Health, wellbeing and ethics news

25 June 2019
We recently visited Walmart’s Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas. As one of its key locations for testing new initiatives, the store features the retailer’s pharmacy of the future concept. Community health hub reducing customer friction The new look and feel of the in-store pharmacy signals a major change is underway to anyone familiar with Walmart’s operations. It has been designed to be a co...
05 June 2019
We round up the latest innovations from Ahold Delhaize as it invests in ecommerce, health-focused solutions and ranges in the US, Belgium and the Netherlands as it looks to drive its ‘Leading Together strategy’ across its operations. Peapod partners with food writer for new solutions… Ahold Delhaize’s US-based ecommerce operation Peapod has partnered with food writer Mark Bittman. Through t...
05 June 2019
This week Waitrose launched a new packaging-free bring-your-own container trial, 'Waitrose Unpacked'. We visited the Botley Road, Oxford branch take a first look at the new concept. Tackling unnecessary packaging across a wide range of categories The trial will run for 11 weeks until 18th August. The retailer has removed hundreds of products out of their packaging and launched new in-store ...
05 June 2019
As Sonae announces expansion plans for two of its banners and Intermarché looks to drive improvements throughout its operations, we round up news from the market. Sonae aiming to expand Meu Super banner… Sonae has announced plans to open 40 Meu Super stores in the districts of Braga, Coimbra, Faro and Setúbal in 2019. If it reaches the target, it will mean Sonae has opened 40 stores under t...
22 May 2019
Co-op Health has launched a new digital pharmacy offer and is trialling a more convenient prescription service. Digitalising the pharmacy offer Co-op is set to digitalise its pharmacy offer through the launch of its new NHS-integrated, Co-op Health app. The retailer will dispense prescriptions ordered through the app from its new pharmacy distribution centre in Lea Green, North West England...
20 May 2019
As SPAR members from Zimbabwe, Spain, Hungary and Slovenia announce developments, we round up news from those countries. SPAR Zimbabwe launches online SPAR Zimbabwe has launched its online store, which it claims is a first from a leading retailer in the country. In the short term, the home-delivery service will only be available for shoppers in Harare, while there is also an option to enabl...
16 May 2019
7-Eleven, Inc. is launching almost 100 new exclusive products in 125 stores located in and around Los Angeles in the U.S. Offering shoppers healthier options The new products target shoppers looking for keto, paleo, vegan, organic, high-protein, low-glycemic, gluten-free, nutrient-dense, plant-based and cold-pressed options. The unique assortment also includes better-for-you sips and snacks...
07 May 2019
GPA has announced consolidated sales growth of 12.4% for Q1, despite an unfavourable Easter calendar effect. It also reported same-store sales (SSS) growth of 7.5% and said that it had seen its strongest customer traffic growth in several periods. GPA has been optimising its store portfolio for all its multivarejo (all non-cash and carry formats) stores to better meet changing customer deman...
01 May 2019
We review CVS Health’s first quarter performance, including the launch of its new HealthHUB format. Solid performance in CVS Pharmacy driven by prescription volumes First quarter revenues increased by 34.8% to $61.6bn, supported by the acquisition of Aetna. Net income for the quarter increased 43.0% to $1.4bn. Total retail/long term care revenues increased 3.3%, with front store same-store ...
01 May 2019
Carrefour Brazil’s gross sales for Q1 2019 rose by 9.9% to BRL14.2bn (US$3.6bn), despite an unfavourable Easter calendar effect. Like-for-like (LFL) sales were up 6.6%, the best LFL performance since Q1 2017. Sales were boosted by the solid performance of Carrefour's Atacadão cash and carry format, as well as four new openings in the banner. The higher annual food (6.5% in Q1 2019 vs. 4.1% Q...