 2013
Carrefour’s franchisee for the Middle East, Majid Al Futtaim, has announced plans to invest AED3 billion (US$816.6 million) in expanding a number of its businesses in the market, not just retail. Investment follows ‘return to growth of the Dubai market’ Majid Al Futtaim said that it would invest in building hotels, expanding two of its shopping centres in Dubai, with AED96 million (US$26.1 ...
02 July 2013
Sainsbury's has announced that 100% of its fresh pork will now be British. This comes a decade after the retailer announced all chicken would be 100% British and is part of a wider push to support suppliers closer to home. Supporting British farmers Sainsbury's will now be sourcing from more British farmers than ever before, allowing the retailer to increase its supply of British pork si...
02 July 2013
CVS has announced the addition of a new unique feature to it CVS mobile app. Helping customers make informed decisions The US drugstore chain has launched the Drug Interaction Checker as part of its existing top rated mobile app . The new feature is unique within the industry, allowing customers to quickly and easily check for potential drug interactions via their smart phone. Custom...
02 July 2013
It has been announced that the cash & carry division of AF Blakemore, Blakemore Wholesale, has purchased the Lowries Wholesale business with three depots across Northumberland and Cumbria. Boosts Blakemore to 13 depots The acquisition of Lowries further enhances Blakemore Wholesale as one of the leading second tier cash & carry wholesalers in the UK market. Adding to Blakemore's existing ...
02 July 2013
Brazilian drugstore chain RaiaDrogasil has appointed Marcílio Pousada as CEO. Replaces Cláudio Roberto Ely Cláudio Roberto Ely is retiring after 13 years at the head of Drogasil and almost two years in charge of the merged group. Mr Ely had an instrumental role in the structuring and integration of the merger between Raia and Drogasil. Brings multi-sector expertise Mr Pousada has expert...
02 July 2013
Auchan has announced that it has introduced a low price guarantee on 600 products in France. Action taken to combat rivals The retailer said it was launching the promotion in reaction to the on-going price comparison promotions being run by retailers in France. Auchan criticised the frequent use of promotions by retailers in its home market, saying they confuse shoppers. As a result the ret...
01 July 2013
Over the last week, Metro has revealed a new cooperation with Carphone Warehouse, alongside management changes in Romania and further investment in Russia. Further investment in Russia Speaking at the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Olaf Koch said Metro plans to expand its cash & carry network in the eastern regions of Russia. The group will invest an unspecified amount...