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Launching amid the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, Morrisons first standalone Market Kitchen store is an impressive and inspiring concept. It will set new expectations for how to combine a high quality and innovative foodservice operation within a compact supermarket format.

We look at the strategic priorities for Co-op, the UK’s largest consumer co-operative. Its heritage as a responsible retailer increasingly resonates with more socially conscious shoppers. Building on these core values, it is focusing on implementing strategies that will set it up for long term success and fulfil its vision to be ‘the number one convenience retailer in the UK’.

Japan’s convenience sector is undergoing major changes. We review the impact of COVID-19, share the latest trends, sales forecasts and strategic priorities of 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson.

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We look at the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our five global convenience trends we identified for 2020, with convenience channel forecasts and case studies from North America, Europe and Asia for inspiration.  

We identify key convenience trends in Asia, leading markets and largest retailers in the region, and explain what this might mean to you.

We look at the impact of COVID-19 on our five UK convenience trends we identified for 2020, using case studies and the latest ShopperVista convenience channel insight for inspiration. 

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Having entered in preliminary discussions around a potential transaction, these have now ended, with Carrefour and Couche-Tard switching their focus to explore opportunities for operational partnerships.

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Midcounties Co-op has reported a positive performance over the Christmas period. In the three weeks to 2 January 2021, like-for-like sales increased by 7.7%. Sales of locally-sourced products up 60% The retailer said sales growth was boosted by its enhanced seasonal range, including a record number of locally-sourced products. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Midcounties Co-op incre...
Canada's Couche-Tard, which operates the Circle K chain of convenience stores globally, has submitted a non-binding offer letter to Carrefour for a "friendly combination" at a price of EURO 20 per share, in a US$20bn deal. The terms of the transaction are under discussion, but there can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction. Retail’s d...
Mexican business FEMSA, which owns the OXXO convenience store chain, are trialling autonomous convenience stores in Mexico. The small-sized units are designed to serve customers in hospitals, apartment complexes and offices. FEMSA has launched two stores in the format, which it has named OXXO Smart. Source: FEMSA Key characteristics of OXXO Smart The stores are fully autonomous (r...

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