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22 July 2020
Sobeys has launched a new three-year growth strategy, Project Horizon, following the recent completion of its turnaround plan, Project Sunrise. Central to the new strategy is the acceleration of its ecommerce initiatives. Our view: a big bet on ecommerce Much of what has been announced is a continuation of programmes which were underway, including the expansion of Farm Boy and FreshCo, or a...
22 July 2020
Aldi Süd has launched a new programme, called What’s Next. It aims to support startups and companies with innovative ideas. The objective is to accelerate the development of new products that are aligned with the latest trends. What is the What’s Next programme? The new programme was launched in early 2020. Aldi Süd is looking for startups and companies with innovative food and non-food pro...
22 July 2020
As Auchan and Carrefour look to repurpose further space in their hypermarkets and Systeme U and Auchan Chronodrive spotlight local production, we round up news from the market. Auchan and Carrefour repurpose further space in hypermarkets Local trade publication LSA has reported that Auchan and Carrefour continue to find new ways and partners to help them repurpose space in their largest sto...
21 July 2020
We look at how The Coca-Cola Company continues to adjust to the COVID-19 trading environment and how it expects to emerge as a stronger business. Sequential improvement in the quarter The main impact on the business continues to be the shift from out-of-home to at-home consumption. Net revenue declined 28%, driven mostly by the out-of-home challenge, however, it saw sequential improvement i...
21 July 2020
Walmart stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. The day which falls immediately ahead of Black Friday is viewed as the official start of the holiday season and one of the retailer’s major trading opportunities. Bonus payment The announcement was made as Walmart detailed the payment of special bonus pay out to employees for their efforts in supporting customers during the COVID-...
21 July 2020
As retailers across the Nordics invest in foodservice opportunities in-store, out of store and online, we share some of the latest innovations from Finland. 1. Europe’s biggest sushi seller and country’s biggest venue in new partnership Kesko K-Citymarket Järvenpää, which won the IGD Store of the Year award 2019 claims to be Europe’s biggest sushi seller, selling thousands of kilograms...
21 July 2020
Morrisons has introduced a four-day working week for more than 1,500 workers at its head office. New way of working The Morrisons employees will reduce their weekly hours from 40 to 37.5, working nine hours a day, instead of the previous eight hours, with pay unaffected. They will also be required to work a six-hour shift one Saturday every month. Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, Morrison...
21 July 2020
The discounter opened its 2,000 th store in the US. By the end of 2020, Aldi will enter Arizona, its 37 th state, and plans to open another 70 stores. Strong investments and fast expansion to continue Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Aldi maintains its investment and expansion plans with the objective to reach 2,500 stores by the end of 2022. The 2,000 th store opened in June, in Californi...
21 July 2020
Take home grocery sales continue to rise, with 16.9% growth in the 12-week period up to 12th July, according to Kantar. This was the fastest growth on record since 1994, showing what a significant impact the pandemic is having on shoppers' behaviour. The 12 weeks include sales after the initial phase of strict lockdown in April, capturing the three months following this of eased restrictions for ...
21 July 2020
Nurses in selected Superdrug branches will offer the antibody test for coronavirus. Launching in 30 stores The service will first be offered in 30 stores, with a further 12 to follow in coming weeks. Blood will be taken by a nurse, which means further roll-out will be limited to stores which include a health clinic. Samples are sent off to the lab for analysis, with customers receivin...
21 July 2020
Don Don Donki plans to open its first store in Malaysia in 2021. Strategic location in the heart of the capital The street-fronting store will be at Lot 10 shopping mall, outside Bukit Bintang train station. It will occupy three floors, providing a wide range of Japanese products including food and souvenirs. The location is near a cluster of hotels and shopping malls along Bukit Bintang, a...
20 July 2020
We look at Walmart Canada’s $3.5bn investment plan, the programmes its drawing on from the US and what it means for the business. Plans shaped by new CEO The retailer’s five-year plan to invest $3.5bn its stores, supply chain and technology comes nine months after the appointment of Horacio Barbeito as the retailer’s new president and CEO. He joined the retailer having held leadership roles...
20 July 2020
As Auchan partners with Glovo for four European markets and extends the reach of its click and collect services in Poland, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan signs partnership with Glovo Auchan, after a trial with the delivery company in Portugal and Ukraine, has said it is set to formalise its partnership with Glovo in the two countries and extend it to Poland, and Spain. The trial...
20 July 2020
Both retailers add new options including recipe kits to their home delivery food box propositions as they seek to serve a broader range of occasions. Morrisons: flexibility and family focus Since launching its essentials food box at the start of the lockdown, Morrisons has continued to add innovative new options to range. While seasonal variations such as the Ramadan box and VE Day celebrat...
20 July 2020
The retailer has started consultations with colleagues in a variety of field and central operations roles, as well as property and store management, as it seeks to speed up its transformation plan. Decision follows different ways of working during the pandemic M&S states its ambition to make three years' progress against its transformation plan in just one year. This involves more flexible ...
19 July 2020
We look at how retailers are adapting to the easing of lockdown restrictions in Canada, in-store and through their ecommerce platforms. Most provinces are making solid progress through the different phases of their re-start plans. We look at how retailers in BC are adapting, with the province recently moving into phase three of its four-phase re-start plan. Phased re-start plan As one of Ca...
17 July 2020
Aldi Sud has appointed a third managing director, Erik Döbele, at its central purchasing team. As reported by Lebensmittel Zeitung, Erik Döbele will take over a part of the purchasing team from August 1, whilst Simon Gelzer, another director, will focus on the coordination of purchasing activities with Aldi Nord. Accelerating coordination with Aldi Nord The new appointment aims to accelerat...
17 July 2020
A.S. Watson is introducing Watsons GO contactless payment system in Watsons stores in Hong Kong and Singapore. Digital initiatives accelerated by COVID-19 Watsons GO was recently launched in Hong Kong, allowing customers to scan the bar code of a product with the Watsons mobile app and pay for it directly through Alipay HK. Watsons GO payment system was originally scheduled for release at t...
17 July 2020
We bring you the latest news from Germany. Edeka Südwest improving fresh department Edeka Südwest set a goal of increasing its fruit and vegetable sales by 10% in 2019 which it was successfully able to do. It has developed and rolled out new concepts to aid with this and other departments that have seen impressive returns include bakery and meat. The coronavirus pandemic has also boosted sa...
17 July 2020
Having begun trials with the third party online ordering app, Snappy Shopper, almost a year ago Scotmid Co-op has been rolling out the service to a growing number of its 188 stores.  Now the app will be launched from Scotmid stores in Edinburgh, bringing Scotmid’s home shopping service within the reach of a fifth of all the population of Scotland. App platforms a range of 1,000 lines Scotmi...