Retail and consumer goods industry news

06 October 2022
The retailer has announced three key leadership changes in its Group. Leadership of Woolworths Food Company Guy Brent will be managing director of Woolworths Food Company (Woolworths own and exclusive brand food business), Greenstock (upstream meat business), the PFD Food services partnership and Australian Grocery Wholesalers. Brent has led the Woolworths Food Company since 2019 and had he...
05 October 2022
Through its partnership with quick commerce specialist Cornershop by Uber, Carrefour has added a new 15-minute delivery service in the city of São Paulo. Early stages of roll out The new service, called Carrefour Já, is selectable in the existing Cornershop by Uber app, but only in areas where the service is currently available. It was initially piloted in two stores back in July and expand...
05 October 2022
Although the cost-of-living crisis is impacting retailers’ current priorities, sustainability remains high on the agenda. New EU regulations are being considered to tackle deforestation, while retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and SPAR Austria continue to step up their efforts to reduce plastic packaging and food waste in a bid to increase cost efficiency. EU Deforestation Regulations ...
05 October 2022
Central Food Retail (CFR) has opened its first membership store, which focuses on premium imports in Thailand. Warehouse-style space with three zones Tops CLUB is behind Bangkok’s Central Rama 2 and has a selling space of 15,000 sq.m. It carries 3,500 products in five categories: dry grocery and beverage, fresh food, alcohol, general merchandising and household. 70% of the products are impo...
05 October 2022
As Tesco reports on its performance in H1, which showed Group sales, excluding VAT and fuel, rose 3.5% (at constant exchange rates) to £28.2 bn, I look at the five key numbers that stood out in the results. 1. UK like-for-like growth of 0.7% Versus recent announcements from Co-op and Morrisons , which saw them post like-for-like sales contractions of 0.7% and 3.1%, albeit for differe...
04 October 2022
The current cost-crisis, along with labour challenges, is leading to a new wave of automation at store level. We look at three recent innovations from Japan, Poland and the US. Replenishment: tackling Japan’s labour challenge In Japan, leading convenience store chain, FamilyMart, is partnering with Telexistence to install its AI robot, TX SCARA, in 300 stores. This has been developed ...
04 October 2022
As Deliveroo opens its first physical store, on New Oxford Street, I headed in-store to see how it integrates digital ordering and Morrisons products to offer near-immediate collection of orders. What is the Delivery Hop store? The Delivery Hop store enables shoppers to buy from digital kiosks or through the Deliveroo app. Walk-in shoppers can order through the digital kiosks or Deliveroo a...
04 October 2022
Indonesia-based HappyFresh, an on-demand grocery delivery provider, has streamlined its operations to focus on its domestic market, giving up its presence in Malaysia and Thailand. Restructuring towards a more streamlined business model HappyFresh was the first Instacart-style grocery delivery service to launch in Southeast Asia in 2014. Based in Indonesia, it expanded to Taiwan, Philippine...
03 October 2022
Speaking to an audience of over 900 suppliers in Manchester on 29 September, major convenience retailer Co-op has set out the future direction of its food business with a new strategic blueprint entitled ‘Pure Convenience’. Led by new Food Managing Director Matt Hood and the new-look senior team, with Adele Balmforth as Director of Proposition and Sinead Bell as Commercial Director, the business...
30 September 2022
As Tesco works with Ikea and toothpaste manufacturers on separate trials, we round up news from the retailer. Tesco and Ikea collaborate on collection points Ikea will trial click and collect points in car parks at seven Tesco stores as part of an expansion of its Collect Near You service. The retailers have said they will trial the solution for six months. Ikea shoppers will be able to col...