Retail and consumer goods industry news

13 October 2020
Lancôme has teamed up with Lotte to launch a smart store concept, known as Lancôme x Lotte Duty Free Smart Store, at Lotte Duty Free’s shop in Myeongdong, Seoul. A fully integrated physical and digital experience The store occupies a 520sq m space and offers unique shopping experience: Augmented reality makeup try-on service : ModiFace, Lancôme’s virtual try-on tool, uses refined ...
13 October 2020
Casino-owned Monoprix has opened its first unstaffed store, under the Monop’ Box brand. The store is being trialed at the retailer’s headquarters, with Monoprix noting that the technology used by the store also able to be scaled up to its wider estate. The retailer said the Box will be repositioned from its headquarters to a site accessible by the public as part of a ‘live’ test. Contactles...
13 October 2020
As Auchan looks to roll out more Pedestrian Drives in France and its operation in Poland grows its revenues, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan plans large-scale roll out of Pedestrian Drives As it looks to first catch up and then overtake its competitors, as part of its digitalisation drive in its 2022 transformation plan, Auchan has committed to opening 300 pedestrian Drives in 20...
13 October 2020
Northern grocer Booths reported 3.3% sales growth to £267.8m, and narrowed its trading losses by £1m to -£0.2m in the year ending 28 March 2020. Accounting for comparable Easter periods and COVID-19 impacts, sales increased 0.2%. Impact of COVID-19 The first quarter of the 2020/21 financial year saw significant reduction in footfall, which were outweighed by bigger basket spend. Booths c...
13 October 2020
Lidl will be dissolving Lidl Digital Logistics, according to The Grocer. We explore further what this means for the retailer. Continuing digital exploration We have been eagerly anticipating Lidl's entry into the online channel since 2018 when it first established Lidl Digital Logistics. In December 2019 the retailer first said it was "actively exploring" ecommerce in the UK, hintin...
13 October 2020
Tesco Malaysia has enabled e-wallet payments across all food courts. It is operating 56 food courts out of 62 stores nationwaide. COVID-19 accelerated adoption of ecommerce in Malaysia Tesco Malaysia cited a Mastercard Impact Studies published in June this year showing that Malaysia's e-wallet penetration of 40 per cent is highest in Southeast Asia. E-wallet is also the preferred payment op...
12 October 2020
US-based Kroger has launched two ‘ghost’ kitchens at stores in Indianapolis and Columbus in partnership with ClusterTruck, a technology start-up that operates delivery-only restaurants. Tech-driven solution to meal delivery ClusterTruck is a software platform that powers profitable, vertically integrated delivery-only kitchens. Founded in 2015, the company operates kitchens in Indianapolis,...
12 October 2020
Amazon has launched its first custom electric delivery vehicle in the US in partnership with electric vehicle manufacturer, Rivian. Meanwhile, Asda has also launched a trial of a new form of electric assisted cargo bike. Amazon’s first custom electric delivery vehicle Amazon has launched the electric delivery vehicle as part of its Climate Pledge. The Climate Pledge was co-founded by Amazon...
12 October 2020
Ahead of Waitrose's strategy update on Friday, we round up the grocer's latest news. New value-focused promotional campaign The new "Priced to the Pound" campaign focuses on round pound pricing demonstrating simple value for shoppers. Over 120 branded products in ambient grocery and non-food categories are showcased in the promotion. Food & grocery director leaves the business Accordi...
12 October 2020
Following developments in France, Italy, Netherlands and Germany, we round up developments from buying alliance across the region. Carrefour and Tesco reduce scope of joint private label buying According to reports in France-based trade publication LSA, following on from a similar step from the Horizon purchasing group, Carrefour and Tesco have committed to limiting the scope of their joint...