USA news

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...
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 ...
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...
18 January 2021
Having entered in preliminary discussions around a potential transaction, these have now ended, with Carrefour and Couche-Tard switching their focus to explore opportunities for operational partnerships. Opposition to any deal The discussions had been initiated by Couche-Tard’s “friendly approach” to Carrefour with the objective of acquiring the France-based retailer. However, these d...
15 January 2021
Marc Lore, president and CEO, Walmart US ecommerce, is leaving the business at the end of January. He will remain as a strategic advisor to the retailer until the end of September. Transformed Walmart’s ecommerce operations Lore joined Walmart in 2016 as part of the acquisition of Jet.com, the ecommerce business he founded. In addition to being able to optimise the capabilities of Jet.com, ...
14 January 2021
Canada's Couche-Tard, which operates the Circle K chain of convenience stores globally, has submitted a non-binding offer letter to Carrefour for a "friendly combination" at a price of EURO 20 per share, in a US$20bn deal. The terms of the transaction are under discussion, but there can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction. Retail’s d...
14 January 2021
We look at Target’s performance in November and December and the impact of its digital operations on sales growth. Holiday sales key numbers Comparable sales in November and December increased 17.2% Traffic increased 4.3%, with average ticket up 12.3% Store comparable store sales increased 4.2% Digital comparable sales increased 102% Traffic and basket size up Target fin...