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25 September 2020
As Majid Al Futtaim, which operates the Carrefour brand in several countries across the Middle East and Africa, sets out expansion plans for Egypt and Kenya and signs an MoU for organic produce in the UAE, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour to invest in expansion in Egypt… Carrefour is set to invest EGP200m (US$12.7m) in Egypt as it expands its store base and improves its existin...
24 September 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic having provided “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive trial for our brands,” we look at how General Mills plans to retain its new customers. Net sales up 9.0% The company delivered a strong performance in Q1 with net sales up 9.0% to $4.4bn, and net earnings up 22.7% to $638.9m. It continues to benefit from elevated at-home demand, with expectations that it...
24 September 2020
Amazon has rolled out its Amazon Fresh service to new locations in the UK. The delivery service is launching in Leeds, Wakefield, and Bradford Amazon Prime members outside of London and the South of England, can now order from tens of thousands of products from Amazon Fresh. It offers free delivery for orders over £40 and same-day delivery for orders placed before 9pm. Products from Boot...
24 September 2020
As Woolworths in Australia continues to drive digital innovation in its business through its X functions, we round up four of its latest developments... New digital, media and creative hub Woolworths will move its WooliesX and BigWX functions, media business cartology and creative agency Greenhouse, powered by M&C Saatchi, into a new building on Sydney's Elizabeth Street in Surrey Hills. Th...
24 September 2020
Morrisons has unveiled a number of improvements to its food box offer to make it more convenient and better value for customers. Subscription food boxes launched From today, customers will be able to sign up for a regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly food box delivery. Those doing so will receive a 5% discount on the price of their food box. A 20% discount code is also available to custom...
24 September 2020
Giant, a chain of hypermarkets and supermarkets operated by Dairy Farm, has refreshed all its 53 stores with better lighting, easier navigation and new departments to offer better value to shoppers. This follows the retailer’s commitment to keep prices low for 650 products for at least 6 months. Better value and more stable prices Giant hypermarket is investing SGD17m (US$12.3m) to reduce t...
24 September 2020
Spain-based retailer alliance Euromadi, which is part of the pan-European alliance EMD, reported sales rose 11.15% in 2019 to €21.53 bn. Wide base of growth… Euromadi reported that its members saw organic growth of 4.5%, which it said was ‘ double the market growth ’, while it also benefited from the addition of new members, Perfumerías Douglas, Makro Cash & Carry and Supermercados Codi. Th...
24 September 2020
Woolworths (South Africa) has released full year results for the 52 weeks ending June 2020 that showed turnover fell by 1.2% to ZAR72.2 bn (US$4.3 bn). It noted its 2019 financial year had benefited from being a 53-week year. Underlining the challenging nature of the year, the retailer reported a 54.5% fall in adjusted profit before tax to ZAR2.2 bn (US$129.6m). COVID-19 had ‘ significant impa...
23 September 2020
Kroger is partnering with Inclusion Companies and Grammy-Nominated Artist Jewel to launch a new “Wellness Experience” platform. Shining a light on mindfulness and mental health The new platform will launch on October 10, coinciding with World Mental Health Day. To support the launch Kroger and Jewel will host a summit and conference, featuring artists, business leaders, and mental health ex...
23 September 2020
We look at Walmart’s plans for Black Friday and the holiday season as it adjusts to the COVID-19 trading environment. Ensuring a fast, easy and safe shopping experience Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart is planning for a different holiday shopping experience this year. Last month, it announced that its stores would be closed on Thanksgiving Day, the traditional kick-off to the holiday s...
23 September 2020
As Rewe Group commits to cutting greenhouse emissions, announces plans to exit Ukraine and appoints a new member to its International board, we round up news from the retailer. Rewe Group looks to cut greenhouse emissions linked to its private labels The retailer is aiming for a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across its Rewe and Penny private label supply chains. It is looking to...
23 September 2020
Coles has announced a new partnership that will see it source 90% of its energy in Queensland from renewable sources. Second 10 year renewable energy deal The retailer has signed a 10 year deal to team up with CleanCo, a state-owned clean energy provider. Power for 75% of the retailer's business in Queensland will come from Australia's largest solar farm (once built) and one of the largest ...
23 September 2020
This week, Asda will become the first UK supermarket to launch a vegan destination in store with two bays entirely dedicated to plant-based products. The launch follows a survey undertaken for the retailer which found that 17% of UK households are reducing their meat intake or following a plant-based diet, a trend also confirmed by recent  IGD ShopperVista research . New lines to meet surging ...
23 September 2020
Following a successful trial for store staff, Aldi has launched its click and collect service to customers. What does Aldi's click and collect look like? The click and collect service is currently available from the Loughborough, Allendale Road store. Aldi's website states it is rolling out the service to more stores, the location of which have not yet been announced. ...
22 September 2020
2020 is a year like no other for UK food-to-go.  Previously the hero of the food and drink market, the sector has experienced unprecedented challenges in 2020 which will continue to impact it for years to come. In our new UK food-to-go market report 2020 , produced with the help of colleagues from across the industry, we predict that the sector will decline by 43% this year and only retur...
22 September 2020
As Christmas products are starting to hit the shelves, retailers and suppliers are hopeful that despite conditions, shoppers will be looking for little luxuries at the end of the year. We explore six themes for Christmas this year and what retailers are doing to help create an exciting festive season. More time spent at home With concerns about the virus, people will be spending more time a...
22 September 2020
Walmart is targeting zero emissions across its global operations by 2040. The retailer also plans to manage or restore at least 50m acres of land and 1m square miles of ocean by 2030 to help combat the cascading loss of nature. On the path to becoming a regenerative company These new goals represent a raising of ambitions at Walmart as the retailer aims to play a leading role in transformin...
22 September 2020
With shopping habits starting to return to normal market growth once again slowed in this period, with sales of +13.7% for the 12 weeks to 6th September, according to Kantar. This compares to the 18% growth seen in the previous reporting period. The picture however starts to change when looking at the past four weeks, where local lockdowns have had an impact, causing additional spend. We look ...
21 September 2020
Kroger is partnering with Everseen, a leading AI-based vision technology firm, to monitor checkout and self-scan areas in-store. Identifying unusual scanning movements Located in Cork, Ireland, Everseen’s system helps retailers monitor customer behaviour, helping to identify missed items or products which may have been scanned incorrectly. Overhead cameras help to compare customer baskets w...
21 September 2020
Novus has announced plans to acquire Billa’s store network in Ukraine (in September 2020). Rewe’s decision to exit the Ukraine does not come as a surprise, with Billa reporting below market growth between 2016 and 2019, at less than 4% annually. In the past, Rewe has withdrawn its Billa brand from markets where it underperformed, such as Croatia and Italy, to improve its profitability and to focu...