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Lotte Mart to exit Chinese market

Aldi: new pointless points campaign

UK: Half of online shoppers are willing to pay more for within-the-hour grocery deliveries Nearly half (48%) of online grocery shoppers say they are willing to pay for rapid delivery of their groceries to receive within one hour of placing their order, research from IGD reveals. The findings, discussed…

Sam’s Club: Instacart delivery nationwide expanded

Walmart: new high-tech distribution center in Shafter

US: Online natural and organic grocery Thrive aims to fill niche Thrive Market, a four-year-old online membership-based natural and organic food retailer, has successfully filled a niche modelled after Costco but just for healthy items. CEO Nick Green, along with his two co-founders Gunnar Lovelace and…

Dada-JD Daojia and Carrefour: online collaboration

Coop: virtual shopping chatbot launched

France: Carrefour 2018 3rd quarter sales Carrefour reported an acceleration in sales growth to +2.1% like-for-like in the third quarter (vs +0.7% in H1), notably in France (+1.6%) and in Brazil (+5.1%), reflecting a better momentum in France, driven by an improved commercial performance in all formats…

Albertsons: online marketplace launched for food, wellness and household products

Smart & Final: milestone with extra banner

US: Instacart announces $600mln in new funding led by D1 Capital Partners Instacart, the North American leader in online groceries, announced it has raised $600mln as part of a financing round led by D1 Capital Partners. The investment from D1 Capital comes after a year of tremendous growth for Instacart…

Leclerc: negotiating takeover of Géant Casino hypermarkets

UK regulator: Sainsbury's-Asda probe will include Aldi, Lidl and Amazon

Poland: Carrefour extends scan and go service Carrefour Poland introduced scan and go in five stores in Warsaw in 2017. The retailer will now roll it out to over 30 new stores across 28 cities, including Bialystok, Kraków and Lublin, among others. Grzegorz Wazowicz, Carrefour Polska’s financial services…

Supervalu's Q2: higher sales & bigger loss

Walmart expects fastest sales growth this decade

US: Supervalu posts higher sales & bigger loss for Q2 Just days after getting the green light to be acquired by United Natural Foods Inc., Supervalu Inc. reported an uptick in sales and a larger net loss for its fiscal 2019 second quarter. In a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission,…

Mercator: 10 shopping malls in Slovenia sold to Supernova

12 supermarkets and hypermarkets operated by the Quattrucci family join the Casino Group

Croatia: Agrokor continues turnaround, posts operating profit gains Croatian retail and food conglomerate Agrokor is continuing its turnaround, with the latest monthly report from the group's extraordinary administration noting an increase in operating profits in its Food and Retail & Wholesale…

Greencore: To exit US market

Albertsons: For 3rd consecutive quarter ID sales grow while ecommerce soars

US: Schnucks prepares to complete Shop 'n Save takeover Schnucks Markets has revealed its plans to revamp the 10 remaining stores that it purchased from now-defunct Shop 'n Save as it completes the rebranding of the first nine supermarkets. The St. Louis-based retailer, which purchased 19 of the 36 Shop…

Netto: first Swedish 100% R290 store

Aldi and Dachser: UK and Irish partnership extended with 5-year deal

Italy: Gruppo VéGé gets two new partners Italian retailer cooperative Gruppo VéGé will expand its company structure with the incorporation of two new members on 1 January 2019, the company has announced. Vega Società Cooperativa is a cooperative based in Northeast Italy (Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia)…

King Kullen: website now offers improved customer engagement for brands

Amazon: $80mln distribution center

US: Walmart to invest $250mln in joint venture with content firm Eko: source Walmart Inc has signed a joint venture with Eko, a developer of interactive video content, to attract shoppers and boost customer engagement, and will invest $250mln in the venture as well as a funding round, a source with…

Monoprix: grocery alliance with Amazon Prime tops expectations

Asda: EAS refresh continues with Tyco Retail Solutions

Jumbo to mainly open Foodmarkt-style stores in Belgium: reports Dutch retailer Jumbo is going to focus on opening Foodmarkt-style outlets in Belgium, according to local trade publication Gondola. According to Jumbo CEO Frits Van Eerd, the retailer will be seeking to make a "good start" in the country…

Schnucks: opening dates and updates for 9 acquired stores

7-Eleven joins forces with foodora for convenient Canadian delivery

Canada: Walmart investing $175mln to improve stores Walmart Canada says it will spend $175mln to help upgrade its stores across the country and improve the integration between its e-commerce business and physical locations. The company plans to renovate 23 stores by February 2019 in a move that it says…

FamilyMart considers to sell all of Uny unit to Don Quijote: Nikkei Business

ICA: September sales figures

Russia: X5 opens lab store to boost efficiency of innovation pipeline X5 Retail Group ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer, has launched a lab store in order to fast-track testing of new technologies. Located in Moscow's Central administrative district, the lab shares a building with a Pyaterochka store. "We…

Village Super Market: Q4 sales up, comps dip

Meijer: sustainability moves awarded as both supplier and carrier

US: Grocery co-op’s big plans for expansion GreenStar Natural Foods Market co-op in Ithaca, New York State, is offering its members the chance to invest in its future as it plans a huge expansion that will create 40 jobs and offer customers a more culturally diverse product line, with more local,…

BWG plans to add 45 new Spar and Eurospar stores over the next 2 years

Carrefour has acquired Planeta Huerto

Belgium: Lidl launches home delivery by bicycle in Ghent Lidl Belgium has announced the launch of Lidl Simpl - a pop-up webshop that will allow users to order fresh products online and have them delivered to their homes on a bicycle. Filip Watteeuw of Vessels of Mobility and Public Works in Ghent said,…

First-of-its-kind supermarket in Canada: near net-zero

7-Eleven: 1st location at Texas Motor Speedway

US: Sears reportedly preparing for bankruptcy filing as soon as this week Sears Holdings is readying a bankruptcy filing that could come as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the situation. The Journal reported that the company has hired M-III Partners to help…

Oxxo: 1st store in Peru

Vietnamese supermarket chain acquired by Vingroup retail arm

Scottish fund Baillie Gifford cuts stake in Spain's DIA Baillie Gifford has cut its stake in Spanish supermarket group DIA from 8.5% to 5.6%, the third time in less than a month that the Scottish fund has reduced its holding. A long economic crisis helped boost discount retailer DIA's market share, but…

Walmart partners with MGM

Target: new private label

US: Walmart partners with MGM to boost its video-on-demand service Walmart said it would partner with U.S. movie studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer to create content for its video-on-demand service, Vudu, which the retailer bought eight years ago. Walmart has been looking to prop up Vudu's monthly viewership that remains well below…

Wesfarmers: no hurry for deals after Coles spinoff

Casino Group: new ‘Le 4 Casino’ concept store in Paris

Russian food retailer X5 Retail opens distribution centre in Yaroslavl Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group has opened a new 34,000ft² distribution centre (DC) in Yaroslavl. The facility will serve more than 500 Pyaterochka stores of the company located in Yaroslavl, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Ivanovo and…

Giant: new urban format Heirloom Market

Costco: Q4 income rises

US: Omnichannel retail sales for FMCG hits $1tln Through a new, exclusive agreement using Rakuten Intelligence’s consumer sourced panel - the largest e-commerce panel in the world, with 5.5mln consumers - Nielsen revealed data yesterday showing that total omnichannel sales for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) products alone…

Waitrose & Partners to become UK’s 1st supermarket to deliver and put away your shopping while you’re out

Alibaba and Kroger ally to deliver China’s groceries

Australia: Drakes Supermarkets deploys Dematic’s robotic picking system Australia-based independent grocery retailer Drakes Supermarkets has selected integrated automated technology supplier Dematic to deploy robotic piece picking system at its distribution centre (DC) in South Australia. The supermarket…

Publix: 1st GreenWise Market store opened

Walmart selects Nielsen Brandbank for connected content partner program

US: Shipt and Target expand same-day delivery to the Inland Empire Shipt, a leading same-day delivery marketplace, and Target Corporation announced it will begin same-day delivery of more than 55,000 groceries, essentials, home, electronics, toys and other products in eight inland Southern California…

Auchan France: urban farms

Albert Heijn: new service for post-vacation customers

Greece: Sklavenitis to focus on fresh, local produce Sklavenitis, the leading Greek supermarket chain, is planning to open a number of stores where the emphasis will be on fresh products while another project foresees the showcasing of small Greek producers. The vehicle for the former will be small…

Walmart to acquire online retailer Eloquii

Kroger to trial grocery pick-up program at Walgreens stores

Ahold Delhaize USA to sell Italian grocery brand products This fall, Ahold Delhaize USA supermarkets plan to offer a selection of Fior Fiore brand products from Italian grocery chain COOP Italia. Under a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA’s Retail Business Services unit and COOP Italia, the Fior…

Jerónimo Martins acquires 5 Piotr i Pawel stores in Poland

Tesco: 11th consecutive quarter of rising sales

Eco-merger in Holland: Ekoplaza buys Natuurwinkel Dutch Udea, parent company of eco-store chain Ekoplaza, has acquired competitor Natuurwinkel for an undisclosed amount. When both organic chains join forces, they will have more than 100 stores. Natuurwinkel will add a 30mln turnover to Ekoplaza's 120mln,…

Grocery chain Treasure Island closes for good

World’s first robotic supermarket launched

Amazon ups minimum wage to $15 for all U.S. employees Amazon has revealed that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, temporary - including those hired by agencies - and seasonal employees across the United States, effective November 1. The move will benefit more than 250,000…

Biggest shareholder in Spain's DIA raises stake

Indebted retailer Casino: 565mln euros in property sales

JD Central launched in Thailand JD.com and Central Group have officially launched a new website under JD Central in Thailand. JD Central offers both direct sales and marketplace models. Online orders has exceeded expectations by 15 times since it was first opened for testing in June. About 80% of…

Price Rite: pilot program to raise shopping experience

Walmart: platform to ease ecommerce content management

US: Weis Markets store gets platinum GreenChill certification Weis Markets Inc.’s Randolph, New Jersey store, which opened this past July, has received platinum-level GreenChill certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for reducing in-store refrigerant usage. This is the Mid-Atlantic…

Woolworths supports new sustainability targets

Aeon: partnership with Vietnam grocer Fivimart ends

Aldi sales exceed £10bln for first time in UK and Ireland Aldi gained more than 1mln new customers last year, helping push sales at the discount grocer through £10bln for the first time. Profits at the UK and Irish arm of the German chain jumped by almost 30% to £265mln in 2017 as sales rose by 16.4% to…

Kroger: click-and-collect service name changed to avoid confusion

Publix: expansion of HQ planned to help fuel growth

US: Banner Wholesale opens new facility Banner Wholesale Grocers, a Chicago institution for 90 years, has opened a new 75,000-square-foot facility only a few blocks away from its previous location. While the new warehouse, which the company built from the ground up, isn't much larger than the previous…

Magnit: no more 'big-box' stores

Tesco: reverse vending machine trial

Spain's DIA loses market share to rivals Lidl, Mercadona Spanish discount supermarket chain DIA has seen its market share tumble this year, according to industry data, the latest sign of the store’s struggle to compete with rivals Mercadona and Lidl. DIA has lost more than two-thirds of its market value…

Giant Eagle reach agreement to acquire Ricker's c-store chain

Meijer: 1st-ever recognition for Disability Inclusion

US: Online grocer Thrive Market inks 5-year partnership with new distributor Thrive Market, a pure-play ecommerce grocer operating in the natural and organic space, has signed a five-year deal with KeHe Distributors LLC. The Naperville, Illinois-based grocery distributor will operate as the online…

Sonae SGPS: IPO of food retail business

Albert Heijn: 1st checkout-free stores open in Amsterdam

Russia: X5 opens first distribution centre in Karelia Russia's X5 Retail Group has opened its first distribution centre in the Republic of Karelia. The 17,500 square-metre Petrozavodsk logistics facility will serve 152 Pyaterochka stores located in 62 towns and cities of Karelia and the Murmansk region.…

Instacart: Toronto office will transform into tech hub

Walmart: milestones in grocery ecommerce capabilities

Amazon expands grocery delivery, pick-up services in the US E-commerce giant Amazon has announced that Prime members in 10 more US cities can now avail grocery delivery services from Whole Foods Market. These include Ann Arbor, Detroit, Jacksonville, Madison, Milwaukee, Omaha, Orlando, St. Louis, Tampa,…

Jumbo: Europe's first retail radio station

Ahold Delhaize: new concept store in Belgium

Romania: Mega Image takes over Adivin ’95 retail network in Constanta Mega Image acquired the Adivin ’95 network of stores in Constanta. The network was put on sale around two years ago when it entered in insolvency. The Adivin ’95 network was set up in 1995 by entrepreneur Adrian Vintila and owns three…

New Seasons adopts platform for consistent, accurate and independently verified product information

Walmart: new suite of mobile apps for employees

US: Greer’s ramps up online grocery with Shipt Greer’s is expanding its Greer’s To Go online grocery service with Shipt delivery. The Gulf Coast grocer, part of Prichard, Alabama-based Autry Greer & Sons Inc., has launched Shipt delivery of groceries and household staples from stores in the…

Central England Co-operative: strong half-year results

Poundland plans to open 20 stores in former Poundworld sites

Lidl Denmark signs up architectural firms to develop new headquarters Lidl Denmark has appointed architectural firm Link as the overall advisor on the development project of its new 11,000 square metre headquarters at Godsbanen in Aarhus. The discounter has also appointed engineering consultancy Niras as…

Costco Canada: delivery service expands across Ontario

Empire reach deal to acquire Farm Boy

US: Grocers embrace AI to optimize supply chain Half of retailers are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) to transform their supply chain operations, new research from Dallas-based technology company Symphony RetailAI has revealed. "Strengthening the Retail Supply Chain," which was conducted by…

8 start-ups to join Iceland's innovation lab

Musgrave agree to acquire upscale supermarket Donnybrook Fair

German supermarket chain Rewe steps up e-commerce challenge Germany's second-largest supermarke t chain Rewe opened a new logistics centre to serve its fast-growing online groceries business as e-commerce competition hots up in the food retail sector. Rewe, along with bigger rival Edeka, had been cited…

UNFI: record $10.23bln in fiscal 2018 net sales

Walmart: virtual reality training to all U.S. stores

Amazon business sales set to reach US$10.0bln annually Since its launch in 2015, Amazon’s business-to-business online marketplace is now worth US$10.0bln. Amazon Business provides industry supplies to businesses, as well as institutions including schools, hospitals and governments. Launched in 2015 in…

Countdown 1st supermarket chain to team up with UnionPay nationwide

Carrefour Italy: blockchain technology

Holland: Retailer Jumbo opens pop-up store dedicated to Formula 1 driver Jumbo has opened a pop-up store in its Groningen Food Markt outlet dedicated to Dutch Formula 1 star Max Verstappen. The store-within-a-store concept features a Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car, as well as Max Verstappen-themed…

Amazon: Opening up to 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021 considered

Walmart Canada: sustainable grocery delivery launched

US: Seasons kosher supermarket files for bankruptcy Seasons, a New York-based grocery store chain, has filed for bankruptcy. With $42mln worth of debt, the retailer has $5mln in assets, but it owes millions of dollars to its vendors, landlords, and banks, according to the Commercial Observer. These…

Samara Capital and Amazon: deal signed to acquire Birla Group’s ‘More’ retail chain

Amazon Turkey launched

South Korea: Lotte, Shinsegae in race to acquire Ministop Korean retail giants Shinsegae and Lotte are vying to acquire 100% stake in Ministop Korea, local unit of the Japan-based convenience store operator, according to industry sources on September 19. The parent companies of Emart24 and 7-Eleven declined to elaborate details…

Amazon: Northern Virginia distribution presence expanded

Sobeys: Strong profit growth, sales show steady improvement

US: Wegmans readies for debut in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Wegmans Food Markets is set to open its newest unit - and 98th overall - in Mannheim Township, Pennsylvania, this weekend. The long-awaited 120,000-square-foot store, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is Wegmans’ third new store to open this year. The…

Waitrose & Partners: 2 hour delivery trial launched

Asda: F1-inspired Aerofoil tech in stores

UK: Robot warehouses boost supermarket's fortunes Robotic warehouses have helped Ocado Group grow revenues 11.5% for the three months to September 2nd. The online supermarket said it is “ramping up new capacity” after posting double-digit growth in average orders per week. Last year Ocado ploughed major…

Aldi: going nationwide with Instacart

Kroger: leadership shuffle and consolidation of Roundy's and Mariano's divisions

US: Oklahoma City grocers partner with Udelv for driverless delivery Oklahoma City residents will soon be able to get their groceries delivered via driverless cars. Esperanza Real Estate Investments and Narnia Road have inked a deal with autonomous-vehicle startup Udelv to supply the Buy For Less family…

Supervalu: definitive agreement to sell 19 Shop ’n Save stores to Schnucks

Meijer: for 2nd year in a row among Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces

US: Publix to open next-gen GreenWise format in Georgia Publix is taking its leaner, greener new GreenWise format to Marietta, Georgia. The retailer announced the fifth location for its new-format GreenWise Market will be built at the corner of Sandy Plains and Shallowford Roads. The opening date is not…

Esselunga: voice-based shopping

Carrefour pilots supermarket without brands

German retailer Lidl will open 20 new stores in Romania by end-2019 German discounter Lidl, the third-biggest player on the modern retail market in Romania, will open five new stores by the end of this year and 15 more next year, according to the company’s communication director Cristina Hanganu. “We…

Canada-wide expansion planned for popular Filipino grocery chain

Kroger: same-store sales estimates missed and shares drop 11%

US: Jet.com unveils ‘city grocery experience’ As part of a brand relaunch, Jet.com has introduced what it calls a “city grocery experience” tailored to New York City residents. The Hoboken, New Jersey-based Walmart subsidiary said that its enhanced online grocery service will cater more closely to the…

Metro decides to sell Real hypermarkets to focus on wholesale

Walmart's purchase of Latin American food delivery service Cornershop set to spur e-commerce

Australia: Kmart set to introduce Afterpay Shoppers struggling with their cashflow will be pleased to hear that Kmart is set to partner with buy-now-pay-later service Afterpay for online shopping. Kmart - which is owned by Wesfarmers in Australia which also owns Coles and Myer - revealed the upcoming…

Kesko: measures increased to fight plastic pollution

Eroski: more sustainable product lines

Thailand: Tesco Lotus opens 2,000th store Tesco Lotus has opened its 2,000th store in Thailand on Bangkruay-Sainoi Road. The retailer committed to adding about 55,000 sq m of retail space in 2018. It has opened 45 stores so far: six hypermarkets, one department store, one talad store and 37 Tesco Express…

iFresh to distribute biometric automated retail technology in the Americas

Walmart Canada collaborates with Instacart

Amazon expands grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market to more cities Amazon announced the expansion of delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now to more cities. These include Charlotte, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Raleigh,…

Mercator: first-half operating profit more than doubled

Morrisons LFL growth reaches 9 year high

India: Supermarket chain to go beyond Hyderabad Supermarket chain Ratnadeep plans to move beyond Hyderabad, to regions across the country, as it eyes to double the turnover to around Rs. 1,000 crore by 2020. Managing Director Sandeep Agarwal said five stores are to be opened in Bengaluru soon. It intends…

Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Co. introduces grocery ecommerce

Walmart: new vending machine that retrieves groceries within seconds

US: Albertsons names Jim Donald CEO Albertsons Cos. has named current President and COO Jim Donald its new president and CEO, effective immediately. Current CEO Robert Miller will continue as chairman. Donald came back to Albertsons earlier this year, replacing retiring President Wayne Denningham.…

Alibaba teams up with MegaFon and Mail.ru in Russia

Tesco will unveil new discount chain, Jack's, next week

UK: Argos launches Voice Shop with Google Assistant Argos has announced the launch of a service with Google Assistant that enables shoppers to reserve products with their voices. Shoppers can also ask Google to search for Argos products, check availability and locate nearest stores. As reported by…

Kroger drops ‘ClickList’ name for grocery pickup

Walmart doubles its spending in battle for truckers

US: 1st Giant Food Store attains zero-waste status Giant Food Stores LLC’s Cleona, Pennsylvania, store has become the first in the Ahold Delhaize USA chain to reach zero-waste status. As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, zero waste means that 90% or more of a store's total waste is…

Supermarkets offer ‘cashback’ for 1st time in France

Jack Ma will hand over Alibaba to Daniel Zhang

AUS: Coles expands Quiet Hour to 173 stores Coles will dim the lights, turn down the music and reduce in-store distractions at 173 stores from tomorrow as it more than doubles the number of Quiet Hour locations. The supermarket said it was expanding the autism-friendly shopping experience to an…

Aldi: more than 1,000 jobs to add in tight labor market

Hy-Vee plans to open 12 supermarkets in Twin Cities

US: Shipt grocery delivery comes to California This month, Target stores in California are slated to launch same-day delivery of groceries and other products via Shipt. Plans call for the rollout, announced Thursday, to begin in Northern California’s Bay Area on September 20 at Target locations in the…

Carrefour: 24-hour store network in Spain expanded

Amazon India: 1st to offer its service in Hindi

Bulgaria-active retailer Maxima Grupe places 5-year 300mln euro bond Lithuanian retailer Maxima Grupe, which is active in Bulgaria through its T-Market brand, has placed a five-year 300mln euro ($347mln) bond, its Bulgarian unit said. Maxima Grupe has been actively expanding in Bulgaria throughout the…

Gristedes has joined Allegiance Retail Services, LLC

Costco: August sales results

US: Use of grocery apps to increase 50% this year Next year, more than one in five adults will use a grocery app to order food at least once a month, according to a new forecast from eMarketer. That will equate to nearly 23mln people, up from 18mln grocery app users this year. More than 30mln adults may use an app to order…

Netto: new look store in Aarhus

Asda: price guarantee scheme no longer relevant

Israeli supermarket makes stores accessible for the blind and visually impaired Shufersal, the largest supermarket chain in Israel, has implemented a solution that improves accessibility and orientation for blind and visually impaired shoppers. The RightHear app uses customers’ own smartphones to provide…

Walmart investigates drone delivery

H-E-B: digital headquarters in Austin

US: Thrive Market works to optimize new product discovery Online grocer Thrive Market is working to better offer customers organic products that they want at prices "well below" those of its competitors through its membership site. For the initiative, the Los Angeles-based pure-play ecommerce grocer is…

Auchan expands private label range in Russia

Carrefour Belgium: personal shopper service launched

Sri Lanka: Cargills says supermarket & bank synergies yielding results Sri Lanka’s Cargills group has said its strategy of making its supermarket and banking businesses work together is yielding results with customer transactions growing between the two. The group added 38 Cargills Food City supermarkets…

Darrenkamp’s is closing 3 stores and selling 1 to Giant Food Stores

Walmart pilots new last-mile grocery delivery service

US: Grocery Outlet employs strategic buying approach As Grocery Outlet continues its climb to national popularity, the chain, now run under the third generation of the family alongside private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, hopes to employ its opportunistic buying strategy to its fresh food offerings on…

Auchan: encouraging H1 results

DIA to purchase 12 Walmart stores in Argentina

UK: New-look logos for Waitrose & John Lewis John Lewis and Waitrose have added "& Partners" to their names, a move designed to highlight the structure and culture that differentiates them from competitors. A handful of branches unveiled new logos including John Lewis Oxford Street and Waitrose Edgware…

Store upgrades for Stater Bros.

H-E-B: more Central Market stores planned for Dallas

US: Stater Bros. moves ahead with store upgrades Continuing a flurry of store remodels, Stater Bros. tomorrow plans to hold grand reopenings at four locations. The Southern California supermarket chain said it will reopen renovated stores in Santa Ana (2360 North Tustin Ave.), Calimesa (1155 Calimesa…

Robinsons Retail: stake in Ministop increased to 59.1%

Samara Capital and Amazon to acquire food and grocery retail chain More

Snappmarket tapping into the online grocery market in Iran Snapp, the online transportation network giant, has partnered up with HyperStar, the subsidiary of French multinational retailer Carrefour in Iran to tap into the Iranian online grocery market with a new brand named Snappmarket. The two companies…

SpartanNash: career website

Amazon: Whole Foods delivery service expansion continues

US: SpartanNash launches career website SpartanNash has launched a brand new careers website that highlights its current associates and adopts the theme “Sounds like SpartanNash.” Pictures and testimonials of associates are peppered throughout the new job-surfing experience, which was designed to provide…

Auchan: 1st supermarket opens in Milan

Lidl Ireland plans 10 new store openings in 2018

Portugal's Sonae MC: strong results in H1 2018 Portugal-based Sonae said turnover at its grocery-focused division rose 7.2% in H1 2018, to €1.9bln. The retailer said the results were underpinned by strong like-for-like sales growth of 2.7% and supported by the ‘continued expansion of the Continente Bom…

Publix plans to build a refrigerated distribution center in North Carolina

Walmart: $41mln fulfilment center planned in Bullitt County

US: Dollar General powers ahead in Q2 Dollar General’s net sales increased by 10.6% to $6.4bln, with same-store sales up 3.7%. Net income increased by 38.1% to $407mln as the retailer continues to benefit from the investments it’s making in the business. One of its key programs this year is to increase…

Fosun is said to be in talks to buy Ceconomy stake in Metro

DIA Group joins Horizon International Services alliance

Ireland: Profits jump to €29.8mln at operator of Spar stores Pre-tax profits at the owner of the Spar franchise in Ireland, the BWG Group, rose by 23% to €29.83mln last year. BWG Unlimited Company and subsidiaries operate a network of stores across Ireland and the UK and revenues at the group increased…

Kroger: Instacart delivery to be expanded to 75 additional markets

Tops Markets will close 10 underperforming stores as part of restructuring

Amazon poised to break $1tln barrier after Morgan Stanley upgrade Amazon.com Inc. shares opened at a record high Wednesday, and could become the second U.S. company after Apple Inc. to break the trillion dollar market value barrier, after Morgan Stanley lifted its price target on the online retailing…

Metcash: supply agreement with Foodland Supermarket

Carrefour: stake increased in Romanian delivery platform

UK and Ireland: Shoppers demand convenience but slow to adopt e-commerce technologies New data from Nielsen has revealed supermarket shoppers in the UK and Ireland are slow adopters of new e-commerce technologies compared with their global counterparts, despite an increasing demand for greater…

Number of retailer mobile apps used by consumers doubled in 2018

Partnership expanded by Smart & Final and Instacart in California

US: Shipt expands same-day delivery in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania Shipt, a leading online marketplace, announced it will begin same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and household essentials with Weis Markets in Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre,…

Advent to invest $485mln in Walmart's Brazilian operations

Tesco remains fastest growing Irish chain for 7th consecutive period

Carrefour Poland optimises logistics fleet, reduces CO2 emissions Carrefour's Polish operation has announced that following the rollout of an internal Transport Management System (TMS), its truck fleet has reduced its annual distance travelled by 2mln kilometres in the past year. Using the TMS, the…

Kroger plans to open innovation center at University of Cincinnati

Wegmans: 1st supermarket chain in U.S. to offer service for blind or low-vision shoppers

US: Meijer reveals new convenience-store format Mass-merchandise retailer Meijer has unveiled what it sees as the convenience-store concept of the future with a new 5,500-square-foot store that, along with a focus on fresh, will be its first gas station to include a separate full-service Starbucks.…

All-time record broken by July retail sales in Taiwan

DIA: shares jump as CEO change heralds new strategy push

Lidl: Agreement with the Tasty food network in Italy Lidl has announced a partnership with the most followed social food network: Tasty. Through the partnership Lidl and Tasty will co-create and publish video recipes online, featuring Lidl Italia’s products. Tasty is a cross-media platform, part of…

Food Lion: 105 Norfolk, Virginia-area store makeovers

New Seasons Market: platform to better understand its shoppers

US: Food Lion wraps up Norfolk, Virginia-area store makeovers This week, Food Lion will hold grand-reopening ceremonies for 105 Norfolk, Virginia-area stores following a $168mln capital investment, which included hiring 4,000 additional associates and donations to local communities. "Food Lion has…

Iceland has agreed to take over 19 Poundworld stores

Tesco: closure of 13 Polish stores

Singapore: RedMart partners Sainsbury's Singapore's leading online supermarket, RedMart, has announced a partnership with Sainsbury's, one of UK's leading grocery retailers. RedMart will make 320 Sainsbury's products available exclusively to its customers from 29th August 2018. "RedMart and Sainsbury's…

One of Canada's online grocers is going brick-and-mortar

Lidl accelerates pace of store openings in September

US: Shipt expands same-day delivery in Texas Shipt, a leading online marketplace, today announced it will begin same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and household essentials with two major retailers across ten Texas metro areas. Shipt will begin offering delivery from select retailers in the…

Coop Netherlands to open 1st converted Emté store

UK's competition regulator to investigate Sainsbury-Asda merger

China: Alibaba revenue beats on strength in e-commerce, cloud businesses Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world’s biggest online retailer, topped first-quarter revenue estimates on Thursday, driven by growth in its core e-commerce business. Alibaba’s U.S.-listed shares rose about 3% in premarket trade. The…

Kroger phasing out plastic bags at all stores

Sprouts to debut first Pennsylvania store

Costco opens its 100th warehouse in Canada Costco opened the doors to a 149,000-sq.-ft. warehouse - and the discount chain’s 100th in Canada - in Nisku, Alberta, on Wednesday morning, just a stone’s throw from the Edmonton National Airport. The store includes Costco’s usual array of specialty departments…

Lidl Spain tests online store

Co-op: fastest growth in 7 years

New Zealand Q2 retail sales advance 1.1% Retail sales in New Zealand climbed a seasonally adjusted 1.1% on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, Statistics New Zealand said. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.3%, which would have been unchanged from the three months prior following an upward revision from 0.1%. Food and…

Boxed: funding through Japan's largest retailer

Target: sales growth hits 13-year high

US: H-E-B ranked top retailer in Texas The San Antonio-based grocery store chain is now the top retailer in Texas, and one of the top 20 merchants in the nation, according to the National Retail Federation. The list recognizes companies according to its sales. In 2017, H-E-B's retail sales came in at…

Shoprite: earnings drop after poor performance outside South Africa

Flipkart: AI startup Liv.ai acquired to start the ‘voice’ revolution

Nigeria: Spar launches promo to mark 30th anniversary In commemoration of its 30th anniversary celebration, Spar, a leading chain of supermarket stores, has unveiled “Scratch and Get Free Gifts” promotion to reward its Nigerian shoppers. In a statement, Head of Marketing, Mr. John Goldsmith, said the…

Store with tech to rival Amazon Go opens next month

Costco: Apple Pay across all US stores

US: Instacart delivery expands at Hy-Vee This week, more Hy-Vee stores will be launching same-day grocery delivery through Instacart. San Francisco-based Instacart said its online grocery delivery service will become available on August 23 from Hy-Vee stores in Muscatine, Ford Madison, Ottumwa, Spencer…

JD.com: Q2 revenue +31.2%

Amazon & Samara Capital in talks to acquire More supermarket chain

Czech Republic: Large supermarkets struggle with serious shortage of staff Large supermarkets in the Czech Republic are struggling with a serious shortage of employees, caused by record low unemployment. According to the website Novinky.cz, a lack of employees has forced the British supermarket chain…

Lidl to open 1st Maryland store

Walmart: virtual reality retail plans

US: Supervalu's retail store sales could incite a feeding frenzy When United Natural Foods eventually puts Supervalu’s remaining retail chains up for sale, it will offer grocers the rare opportunity to buy up prime real estate in major markets, according to various reports. UNFI said it planned to sell…

Japanese Miniso enters Romanian market

ICA: +5.2% to €5.4bln in H1 2018

New Zealand: Countdown annual profit slides 8% to $284mln Woolworths Group's Countdown chain of supermarkets in New Zealand says grocery prices fell at an even faster pace in the fourth quarter, although growing demand for online sales helped boost annual revenue. New Zealand food sales rose to $6.4bln in the 52 weeks ended…

Meijer: Bridge Street Market concept readies for debut

Tops Markets' grocery business strengthens

U.S. Retail sales rise more than forecast in broad-based advance U.S. retail sales rose by more than forecast in July as Americans snapped up clothes and headed to restaurants, extending solid consumer-spending gains to the start of the third quarter. The value of overall sales advanced 0.5% from June,…

DIA: deal completed

Tesco plans Aldi-style discount chain

UK: Walmart's Asda sales rise 0.4% in second quarter Asda, the British supermarket arm of Walmart that has agreed to be acquired by Sainsbury’s, reported a 0.4% rise in underlying sales, and said it was more profitable due to improvements in non-food margins. Asda, the UK’s third largest grocer after…

Kroger: first driverless delivery location unveiled

Walmart: best sales growth in a decade

CAN: Metro reports third-quarter profit down on Jean Coutu acquisition costs Grocer Metro Inc. earned $167.5mln in its latest quarter as it completed its acquisition of the Jean Coutu Group. The retailer says its profit amounted to 69 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended July 7 compared with a…

Kesko: grocery sales rise 9.4% in July

Carrefour Spain launches learn-to-recycle app

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…

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…

HelloFresh: to break even by 2019

Lidl will install Ireland's largest network of supermarket-based EV chargers

Belgium: Colruyt extends till-free shopping to OKay Belgian retailer Colruyt Group has extended its 'till-free' test to three supermarkets of the OKay chain and one of OKay Compact, after having trialled it in Spar shops earlier. The pilot project of till-free shopping at a number of Spar stores,…

Target and Shipt: same-day delivery in Maine

Kroger going global through Alibaba partnership

CAN: Retail group ‘underwhelmed’ by trimmed credit card fees Major credit card companies have struck an agreement with the federal government to trim the fees they charge to merchants in a move Ottawa hopes will provide a boost to small businesses. Ottawa announced Thursday it had reached voluntary,…

Coop Italia: healthy snacks at checkouts

Sainsbury's: 'scan and go' store launched in Clapham

Israeli supermarket chain Shufersal Q2 profit, revenue up Shufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, said net profit rose in the second quarter as it integrated a newly purchased drugstore chain. The company posted net profit of 85mln shekels ($23mln) versus 69mln a year earlier. Revenue increased…

Pacific Foods founder: back to 'Basics' with grocery venture

H-E-B: underperforming Houston store will convert into an e-commerce hub

US: New contract includes pay hikes for Giant Eagle workers at corporate stores Union workers in 35 corporate-owned Giant Eagle stores in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia will see wage increases and improved benefits under a new three-year contract. About 5,500 Giant Eagle employees represented by…

Saudi Arabia’s top grocery app: coming to the UAE

Spar: on track to meet store targets

Largest food retailer in Belarus announces its unaudited operating results Eurotorg LLC (“Eurotorg” or the “Company”), the largest food retailer in Belarus, announces its unaudited operating results for the three months (2Q 2018) and six months ended 30 June 2018 (1H 2018). Operating highlights for 2Q…

Ingles: higher Q3 comps, net sales

Kroger: Ship ecommerce platform launched

CAN: Walmart to launch grocery pickup service in Manitoba Manitobans will soon have another option for ordering groceries online and picking them up. Walmart has announced they will launch a free grocery pickup service in Manitoba on August 14, joining other large chains such as Real Canadian Superstore…

Flipkart: launch of ‘Flipkart Supermart’

Henderson Family: purchase of 50 Poundworld stores agreed

China's Dada-JD Daojia raises $500mln from Walmart, JD.com Dada-JD Daojia, a Chinese online grocery and delivery firm, said it has raised $500mln from Walmart Inc and JD.com Inc in its latest round of financing. The company comprises of two businesses and is partly owned by JD.com. Dada operates a…

Albertsons and Rite Aid: merger terminated

Kroger is closing all of its remaining Triangle stores earlier than expected

US: Aldi adds more fresh, organic products Aldi supermarkets are going to get a whole lot fresher. The supermarket chain is bringing more fresh, organic, and easy-to-prepare options to its over 1,800 stores across the country as part of its accelerated growth plan. The supermarket chain has invested more…

Hema supermarket: customers can track farm-to-shelf journey for food

Casino: 22-year low

Spain: Mercadona extends rollout of sustainable bags to 66 more stores Spanish retail group Mercadona has extended the rollout of sustainable shopping bags - produced from either paper or recycled plastic - to a further 66 stores, following a successful trial. The bags were initially tested in 11 stores belonging to the group,…

Greatland Grocery & Supply goes the extra mile

Walmart: new partnership with Gobble

US: Publix plans another GreenWise Market store Publix Super Markets Inc. is adding a fourth location for its relaunched GreenWise Market specialty, natural and organic food format. The Southeastern supermarket chain said it plans to open a GreenWise store in Boca Raton, Florida. No opening date has been…

Carrefour unveils a new grocery shopping experience

Ahold Delhaize: Q2 2018 results

Cyprus: Supermarket chains looking to expand as demand grows Existing supermarket chains are looking for a bigger slice of the pie while foreign companies are also interested in investing in Cyprus. Annual turnover by supermarkets, mini-markets and fruit and vegetable stores is estimated at €1.5bln, with the supermarket chains…

Target and Shipt: same-day delivery in Connecticut

National Stores Inc. files for chapter 11

Amazon brings Whole Foods voice shopping to Alexa Amazon announced that Echo smart speakers can now use their voice to add Prime Now order items to a Whole Foods cart. Prime Now, available in 24 U.S. markets, ensures two-hour same-day delivery. Amazon began to provide Prime Now deliveries for Whole Foods…

Okey Group: sales decline with supermarket disposal

Carrefour and Tesco finalise purchasing deal

LuLu Group to open first warehouse in the Philippines Middle East supermarket chain LuLu Group International is all set to launch this week its first warehouse facility in the Philippines. May Export Philippines, the local unit of LuLu, will be inaugurating Warehouse No.1 at Calamba Premiere…

Supervalu: Q1 fiscal 2019 results

Advent International: Walmart Brazil acquisition finalised

US: Holiday timing dings Weis’ Q2 sales The timing of two key holidays made a dent in sales at Weis Markets Inc. during the second quarter of its fiscal 2018, which ended June 30. The grocer posted Q2 sales of $871.1mln, versus $876.6mln for the year-ago period. The grocer’s Q2 net income rose 3.4% to…

Carrefour acquires So.bio

Woolworths: 3.0 store launched

Carrefour Belgium commences sale of local products online Carrefour Belgium has announced that it is launching a new online sales platform for local products. The announcement makes Carrefour the first major retailer in Belgium to open up its online sales platform to local producers in order for them to access a new…

Amazon: 40% grocery sales surge in 2Q

Walmart: robotics piloted for grocery ecommerce picking

CAN: Sobeys opening discount locations in Winnipeg Winnipeg will be gaining a new grocery shopping experience after Sobeys Inc. announced that it would be introducing two discount grocery stores to the city. Set to open in the spring of 2019, Sobeys’ discount grocery store, FreshCo, will replacing two…


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