Retail and consumer goods industry news

17 March 2021
As Metro AG’s local operations commit to its long-term strategy, the group launches new services to support HoReCa customers and partners with Loop to reduce single-use plastic packaging. Metro launches DISH to support HoReCa businesses As it looks to support independent restaurants, Metro’s tech division, Hospitality Digital, has launched a new tool, DISH Order. The solution plugs into res...
17 March 2021
Amazon is on track to launch its first robotics fulfilment centre in the market by the end of 2021. 200,000 sq m facility If it stays on schedule, the new 200,000 sq. m. facility will open in late 2021. It aims to deliver a faster, more consistent experience for customers across Australia and is set to be the biggest warehouse in the country. As reported by 9News.com.au, the FC could theore...
17 March 2021
Aldi and Lidl are focusing their expansion on the capital more than ever before. We look at the store opening targets in more detail and the benefits and challenges of trading in London. Aldi: investing £22m in London Source: IGD Research-Aldi Little Venice Aldi will be investing £22m in new and upgraded stores in London in 2021. This includes nine new openings. The investment is pa...
17 March 2021
As Sobeys’ parent organisation, the Empire Company Limited, signs an agreement to purchase 51% of Longo’s, a leading food retailer in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), we look at what this means for the wider business. Potential to acquire the entire business With 36 locations in the GTA and Southwestern Ontario, along with a long-standing online business, Grocery Gateway, Longo’s has long be...
16 March 2021
According to reports in France-based trade publication LSA, Picnic is finalising its launch in France, which will be supported by Cora, while Gianluigi Ferrari is set to be chief executive of the buying alliance, Everest, between it and Edeka. Gianluigi Ferrari to become chief executive of Everest The buying alliance between Netherlands-based Picnic and Germany-based Edeka, which was anno...
16 March 2021
As Carrefour receives approval for its takeover of Supersol in Spain and cuts prices on everyday staple products, amongst other developments, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour completes acquisition in Spain… Carrefour’s acquisition of the Supersol chain has been approved by the local competition authority, Defensa de la Competencia, which will enable it to complete its €78m purc...
16 March 2021
St. Patricks Day, celebrated on 17 March, is an event honouring Ireland’s heritage and culture and is celebrated globally. Despite COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, people are still planning to celebrate the event. According to the US’s National Retail Federation, 49% of US adults said they would partake in the celebration, while 32% planned to engage in COVID-safe activities, such as planning a spe...
16 March 2021
Amazon has opened its second Amazon Fresh store, with Just Walk Out technology, in Wembley Park, London. Plans for further rollout At the beginning of March, Amazon launched its first Just Walk Out grocery format outside the US, operating under the Amazon Fresh banner, in Ealing, London. The retailer has now opened its second Amazon Fresh store in Wembley Park Boulevard. The 2,500 sq f...
16 March 2021
Sainsbury’s has opened its fifth Neighbourhood Hub store in Billingshurst, West Sussex as reported by The Grocer. 18 stores planned In November 2020, Sainsbury’s launched its new Neighbourhood Hub format following the launch of a pilot store at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire a year earlier. The new stores are a food-led extension of Sainsbury’s convenience offer and are set up to serve longe...
16 March 2021
A.S. Watson Group, the world’s biggest international health and beauty retailer, has recently announced its refreshed social purpose and 2030 vision for sustainability. Commitment to ‘put a smile on our customers’ faces’ Since the A.S. Watson Group is operating on a massive scale globally, it is determined to take stronger responsibility towards the customers they serve, as well as the envi...