Retail and consumer goods industry news

19 April 2021
This month Kroger officially launched its new grocery delivery service via its first Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) powered by Ocado. With this new automated warehouse, Kroger has taken a different approach compared to most other major retailers in the US. But can this unique strategy enable Kroger to win in the competitive online channel? The Kroger and Ocado fulfilment model Back in Ma...
19 April 2021
We have recently published a new report looking at the growth prospects for major grocery markets across Asia over the next two years. We highlight some of the key findings and why Asia remains a major growth opportunity for FMCG businesses, particularly in the short term. 1. Asian markets are expected to recovery rapidly post-pandemic Most Asian grocery markets experienced accelerated grow...
19 April 2021
This weekend news broke that UK-based natural fast food operator Leon has been bought by EG Group in a deal worth between £80m and £100m.   As well as being hugely important for the companies involved, it also marks a step-change in the UK food-to-go market.   So let’s take a look at deal in more detail and examine why it is so significant for the market in general. A quick guide to Leon ...
19 April 2021
Continuing the shifts in membership amongst European buying alliances, Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Schiever have said they are not planning to renew their Horizon purchasing alliance for 2022. Meanwhile, due to these changes and others at AgeCore , Casino and Intermarché have announced the creation of a new alliance. Horizon to end, by mutual consent Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Sch...
19 April 2021
We caught up with Alex Ng, the founder of Pick & Go in Singapore, to learn about the features of the third unmanned store and how it has evolved from learnings of the first two stores. First store in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Source: IGD Research Pick & GO was founded on June 2019 with a vision to redefine convenience shopping. Shoppers can pick what ...
19 April 2021
As Auchan looks to grow its share of sales from organic products in France, expands its omnichannel presence in Portugal and sets out its results in Spain in 2020, we round up news from the retailer. Alcampo publishes results for Spain in 2020 Alcampo has said it generated a turnover of €4.497 bn in 2020, down from €4.652 bn in 2019. Comparable sales rose by 3.6% during the year, underlinin...
19 April 2021
A.S. Watson’s Group COO and CEO of A.S. Watson (Asia and Europe), Malina Ngai, has spoken at the industry event Beauty Tech Live this week.  She has explained how O+O (Offline plus Online) has become the new retail standard in health and beauty. O+O customers spend three times more than exclusive instore shoppers Malina Ngai describes O+O as “how customers shop today. The customer journey ...
16 April 2021
Walmart is partnering with Texas-based French bakery and café chain, la Madeleine, to test a new Express prototype at stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. 10 pilot locations to open The partnership will see 10 test la Madeleine Express locations open with Walmart Supercenters, its hypermarket format. The first is expected to launch in Garland this July, with the remainder opening in the ...
16 April 2021
Leading discounters in Europe are developing their format and offer as they look to attract shoppers from other channels. This is seeing them evolve to be more like supermarkets, leading them to adjust their ranges, locations and adding value to compete beyond a solely price-focused strategy. However, in Russia, the discount format is taking a different trajectory. While some are evolving towa...
16 April 2021
CVS Pharmacy is expanding its frozen food and healthy snack offering at selected stores in the US as it looks to drive footfall and encourage greater shopper frequency. 74% of adults said their meal and/or snacking habits have changed during the pandemic CVS is looking to make mealtimes ‘quick and simple’ by expanding its convenient meal range to include more frozen meals and healthy snacks...