Retail and consumer goods industry news

30 June 2020
It has been reported that Confex the impulse-led wholesale buying group has ended its link with with Unitas Wholesale, the UK’s biggest wholesale buying group, with which it held associate membership.  The link derived from the relationship created between Confex and the Landmark buying group in 2000, which was then perpetuated when Landmark merged with the Today’s Group in 2018 to form Unitas. ...
30 June 2020
As Auchan looks to turnaround its performance in a key market, we look at developments from the retailer. Auchan sees revenue fall in Russia… Local press reports on the retailer’s revenue in the country suggested Auchan saw its sales fall by 6% in 2019, with net profit falling further as it invested in the business to turnaround its performance. The results underline the challenging nature ...
30 June 2020
FamilyMart will introduce a remote-controlled robot that will place products on shelves in its stores in Japan, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Driving efficiencies in-store FamilyMart will partner with robotics development company Telexistence to test the initiative next month at some FamilyMart stores in Tokyo. The robot will be remotely controlled by an operator using virtual rea...
30 June 2020
We round up the latest developments from Salling Group, as it introduces three brand new apps across its grocery formats. Netto: Fillop ambient grocery online subscription service Earlier this month, the leading Danish discounter introduced the Fillop app, an ambient grocery online subscription service. Source: Salling Group, Apple The new service aims to remove the need for regula...
29 June 2020
As several US states start to see coronavirus cases increase, we look at how retailers are responding, drawing on their experiences from earlier in the year. Cases trending upwards Data from John Hopkins University reveals that the US has reported over 2.5m confirmed cases and 125,000 deaths. Over recent days, states including Florida, Arizona and Texas have seen significant spikes in cases...
29 June 2020
Metcash has released results for its financial year ending 30 April 2020, with sales, including charge through, up 2.0% to AU$14.9bn and total EBIT up 1.5% to AU$334.9m. Food sales including charge through up 3.5% to AU$9,104m Sales were impacted by the loss of the Drakes account in South Australia, which terminated at the end of September. Despite this, Supermarket sales increased 3.8% to ...
29 June 2020
South Africa-based Pick n Pay has announced price reductions on essential items, a relaunch of its Fresh Living magazine and has opened its 300 th store under the Boxer banner. Price reduction on essential items To help households struggling to deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Pick n Pay has announced an investment of ZAR500m (US$28.8m) in price reductions on es...
29 June 2020
Following on from Aldi UK partnering with Deliveroo, the retailer has announced it will now begin trialling the service in Ireland. How it works Shoppers can choose from over 200 (140 in ireland) products through the app. These will be picked and packed by Aldi staff and taken for delivery by Deliveroo riders. A range of essentials such as bread, milk and fresh produce will initially be ...
29 June 2020
Alibaba Group has named Chun Li as Group Chief Executive Officer of Lazada, effective from 1 st July 2020. An experienced leader Li joined Alibaba as chief technology officer for the company’s B2B division in 2014 and moved to Lazada in 2017. He has since served as both group president and CEO of Lazada Indonesia. Li held leadership positions at Paypal and eBay prior to joining Alibaba. “...
29 June 2020
Waitrose plans to open its third customer fulfiment centre (CFC) in West London, as it aims to ramp up its capacity to serve online shoppers across the capital. Greenford, West London The new site will be based in Greenford, West London, and will be operated in collaboration with third-party logistics provider Wincanton, as part of an initial five-year contract. The new facility is due to c...