North America news & analysis

10 July 2020
Costco's sales continue to improve, with net sales in June up 11.1% to $16.18bn. This reflects the shift towards one big shop and Costco's strength in this area. Strong growth across its markets The performance in June builds on the progress made in May, when net sales increased 7.5% to $12.6bn. During the month of June, sales were up in all regions, with the US growing by 11%, Canada up 8....
09 July 2020
Asda is partnering with Uber Eats to offer grocery delivery in 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Uber is also launching an on-demand delivery service in Latin America and Canada. Asda trial Asda is launching a trial with Uber Eats from its stores in Leeds (Pudsey) and Birmingham (Barnes Hill). Customers will be able to order, with no minimum spend, from more than 300 own-brand products and branded ...
09 July 2020
We bring you the latest media and marketing news from Kroger. Advancing 'Fresh for Everyone' campaign Kroger is partnering with an integrated media agency to support its 'Fresh for Everyone' campaign, which was launched last year. The brand transformation campaign aimed to bring Kroger's strategy to life and reinforce its food first credentials. The agency selected, Dentsu Aegis Network, wi...
07 July 2020
As well as offering delivery from convenience stores, on-demand restaurant delivery company, DoorDash, has launched dark convenience stores in the US, according to reports from Medium.com/HNGRY. Delivery of over 2,000 items DoorDash’s dark stores are used to fulfil pickup and delivery orders and, according to the report, are operating under “The Convenience Store” brand. Customers can choos...
03 July 2020
US-based Wegmans is permanently closing all its Pub by Wegmans locations, having temporarily closed them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pivoting towards fast-casual, pickup and delivery Wegmans operated 12 ‘Pub’ restaurants within its stores, offering a casual dining experience and adult beverages. Moving forward, the retailer will focus on fast-casual solutions, including in-store, for pick...
02 July 2020
One of the key trends of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the surge in sales for large CPG suppliers, with a significant presence in core, centre-store categories. Conagra Brands has identified 12 consumer behaviours centred on re-discovery and discovery that are fuelling the growth of its brands. Growth across the portfolio Conagra Brands delivered strong growth in Q4, with organic sales up ...
02 July 2020
We look at three new initiatives from Walmart, arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and consider what they mean for its longer-term strategy. 1. New cashier-free model Updating on an initiative which launched last month, Walmart has shared more details on its cashier-free test in Fayetteville, USA . The retailer has adopted a unique layout in the checkout area, removing the traditiona...
01 July 2020
Amazon announced it has signed an agreement to acquire California-based autonomous driving startup, Zoox. Autonomous driving technology Zoox launched in 2014 with the aim of developing zero-emissions vehicles designed for autonomous ride-hailing. Amazon has agreed to acquire the startup in a deal reported to be worth more than $1bn. Zoox will continue to be led by its CEO, Aicha Evans, and ...
01 July 2020
The retailer announced the opening of its 27th store last week. It is Sam Club’s second store in the city of Ningbo, demonstrating the retailer’s commitment and confidence in its development plan in China. Pleasant shopping environment Same as other Sam’s Club stores, this new store has spacious environment. Aisles are nine metres high and three metres wide. Shopping carts with two child ...
30 June 2020
We review Couche-Tard’s fourth quarter performance and its outlook as it navigates the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key numbers Fourth quarter merchandise and service revenues fell 2.6% to $3.2bn Same-store merchandise revenues fell 6.5% in Europe and 0.5% in the US, while Canada saw a 4.7% increase Fourth quarter operating income increased 87.6% to $769.7m Full year ...