COVID-19 latest news from around the world

02 July 2020
Like many markets around the world, Japan has seen a surge in demand for online grocery following the outbreak of COVID-19. Online grocery adoption increasing COVID-19 has changed some long-established shopping habits, e.g. daily shopping trips. At the start of the pandemic, fear of product shortages and empty shelves in-store may have encouraged shoppers to explore alternative shopping cha...
02 July 2020
We round up the latest COVID-19 related news from Japan as retailers respond to changes in consumer trends and government policies. 1 July - plastic bag charge now mandatory On 1 July, the government made plastic bag fees mandatory across the country. Matsumoto KiYoshi and some other businesses such as Aeon had already been charging fees for plastic bags  since April . 25 May state of ...
02 July 2020
Woolworths has responded by rolling out increased online capacity in the state of Victoria, after a spike in demand of 40% over the past week. Thousands of new online slots for Victoria The surge in demand followed the news that Coronavirus cases in Victoria continued to grow. In response, Woolworths said that it was rolling out dozens of new delivery vehicles and making thousands of more s...
02 July 2020
Coles and Woolworths in Australia have decided to reinstate buying limits on toilet roll and paper towels after a surge in demand. Reacting quickly is vital to manage stock flow Coles was the first of the two major retailers to lift all of its buying restrictions a few weeks ago, followed by Woolworths shortly afterwards. However, the recent demand has led Coles to restrict buying to one pa...
02 July 2020
One of the key trends of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the surge in sales for large CPG suppliers, with a significant presence in core, centre-store categories. Conagra Brands has identified 12 consumer behaviours centred on re-discovery and discovery that are fuelling the growth of its brands. Growth across the portfolio Conagra Brands delivered strong growth in Q4, with organic sales up ...
01 July 2020
IGD analysts share their thoughts regarding the impact of COVID-19 on grocery retail channels. “Discount growth could accelerate in the medium to long term” Maxime Delacour, Senior Retail Analyst Prior to the pandemic, the discount channel was enjoying some of the fastest growth in the industry. This is expected to continue, with discount retailers adapting quickly to market trends to ...
30 June 2020
We review Couche-Tard’s fourth quarter performance and its outlook as it navigates the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key numbers Fourth quarter merchandise and service revenues fell 2.6% to $3.2bn Same-store merchandise revenues fell 6.5% in Europe and 0.5% in the US, while Canada saw a 4.7% increase Fourth quarter operating income increased 87.6% to $769.7m Full year ...
30 June 2020
In the 12 weeks to 14th June 2020 take-home grocery sales in the Republic of Ireland grew 24.7%, according to Kantar. We explore the growth in more detail and look at key retailers' performance. Convenience and online drive growth The 12 weeks up to 14th June encompass the entire lockdown period. The additional spend equates to €628.7m (£573.7m). Similarly to the UK, shopping patterns in...
30 June 2020
As retailers seek to reassure shoppers on hygiene and cleanliness, we look at how businesses in other sectors are enhancing their brands in this area, including partnering with two leading CPG suppliers. A safe place to work and shop Providing associates with a safe place to work and consumers a safe place to shop has become a priority for food retailers as they navigate the coronavirus pan...
29 June 2020
As several US states start to see coronavirus cases increase, we look at how retailers are responding, drawing on their experiences from earlier in the year. Cases trending upwards Data from John Hopkins University reveals that the US has reported over 2.5m confirmed cases and 125,000 deaths. Over recent days, states including Florida, Arizona and Texas have seen significant spikes in cases...
29 June 2020
Metcash has released results for its financial year ending 30 April 2020, with sales, including charge through, up 2.0% to AU$14.9bn and total EBIT up 1.5% to AU$334.9m. Food sales including charge through up 3.5% to AU$9,104m Sales were impacted by the loss of the Drakes account in South Australia, which terminated at the end of September. Despite this, Supermarket sales increased 3.8% to ...
29 June 2020
South Africa-based Pick n Pay has announced price reductions on essential items, a relaunch of its Fresh Living magazine and has opened its 300 th store under the Boxer banner. Price reduction on essential items To help households struggling to deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Pick n Pay has announced an investment of ZAR500m (US$28.8m) in price reductions on es...
26 June 2020
We look at how McCormick expects to benefit from the shift to at-home consumption and home meal prep beyond the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Second quarter performance The company saw sales increase 7.6% in the second quarter, with operating income up 24%. The sales growth was mainly driven by consumers cooking more at home, with sales through its consumer segment up 26%, althou...
25 June 2020
Between 1 st and 31 st August, customers that use self-checkout at Lawson Japan can earn reward points worth 2% of each purchase. Encouraging contact-free The initiative aims to encourage shoppers to self-checkout at Lawson stores. There has been growing customer demand for contact-free solutions following the outbreak of COVID-19. Aeon, for example, recently launched Regi Go checko...
25 June 2020
China was the first country to be hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Now with all eyes are on the recovery, we continue to update this article with the latest developments... June Second wave in Beijing : Beijing has reported more than 100 coronavirus cases in the past two weeks after going almost two months without an infection. The new cases might be linked to imported salmon. As a conseq...
24 June 2020
COVID-19 has caused a monumental shift in consumers’ food and drink habits. Our new Eating In Vs Dining Out report, produced in collaboration with foodservice consultant Peter Backman, explores the impact of COVID-19 on the UK food and drink market and outlines four scenarios for the future. During the pandemic, the boundaries between eating at home and out-of-home, already blurred, have bro...
24 June 2020
NTUC FairPrice will continue to provide 100 private label products at discounted prices as part of its SGD50m (US$36m) package to alleviate living costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six months extension from previous price freeze The price freeze was first launched in March 2019 and supposed to end on 30 June this year, however the retailer will extend it until 31 December. The products in...
23 June 2020
New store openings have been relatively rare this year as retailers have focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and paused new space plans. However, 2020 got off to a strong start, including a notable new opening from Amazon. We look at some of the key stores which opened each month this year in the US and what learnings can be taken as retailers adapt to the current trading environment. ...
23 June 2020
Grab Holdings, a Singapore-based ride-hailing company, is expanding its delivery services from convenience stores and supermarkets across 50 cities in the region. Expansion accelerated in the pandemic The company has teamed up with 3,000 stores as it accelerates delivery of groceries, toilet paper, packaged snacks and beverages to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grab provided th...
22 June 2020
Maxima Latvia has launched, what it claims is, the first mobile payment app in Latvia, enabling consumers to pay for groceries from their phones. The app will provide shoppers with convenience and functionality and act as a digital wallet, adding the Paladies loyalty card to the platform. To use the app, shoppers can link their payment cards onto the app and scan a QR code at the checkout. A m...