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04 September 2020
Tesco has launched a new hot pizza to-go counter in partnership with Pizza Express under the Za brand. We visited the hypermarket Cardiff store, which is situated in a residential area with student accommodation nearby to take a first look. Source: IGD Research On arriving at the store shoppers are told about the new arrival through a pop-up stand. Source: IGD Research ...
03 September 2020
The grocer brings back "That's Asda Price" in its latest Rollback campaign, amid fierce competition to win shoppers over with everyday low prices. Lower prices on 1000s of products Asda will lower the prices of branded and own label products across the store, including fresh, ambient, non-food, and GM categories. To raise awareness of the price investment, the grocer is bringing back its...
03 September 2020
National symbol group retailer SPAR UK has announced the appointment of Lee Johnson as its Operations and Strategy Director.  Having joined the organization on 17 August, Lee Johnson now has responsibility for the group’s finance, governance, IT supply chain and strategic planning. Joined from Coty Lee Johnson has come to SPAR from the beauty and cosmetics business Coty (whose portfolio inc...
03 September 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainties regarding students returning to school in the UK. Parents are equipping their children with new school essentials such as face masks, hand sanitisers and disinfectant wipes to ensure they are safe. With many changes in the way school will be conducted such as no school meals, retailers in the UK are providing inspiration and solutions to he...
03 September 2020
We review how Couche-Tard, which operates mainly under the Circle K banner globally, performed in the first quarter performance and the impact of COVID-19 across its development plans. Q1 headline numbers Total merchandise and service revenues increased 7.0% to $3.9bn Same-store merchandise revenues up 19.9% in Canada, 7.7% in the US and 3.4% in Europe Same-store road transportatio...
03 September 2020
Amazon announced today it is creating 7,000 new permanent roles in addition to the 3,000 roles already created this year, taking the company’s total permanent workforce in the UK to more than 40,000. Recruiting for the seasonal period The company has already created 3,000 new permanent roles this year across its UK network of fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations. It plans ...
03 September 2020
Farmy, an online marketplace for fresh and ethical groceries, has secured CHF 10 million in a financing round from impact investing fund Triodos Organic Growth Fund, amongst other investors. Delivery expansion Farmy is a Swiss online grocery store that only sells regional and organic products from Switzerland. The only exceptions are products that cannot be sourced from Switzerland, such as...
03 September 2020
As Carrefour looks to drive online growth and add further digital solutions in-store, we look at four developments from its operations in France, Poland and Romania. Carrefour’s first robotic pedestrian drive enters service in Paris Carrefour has recently introduced its first robotic pedestrian drive in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. The system behind the pedestrian drive has been deploy...
02 September 2020
Target has launched the Good & Gather Signature range, featuring 60 new products developed with specialty ingredients. Simplifying the food offer The retailer launched the core Good & Gather range 12 months ago, growing to be a billion-dollar brand in a relatively short period of time. Consolidating several of Target’s existing private label ranges, it is expected to continue growing to be ...
02 September 2020
On 27 August, variety discounter Action opened its first two stores in Czech Republic. It now operates in eight countries in Europe, with new market entries potentially following in 2021.  On 1 September it also opened its second import hub, at Wroclaw in Poland, strengthening its supply chain operations in central Europe. Eighth market entry The COVID-19 pandemic has only slowed the expans...
02 September 2020
M&S products have now exclusively launched on Ocado.com. We take a look at some onsite execution, including M&S shop-in-shop, Fresh Picks, and Dine in for Two. Full M&S food range The partnership with Ocado sees the first time the entire M&S food range has been available to buy online. The range includes 6,000 M&S food products and 800 M&S everyday clothing and home lines. Ocado’s full rang...
02 September 2020
The group is reported to increase its ownership stake in YTO Express, a Chinese courier firm. Looks to consolidate dominance in the global express delivery market According to a report by Reuters, Alibaba is currently negotiating with YTO Express ownership, as the former looks to consolidate its dominance in the global express delivery market. Alibaba currently owns a 10% stake YTO. Th...
02 September 2020
WeMakePrice, a South Korean ecommerce platform, announced this week that grocery shoppers can now receive a full refund for perishable goods if the products are not up to their standards. Meeting customers’ needs with zero returns The new initiative comes after the online retailer trialed a similar service last month for meat products and nuts, which the company says was met with a warm r...
02 September 2020
As it looks to build on the positive performance in H1, Auchan has rolled out programmes across its operations in Europe as it embeds its Renaissance initiative and focuses on its Auchan 2022 strategy. Auchan extends partnership with OMV Petrom Auchan and OMV Petrom have announced an extension to their partnership, which will see the addition of further MyAuchan convenience stores on the la...
02 September 2020
The first 7-Eleven convenience store in Laos will open in Vientiane in 2022. 30 years master franchise agreement CP group has invested in feed, poultry and food business in Laos for about a decade. With a young population, Laos offers a good opportunity for retail business which can also support the sale of CP food products. Joe DePinto, CEO and President of 7-Eleven, said,  "with its remar...
02 September 2020
Reliance Retail Ventures, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, will buy Future Group’s retail and wholesale business including its logistics and warehouses for US$3.4bn. Reliance strengthens leadership position Reliance Retail is India’s largest retail store operator including 621 Reliance Fresh (neighbourhood stores) and Reliance Smart (supermarkets), 52 Reliance Market (cash and carry), 7...
01 September 2020
It has been revealed that Tesco convenience subsidiary, One Stop is to launch a number of private label lines from the Jack’s discount format across its company-owned and franchise store estate, adding a significant value tier to the One Stop range. 50 plus lines primarily in chilled and frozen It is understood that the launch will include at least fifty Jack’s branded lines, first develope...
01 September 2020
Walmart is set to debut Walmart+ this month. This is the retailer’s new membership programme which will offer a range of benefits including free online delivery, fuel discounts and a contactless checkout and payment experience. Annual fee of $98 Walmart+ will launch on September 15, costing $98 a year or $12.95 per month. The main benefits will be unlimited free delivery for online shopping...
01 September 2020
Whole Foods Market has opened its first permanent dark store to support online grocery deliveries in Brooklyn, New York. Amazon and Whole Foods Market collaboration In development for over a year, this store exclusively serves customers in the Brooklyn area. Teams from Amazon and Whole Foods Market collaborated on the concept which is full-staffed by Whole Foods Market associates. S...
01 September 2020
Leading UK food-to-go retailer, Pret A Manger, is set to cut 3,000 jobs following the fall in sales as a result of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuts following fall in sales Pret is cutting more than a third of its workforce due to sales being 60% lower than in 2019. The majority of roles cut will be from its stores, and around 90 roles lost at its support centre. Pret’s reliance on ...