North America news & analysis

01 February 2021
Loblaw has launched its partnership with Loop, the circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle, to offer a range products in refillable packaging. Offering branded and private label products Having announced the partnership in 2019, Loblaw has initially launched in the Ontario market. Customers can shop for a range of food and household products in refillable packaging, including ic...
28 January 2021
Walmart is rebranding its in-house media business, Walmart Media Group, to Walmart Connect, as it expands its focus across digital and physical platforms. Three focus areas Growing its media business is a strategic focus for Walmart as part of its goal to develop alternative revenue and profit streams. With over 150m weekly customers, Walmart Connect will aim to optimise the retailer’s phys...
28 January 2021
Building on its existing automated micro-fulfillment partnership with Alert Innovation, Walmart is scaling up its programme through engaging with a broader range of partners including Dematic and Fabric. Improving availability, speed and efficiencies Walmart started piloting the micro-fulfillment concept at its store in Salem, New Hampshire, in 2019, using an automated solution in partnersh...
26 January 2021
As one of the key CPG suppliers impacted by the pandemic, Kimberly-Clark has outlined its outlook for the year ahead and the three key levers which will underpin growth as it cycles strong comparable sales from 2020. Net sales growth of 4-6% in 2021 Fourth quarter sales increased 5.5% to $4.8bn, contributing to a solid year for the company, with full year sales up 3.7% to $19.1bn. During th...
25 January 2021
Kroger and Ocado have confirmed Phoenix, Arizona as the location for one of its 10 announced Customer Fulfillment Centres (CFC). We look at where the two companies will be aiming to grow their share of the US online grocery market. Supporting Fry's and Fry's Marketplace banners Last year, Kroger announced that it would open new facilities in the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and Southwest ...
22 January 2021
P&G reported a strong second quarter, reflecting pandemic-driven demand for its brands. Although there is a degree of uncertainty and volatility associated with its expectations for the second half, the business is confident that it will benefit from shifts driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales guidance raised despite second half uncertainty Second quarter sales increased by 8%, driven by ...
21 January 2021
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
20 January 2021
Following a relative reluctance to develop its ecommerce business to include a store pickup service, Costco is testing a curbside model at stores in New Mexico, USA. Optimising its partnership with Instacart Although Costco has operated an online non-food business for several years, it wasn’t until 2017 that it started to offer a grocery-focused service. Launching three and a half years ago...
20 January 2021
Autonomous, or checkout free, store concepts have been gaining ground over the last few years, with companies piloting different models. This has accelerated since the start of the pandemic as retailers look to develop contactless and frictionless solutions. We highlight four which have recently launched, or are set to make their debut, in North America. 1. CIBO Express, Newark Airport, New Yo...
18 January 2021
With health and wellness the focus for many retailers at the start of the year, we look at three new initiatives from North America. These are centred on helping consumers make healthier choices, access specialist information, and track progress on their healthy eating journeys. USA: Hy-Vee launches virtual dietitian platform The new platform, Healthie, from Midwest-based Hy-Vee, enables cu...