Retail and consumer goods industry news

24 July 2021
Watsons, the flagship health and beauty banner of the A.S. Watson Group, is strengthening its sustainability commitment with a target to offset 2,250 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Customers can contribute by buying Watsons’ Sustainable Choice products Source: A.S. Watson Protecting the environment is a key priority of the A.S. Watson Group, and it has invested HKD 750m (US...
24 July 2021
Vietnam is experiencing its worst wave of the pandemic, with Ho Chi Minh City as the epicentre of the latest outbreak.  The lockdown has disrupted the distribution of food in the city, especially for fresh vegetables.  The supply shortage has caused prices of commodities to increase significantly, such that people are unable to purchase essential food items.   Guardian and AEON are among the reta...
23 July 2021
Shell is extending its partnership with Waitrose & Partners, plus working with Mercedes-Benz AG to accelerate energy transition.   800 Shell Recharge points on Waitrose locations by 2025 Shell and Waitrose & Partners have announced that they will install 800 Shell Recharge charge points on up to 100 Waitrose locations across the UK by 2025, so customers can charge their vehicles while they ...
22 July 2021
Leading quick commerce company, Instacart, and micro-fulfillment company, Fabric, are partnering to bring automated technology solutions to retailers in the US and Canada. Combining technologies to offer new services The multi-year strategic partnership positions Fabric as Instacart’s fulfilment automation partner. The plan is to combine the technologies of both companies to offer a new eco...
22 July 2021
Morrisons is reported to be piloting technology that would offer customers a checkout free experience. Amazon style tech being trialled According to The Mail on Sunday, the retailer has partnered with US technology provider AiFi which uses cameras to track items put in customers’ baskets. They are then charged as they leave the store through an app – a system similar to Amazon’s Just Walk...
22 July 2021
As Netherlands-based Jumbo reports H1 2021 results, we look at five factors that helped drive the retailer’s improved performance in the first six months of the year. The numbers… Jumbo reported in the first half of 2021: Sales increased 5.3%, to €5.36 bn, driven ‘almost entirely’ by organic growth It saw double-digit growth in January and February Online turnover rose by more t...
22 July 2021
Looking for category and format inspiration in the convenience channel? IGD Retail Analysis subscribers can view our latest report: Your guide to convenience retail globally Below are some of the key highlights... Our recommendations Move convenience retail up the agenda by sharing best in class examples with your colleagues and retail partn...
22 July 2021
As Ahold Delhaize looks to embed the gains it enjoyed online as a result of the pandemic, we look at several initiatives from its Netherlands-based subsidiary Albert Heijn. Ahold Delhaize continues to evolve Bol.com’s business model As it looks to embed its omnichannel strategy and develop new streams of revenue, Ahold Delhaize continues to evolve Bol.com’s business model to enable brands t...
22 July 2021
It has been revealed that Sainsbury’s is to stop supplying any B2B customers with a wholesaling service, as it seeks to return focus to its core supermarkets business. The most notable customer affected is the symbol group Simply Fresh, which has successfully transitioned five of its independent retailer members to its ‘supplied by Sainsbury’s’ model since it was launched in January 2020. It se...
22 July 2021
The GB grocery market declined by 5.1% on 2020 in the 12 weeks to July 11th, according to the latest results from Kantar as the whole period annualised against pandemic-elevated comparatives. Despite this impact and a less-than-expected boost from Euro 2020, sales remained £3bn higher than the same period of 2019, Limited boost from Euro 2020 With many shoppers taking advantage of newfound ...