Retail and consumer goods industry news

14 October 2020
As the channel comes under renewed focus across Europe, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we round up developments from Colruyt and Cora. Colruyt to trial meal delivery from dark kitchen service… With retailers looking to use space in new ways and meet shoppers’ demands for new meal solutions, Colruyt is to trial a meal delivery service in Brussels. The trial’s announcement follows Kr...
14 October 2020
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) is planning to open 100 automated convenience stores over the next four years. Expansion of cashless stores Following the outbreak of COVID-19, plans to expand JR East’s unstaffed convenience store concept have accelerated. The company launched the first cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station (Tokyo) last year. In March, it then lau...
14 October 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the variety of new services being offered at South Korean convenience stores is growing fast. Convenience stores as new centre of everyday life As consumers are not going far from their homes, services offered by convenience stores are gaining popularity. CU has noticed that from July to September: The use of its parcel delivery service was up ...
14 October 2020
In the 12 weeks ending 4th October market growth was +9.4%, according to Kantar, the first time we have seen it drop from double digits since April. In this article we explore the growth in more detail, leading retailers' performance, and highlight key pieces of content you may have missed in September and October. Changing restrictions once again impact behaviour Despite the overall drop f...
14 October 2020
Big C launches a campaign to offer 10-40% discounts on 25% of essential goods at more than 1,600 Big C stores. Prices are top of shoppers’ minds Besides cutting prices on essential goods, the retailer will also cut prices of 14 food items on the menu at food courts by 50%. Pattaphong Iamsuro, Chief Commercial Officer of Big C Supercenter, said, "consumer spending power has not returned to p...
13 October 2020
Sainsbury's has launched a new round of price cuts across hundreds of own brand lines together with a campaign to help shoppers collect bonus Nectar points in the run-up to Christmas. Prices on over 300 lines reduced To meet the heightened demand for value from shoppers, Sainsbury's is reducing prices on over 300 popular own brand lines, with a focus on fish, meat and poultry.  Products inc...
13 October 2020
Following the success of its drive-in movie initiative and summer camp programme, Walmart is launching three new events for the fall, including store and virtual Halloween activities. Halloween ‘spooky street’ Over the summer months, Walmart hosted drive-in movies at 160 stores , repurposing its large car parks. Building on this, it will transform 100 of its car parks into ‘spooky stre...
13 October 2020
Kroger has launched the first generation of Chefbot, its AI-powered Twitter recipe tool which provides customers with mealtime inspiration and personalised recommendations. Helping to provide meal inspiration and reduce food waste Chefbot has been developed in partnership with integrated creative and media agency 360i, and technology partners Coffee Labs and Clarifai. Chefbot is an innovati...
13 October 2020
Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop chain, is boosting its UK expansion plans saying it wants to open an outlet in “every major city and town” in the UK in the next two years. 2,000 new jobs could be created by 2022.  The announcement follows the release of results which show a 37% increase in year-on-year sales in UK and Ireland. UK & Ireland chief commercial officer for UK and Ireland, Kev...
13 October 2020
Monthly data updates from the three largest convenience chains in the world, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, focusing on sales, customer footfall and average customer spend in Japan.  7-Eleven the first retailer to post positive monthly all store sales Amongst the big three, 7-Eleven has been the first to post positive monthly all store sales this fiscal year. In September, it recorded gro...