Retail and consumer goods industry news

09 March 2021
We look at some of our favourite in-store campaigns for Mother’s Day in the UK in 2021. Tesco: ‘For Each and Every Mum’ Tesco is capturing shoppers’ attention with its vibrant and clear Mother’s Day campaign signage. It uses images of mothers and children to help encourage spending driven by emotions. It also makes it easier for shoppers to spot the relevant displays.  Source: ...
09 March 2021
2021’s official Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 22 February to 7 March. We look at how three retailers supported the event. Co-op UK: promotions and awareness The Co-operative has supported Fairtrade for over 25 years and 2021 was no exception. The Co-op used Twitter to highlight the key benefits of buying Fairtrade products. The retailer educated its shoppers, highlighting that purchasing Fai...
09 March 2021
Aldi opened its 100 th store in Italy in January 2021, while local competitor, In’s Mercato, set out plans to open 30 stores during 2021 and how it was aiming to embed its brand identity and sustainability commitments. Aldi opens 100 th store in Italy Aldi reached a new milestone in Italy by opening its 100th store. The discounter operates in six regions including; Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-...
09 March 2021
The first customer delivery has been made from the first CFC to open as part of the strategic partnership between Kroger and Ocado. This represents a soft launch for the facility, which will be marked by a grand opening in April. First of two planned sites expected to open this year This first delivery marks an important milestone in the Kroger Ocado partnership. Fulfilled by the Customer F...
08 March 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how sustainability and health are rising up the agenda. Taiwan: increasing healthier options Well-known Taiwanese brand I-Mei is promoting new products at FamilyMart, emphasising local origin, quality and no preservatives added. While Famil...
08 March 2021
In 2020, wholesale retailer Makro (owned by Dutch private trading group SHV Holdings), celebrated its twenty fifth year of operating in Colombia. While Makro has recently scaled back its operations in other Latin American markets, Colombia remains a market of strategic importance for the business. Over the last year it has made some significant changes to its store model to better align to cus...
08 March 2021
Czech Republic-based Rohlik.cz has raised €190m (US$230m) in a financing round. It plans to use the funding to expand its footprint in its existing markets as well as expanding into new ones. Revenue +101% in FY2020 Rohlik.cz was founded in 2015, delivering to cities in Czech Republic. The retailer’s full year revenues increased by 101% in 2020 to €300m. Rohlik.cz offers a range of 17,000 p...
08 March 2021
Albertsons, the third-largest grocery retailer in the US, has partnered with Tortoise, a logistics automaton firm, to pilot a remote-controlled zero-emission delivery cart in Northern California . Contactless delivery solution The pilot is being led by the retailer’s Safeway division. The cart, powered by Tortoise, is equipped with a camera and a speaker. Travelling at 3mph, it is guided th...
08 March 2021
The Grocer magazine has reported that the leading UK wholesale buying group Unitas is to source a limited number of lines from national supermarket retailer Morrisons under the Safeway brand.  The Safeway brand was launched in 2018 to provide a private label capability for Morrisons’ wholesale supply deal with the convenience retailer McColl’s. Agreement includes 36 lines in total This arra...
08 March 2021
Tesco has set out a new healthy eating strategy designed to make the retailer a destination for affordable, healthy, sustainable food. The plans, which cover the period until 2025, include a major new programme of product reformulation, changes to prices and promotions and an expansion of Tesco’s plant-based ranges.  Progress against these plans will be reported publicly, underpinned by new t...