Retail and consumer goods industry news

21 January 2020
Amazon is due to roll out 10,000 electric delivery vehicles in India by 2025, in a bid to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Over 20 cities The fully electric vehicles (EVs), which are a combination of three-wheeled rickshaws and four-wheeled vehicles, will be operating this year in over 20 cities, including Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Coimbatore. The mo...
21 January 2020
Google has launched a new feature with the purpose of making it easier to shop from search results. The retailer has also entered an agreement to acquire Pointy, a company that helps local retailers list their product inventory online. Updating Google Search experience Google has enhanced the shopping experience on its Google Search function on mobile. Previously, the retailer enabled shopp...
21 January 2020
7-Eleven, Inc. is set to acquire more than 100 independently run 7-Eleven stores, all of which are located in the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Store network to exceed 9,700 after acquisition At the end of November 2019, 7-Eleven, Inc in North America (U.S and Canada) had 9,631 stores (including franchised and directly operated stores). The deal is expected to close in 60-90 days...
21 January 2020
The John Lewis Partnership has named Rupert Thomas as the Director of Food & Grocery across both its Waitrose supermarkets and John Lewis department stores.  The new role has been created as part of the new 'Future Partnership' structure that aims to bring the two brands together in a single operation for the first time, and sees a single executive team replacing the existing separate ones as of ...
21 January 2020
The Chinese State Council has identified another 24 cities for large scale cross-border ecommerce, as ecommerce trade between China and other nations is growing rapidly. Favourable policy to support growth These 24 new cities include Shijiazhuang in Hebei province, Fuzhou in Fujian province, and Yantai in Shandong province. In addition to the 35 that have previously been established, cross-...
21 January 2020
Asda has become the first UK supermarket to roll out a one-hour click and collect service, according to reports from The Grocer. Express Click & Collect At the end of 2019, Asda launched trials of its Express Click & Collect service at its Killingbeck and Middleton stores. The retailer will now expand this initiative to further stores, with 25 offering the service by February. Hundreds of s...
21 January 2020
Amazon is set to launch Marketplace in the Netherlands later this year, making products from Dutch and international sellers available to customers. Registration for third-party sellers Amazon has operated a website in the Netherlands since 2014, where it has since sold books. As well as this, customers in the Netherlands have been able to shop on Amazon’s German website using a Dutch langu...
21 January 2020
Système U’s first ever pedestrian drive opened on 14 January 2020 in Montpellier, in southern France. A test for Système U The pedestrian drive opened in the centre of Montpellier, opposite a Monoprix store.  It is owned and managed by the owners of the Castelnau-le-Lez supermarket, in the outskirts of Montpellier. Shoppers will have access to the 15,000 products available on Système U ecom...
21 January 2020
Morrisons has promoted group marketing and customer director Andy Atkinson to be its next commercial director and David Lepley to group retail director. Andy Atkinson promoted As group commercial director Andy Atkinson will be responsible for the company's trading and manufacturing business. He joined Morrrisons in 2011 and has held a variety of roles including trading director and own bran...
21 January 2020
As Auchan announces new plans as it looks to turn around its performance in France, the retailer has opened a new format in the Ukraine. Retailer looks to save money to invest in its operations… Auchan announced 677 voluntary redundancies, which is about 17% of the total at its head office. The redundancies are part of a plan to save €1.1 bn by 2022, which it aims to reinvest in other parts...