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14 February 2019
We identify common trends shaping Valentine’s retail execution this year. Dine-in inspiration Meal deal for two mechanics continue to be a popular option at Valentine’s, with a wide range of choice across the market. Among those celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, the majority of UK shoppers (68%) are planning to eat at home, according to new Shopper Vista research. This enables retai...
31 January 2019
Reflecting on Veganuary, we round up our favourite initiatives this year. M&S: private label investment M&S invested in its first line of vegan food, ‘Plant Kitchen’. The 60-product range includes meals, snacks and ingredients. Investment in plant-based private label ranges is a great way to create a point of differentiation. M&S encouraged its loyal shoppers to try the range, offerin...
30 January 2019
The Italian government has proposed a bill to introduce mandatory origin-labelling for all food products. The bill, which is yet to be passed, would require manufactures to list on the product label the geographical origin of ingredients. 'Victory for farmers and consumers'… Ettore Prandini, president of the farmers’ association, Coldiretti, said that the initiative represents “a great vic...
16 January 2019
France-based, Casino-owned Cnova has released its financial results for FY2018. It has reported net sales of €2.2bn, driven by organic growth of 5.1%. The increase in organic sales was supported, it said, by the development of showroom revenues. GMV: 9.3% increase to €3.6bn Cnova reported an increase in gross merchandise volume (GMV) organic growth of 9.3% to €3.6bn. The retailer noted ‘org...
06 December 2018
Carrefour has become a partner for Showroomprivé’s Look Forward incubator programme, which has been running for three years. The initiative is aimed at supporting start-ups by providing them with resources and guidance. Carrefour will offer financial support and guidance Look Forward is operated exclusively for the fashion, beauty and design industries. Each start-up will receive €100,000 f...
05 December 2018
We look at how Ahold Delhaize-owned Albert Heijn is making its private label chocolate traceable, while Carrefour Poland forms a coalition to promote organic farming. Albert Heijn invests in traceability Albert Heijn has partnered with Switzerland-based chocolate maker Barry Callebaut to make its private label chocolate traceable. The partnership reflects the growing interest in ethical sou...
23 November 2018
We look at how retailers in the Middle East are digitising their shopper experiences. Souq.com announces dates for ‘White Friday’ Online retailer Souq.com, owned by Amazon, has revealed its ‘White Friday’ sale (a regional version of ‘Black Friday’) will take place from 20 to 24 November 2018. The sale will feature "more deals than ever" with discounts of up to 70% on products including ca...
13 November 2018
Alibaba has wrapped up its 11.11 Global Shopping Festival with a record breaking US$30.8bn of GMV (gross merchandise volume), a 27% growth compared to last year. 11.11 by numbers According to Alibaba Group, more than 180,000 brands participated it the festival this year. Over 40% of consumers bought from international brands. 237 brands topped US$14m (CNY100m) in GMV, including leading inte...
30 August 2018
Leading UK coffee specialist Costa is welcoming the autumn season with a new bonfire-inspired menu. The new products will be available in stores from Thursday 6th September. New seasonal range The Bonfire Spiced range includes the Bonfire Spiced Latte, Bonfire Spiced Cold Brew, and Bonfire Spiced Hot Chocolate. The range is infused with toasted spices like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, ...
20 August 2018
With parents usually opting for one big school supplies shop, capturing the back-to-school spend is a huge opportunity for retailers. We explore three of the key back-to-school retail activation trends that we have seen this year. Making it easy Retailers have been creating shop-in-shops and power aisles, making back-to-school shopping simpler for parents. There were great examples of sh...