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16 October 2020
The hypermarket channel is perceived to be struggling to grow, whether it is in store terms or sales. However, this is far from reality on a global basis. Retailers are finding ways to achieve incremental increases in basket size and are developing their proposition to attract shoppers back to store. We have selected three retailers investing in their largest stores and implementing new strategie...
15 October 2020
Loblaw has partnered with League, Canada’s leading health operating system (health OS) technology provider, to launch the PC Health app. National roll-out planned over the next few months The PC Health app maintains the PC branding related to its President’s Choice private label. Through the app, Canadians will have free access to registered nurses and dietitians, who can provide advice and...
15 October 2020
Tesco has launched a trial partnership with online electricals specialist AO to open its first physical stores at Tesco stores. Five stores to open The first AO concession, will open at Tesco Extra Middleton, later this month and four others will follow. Shoppers will be able to browse and purchase from all AO's product range, excluding mobile phones.  This includes larger electricals such ...
15 October 2020
Metro generated like-for-like sales showing a slight contraction, of just 0.5%, in its fourth quarter. The company said a recovery in HoReCa sales and a ‘ positive sales development ’ in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe had underpinned its improving performance. Strong recovery in key markets Metro said like-for-like sales had turned positive in Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe, which ...
14 October 2020
As Carrefour acquires an organic specialist in France and expands its online delivery options in Poland, we round up new initiatives from the retailer in Europe. Carrefour acquires organic specialist in France… Carrefour has acquired the Bioazur chain of five stores through its So.bio subsidiary. Bioazur operates stores in the southwest of France and helps build its presence in the organic ...
14 October 2020
Asda has expanded its ‘test and learn’ partnerships strategy by joining forces with leading toy retailer, The Entertainer. It has also announced further initiatives to accelerate its in-store partnerships strategy. Five concessions to open The exclusive partnership will see The Entertainer turn the toy categories in five Asda stores into branded concessions offering customers a much larger ...
14 October 2020
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, Aeon, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their H1 results for the six months from March 1 to August 31, 2020. Summary and our view The big four’s H1 results continue to show the negative impact of COVID-19 has had on convenience retailing in Japan. Average spending per customer at convenience stores has increased, but this has not been eno...
14 October 2020
As the channel comes under renewed focus across Europe, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we round up developments from Colruyt and Cora. Colruyt to trial meal delivery from dark kitchen service… With retailers looking to use space in new ways and meet shoppers’ demands for new meal solutions, Colruyt is to trial a meal delivery service in Brussels. The trial’s announcement follows Kr...
14 October 2020
Albertsons’ Mid-Atlantic division, ACME Markets, has emerged as the successful bidder for 27 Kings Food Market and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market locations. Increasing competition leading to bankruptcy The retailer’s parent company, KB US Holdings, filed for bankruptcy in August, having faced significant competition in its operating region. The company operated a total of 35 stores. This in...
14 October 2020
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) is planning to open 100 automated convenience stores over the next four years. Expansion of cashless stores Following the outbreak of COVID-19, plans to expand JR East’s unstaffed convenience store concept have accelerated. The company launched the first cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station (Tokyo) last year. In March, it then lau...
14 October 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the variety of new services being offered at South Korean convenience stores is growing fast. Convenience stores as new centre of everyday life As consumers are not going far from their homes, services offered by convenience stores are gaining popularity. CU has noticed that from July to September: The use of its parcel delivery service was up ...
14 October 2020
In the 12 weeks ending 4th October market growth was +9.4%, according to Kantar, the first time we have seen it drop from double digits since April. In this article we explore the growth in more detail, leading retailers' performance, and highlight key pieces of content you may have missed in September and October. Changing restrictions once again impact behaviour Despite the overall drop f...
14 October 2020
Big C launches a campaign to offer 10-40% discounts on 25% of essential goods at more than 1,600 Big C stores. Prices are top of shoppers’ minds Besides cutting prices on essential goods, the retailer will also cut prices of 14 food items on the menu at food courts by 50%. Pattaphong Iamsuro, Chief Commercial Officer of Big C Supercenter, said, "consumer spending power has not returned to p...
13 October 2020
Sainsbury's has launched a new round of price cuts across hundreds of own brand lines together with a campaign to help shoppers collect bonus Nectar points in the run-up to Christmas. Prices on over 300 lines reduced To meet the heightened demand for value from shoppers, Sainsbury's is reducing prices on over 300 popular own brand lines, with a focus on fish, meat and poultry.  Products inc...
13 October 2020
Following the success of its drive-in movie initiative and summer camp programme, Walmart is launching three new events for the fall, including store and virtual Halloween activities. Halloween ‘spooky street’ Over the summer months, Walmart hosted drive-in movies at 160 stores , repurposing its large car parks. Building on this, it will transform 100 of its car parks into ‘spooky stre...
13 October 2020
Kroger has launched the first generation of Chefbot, its AI-powered Twitter recipe tool which provides customers with mealtime inspiration and personalised recommendations. Helping to provide meal inspiration and reduce food waste Chefbot has been developed in partnership with integrated creative and media agency 360i, and technology partners Coffee Labs and Clarifai. Chefbot is an innovati...
13 October 2020
Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop chain, is boosting its UK expansion plans saying it wants to open an outlet in “every major city and town” in the UK in the next two years. 2,000 new jobs could be created by 2022.  The announcement follows the release of results which show a 37% increase in year-on-year sales in UK and Ireland. UK & Ireland chief commercial officer for UK and Ireland, Kev...
13 October 2020
Monthly data updates from the three largest convenience chains in the world, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, focusing on sales, customer footfall and average customer spend in Japan.  7-Eleven the first retailer to post positive monthly all store sales Amongst the big three, 7-Eleven has been the first to post positive monthly all store sales this fiscal year. In September, it recorded gro...
13 October 2020
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM), indicates that UK retail sales grew by 5.6% in September, the highest monthly rate since December 2009, excluding Easter distortions.  With the food and grocery sector gaining again from an increasingly compromised out-of-home channel, and shopper nervousness around the resurgent pandemic infection, non-food als...
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 ...