Retail and consumer goods industry news

04 March 2013
Waitrose has announced that it intends to add 400 lines to its entry level essential Waitrose range in 2013. Enhancing choice for value conscious shoppers The move will see the entry level range that was launched in March 2009 expanded to 2,200 lines, with new products introduced to both existing categories and to new areas of non-food. In total 700 lines will be new or improved in 2013. Val...
04 March 2013
Asda is set to launch its smallest store yet, a pop-up store on wheels, that is essentially a mobile PoS display and checkout. Asda Anywhere The Asda Anywhere stores were unveiled with the recent Asda results and are set to be trialled later this year. According to Andrew George, Asda CMO, the new stores will allow Asda to sell "a range of Asda products anywhere, from central London t...
01 March 2013
Aldi Australia has launched its first lunchbox initiative, which is designed to help parents put together a nutritious lunchbox for their children. Creating balanced lunchboxes Aldi Australia has teamed up with Healthy Kids Association to create this new initiative that provides users with the information and support they need to create a lunchbox with a high nutritional content. A bold...
01 March 2013
South Africa-based Massmart, in which Walmart has a stake, has said that during the six month period ending 23 December sales rose by 14.7% to ZAR36.2 billion. Growth seen across all operations The company said that comparable sales were up by 7.3% during the timeframe, aided by an average inflation rate of 3.7%. At a divisional level, Massmart said that its Massdiscounters division had seen ...
01 March 2013
Speaking to Netherlands-based newspaper De Volkskrant, Ahold’s chief executive, Dick Boer, has said that the company is looking to ‘strongly expand’ the number of Pick Up Points it operates. Expansion in Netherlands… Boer said that the company was investigating opportunities for an expansion in the number of Pick Up Points in the Netherlands , driven by the positive results it had seen in ...
01 March 2013
Edeka's Netto Marken-Discount stores are revising their ranges and offers in health & beauty and homecare categories, starting on 2 March 2013. High customer demand for ranges Under the strapline "mehr Drogerie für Sie" (more drugstore for you), Netto Marken-Discount will expand its ranges, both in private label and branded items, as it seeks to offer customers a one-stop shop.  The pr...
01 March 2013
Qatar-based Al Meera has announced that it has completed the acquisition of UAE-based Al Safeer’s operations in Oman, marking Al Meera’s first entry outside its home market. Acquisition to add five stores to Al Meera’s portfolio The purchase of Al Safeer’s operations in Oman will see Al Meera acquire five stores in the market. The two hypermarkets and three supermarkets generated sales in the...
28 February 2013
Morrisons is launching a children's clothing range, called Nutmeg, next month. A significant new range for Morrisons The childrenswear range, comprising 500 items, will go into 100 stores starting in March, and marks a step forward for Morrisons and a move into new territory. Clearly, childrens clothing ranges have been very successful for many of Morrisons competitors, meeting an important ...
28 February 2013
Woolworths has released its half year results for the period ending 31 December 2012, with group EBIT for continuing operations up 6.1% to AU$1,934.7m and net profits after tax for continuing operations before significant items up 5.5% to AU$1,247.2m. All business divisions contributed to EBIT growth with Australian and New Zealand supermarkets' EBIT growth recorded at 6.0% and 8.9% respect...
28 February 2013
From recent time spent in-store at Carrefour, here are our four insights on how its domestic hypermarket strategy is evolving. Pricing message is clearly and consistently made The company’s pricing message was communicated in-store through a wide range of initiatives that enabled shoppers to save money. It was clear from our visit that Carrefour’s new chief executive’s strategy of focusing ...