Colombia news

04 June 2020
Rapid delivery services have been present in Latin America for around a decade, although the most successful start-ups launched in 2014 and 2015. Through a range of providers customers can order fast-food, restaurant meals, groceries, medicine, and more and have these delivered by courier in under an hour. Evolving region creating opportunity for rapid delivery services Latin America’s ci...
14 May 2020
Grupo Éxito (part of French retail group Casino) has reported net sales of COP2.9 tn (US$744m) for Q1. This represents sales growth of 9.4%, or 5.3% ex-COVID-19. Same-store sales (SSS) grew by 9.6% in the quarter. Grupo Éxito has seen positive sales growth over the last 18 months, which has been largely driven by the solid performance of its latest store formats, as well as omnichannel growth....
01 May 2020
Less than a year after closing its online operations in Brazil, DIA has partnered with online food deliverer iFood to reintroduce a delivery service in the country. Similarly, in Argentina it has partnered with Pedidos Ya (Order Now) and Glovo, to cope with overwhelming demand for deliveries as a result of the lockdown. Latest DIA store design in São Paulo, Brazil Source: IGD Resea...
28 April 2020
In response to COVID-19, Rappi has partnered with Colombian technology business KiwiBot to trial using robots for last mile food deliveries. The aim is to fulfil safe food deliveries, which reduce face-to-face contact and, therefore, prevent spreading the virus further. To protect customers’ safety, the robots are thoroughly disinfected before and after each delivery. “We believe that by pa...
20 April 2020
On 13 April Grupo Éxito, the Colombian subsidiary of French retail group Casino, launched its “Compra y recoge” (buy and collect) initiative. Customers can make purchases either online or by telephone and arrange to collect their completed order in store free of charge. How does this different to regular click and collect? Éxito has offered click and collect for several years, but consideri...
17 April 2020
Colombia becomes the third country in Latin America to implement gender restrictions during the lockdown, after  Peru and Panama. ‘Peak and gender’ lockdown As of 13 April, the country’s capital city, Bogotá, has imposed a ‘peak and gender’ rule. The measure ordered by Bogotá’s mayor, Claudia López, enables men to leave the house on calendar days that are odd numbers, and women to leav...
30 March 2020
Colombian discount retailer D1 has formed alliances with two online delivery platforms, Mi Aguila and Picap, to offer customers home delivery during the coronavirus epidemic. Initially 2,000 motorcyclists from Picap’s Pimarket service will be used and close to 2,000 drivers from Mi Aguila (My Eagle). The alliances were launched in Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá, on Saturday 28 March and will ...
26 March 2020
Portuguese retail group Jerónimo Martins, owner of Colombia-based discount chain Ara, recently announced its 2019 results and detailed plans to open 130 new Ara stores in 2020. The business launched in Colombia just seven years ago and closed 2019 with 616 stores, with 85 (84 net) openings in 2019. Source: IGD Research Ara delivers solid 2019 results Ara reported total revenue of ...
13 March 2020
Mexican business FEMSA, which owns the OXXO convenience store chain, has reported sales of MXN184.8 bn (US$8.4 bn) for 2019 for its proximity division (it also owns health stores and gas stations). This figure, which includes all its proximity stores in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, represents a 10.4% year-on-year (YoY) increase. Same-store-sales (SSS) rose by an average of 5%, which was d...
25 February 2020
Grupo Éxito Colombia has reported net sales of COP11tn (US$3,273m) for 2019, a 4.2% growth year-on-year (YoY). This performance is mainly attributed to solid sales from its innovative Wow, FreshMarket and Surtimayorista formats, strong omnichannel growth (+37% YoY) and the opening of 29 new stores. Same-store-sales (SSS) were up 4% YoY, driven by the strong performance of its Éxito banner (where ...