Retail and consumer goods industry news

24 June 2013
US grocer Kroger has established two new supermarket divisions (Nashville and Louisville) and announced new presidents of the existing Michigan division and of Kroger manufacturing. All appointments are internal promotions Rick Going has been appointed president of the new Nashville division. He moves from the Michigan division where his replacement is Jayne Homco, formerly vice president...
24 June 2013
In an interview with the Grocer magazine, John Mackey, founder and chief executive of leading US premium grocery retailer Whole Foods Market, has indicated the future of the company in the UK will focus on developing smaller stores.  It is envisaged that new openings in the UK will focus on units as small as 15,000 sq ft. Continues pattern of recent openings Aside from the flagship store in Ken...
24 June 2013
In an article in South Africa’s Financial Mail, Pick n Pay’s chief executive, Richard Brasher, discussed the company’s medium term strategy. Short term aim is on ‘stabilising the business’ Brasher first said that Pick n Pay had not changed enough over a decade and then felt it had to change a lot to catch back up. As such, his first steps would be ‘ to stabilise the business, reintroduce st...
24 June 2013
Waitrose will be installing coffee machines in all stores following the recent success of trials in its convenience stores. Complementing existing food-to-go offer Waitrose is planning to complete the rollout to all stores by the end of August, including the 92 branches that already have cafes. A Waitrose spokeswoman said, "We know customers like the convenience of being able to get h...
24 June 2013
In conjunction with software company Appconomy, Carrefour has launched a new shopper-oriented app in China. Smart Shopper app to ‘enhance customer offer’ The two companies said that the new app will combine indoor location sensing technology, the option for a social shopping list and an advertising system that will allow Carrefour to engage with shoppers in a personalised way. The social sh...
24 June 2013
Morrisons has reshuffled its senior team following the announcement of its tie up with Ocado, as it gets set to push multichannel growth. Changes at the top Mark Harrison, the group retail director, and Martyn Fletcher, the group manufacturing director, will be swapping roles. Harrison has been head of store operations for almost a decade, having joined Morrisons as a management trainee...
24 June 2013
The first half of 2013 has seen some major changes to the makeup of retailers' senior teams. In this article we round up the most significant appointments. Asda : Major changes following McKenna's move to Walmart The year began with the announcement that Judith McKenna was to vacate her position as COO to take up a new role as executive vice president, strategy and international development...
24 June 2013
Aldi Süd in Australia is set to launch an online liquor store on 1 August. This will be the first time that the discounter has offered food or non-food online operations in any of its countries. It has however offered services such as photos, flowers and holidays online in various markets. Extending the reach of liquor categories Aldi's online liquor store ( www.aldiliquor.com.au ) will...
24 June 2013
Metcash has reported solid annual sales for the 12 months ending 30 April 2013, with revenues up 3.8% to AU$13.1bn and underlying profits after tax up 6.9% to AU$281m. Metcash Food & Grocery sales down 2.3% to AU$9.1bn The decline in sales is largely attributed to closure of Campbells branches and other stores in Queensland and WA. EBITA is also down 5% to AU$378m, due to continuing price def...
21 June 2013
Canada’s largest grocery retailer is trialling a new discount format as competition intensifies. EDLP on groceries In an attempt to attract more urban shoppers, Loblaw is experimenting with a new discount format in Calgary. At around 930sqm ‘The Box by No Frills’ is a smaller version of its ‘No Frills’ fascia and will leverage an EDLP strategy on groceries, fresh food and general merch...