Retail and consumer goods industry news

23 June 2020
Central Food Retail has launched its first health food store in Tops Market, CentralPlaza Chengwattana, one of its flagshop supermarkets. Source: Central Food Retail   The store is launched under the slogan “Nature’s Delights for a Healthy Life” which offers a complete range of health products to meet all health and wellness-oriented lifestyles. The re...
22 June 2020
Sobeys has launched its Voilà by Sobeys grocery ecommerce service in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Partnership with Ocado Sobeys has partnered with UK-based Ocado to launch this service. It has built a Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) adjacent to its existing automated distribution centre in Vaughan, Ontario, optimising Ocado’s solution. Robots are used to assemble orders, with Voilà asso...
22 June 2020
Woolworths has restructured the leadership of its commercial team, creating two roles that will allow it to capitalise on future growth opportunities. One buying director for Supermarkets business Woolworths currently has two buying directors; Peter McNamara who heads up packaged goods and Paul Harker who leads the fresh food team. Under the new structure, Harker will be the retailer's prim...
22 June 2020
The South Korean ecommerce platform provider is teaming up with social media influencers around the world to support local companies. A move to support SMEs Recognising Korean small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are keen to move in-store experiences online post-COVID, Gmarket is rolling out a new service that pairs up SMEs with relevant social media influencers around the world. The n...
22 June 2020
Pan-Asian retailer Dairy Farm has launched two new concept stores in Hong Kong. New 7-Eleven convenience store concept partnering Carlsberg 7-Eleven has launched a new concept shop in partnership with Carlsberg. The store is located in Discovery Bay, a residential area popular amongst expats on Lantau Island. The concept is the first of its kind in the market. It allows customers to purchas...
22 June 2020
Maxima Latvia has launched, what it claims is, the first mobile payment app in Latvia, enabling consumers to pay for groceries from their phones. The app will provide shoppers with convenience and functionality and act as a digital wallet, adding the Paladies loyalty card to the platform. To use the app, shoppers can link their payment cards onto the app and scan a QR code at the checkout. A m...
22 June 2020
We round up news from retailers in Bahrain and the UAE. Bahrain: BenefitPay launches in Carrefour BENEFIT’s electronic payment service, BenefitPay, has launched at all Carrefour stores, which are operated by Majid Al Futtaim, in Bahrain. The collaboration is in line with the retailer’s efforts to use electronic payments instead of cash. BenefitPay is Bahrain’s leading electronic financial t...
22 June 2020
Italy-based Conad has announced strong 2019 sales results, which has seen it achieve a turnover of €14.2 bn. Francesco Pugliese, Conad’s CEO highlights the position the cooperative is in with a challenging economic outlook ahead for the country. Separately, Conad has opened more Spazio Conad stores and plans to continue expanding the banner during 2020.   Exceeding turnover expectations Con...
22 June 2020
The South Korean retail conglomerate announced last week that it will launch a subscription-based snack service, the first of its kind in the country. Based on a subscription model The new service is based on a subscription business model. Shopper can sign up through Lotte Confectionery’s official Instagram or Facebook account. The number of subscribers will be limited to about 200 initia...
22 June 2020
Doug Gurr, Amazon’s UK Country Manager, is set to leave his role later this year to take up a new position as Director of the Natural History Museum. Nine years at Amazon Doug Gurr joined Amazon in 2011 from Asda. He became Country Manager of Amazon UK in 2016, having previously held the role of President of Amazon China from 2014 to 2016. Gurr will reman in his current role until late 2020...