Retail and consumer goods industry news


14 November 2019
Asda has posted a 0.5% decline in like-for-like retail sales for the three months to September 30th and highlighted how uncertainty about Brexit is impacting shopper confidence. The drop in sales represents a slight deterioration on performance in the first half of 2019 when sales declined by 0.3% (Q1 was -1.1% and Q2 +0.5%, with quarterly trends impacted by the timing of Easter). 'Doing the r...
14 November 2019
In the US, Amazon has made significant improvements to its grocery offer. Amazon usually launches new initiatives in the US and then replicates elsewhere, so these developments might provide a guide for your market. There are three key reasons Amazon is prioritising the US. It’s Amazon’s largest market, it’s estimated it has over 100m Prime members, it delivered $160bn net sales (68% o...
14 November 2019
We review Walmart's third quarter results and the outlook as it moves into its most important trading period. Walmart's key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q3 increased by 2.5% to $128.0bn Sales in its US stores increased by 3.2% and by 0.7% at Sam’s Club US comp store sales increased by 3.2%, and by 6.6% on a two-year stacked basis US ecommerce sales increased 41% Sam’s C...
14 November 2019
Chinese consumers embraced voice ordering during this year’s global shopping festival. More than one million orders were placed through Alibaba’s Tmall Genie smart speakers on Monday 11th November. Growing popularity of smart speakers Voice ordering has become an increasingly popular way of shopping in China. Orders of grocery and household items placed through voice command on the 11th Nov...
14 November 2019
FamilyMart in Japan has confirmed it will introduce a new policy from March next year, giving its franchise owners the option to close during late-night hours. New policy will cover nearly 16,000 stores FamilyMart has been reviewing its around-the-clock store policy, testing shorter opening hours at approx. 700 stores in Japan. The retailer has now confirmed that it will roll this out acr...
14 November 2019
John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners are the latest retailers to launch their 2019 Christmas ad. Iceland For Iceland's Christmas 2019 campaign 'The Magic of Frozen', the retailer has partnered with Disney's Frozen, ahead of the release of Frozen 2 at the end of November. The ad uses several characters from the Disney film, with each sharing their favourite part of Christmas. ...
14 November 2019
Sánchez Romero has revealed a new supermarket model, to launch in Madrid. Meanwhile, Ahorramás has launched a new supermarket model to emphasize its specialities. Carrefour highlights its progress in the organic category. Separately, El Corte Inglés secured a place in the Caleido Complex in 2020 and will launch a new brand image for the development.  Sánchez Romero creates a new supermarket mo...
14 November 2019
Globally retailers are building their sustainable initiatives to reduce their environmental impact. We look at how five retailers are reducing the use of single use plastic. Kaufland reduces plastic on meat packaging Germany-based Kaufland announced its commitment to sustainability is a key focus for it. The retailer has targets set to achieve a reduction of its own plastic consumption of 2...
13 November 2019
We review Loblaw’s third quarter performance and its plans to drive stronger growth in its food business. Top line results Loblaw’s third quarter retail revenue increased by 2.2% to $14.4bn. Revenue through its drugstores increased by 4.3% with food retail revenue up 1.5%. On a same-store sales basis, drug retail was up 4.1% and food retail up 0.1%, or by 1.0% accounting for the shift in th...
13 November 2019
Albertsons is terminating the subscription service for its Plated meal kits range. As part of its future plans for the brand, it will aim to build a stronger in-store presence. Expanded Plated offer over the last two years Albertsons acquired Plated in a deal reported to be worth $200m in 2017, at the height of the industry’s interest in subscription-based meal kit programmes. Over the last...