Convenience news

08 April 2020
SPAR stores in England are to be the first convenience retailers to partner with the Royal Voluntary Service on its NHS Volunteer Responders programme. This will enable volunteers to shop on behalf of vulnerable community members and make payments in store for them. Service accessible in over 700 stores The Volunteer Responders Programme has been put in place to support those referred to th...
07 April 2020
Major UK convenience retailer, McColl’s is teaming up with restaurant delivery expert Deliveroo to offer home delivery. The service aims to help support vulnerable customers during their coronavirus isolation. Initial availability in 120 stores, to be rolled out to 300 Offering a range of food, grocery, cleaning and hygiene essentials, as well as news and magazines, shoppers will be able to...
06 April 2020
FamilyMart is planning to open 220-230 new stores in Taiwan this year. Expanding store network FamilyMart plans to open more than 200 new stores in Taiwan this year. On March 25, the retailer reported net income of TW$1.8bn (US$60.6m) for last year, up 13.4% from the previous year. After 7-Eleven, FamilyMart is the second-largest convenience-store chain in Taiwan, operating more than 3,6...
06 April 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from US On-demand restaurant delivery company, DoorDash, is evolving its business model to offer delivery from conveni...
03 April 2020
One of the leading crowd-sourced, on-demand restaurant delivery companies in the US, DoorDash, is evolving its business model to offer delivery from convenience stores. Enabling delivery of essentials from more than 1,800 stores DoorDash is partnering with several national and regional convenience store chains, including 7-Eleven, Wawa, Casey’s General Store, and Circle K. Shoppers will be ...
24 March 2020
Major national convenience retailer, McColl’s has set out its approach to managing the rapidly evolving pandemic emergency, while ensuring its stores can stay open and meet essential needs of local communities. Jonathan Miller, Chief Executive, McColl’s commented: ‘ The health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is of paramount importance to us and informs all that we do. ...
20 March 2020
Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has announced it will create 5,000 new roles in a bid to provide temporary employment for workers being laid off in the hospitality industry.  The move, comes as the UK hospitality sector bears a significant impact from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency as customers avoid restaurants, pubs and cafes in line with government advice. Recruitment procedure ...
19 March 2020
In a letter to customers, Co-op’s CEO Steve Murrells has explained how the retailer is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the role the business will play in supporting customers and colleagues. Key points: Food stores Staff are working round the clock to keep food stores stocked, clean and safe Investigating options to make sure the most vulnerable get the foo...
19 March 2020
The Chinese oil giant is offering customers a novel way to buy fresh food and grocery amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Buying grocery from a gas station with zero contact Sinopec Group, the world's largest oil refining conglomerate, started selling fresh produce in its gas stations through its convenience store banner, Easy Joy, in February. The move comes as online retailers, s...
19 March 2020
We review Couche-Tard’s third quarter performance and the range of growth initiatives which underpinned its strong set of results. Key numbers Total merchandise and service revenues up 2.6% to $4.3bn Same-store sales up 4.2% in Canada, 3.0% in the US and 2.1% in Europe Operating income up 4.0% to $868.5m Net earnings up 7.8% to $659.9m Optimising the Circle K brand This ...