Retail and consumer goods industry news

23 October 2020
Free one-hour pickup is now available at all Whole Foods Market locations across the US for Amazon Prime members. Available at all US locations The service is available from the Amazon app or Amazon.com. Categories include fresh produce, meat and seafood, seasonal products, everyday items, and locally sourced products. Free one-hour pickup is available on orders of $35 or more. Prime member...
22 October 2020
DIA has launched Al Punto a private label range of ready meals. Furthermore, Carrefour has partnered with IKEA to enable the collection of products at Carrefour collection points. Meanwhile, Mercadona declared its recent investment has been dedicated to two of its strategic pillars and Ahorramás invoiced a record breaking €1.543 bn in 2019. DIA adds Al Punto ready meal range DIA has laun...
22 October 2020
Co-op has partnered with same-day home delivery specialists, Gophr, to further expand the roll-out of its online shop in Scotland and increase the number of slots available for shoppers. The new partnership will initially go live with six Co-op stores in Glasgow this month, before rolling out to more than 50 stores in towns and cities across Scotland over the coming weeks, making thousands mor...
22 October 2020
The drugstore operator is again launching its live open house, but this year goes virtual, aiming to secure the next best upcoming health and beauty brands. Bringing new and innovative offerings to the high street Superdrug is offering suppliers the opportunity to pitch their brands and products to its senior commercial team, with the opportunity to learn more about Superdrug and potentiall...
22 October 2020
Co-op is investing £50m in lowering prices of everyday products and introducing a value range to help customers shopping on a budget.   The news comes two weeks after Co-op relaunched its membership offering through which top spending customers can save 150% more than the previous scheme according to Co-op calculations. Lower prices on everyday essentials From this week, prices on o...
22 October 2020
Waitrose launches its latest price cuts on everyday purchases. New lower prices offer "affordable quality" More than 200 everyday products are included in the campaign, with a strong emphasis on the essentials entry tier private label range, which Waitrose reports has experienced a double digit sales boost since lockdown. Only a handful of branded products are included in the activity. T...
22 October 2020
The retailer is launching a new virtual shopping experience based on an iconic movie home. The familiarity of a known location The retailer has adopted a creative approach to launch this initiative, creating the Sam’s Club National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation holiday shopping experience. This enables its members to visit a reimagined Christmas vacation home that was a key part of a Christm...
21 October 2020
As we head into the key trading season, we highlight the five priorities for food retailers as they balance managing the pandemic and maximising the sales opportunity. Shifting priorities Over the course of the pandemic, retailer priorities have continued to change. These have been related to the nature of the pandemic, its duration and the various phases that individual countries have expe...
21 October 2020
The Tencent-backed retail services platform opened its first AI-powered shop in Beijing, China, on 14 October. Integration of unmanned store and unmanned delivery Situated in the Shougang business pilot zone in Beijing, Meituan’s MAI shop integrates an unmanned store with unmanned delivery using AI technology and robots. The store sells a range of food from snacks and beverages to dai...
21 October 2020
FairPrice Finest opens a new Finest store at Artra, the first to have a Fresh Ambassador in-store. Fresh Ambassador The new store is right next to a subway station near several new condominiums. About half of the 1,000 sq.m. store space is filled with fresh food. The Fresh Ambassador is available in-store to provide tips on how to pick fresh produce. Source: IG...