Retail and consumer goods industry news

04 December 2020
Walgreens and VillageMD to open 40 more co-owned clinics, while the retailer establishes the Walgreens Advertising Group to support suppliers and Boots appoints a new Chief Marketing Officer. 40 new Village Medical to open at Walgreens clinics Walgreens and VillageMD plan to open 40 more Village Medical at Walgreens full-service primary care clinics by the end of summer 2021 as part of its ...
04 December 2020
PayPoint, the service platform operated by many UK convenience retailers, has released results for six months to 30 September showing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the business and the changed missions of shoppers in convenience stores.  Despite resilience in some areas of PayPoint's activities, especially B2B services such as EPoS and card payment solutions, revenue from its B2C serv...
04 December 2020
7-Eleven has launched 7-Eleven Wallet app to allow customers to add cash into the 7-Eleven app and pay for items from their mobile phones. A service to encourage more cashless transactions Cash can only be loaded (without a transaction fee) at the cash register in-store, but other payment methods such as debit, credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and prepaid 7-Eleven gift cards can be loade...
03 December 2020
Central England Co-op is trialling a scan and go app, created by Ubamarket, at its Spies Lane store in Halesowen.  Scan, pay, go The trial is part of the retailer’s efforts to make the shopping experience easier, quicker, and safer for shoppers. On entering the store, shoppers can download the app, scan items as they shop, and pay digitally without having to queue at a checkout. The tria...
03 December 2020
Foodpanda and the global convenience store chain 7-Eleven have formed a partnership, which will see 2,500 7-Eleven stores across Southeast Asia added to the delivery firm’s app. A partnership that underscores Foodpanda’s dual focus The delivery service will be rolled out in four countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines. An average of 1,000 SKUs will be shoppable from the a...
03 December 2020
Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda and Aldi have followed Tesco’s lead in deciding to repay business rates relief received from the UK government and devolved administrations during the pandemic. The moves follow criticism of food retailers taking advantage of the scheme while also being able to trade throughout the crisis. Repaying the tax breaks will make it easier for these retailers to pay dividend...
03 December 2020
As excitement builds, despite a different feel to Christmas this year, we share three initiatives that focus on offering ease, value, and support to local communities during the season. Hassle-free Christmas food box Food boxes have become increasingly popular in 2020, providing shoppers with a one-stop solution for celebrating seasonal events at home. To appeal to customers on a plant-base...
03 December 2020
Eroski introduced a new range of organic fruit and vegetables, which are available online and in store. Meanwhile, Caprabo is reinforcing its support for local proximity and has updated 60% of its stores in 2020, while, finally, Spain has seen an increase in demand for food delivery services since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eroski launches new organic fresh range Eroski has add...
03 December 2020
As Carrefour launches live shopping sessions and its Supeco banner adds an online store, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour launches live shopping sessions To market its toy range, Carrefour is to partner with Redpill & and its subsidiary Quidol to launch a live shopping campaign. The companies have said there are three live shopping events, which will be compered by presenters w...
03 December 2020
Major UK and international forecourt retailer EG Group is launching the first phase of its new partnership with US sweet bakery brand Cinnabon.  On 4 December it will open the first of a number of central bakery sites in the UK, which will act as supply hubs for up to 50 Cinnabon units on EG sites across the country.  In the long term EG plans to grow this network to 150 units. Central bakerie...