North America news & analysis

05 February 2021
American football’s Super Bowl is one of the largest sporting events globally. With almost 200m viewers, the game is major event in both the sporting and social calendars of Americans. While one of the largest advertising opportunities for major brands, including theatrical in-store execution displays, this year retailers and suppliers are adjusting their approaches, reflecting key pandemic theme...
05 February 2021
Last month, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. While it is still early, we are already seeing new proof-points in support of our views. Acqusitions supporting physical expansion recovery Physical expansion in convenience retail is much more fluid compared to larger formats. While this has slowed since the pandemic, plans that were pl...
04 February 2021
In closing a strong year with organic sales growth of 6.3% in 2020, Hershey outlined how it’s planning to deliver net sales growth of 2-4% in 2021, especially given the tough comparables it will face in the first half. 1. Go big to win the seasons From Easter onwards, Hershey optimised its capabilities, particularly in supply chain and retail execution to make strong share gains with season...
04 February 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a challenge, but also an opportunity to accelerate development for discounters. In several markets with high penetration of online, such as the UK, the lack of ecommerce proved to be a weakness for the discount channel. However, the value proposition of the channel resonated well with increasingly savvier shoppers, ensuring footfall and sales remained strong. ...
04 February 2021
Uber announced it is to acquire alcohol delivery service Drizly in a deal worth $1.1 bn. Integrated into Uber’s system Drizly, which launched in 2021, acts as an online delivery storefront for local alcohol merchants. It operates in more than 1,400 cities across the US. After the acquisition is completed, Drizly will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Uber. Drizly’s marketplace will be ...
04 February 2021
Early year initiatives suggest we’re on-track with our North American retail trends outlook for 2021. It might be a little early to mark our success, but we’re already seeing new proof-points in support of our views. Outlined in our report, North America retail outlook 2021 , we highlight new initiatives which have emerged since the start of the year to reinforce the trends we identified....
03 February 2021
Amazon is rolling out its biometric device, Amazon One, to more of its physical stores. Amazon One allows shoppers to enter the store and pay using their palm. Palm entry and payment Amazon One was launched in September 2020 as a convenient way for shoppers to use their palm to make everyday activities quicker and easier. Amazon One enables shoppers to complete steps like entering a locatio...
03 February 2021
Jeff Bezos to Stand down as CEO Amazon has announced that in the third quarter of 2021, Jeff Bezos will stand down as CEO and become Executive Chair. He’ll be replaced by Andy Jassy, currently CEO Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing division. Bezos was declared the world’s richest person in 2020 (Source: Bloomberg Billionaires Index), and will remain engaged in the Amazon business. Howeve...
02 February 2021
With a consumer and foodservice portfolio focused on flavourings, McCormick has been well-positioned to capitalise on the pandemic-driven growth in home cooking. We look at why it expects this to persist, even when the pandemic ends. Pandemic-driven demand Global demand for flavour remains the foundation of its sales growth. The business plans to continue capitalising on the switch to eatin...
02 February 2021
With a strong fourth quarter rounding off a great year, Colgate-Palmolive’s chairman, president and CEO, Noel Wallace, has outlined how investing in innovation, productivity and capabilities will enable it to build on the momentum of 2020 in the year ahead and beyond. Forecasting organic sales growth of 3-5% in 2021 For 2021, the company is planning for organic sales growth of 3-5%, with co...