Retail and consumer goods industry news

20 July 2021
Carrefour has, to coincide with the first activity report from France’s National Pact on Plastic Packaging, reaffirmed its commitment to limiting the application of single-use plastic, among other initiatives. Carrefour has set itself ambitious targets for 2025 By 2025, Carrefour has targeted: Cutting single-use plastic packaging by 20,000 tonnes Having recycled material account fo...
19 July 2021
Having undertaken three major divestments in the last year and digital growth set to outpace sales through physical formats, a very different Walmart will emerge over the next five years. We highlight the five major changes to plan for. Business in transformation Walmart is the world's largest retailer, with activities spanning North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. It has emerged a...
19 July 2021
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on grocery shopping habits in Brazil. Social distancing has led to people spending more time at home than ever before, creating a desire for hyperlocal convenience stores. This has led to a rise in autonomous store formats, which, over the last 18 months, have been opening close to homes and inside workplaces all over Brazil. Some were around pre-COVID, ho...
19 July 2021
As Carrefour implements a big data platform across several countries, Carrefour Belgium is working with Google Cloud and, in its home market, it is rolling out parcel collection lockers, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour implements big data platform, Eagle Carrefour has announced it has implemented Eagle, which it describes as being ‘ a new big data platform that can consolidate...
19 July 2021
Reliance Retail has recently acquired a controlling stake in Indian search and discovery firm Just Dial for US$469m. B2B marketplace that is free for users, but charges a fee for listings Market leader Reliance Retail has acquired a 41% stake in Just Dial, and plans to make an open offer to acquire an additional 26% stake later.  B2B marketplace Just Dial offers local search and ecommerce s...
16 July 2021
Understand four sustainable initiatives from around the region that are set to change the way retailers tackle plastic and food waste. Eroski prevents generates of 1,100 tonnes of plastic Spain-based Eroski has taken steps that mean it has not had to use more than 1,100 tonnes of single use plastic annually. The retailer claims its success in removing plastics was helped by increasing the use...
16 July 2021
Lidl has pledged to increase sales of healthy and healthier products to at least 85% of total sales by 2025. Clear goals to help shoppers be healthier Alongside the overall pledge, Lidl has set an additional target to increase the sale of fresh fruit and vegetables by 35% by 2026. The discounter has also invested in its ‘Get Fresh’ initiative to add 100 new fresh food products to stores....
16 July 2021
Poundland's parent group Pepco released results for the 13 weeks to June 30th. The group saw strong results overall, with sales across all banners +45.5% and like-for-like sales +29.3%. Poundland bounces back following temporary store closures during lockdowns Poundland and Dealz saw total sales growth of +30.3% to €481m in the period, with like-for-like sales +21.1%. 22 new stores opened, ...
16 July 2021
Blakemore Retail has launched its first SPAR Market store in Gwynedd, Wales.  Our view More convenience retailers around the world are moving away from a one size fits all approach. SPAR Market is a great example of how Blakemore Retail is flexing its approach to the communities it serves. SPAR Market in Bala is also connected to the Snappy Shopper app and this will extend its reach to more...
16 July 2021
Lidl and Kaufland’s parent company, Schwarz Group, has released its 2020/21 financial results. The group enjoyed strong growth of 9.6%, taking its total sales to €125.3 bn. Lidl continues to drive the group’s sales, advancing by 9.9%, while Kaufland posted an increase of 7.5%. Lidl reinforces its position as Europe’s largest retailer Lidl’s total sales reached €96.3 bn, which will mean it w...