Retail and consumer goods industry news

10 June 2021
Although the net sales decline of 11% was in line with company expectations, Campbell’s faced increased margin pressure in the third quarter. We review how it plans to manage the impact of higher costs. Sticky consumer behaviours As the company cycled against the surge in demand at the start of the pandemic last year, it saw a significant impact on sales in Q3. However, 75% of its portfolio...
10 June 2021
Convenience retailer Circle K has introduced 100 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in its 140,000 square foot distribution centre in Hong Kong. AMRs provided by Geek+ Geek+ is a technology company specialised in advanced robotics and AI technologies, and provides robotics solutions for warehouses and supply chain management. The AMRs will be used to move racks of goods to human employees p...
10 June 2021
As Edeka increases its stake in Picnic, sells off its Bringmeister delivery service and launches a new private label range, we round up news from the retailer. Edeka increases its stake in Picnic… Edeka has increased its stake in Picnic, without releasing details about how much of the latter business it now owns. Before this increase Edeka owned a 10% stake in Picnic and a 35% share of it...
09 June 2021
As Auchan Poland launches the Drive format in the country, adds Decathlon’s products in a further country and expands its B2B service in Russia, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan launches Drive format in Poland… Auchan Retail Poland has launched the Auchan Drive service in the country at the Auchan Poznan Komorniki store. Shoppers, from the beginning of June, have been able to orde...
09 June 2021
As Ahold Delhaize US’s subsidiary The Giant Company takes the Flashfood app chainwide, we look at this development and others as the company looks to embed sustainable initiatives across its banners in the country. The Giant company to expand coverage of Flashfood app The Giant Company, which includes all Giant and Martin’s stores, is to roll out the Flashfood app to all its stores after a ...
09 June 2021
With the retailer adding a new pharmacy benefit to Walmart+, we look at what this could mean for the membership programme’s progress. Suite of benefits Walmart+ launched last September offering range of benefits. For an annual fee of $98 a year, or $12.95 per month, members have access to unlimited free delivery from stores across fresh groceries, household essentials, tech and toys and, fr...
09 June 2021
M&S continues its store renewal programme by extending the 'fill your own' trial to eight more stores. Expanding the refillable grocery range The refillable grocery concept will now be available in 11 stores across the UK, with the latest being introduced in Aintree and Meadowhall. 'Fill Your Own' currently offers over 60 lines of refillable groceries. The retailer is planning on expandi...
09 June 2021
With the pandemic limiting peoples’ access to dental check-ups, they have had to rely on at-home oral care products to maintain their oral health. We explore five ways of how oral care brands have evolved their responses and strategies during the pandemic to help boost sales and transform the category to strengthen its prospects. 1. Transforming oral care into a premium beauty routine In ...
09 June 2021
Asia’s largest retailer Seven & i Holdings is also a key global player. It’s one of the world’s leading convenience retailers, with more than 72,000 stores in 2020. The convenience format, including flagship brand 7-Eleven, accounts for more than half of group revenue. Below, we outline its four strategic priorities to help you plan your growth strategy with this dynamic group. 1. Stre...
09 June 2021
B&M's results for the 52 weeks to 27 March 2021 show strong performance in both the UK and France. Growth was driven by new store openings and sales in non-grocery categories. Key group financial figures for FY21 Group revenues increased by +25.9% to £4.8bn  Gross profit +36.8% to £1.76bn B&M UK and Heron Foods see strong growth against FY20 B&M UK revenue £4.07bn +29.9% ...