Retail and consumer goods industry news

07 May 2021
Walmart is collaborating with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Higher Ground Productions to launch a new interactive experience that aims to show kids that healthy food can be fun. Inspiring families to cook fresh healthy foods The interactive culinary adventure experience, The Hidden World of Waffles + Mochi, is based on the characters from the Netflix show, Waffles + Mochi. I...
07 May 2021
On Tuesday 27 April Grupo Éxito (part of the French retail group Casino) opened its latest Éxito Wow store in Colombia, following an investment of COP10 bn (US$2.6m). The new store is the retailer’s twelfth in the Wow format and is the first to open in 2021. Source: Grupo Éxito Grupo Éxito reported solid annual sales growth of 13.9% for the Wow format in 2020. The majority of the ...
07 May 2021
Rewe has opened a ‘grab-and-go’-focused store in Cologne, which uses technology from Israel-based computer vision company Trigo. Store to open initially to Rewe staff and loyalty cardholders Rewe and Trigo said the store, which is on Zeppelinstraße, close to Cologne’s Neumarkt, will only be open to the retailer’s employees and loyalty cardholders. The companies are planning for the store to...
06 May 2021
We round up the latest online grocery news in the Nordics where: Sweden’s ICA has opened its first warehouse in partnership with Ocado Salling Group has launched online at its føtex banner in Copenhagen Salling Group has opened its first automated click and collect point Norway’s Kolonial has secured a €223m investment to rebrand and expand in Europe Many of these developme...
06 May 2021
As Carrefour Belgium opens its first distribution centre following its partnership with Food-X technologies and Rewe and Albert Heijn trial new last mile delivery solutions, we round up ecommerce developments from across Europe. Carrefour Belgium’s new ecommerce DC starts operations Following on from its announcement in Q3 2020 , Carrefour Belgium’s new distribution centre, which was bui...
06 May 2021
Asda’s new owners have agreed to offload a number of forecourts in order to allay competition concerns and formally complete their £6.8bn takeover of then business. Addressing competition concerns The move follows last month’s release of findings from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority initial investigation into the deal in which it raised concerns about a lack of competition in l...
06 May 2021
After a period of logistical issues, which led to most retailers being unable to provide promotions or offers on most everyday items, market leader Mercadona has revealed plans to lower prices to meet its main strategy of offering shoppers everyday low prices. Separately, Bon Preu and Plusfresc announced 2020 results and 2021 investment plans. Mercadona lowers prices, sets its sights on Sev...
05 May 2021
After SPAR’s local partners in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia report their results and performance in 2020, we round up how they have increased sales and the reasons behind this growth. DESPAR Italia enjoys turnover growth of 8.4% in 2020 Despar Italia reported its turnover reached €3.9 bn in 2020, up 8.4% on 2019’s results. While demand was aided by the pandemic, the company said its performa...
05 May 2021
Sobeys has launched a new look and feel for its core Sobeys supermarket format in the Legacy neighbourhood, located in south-east Calgary. We look inside this new store. Cleaner look, sharper lines This new store is the first from Sobeys to feature this updated look and feel. While several elements are retained from the original Sobeys concept, new signposting has been introduced for fresh ...
04 May 2021
India’s second wave of COVID-19 infections continue to worsen, with no signs of slowing down.  The country’s overwhelmed healthcare system faces a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, medicines and vaccines.  This has prompted another round of movement restrictions, with shorter operating hours even for grocery operators and other essential services.  And as more frontline workers report unwell, re...