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16 April 2020
Amazon is set to temporarily suspend all non-essential deliveries in the country, as reported by Reuters. Closure of six warehouses The retailer will close its six warehouses in France until at least 20 April, following a court order to limit deliveries to essential products, including food and medical supplies. According to the report, Amazon will use a state partial-unemployment scheme...
16 April 2020
Coundown has launched its first darkstore in Auckland, helping the retailer meet the growing demand for ecommerce in the country's largest city. New centre will meet rapidly growing demand Even before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) surge in demand for online grocery deliveries, New Zealand was experiencing some rapid growth in the online channel. The new 8,800 sq m darkstore in Penrose will hel...
15 April 2020
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requiring shoppers globally to remain at home, retailers exhausting online order capacity, and rationalising ranges, now is the time for businesses to use online to sell directly to consumers (D2C). Demand is so high for online ordering and home delivery, that the cost to acquire and retain shoppers, a key barrier to launching a D2C operation, is current...
15 April 2020
In response to the high demand for its existing online grocery services in Quebec and British Columbia, Sobeys is accelerating the planned launch of its Voilà service in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Initial testing planned for end of April The Voilà by Sobeys service is being developed in partnership with UK-based Ocado and will be the retailer’s first ecommerce business in the Ontario m...
14 April 2020
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) three months ago, retailers in China have responded with urgency and empathy as the situation evolves - we will continue to update this article with the latest developments... w/e 12 April updates The country has lifted lockdown measures by end of March and is working return to a state approaching normalcy : Alibaba helping differ...
14 April 2020
The retailer will open a new store in Suzhou, an eastern city near Shanghai. It will the company’s third location in the country. Expanding presence and targeting middle class shoppers The retailer is planning for a warehouse store with a floor area of more than 50,000 sq m in Suzhou New District.  It opened its first store  in Shanghai in August last year. Earlier this year, the re...
14 April 2020
We round up some of initiatives SPAR International’s partners have rolled out to limit the impact of COVID-19 on shoppers, staff and their operations. SPAR Albania SPAR Albania has introduced a home delivery solution to support shoppers in Tirana and Durrës Shoppers can order via WhatsApp, Viber or by telephone Shoppers can choose from a selection of three types of solution Supe...
14 April 2020
We look at some of the latest developments from Amazon in the US as it looks to address the challenges created by coronavirus. Waiting list for new customers Amazon has created a waiting list for new Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market delivery and pickup customers. The retailer is temporarily asking customers to sign up for an invitation to use its online grocery delivery and pickup soluti...
09 April 2020
The on-demand crowd-sourced grocery delivery service, Instacart, has introduced two new options to offer customers added convenience. Scaling up at pace Instacart has experienced significant demand for its service during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The company, which works with over 250 retailers in the US and Canada to pick and deliver online grocery orders, recently announced pla...
09 April 2020
New developments for retailers in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria. South Africa: Pick n Pay adds automatic grocery delivery service After a successful pilot in 2019, Pick n Pay has launched an automatic delivery service to all online shoppers. The service, Grocery Genius, provides shoppers with an easy and convenient way to restock their groceries. Shoppers can set the deliveries to automa...