Walmart news 

21 May 2014
South Africa has attracted a lot of attention from retailers and suppliers over recent years. However, with the country facing economic and social headwinds, its place as sub-Saharan Africa's largest economy taken by Nigeria's rebasing of its statistics, and regional country groups drawing interest, its crown appears to be slipping. Jon Wright was there to look at the factors affecting the grocer...
21 May 2014
Walmart, which operates over 400 outlets in China, plans to invest RMB 580mn (USD 94mn) to upgrade existing stores and open 30 new stores in China. Continue to develop in cities Last October, Walmart announced plans to accelerate development in China by opening up to 110 new facilities between 2014 and 2016, including stores and distribution centers. As part of its three-year growth ...
19 May 2014
From our recent trip to Mexico City, we bring you the most impactful, attractive and innovative fresh produce merchandising we've seen, including examples from Walmex, Chedraui and Soriana.   Walmart Santa Fe: showing quality of ranges This Walmart Supercenter is located in a more affluent area of Mexico City and ranges have been tailored accordingly. Bright colour blocking, colourful signa...
16 May 2014
BJP's victory BJP led by Modi is back in power after a decade in opposition, taking advantage of public anger at Congress for uncontrolled high prices, corruption scams and rising unemployment. However, its victory could be a bad news for foreign retailers like Walmart, Carrefour and Auchan who wish to introduce their grocery retail formats into the country. Significant liberalisation of ...
15 May 2014
Walmart has reported international sales up 1.4%. We look at performance in Latin American markets Brazil and Mexico. Walmex: focus is on improving Sam's Club Walmex reported comp sales down 2.6% for the quarter and net sales up 1.5%. The sale of the Vips restaurant business in Mexico closed on 9 May and the results are presented as discontinued in Q1. Sam's Club, which accounts for around...
15 May 2014
Walmart’s net sales increased by 0.8% in the first quarter to $114.1bn, with sales in its US stores and Sam’s Club divisions increasing by 2.0% and 0.1% respectively. International sales were down 1.4%. Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart decreased by 5.0% to $3.6bn. The results: quick take With the focus inevitably falling on Walmart’s performance at home, with it registering ...
15 May 2014
Asda has reported Q1 like-for-like sales of +0.1% and total sales growth of +1.3% for the 15 weeks to 20th April 2014. An upbeat CEO message Speaking at Asda's quarterly strategic update presentation in London, CEO Andy Clark was upbeat about Asda's performance in recent months. He highlighted how Asda has delivered the strongest sales growth of the Big Four over the key Easter season...
13 May 2014
Kieran Shanahan has started a new role at Walmart as vice president of ecommerce operations after 11 years at Asda. Walmart VP role Having started his role at Asda on the retail graduate scheme, Shanahan worked his way up in the Leeds-based retailer. His new role at Asda's parent company is vice president of e-commerce operations. This continues the recent collaboration between Walmart and...
12 May 2014
We bring you two seasonal innovations from Brazil to whet your appetite for the upcoming summer season. Keep track of your children on the beach Nivea's 'Anúncio Protetor' consists of a detachable strip on a Nivea magazine advertisement. Parents put this strip on their child's wrist and use their phone to set the distance they want to allow the child to roam. When the child exceeds this di...
06 May 2014
Despite continued political uncertainty on the topic of foreign multi brand retailers in India's grocery sector, Metro has followed other retailers in announcing continued focus on the cash & carry channel. Metro to triple store numbers by 2020 Metro Group has announced that it plans to continue its expansion in India. The retailer currently operates 16 depots in the country, however it plans...