Store of the future news

23 August 2021
Target and Disney are rolling-out their store-in-store concept to more than 160 locations, building on the 50+ stores currently featuring the collection. Disney closing standalone stores Target and Disney initially partnered to launch the store-in-store concept in 2019, with over fifty locations open. The expansion will triple the number of Target stores featuring the Disney range, which of...
16 August 2021
Profi Romania continues to develop a store portfolio that caters to the different needs of shoppers. Profi’s food-to-go improving Profi is beginning to roll-out what it internally calls its ‘Monaco’ concept, bringing new value to its customers. One of the key highlights is the introduction of a fiiGO café, which offers food-to-go options such as pizza, hot dogs, pastries, and desserts. From...
11 August 2021
Sobeys’ Quebec-based IGA business has invested a majority stake in Ricardo Media to accelerate the brand’s development. Building on existing partnership Founded in 2002, Ricardo Media is a food media company, operating a leading magazine with one million readers, a daily television programme and an online presence that generates 5.4m visits per month. In 2011, the company launched a range o...
11 August 2021
Finland's Kesko has grown its market share by 5% since 2014 and doubled its operating margin since that time too. Its hypermarkets and supermarkets account for 60% of grocery sales. As is the case in much of Europe, Kesko’s large stores have outperformed other physical store channels during the pandemic. Hypermarket sales grew by 13% in 2020, while supermarket sales increased by 9%. K-Citym...
29 July 2021
Wawa, headquartered in Pennsylvania, trades nearly 900 convenience stores in the U.S and posts annual sales of over US$12bn. We highlight its four key strengths and areas to watch. 1) A destination for fresh food Wawa began as a dairy business going back more than 100 years. This background has shaped the retailer’s commitment to delivering fresh food, a category that Wawa is now famous for...
24 July 2021
Vietnam is experiencing its worst wave of the pandemic, with Ho Chi Minh City as the epicentre of the latest outbreak.  The lockdown has disrupted the distribution of food in the city, especially for fresh vegetables.  The supply shortage has caused prices of commodities to increase significantly, such that people are unable to purchase essential food items.   Guardian and AEON are among the reta...
20 July 2021
We look inside SPAR Carnon Downs near Truro, Cornwall, which reopened last month following a £400,000 redevelopment. Strong focus on locality and provenance The 2,600 sq ft / 242 sq m store has a wide range of local Cornish products, as well as butchery counter branded in the Cornish ‘Goon Karnen Kigti’. Source: SPAR (UK), IGD Research Source: SPAR (UK), IGD Research Emph...
16 July 2021
Blakemore Retail has launched its first SPAR Market store in Gwynedd, Wales.  Our view More convenience retailers around the world are moving away from a one size fits all approach. SPAR Market is a great example of how Blakemore Retail is flexing its approach to the communities it serves. SPAR Market in Bala is also connected to the Snappy Shopper app and this will extend its reach to more...
11 July 2021
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is working together with Reliance Retail in India to launch an in-store vending machine for its home care products.  This machine allows customers to refill any bottle with Surf Excel, Comfort and Vim, enabling lower plastic usage in the country. Customers can bring their own bottle or purchase a recyclable container from Reliance Smart Several suppliers fin...
07 July 2021
Canada's leading retailer, Loblaw, has opened its first Real Atlantic Superstore format in over a decade. We look at the concept which features the latest conventional neighbourhood model décor. Built for the future This is a new build store, located in a growing community within the Halifax Regional Municipality. It is expected to experience sustainable population growth for many years to ...