Retail and consumer goods industry news


19 July 2019
The subsidiary of Woolworths has announced the first batch of stores to close next year. Three store closures in the same city The first three of about 30 Big W stores to close over the next three years are all in Sydney - Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield. There would have been some cannibalisation between the stores as they are in close proximity to each other. These three stores will shu...
19 July 2019
Following on from its partnership with Carrefour , which covers France, Argentina, Italy and Spain, Glovo has announced it is expanding in Kenya too. New partnerships follow market entry in Q1 2019 Glovo entered Kenya in January 2019 and has since been adding new partners in the country. In this new wave of partnerships Glovo said it had tied up with Naivas Supermarket, Zucchini Greengro...
19 July 2019
The retailer has sold four stores, and is closing a further three as it focusing on long-term profitability. Seven stores to close Waitrose has sold its Bromley, Oadby and Wollaton stores to Lidl, and has also sold its Sandhurst store to an unnamed retailer. Stores in Marlow, Stevenage Waterside (British Airways Headquarters) will also close. The 677 Partners impacted by the closures ...
18 July 2019
Kroger’s data-science division, 84.51°, has launched a new analytics solution to help branded suppliers better position their products with consumers, in-store and online. Single view of in-store and online performance The new tool, Stratum, has been developed to help Kroger’s branded suppliers gain new insights into product performance. Given Kroger’s broad reach, Stratum will be fuelled w...
18 July 2019
Having reported a strong fourth quarter, capping off an excellent year for the business, we look at the prospects for Circle K’s operator, Couche-Tard, over the next 12 months. Underlying business strength The strength of Couche-Tard’s business is underlined by its same-store sales performance in Q4, with merchandise revenues increasing by 3.4% in the US, 4.2% in Canada and by 4.7% in Europ...
18 July 2019
We look at some of the latest ecommerce initiatives in the US as retailers develop alternative fulfilment models. Store fulfillment: Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food rolling out grocery pickup With many of the leading US grocery retailers focusing on developing their delivery capabilities last year, store-based pickup has become a growing focus this year. This month, Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food ...
18 July 2019
Brazilian retailer GPA, part of the Casino Group, plans to open its first store testing advanced payment technologies including facial recognition and “scan & go” in 2019. This will be trialled in a Minuto Pão de Açúcar convenience store in São Paulo and the business expects it to open before December. The technology has been developed by Microsoft. The initiative is in line with GPA’s wider...
18 July 2019
Buying director James Bailey is to leave Sainsbury's as the retailer continues its restructure of its fresh food department, according to industry sources. Departure as new fresh food unit created The move follows Sainsbury's decision to split its fresh food department in two, separating out a new business unit for 'value added' food, including food-to-go, bakery, counters and concessions, ...
18 July 2019
Waitrose is rolling out new multicoloured recycled trays for its ready meals in an attempt to eliminate the usage of unrecyclable black plastic by the end of this year. To save 500 tons of plastic from going to landfill The colour of the new trays is determined based on the type of recycled plastic being used to produce them, mainly mixed PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and other c...
18 July 2019
Amazon Prime Day started on 15 th July this year, and lasted for 48 hours, the longest Prime Day so far. The event was the largest sales day in Amazon history, with more than one million exclusive deals for Prime members. Biggest shopping event in Amazon history Prime Day is Amazon’s summer sales event, where Prime members in various countries are offered exclusive discounts on more than o...