Convenience news

15 December 2020
Following a year-long trial, major UK convenience retailer McColl’s has announced that it is to extend its delivery partnership with Uber Eats to 400 stores by the end of March 2021.  With the service customers will be able to order from a range of 500 convenience products including groceries, soft drinks, confectionery, snacks, beer, wine, toiletries and household goods, all for delivery in as l...
15 December 2020
Femsa Comercio operates over 19,000 OXXO convenience stores across Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Peru, making it the largest grocery store chain in Latin America. On December 1, Grupo Nós,  a joint venture between Raízen and Femsa Comercio, opened the first OXXO convenience store in Brazil. Source: Raízen OXXO stores are 100sq. m (on average). Femsa’s strategy for the banner was to ope...
14 December 2020
Co-op has announced plans to replace its entire fleet of fossil-powered home delivery vans with electric versions. 200 diesel vans phased out by 2025 The move indicates Co-op’s commitment to accelerate zero emissions deliveries and reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2025. The retailer intends to use initially Renault Kangoo EVs. However, the choice of model might change...
10 December 2020
Major UK convenience retailer, McColl’s has announced a trading update for its full year (53 weeks) to 29 November 2020.  Boosted by a strong local focus amongst UK shoppers through the pandemic episode, McColl’s community-based store estate has benefited since March from strong sales in alcohol, fresh food and tobacco, driving a 12% like-for-like uplift for the business.  Though moderating sligh...
07 December 2020
Renewable energy specialist Gridserve, the operator behind the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm at Clayhill in Bedfordshire (opened in 2017), has opened the first of 100 planned electric forecourts, located just off the A131 near Braintree in Essex.  The facility will now enable up to 36 electric vehicles to charge at a time, offering high power chargers delivering up to 350 kW and allowing mot...
07 December 2020
Finland's Kesko has grown its market share by 5% since 2014 and has doubled its operating margin during the same period. In this article, we share insight and videos from its recent virtual Capital Markets Day on what’s driving its outperformance and its strategic priorities. Six key market trends President and CEO Mikko Helander began the Capital Markets Day event by highlighting that Ke...
04 December 2020
PayPoint, the service platform operated by many UK convenience retailers, has released results for six months to 30 September showing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the business and the changed missions of shoppers in convenience stores.  Despite resilience in some areas of PayPoint's activities, especially B2B services such as EPoS and card payment solutions, revenue from its B2C serv...
04 December 2020
7-Eleven has launched 7-Eleven Wallet app to allow customers to add cash into the 7-Eleven app and pay for items from their mobile phones. A service to encourage more cashless transactions Cash can only be loaded (without a transaction fee) at the cash register in-store, but other payment methods such as debit, credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and prepaid 7-Eleven gift cards can be loade...
03 December 2020
Central England Co-op is trialling a scan and go app, created by Ubamarket, at its Spies Lane store in Halesowen.  Scan, pay, go The trial is part of the retailer’s efforts to make the shopping experience easier, quicker, and safer for shoppers. On entering the store, shoppers can download the app, scan items as they shop, and pay digitally without having to queue at a checkout. The tria...
03 December 2020
Foodpanda and the global convenience store chain 7-Eleven have formed a partnership, which will see 2,500 7-Eleven stores across Southeast Asia added to the delivery firm’s app. A partnership that underscores Foodpanda’s dual focus The delivery service will be rolled out in four countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines. An average of 1,000 SKUs will be shoppable from the a...