Walmart: new distribution center in Mobile, Alabama

Weis: new grocery technology

Canada's largest T&T Supermarket now in Richmond
The largest T&T Supermarket in Canada has opened in Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre. On Thursday, August 16th, the massive 70,000 square foot market officially opened for shopping. The space was formerly owned by Target, which is roughly two times the size of a regular store. In addition to an in-house bakery, the stores typically have a deli, as well as a sushi and Chinese barbecue department. There are two other stores in the area, including the Yaohan Centre and one at Hollybridge Way. With rapid expansion, T&T is now the largest Asian supermarket chain in Canada.

US: drivers approve Teamsters contract
A group of 90 grocery home delivery drivers working for in the Seattle area have ratified a contract with the Teamsters. This week’s vote is believed to mark the first time that truck drivers for online grocery home delivery have unionized and secured a contract, according to a spokesman for Teamsters Local 174. Sixty drivers in Local 174 and 30 drivers in Local 313 became full Teamsters members with the vote. “This is a great day for the Teamsters and an even better day for these drivers, who were the first in the country to organize and are now the first in the country to work under a Teamster contract,” Rick Hicks, secretary-treasurer for Tukwila, Washington-based Teamsters Local 174, said in a statement.

US: Walmart debuts new Mobile, Alabama distribution center
Walmart Inc. held a grand-opening celebration this week for its new $135mln distribution center in Mobile, Alabama. According to the Bentonville, Arkansas-based mega-retailer, the facility is the sixth import distribution center in the nation. At the event, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and local officials noted that the DC, which measures 2.6mln square feet, encompassing 60 acres under one roof, would spur the region’s economic growth and provide local career opportunities with a chance for advancement. Also as part of the opening festivities, Walmart associates presented about $20,000 to various organizations in the Mobile area.

US: Weis streamlines supply chain with new grocery technology
Mid-Atlantic grocer Weis Markets is adopting new grocery technology to streamline its supply chain operations while reducing costs and improving inventory management. Weis chose ReposiTrak, from the Salt Lake City-based Park City Group, for its scan-based trading solution, complementing the technology with analytical (ScoreTracker) and ordering (store-level ordering/store-level reporting) applications that enable the retailer to stock less, be more efficient and sell more, while enjoying all of the working capital benefits of scan-based trading.

AUS: Amazon unveils new Sydney fulfilment centre almost double the size of Melbourne one
New market entrant and retail giant Amazon has continued the roll-out of its Australian offering via the opening of a new 43,000 square metre fulfilment centre in Moorebank, Sydney. The massive warehouse will aid Amazon’s shipping capabilities down under and provide better access to logistics for both SMEs selling on the platform and consumers. This brings the total number of fulfilment centres in Australia up to two, with the first one being based in Dandenong, Victoria. “This is an exciting milestone for Amazon in Australia. The Sydney facility in Moorebank will help Amazon ensure that customers enjoy fast and reliable delivery across more areas of the country,” said Amazon director of operations Robert Bruce in a statement.

Ecommerce in Sweden was worth €14.5bln in 2017
Ecommerce in Sweden has increased just slightly during last year and was worth 14.5bln euros at the end of 2017. After an increase of 4.1%, the B2C ecommerce turnover of Sweden grew only 400,000 euros compared to the situation in 2016. This can be concluded from the latest report on Swedish ecommerce by the Ecommerce Foundation. The 14.5bln euros turnover of last year is still more than what other sources calculated. For example, online payments provider Dibs said ecommerce in Sweden was worth 11.5bln euros in 2017, while PostNord Sverige talks about 6.7bln euros. These big differences mostly occur because of very different methods of measuring ecommerce revenue: some parties ignore entire industries such as travel or gambling.

Australian retailer Wesfarmers soars on hopes for swift turnaround
Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers Ltd posted record earnings in core divisions, sending its shares to a record high as investors glimpsed the rapid growth promised by a restructuring initiated by new managing director Rob Scott. Although an inglorious exit from an ill-fated hardware expansion in Britain hammered full-year profit almost 60% lower, profit from continuing operations rose 5.2% to A$2.9bln ($2.1bln), beating market expectations.

Brazil June retail sales unexpectedly fall, but at a slower pace
Retail sales in Brazil unexpectedly contracted in June, though at a slower pace than in the previous month, highlighting the lingering effect of a nationwide truckers’ strike the month before. Sales fell 0.3% from the month before, government statistics agency IBGE said, compared to the median estimate in a Reuters poll of economists of a 0.2% increase.

'Smart Discount' channel sees highest growth in Portugal
The 'Smart Discount' channel saw the highest growth in Portugal's retail sector during 2017, a new study has found. The channel, which is mostly based around two banners, Aldi and Lidl, outperformed the wider market, according to a report by Kantar Worldpanel for Grande Consumo. It found that the two discounters are seeking to adopt different growth strategies - while both retailers have a strong own-brand focus, Lidl is focusing more on hygiene and beauty, while Aldi's most dynamic categories are water, vegetables and greens.

Denmark's Salling Group sets sights on combating food waste
Denmark's Salling Group has announced partnerships with Stop Spild Af Mad, a consumer group aimed at reducing food waste, and FødevareBanken, a food bank provider. The retailer has teamed up with the two groups as it bids to cut its food waste by 2030. Research has shown that on each day of the year, some 2,000 tonnes of food are thrown out in Denmark, with the country's total food waste accounting for 70,000 tonnes annually. The partnership has been dubbed 'Denmark Against Food Waste' and it will encourage both Danish consumers and suppliers alike to join the fight against food waste, and to be more transparent about how they deal with the issue.

Carrefour Spain introduces learn-to-recycle app
Carrefour Spain has announced the launch of Reciclaya, an app that will help customers to adopt recycling best practices. The app can help inform the customer on the lifecycle of a particular product, by scanning the bar code on their receipt. The app will automatically separate the products into virtual waste bins so that customers can place them into the corresponding bin Carrefour says. After a pilot experiment with 50 customers, Carrefour is now officially launching the app on a national scale.

Finnish retailer Kesko sees grocery sales rise 9.4% in July
Finnish conglomerate Kesko posted grocery sales of €447.5mln in July, which was an increase of 9.4% in comparable terms, the company said. Reported sales in July rose by 5.8%, helped by warm weather, the company said. Overall, Kesko Group’s sales from continuing operations totalled €884.8mln, which was an increase of 7.9% in comparable terms. Reported sales from continuing operations were up 5.6%.

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