North America news & analysis

21 February 2013
Following Asda's results presentation, we draw out the five key themes that we believe will drive growth for Asda in 2013. Investing for customers in a tough market: "EDLP is in our DNA" This was one of the core elements of Asda's focus in 2012 and in particular in Q4, and this will remain a key priority in 2013. At the results session, Andy Clarke explained "our customers continue to tell ...
18 February 2013
Building on an internal test in 2012, The Denver Channel has reported that Walmart is now testing its scan and go app with shoppers in around 40 stores in Colorado. Customer test builds on earlier internal evaluation Last September, Walmart employees at a supercentre in Rogers, Arkansas, participated in a test which enabled them to use their own smartphones to scan their shopping. It now...
15 February 2013
In an interview with Les Echos, Costco France’s Country Manager, Gary Swindells, has outlined the retailer’s ambition to build a network of 15 outlets in the country over the next five to ten years. France market entry part of broader European growth strategy The retailer’s first outlet in France is expected to open in Bussy-Saint Georges, Paris, in 2015, marking Costco’s first expansi...
14 February 2013
Whole Foods Market’s first quarter sales, for the 16 weeks to January 20, increased by 13.7%, with comparable store sales up 7.2%. Net income over the period increased by 24.3%. Strong performance although growth rates ease slightly Whole Foods Market has delivered another quarter of strong sales and earnings growth, extending its industry leading performance of the last two years.  The re...
14 February 2013
Meier is investing $160m in its store estate this year, with plans to open six new supercentres and complete five major store remodels. New flagship to test future concepts Meijer’s plans this year will also include the construction of a new flagship store. The retailer will be remodeling its Knapp’s Corner store in Grand Rapids to test some new elements that could form the basis of futur...
11 February 2013
Having promoted Joseph Magnacca to Executive Vice President on February 1st, Walgreens has announced his departure from the company. Critical role in company strategy The final role held by Mr Magnacca before his departure was that of President of Daily Living Products and Solutions. Joseph Magnacca was credited with being the driving force behind the Duane Reade urban model which included...
11 February 2013
At IGD we keep a close eye on innovation and developments in our  industry.  Here are our latest top picks from around the world.  McCain multi-sensory bus stop ads When McCain launched its new Ready Baked Jackets, it created 3D bus stop adverts containing heating elements. As people activated them, they released  the smell of slow-baked jacket potatoes. The posters were located at bus  shel...
07 February 2013
Brazilian drugstore operator Drogaria Onofre has been acquired by the US chain CVS Caremark, for an undisclosed amount.  CVS's first international acquisition This acquisition was hinted at in local US media back in December 2012, when the press said that CVS could buy a stake of around 80% in the Brazilian chain.  CVS's chief executive, Larry Merlo, was quoted: "We view Brazil as an a...
07 February 2013
We highlight the stores you’ve looked at the most on Retail Analysis in January Aldi, Atherstone, UK : an increasingly potent format Source: IGD research With the discount channel growing rapidly, this store demonstrates many of the reasons why discounters are trading so successfully. The store has developed its product range through investing in NPD acr...
06 February 2013
You might have heard of 'gamification' – it's becoming an industry buzzword as consumer goods companies use it to engage with shoppers, reward loyalty and gain a competitive edge. We explain how it's developing and how it could help keep your businesses agile. What is 'gamification'? Gamification, in simple terms, is applying the principles of video or computer games to other contexts. Th...