Events and promotions news  

28 September 2016
Sainsbury's has reported a 0.4% fall in total retail sales for the 16 weeks to September 28th, with results impacted by weaker LFL sales (-1.1% from -0.8% in Q1) and slightly stronger deflation. However in a call to investors CEO Mike Coupe was confident about the response of trading to recent developments and upbeat about future opportunities. The LFL fall was principally caused by softness in no...
27 September 2016
Finland's S Group has taken the next step in the digitalisation of its loyalty program, shifting away from paper-based coupons as of the end of October. Benefits accessible in real-time online The change will allow loyal shoppers to access their e-bonus benefits in real-time rather than six times a year through a paper statement. This can be done through the retailer’s app, website or s...
27 September 2016
We round up developments in central & eastern Europe, including the launch of a new store in Zagreb that aims to raise awareness of food waste; while discounter Penny has begun selling non-standard shapes and sizes of fresh produce in-store at a discount in the Czech Republic. Surplus store offers discounts of 50-90% The new store in Zagreb offers shoppers factory surpluses at a discount of...
26 September 2016
Aldi UK has announced plans to invest £300m in updating existing stores as it reveals 2015 sales increased by 12%. Sales up 12% to £7.7bn In the full year to 31 December 2015, Aldi's sales for its UK and Ireland business increased by 12% to £7.7bn. This sales increase of over £0.8bn year-on-year comes as Aldi continues to focus on being price leader in the UK. This strategy is working f...
22 September 2016
The Co-operative Group has announced the details of the long-awaited re-launch of its loyalty benefits scheme, with the existing programme having been suspended while the business has been in stabilisation and turnaround mode.  All existing and new members can benefit from the new rewards offer as of 21 September.  As before anyone can become a member of the society on the payment of a £1 joining...
14 September 2016
In an Australian first, Coles will offer 10% discounts on fruit and vegetables to customers who reach step targets using an activity tracker. Five 100,000 step targets will unlock discounts Between 14 September and 30 November 2016, customers who wear compatible activity trackers, like a Fitbit, and are members of the Flybuys loyalty scheme, will be eligible to qualify for the promotion. Ev...
12 September 2016
Target is testing a new digital rewards feature linked to its Cartwheel program in four cities in the US. Linking rewards to its popular Cartwheel savings app The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that Target has launched the test in St. Louis, Denver, Houston and San Diego. As part of the test, customers that use the Cartwheel app will be able to earn rewards that can be redeemed for a ra...
07 September 2016
Having approached Home Retail Group in November 2015 to acquire its business, the deal has now been completed. Sainsbury's plans to improve its stores and offer with new non-food developments including new Habitat and Argos stores. Completion of Home Retail acquisition Sainsbury's has completed its £1.4bn acquisition of Home Retail Group, which will see the UK grocer add retailers Argos...
07 September 2016
We look at Sobeys' new price cutting initiative in western Canada, and what it is aiming to achieve. Long term commitment to lower prices Launched this month, Sobeys has cut the prices on thousands of items across grocery and health and beauty categories, following on from price initiatives which were launched across fresh produce and meat earlier this year. Described as “a long-term commi...
25 August 2016
Netherlands-based Jumbo saw strong sales growth in the first half of its financial year, with it saying that it outperformed the market, enjoying organic growth at existing stores of 4%, versus 2.4% for the wider industry. Updating stores and online drive sales… Jumbo said consumer sales rose 13.4% to €3.588 bn, aided by the conversion of C1000 stores to the Jumbo banner in the first half o...