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30 September 2020
Joining the competition with Costco and Walmart’s Sam’s Club, the retailer opens its first membership-only wholesale store in Shanghai. Challenging Sam’s Club and Costco The new wholesale store, known as X store, opens in Shanghai on 1 October. Goods bought in the X store can be delivered in half a day if the customer lives within a 20-km radius from it. “ We hope we can improve our capa...
30 September 2020
Walmart has revealed a new look and feel for its US Supercenters, with inspiration taken from airports to help its shoppers complete a fast and easy trip. App driven experience Walmart has developed a new look and feel for its stores, as reported by the Associated Press. Tested in one store, the exterior and interior of the stores will feature the Walmart app icon. The store entrance area w...
30 September 2020
It has been announced that the foodservice consortium Country Range Group is to leave the Unitas wholesale buying group by mutual agreement as of 1 January 2021.  Country Range became a member of Unitas due to its legacy as a member of the Landmark buying group, which merged with Today’s in 2018 to create Unitas. Divergence over focus on driving standalone activity plans Country Range Group...
30 September 2020
Summary of the latest responses as the UK faces a second wave of the virus. Re-introducing product rationing Tesco and Morrisons have re-introduced three item limits on high demand products to ensure shoppers can continue to buy what they need. Products include toilet paper, cleaning products and dried pasta. Supporting locked-down students As part of its expanding range of food box...
30 September 2020
Tesco has committed to a 300% increase in its sales of meat alternatives by 2025, based on its 2018 baseline figures. We look at the measures it will take to ensure it reaches this target, and its other sustainability commitments in more detail. Four key areas of focus Tesco will be focusing on four key areas to ensure it hits the target; Availability: introduce and grow plant-based m...
29 September 2020
Aeon Stores Hong Kong, which operates stores in Hong Kong and on mainland China has posted a 6.7% increase in sales revenue to HKD5,158m (US$665.5m) for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Hong Kong revenue up 15.9% YoY Revenue from Hong Kong operations in the first half increased by 15.9% to HKD2,423m YoY. The Group expects to expedite the opening of Living Plaza branches in the third quar...
29 September 2020
Following an announcement earlier this summer, Kroger and Ocado have confirmed Romulus, MI as the location for a Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC). Supporting customers in Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Indiana In June, Kroger announced that it would open new facilities in the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and West regions as part of its strategic partnership with Ocado. Confirming Romulus a...
29 September 2020
UK food-to-go specialist Greggs has reported that in September company-managed shop like-for-like sales improved to 76.1% of 2019 levels, compared to an average of 71.2% since reopening the full estate on 2 July. These results demonstrate a recovery of sales in line with Greggs' planning assumptions.  Greggs has a total of 2,039 shops (1,720 company-managed and 319 franchised).  Its store open...
29 September 2020
Alexander Kremer, a Director in JD.com’s Omnichannel Supermarket Group, discusses how JD.com’s omnichannel business has evolved in recent years, the impact of COVID and ways that Western brands could adopt to enter China. Prior to joining JD.com, Alexander worked at Mobvoi, McKinsey & Company, and IBM. His study background is in Global Affairs (Schwarzman College/Tsinghua University) and Inter...
28 September 2020
As Southeastern Grocers continues to sharpen its focus on its Winn-Dixie, Harveys Supermarkets and Fresco y Más banners, we look at two of the retailer’s recently remodelled stores. This month the retailer has launched remodelled stores in Orlando and Edgewater, Florida. In both stores, the retailer has made several enhancements. Source: Southeastern Grocers Store features Stores...
28 September 2020
Superdrug has partnered with e.l.f. Cosmetics to launch TikTok inspired stands in-stores. Staying on trend The drugstore will be selling a range of e.l.f Cosmetics’ bestselling products in the social media inspired stands in Superdrug stores. This comes after videos featuring e.l.f Cosmetics products goes viral on TikTok as reported by Retail Essential. With over half a million likes on ...
28 September 2020
Aldi UK has released its preliminary FY19 results, for the 12 months ending 31st December 2019, ahead of the impending publication of its full accounts on Companies House. The release show strong sales and profit growth, but a slow down in forecast store openings. We take a look at the results in more detail and consider the retailer's evolution in 2019 and 2020. Strong sales growth continues ...
28 September 2020
7-Eleven in Taiwan has partnered with a restaurant and a hotel to offer freshly cooked meals at one of its stores. Advance ordering meal service 7-Eleven has launched a meal service at its Dongxing Road store in Taipei. Customers can order boxed meals prepared by Regent Taipei chefs and restaurant Su/food. Orders can be picked up from the 7-Eleven store on the same or following day. The ...
28 September 2020
The owners of forecourt operator EG Group are reported to have won the race to be the preferred bidder to buy Asda from Walmart. Issa Brothers and TDR understood to be preferred bidders Though not confirmed by Asda or Walmart at the time of writing, Sky News, citing City sources, has reported that a consortium led by Mohsin and Zuber Issa and backed by TDR Capital has been chosen by Walmart...
28 September 2020
In response to more consumers staying at home, retailers in Japan are investing more in their online grocery offer. Convenience stores expanding into delivery In May 2020, Lawson expanded the scope of stores offering the Uber Eats food delivery service to include some stores in 10 prefectures across Japan. Lawson started offering the delivery service in August 2019, initially within Tokyo. ...
28 September 2020
Following a successful trial of online home delivery in July, Dunnes has announced it will be rolling out the service further, according to The Irish Times. 65 new vans to deliver to Dublin and the surrounding counties Dunnes began trialling its online service in   July from its Cornelscourt store in Dublin. It used five vans to deliver over 100 orders each day. The retailer h...
28 September 2020
As Crai plans to continue its expansion plans throughout 2020 as Carrefour and Decathlon launch a partnership to offer shoppers more sport and well-being products in Milan and Esselunga releases H1 results, we round up news from the market. Esselunga sees sales advance slightly in H1 Esselunga said sales rose 0.9% to €4.06 bn in the first half of the financial year, helped by the opening of...
25 September 2020
We review Costco’s fourth quarter and full year sales, including the outlook for the holiday season, ecommerce development and further expansion. Key numbers Q4 net sales increased 12.5% to $52.3bn Comparable store sales increased 14.1%, ex-fuel and currency impacts; 13.6% in the US, 12.6% in Canada and 18.8% in other international markets Comparable ecommerce sales increased 91.3%...
25 September 2020
China Resource Vanguard has expanded its strategic partnership with Dada Group, China’s leading local on-demand delivery and retail platform. Dada Group to provide an integrated fulfilment solution The expanded partnership will focus on omnichannel fulfillment, product management, user operations and marketing. JD Daojia will provide CR Vanguard with integrated fulfillment solutions, ...
25 September 2020
As Albert Heijn puts further efforts to spotlight its low prices and looks to attract new shoppers to its ecommerce operations, we round up news from the retailer. Albert Heijn tests delivery service for small households Albert Heijn is testing a new delivery service for small households with the launch of an app called AH Compact. The new delivery service is set to meet the needs of one an...