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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
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 ...
13 October 2020
Casino-owned Monoprix has opened its first unstaffed store, under the Monop’ Box brand. The store is being trialed at the retailer’s headquarters, with Monoprix noting that the technology used by the store also able to be scaled up to its wider estate. The retailer said the Box will be repositioned from its headquarters to a site accessible by the public as part of a ‘live’ test. Contactles...
13 October 2020
As Auchan looks to roll out more Pedestrian Drives in France and its operation in Poland grows its revenues, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan plans large-scale roll out of Pedestrian Drives As it looks to first catch up and then overtake its competitors, as part of its digitalisation drive in its 2022 transformation plan, Auchan has committed to opening 300 pedestrian Drives in 20...
13 October 2020
Northern grocer Booths reported 3.3% sales growth to £267.8m, and narrowed its trading losses by £1m to -£0.2m in the year ending 28 March 2020. Accounting for comparable Easter periods and COVID-19 impacts, sales increased 0.2%. Impact of COVID-19 The first quarter of the 2020/21 financial year saw significant reduction in footfall, which were outweighed by bigger basket spend. Booths c...
13 October 2020
Lidl will be dissolving Lidl Digital Logistics, according to The Grocer. We explore further what this means for the retailer. Continuing digital exploration We have been eagerly anticipating Lidl's entry into the online channel since 2018 when it first established Lidl Digital Logistics. In December 2019 the retailer first said it was "actively exploring" ecommerce in the UK, hintin...
13 October 2020
Tesco Malaysia has enabled e-wallet payments across all food courts. It is operating 56 food courts out of 62 stores nationwaide. COVID-19 accelerated adoption of ecommerce in Malaysia Tesco Malaysia cited a Mastercard Impact Studies published in June this year showing that Malaysia's e-wallet penetration of 40 per cent is highest in Southeast Asia. E-wallet is also the preferred payment op...
12 October 2020
US-based Kroger has launched two ‘ghost’ kitchens at stores in Indianapolis and Columbus in partnership with ClusterTruck, a technology start-up that operates delivery-only restaurants. Tech-driven solution to meal delivery ClusterTruck is a software platform that powers profitable, vertically integrated delivery-only kitchens. Founded in 2015, the company operates kitchens in Indianapolis,...
12 October 2020
Amazon has launched its first custom electric delivery vehicle in the US in partnership with electric vehicle manufacturer, Rivian. Meanwhile, Asda has also launched a trial of a new form of electric assisted cargo bike. Amazon’s first custom electric delivery vehicle Amazon has launched the electric delivery vehicle as part of its Climate Pledge. The Climate Pledge was co-founded by Amazon...