COVID-19 latest news from around the world

04 January 2022
With case numbers hitting record levels in the USA and Canada, we look at how retailers are being impacted by the surging Omicron variant. Surging COVID-19 cases North America is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, accounting for around a third of all infections being reported globally. The latest seven-day averages for the USA and Canada are exceeding 400,000 and 35,000 cases respectiv...
07 December 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages continue to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committed to a package ...
03 December 2021
With governments globally introducing travel restrictions in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, we outline what to expect in grocery retail. Uncertainty dominates As awareness of the Omicron variant has gained traction over the last week, new restrictions have been put into place in various countries. These include air travel restrictions from selected African count...
23 November 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages continues to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committed to a package...
22 November 2021
Canada’s Metro Inc. delivered a solid performance for fiscal 2021. As lockdowns and restrictions continue to ease it is seeing a switch to pre-pandemic trends. However, one are that is seeing stickiness is ecommerce. We look at some of the initiatives it has underway in the channel. Metro fourth quarter and full year key numbers Q4 sales fell 1.2% to $4.1bn Food same-store sales fell ...
09 November 2021
Labour shortages impacting availability – shopper research 05-07 November 2021 Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages has become severe enough to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an...
02 November 2021
In line with our post-COVID-19 expectations, the process of industry consolidation has accelerated in the US grocery retail market. This month, Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Reasor’s are the latest in a line of grocers planning to come together. Brookshire Grocery Co. plots regional expansion Texas-based BGC plans to acquire Reasor’s, which operates 17 stores in Oklahoma. With over 200 s...
25 October 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages has become severe enough to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committe...
25 October 2021
We look at Nestle’s expectations on rising input cost inflation and the prospect for further price increases next year. Broad-based growth Nestle reported a 7.6% increase in organic growth for the first nine-months of the year, driven by a 6.0% increase in real growth and a 1.6% pricing increase. The business continued to deliver a solid performance across developed and emerging markets as ...
08 October 2021
With Q1 net organic sales down 0.4%, as it faced tough comparables from last year, the business is heading into the key trading seasons facing several cost and supply chain headwinds. However, it has increased its outlook for full year as it expects at-home demand to remain elevated.  Consumer demand trending ahead of its original expectations The decrease in organic net sales was driven by...
05 October 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. Shortage of HGV drivers has ...
13 September 2021
Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 10-12 Septe...
06 September 2021
Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 03-05 Septe...
02 September 2021
Although organic net sales fell 4% in the fourth quarter, the Campbell Soup Co was cycling elevated demand and partial retailer inventory recovery in the prior year. However, a more recent surge in cost inflation led to 420 basis points decrease in gross margin. We look at what this means for the business. Emerging stronger from the pandemic The sales performance for the quarter contributed...
31 August 2021
Despite facing tough comparables from last year, several major US grocery retailers are delivering growth on growth. We look at some of the latest results, the factors underpinning retailer performance and consider what could stall the strong growth many are experiencing. Multi-category retailers benefit from recovery spending Although most retailers are experiencing slowing growth rates, ret...
31 August 2021
Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 27-29 Augus...
23 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to employees being advised to self-isolate. Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is some impact on availability of ...
17 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to employees being advised to self-isolate. However, there are sufficient food supplies within the system and the impact on availability has been limited to date. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 13-15 August 2021. A similar number of adults interviewed over the weekend (54%) experienced sho...
11 August 2021
With pet ownership hitting a record high in the US, Target has launched a new private label pet food range, Kindfull. Quality and value The Kindfull range of dog and cat food has been developed over the last year. The retailer set out to bring to market a proposition at the intersection of quality and value. The range has been created with no artificial colours or preservatives, and no whea...
09 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to increased number of employees being advised to self-isolate. However, there are sufficient food supplies within the system and the impact on availability has been limited to date. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 06-08 August 2021. More adults (56% vs 48% last weekend) claim to have experien...