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Supermarket chains dominate offline shopping

Sainsbury's investing 150mln sterling in price cuts

Retail firm Auchan introduces new payment app in ItalyAuchan Retail Italia has introduced a new mobile payment application, dubbed AuchanSpeedy, to provide simple, quick and safe shopping experience for customers. Launched in alliance with Mastercard, the new solution can be used to scan products in the store.....

Southeastern Grocers: 3 new Fresco y Mas openings

Albertsons prepares digital marketplace for vendors

Amazon tracks many repeat shoppers for line-free Seattle storeAmazon.com Inc is tracking how regularly customers shop at its store without checkout lines in Seattle, and so far, the verdict is they keep coming back. “The ones who work very close, like in the building up above, will come down even just to grab.....

Online supermarket Picnic expands into Germany

Spar: Ambitious entry into Greece

Italy: Gruppo SUN enjoys private label growthFollowing on from its positive 2017 results Supermercati Uniti Nazionali (SUN) has said its private label products enjoyed sales growth of 20.6% in the first 10 months of 2017, versus the national average of 3.8%. SUN said its private label beverage products saw the.....

Grand Rapids: SpartanNash delivery

Dollar General's strong same-store sales: revamp paying off

US: SpartanNash expands delivery to Grand RapidsSpartanNash is expanding its Fast Lane online grocery shopping experience to include at-home delivery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Delivery will be available on shopthefastlane.com to customers in 24 ZIP codes covering the greater Grand Rapids region, and fulfilled.....

Guillaume Thomas, NaturéO:

France: "We can offer up to 15 organic apple varieties"

According to Guillaume Thomas, expert and buyer of fruits and vegetables at the supermarket chain Bio NaturéO, apples and bananas are the most popular organic fruits. “They're simple to eat, easy to carry and they’re the basis for a lot of compotes, pies and juices."Guillaume adds that the supply of organic.....

Spar Poland: 3 new stores

Mercadona: results in 2017

The Netherlands: retail turnover 3.5% up in JanuaryStatistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.5% turnover growth in January year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 2.4%. Turnover grew in both the food sector and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales.....

Strong Q4/FY17 for Smart & Final

Dollar General: fresh produce to 450 stores

US: Walmart sows the seeds for farm entry with drone patentsWalmart is applying for a number of patents for drones that would be used to automate farming, CB Insights reported. The move could support the retailer's grocery business and give more supply chain control to the big box giant. With the six patent.....

Sales up 4% for Les Mousquetaires

Australia's Wesfarmers plans to spin off Coles

Malaysia: Hypermarkets suffer despite 4Q’s 3.1% growth in retail salesRetail sales rose 3.1% in the final three months of 2017 (4Q17), boosted by the year-end festivity and school holiday spending, but the hypermarket segment continued its decline as consumers shunned large retailers for cheaper alternatives......

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fall for 3rd straight month

Southeastern Grocers prepares to file for U.S. bankruptcy

US: Rouses introduces same-day grocery delivery at most storesRegional grocer Rouses Markets has added online grocery shopping and same-day delivery at the majority of its locations. A click-and-collect option will follow in the spring. In partnership with San Francisco-based delivery provider Instacart, the.....

UAE: Hypermarkets offer 50% discount for one month

Jumbo: Once again the cheapest supermarket in Portugal

Qatar Farms programme launched in four supermarketsThe Ministry of Municipalities and Environment (MME), in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC), have launched "Qatar Farms" programme to support local products. Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture Affairs & Fisheries at the MME,.....

Supervalu to pull out of Farm Fresh banner

Weis’ 4Q: a year of gains

US: BJ’s to offer Instacart delivery chainwideBJ’s Wholesale Club has expanded its same-day delivery agreement with Instacart and said it will offer the service from all of its membership clubs by the end of April. The Westborough, Massachusetts based chain first launched its partnership with Instacart a few.....

Mercadona: 8.5bln euros investment in next six years

Morrisons: strong full year results

Spain: Eroski to remodel CapraboFrom 2018 the progressive remodelling of Caprabo stores in Catalonia will take place, with a focus on making the stores more attractive to clients. Caprabo has a focus on fresh and local products, many of which come from cooperatives. In a similar vein to Makro Chef’s workshops,.....

Walmart: 800 stores grocery delivery service expansion

Costco is exploring fresh grocery delivery in Canada

US: Publix eyes new $400mln distribution centerIn an effort to continue its northward expansion, Publix Super Markets is in talks to be considering a $400mln regional distribution center, according to the Greensboro-based News & Record. Proposed for eastern Greensboro, North Carolina, the possible.....

Delhaize: innovative new store opened in Bucharest

Carrefour Brasil plans expansion; considers purchases and partnerships

Singapore: retail sales dropped 8.4% in JanuaryTotal retail sales value also dropped 9.3% from $4.3bln to $3.9bln. Retail sales dropped 8.4% in January 2018 compared to January 2017 when Chinese New Year was celebrated, the Department of Statistics revealed. Excluding motor vehicles, retail sales declined.....

Aldi US expands grocery ecommerce service

Publix launches a new banner

US: United Natural Foods Q2 net sales up by double digitsGrocery wholesaler United Natural Foods reported a strong second quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended Jan. 27, upping its guidance for the year. United Natural Foods Inc.’s (UNFI) net sales for its Q2 of fiscal 2018, ended Jan. 27, increased 10.6% to.....

Morrisons partners with over 200 local UK food makers

Eroski will transform 50 stores into 'Contigo' format

India: BigBasket sets up offline kiosks India’s largest online grocer BigBasket will set up offline kiosks that stock daily groceries. As competition heats up, with the entry of both Amazon and Flipkart into the on-demand grocery segment, BigBasket is addressing this by opening thousands of offline kiosks. Set.....

Kroger expands partnership with Myxx

Meijer: 6 urban-format stores by 2021

US: Instacart is thinking about a self-checkout system, patent revealsInstacart has filed a patent for a mobile self-checkout system that would allow shoppers to bypass in-store checkouts. While a patent filing doesn’t necessarily mean that a product is forthcoming, it provides interesting insight into the way.....

Aldi is planning to expand in China

Selex to open 69 new stores in 2018

UK: Ocado using technology to improve fraud detectionAs the world’s largest online only supermarket, Ocado handles millions of online activities every minute as its customers navigate its website and apps, add items to their trolleys, choose delivery slots, and check out their orders. One challenge facing any.....

Target has expanded its online fulfilment game

Kroger: healthy Q4 and FY17

US: Publix buys shopping center in HialeahPublix Super Markets just purchased a shopping center it anchors in Hialeah for $15.7mln. The Lakeland-based grocer paid about $245 per square foot for the 64,260-square-foot Paraiso Plaza shopping center at 3339 West 80th Street, according to property records. The.....

Lulu: expansion in India, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia

Casino aims at further profit growth in 2018

UK retail sales: two-speed market persistsThe latest figures from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM) shows that UK retail sales grew by 1.6% in February 2018 (0.6% like-for-like). However, this average disguises the fact that fortunes between the food and non-food sectors continue to.....

Target announces plans to accelerate multiyear strategy

Costco reports Q2, operating fiscal 2018 and February sales results

US: SuperValu-owned CUB® store announces new store and new format“This store brings a great new concept to the CUB portfolio, as it will be our first store embedded into a residential complex,” said Anne Dament, Executive Vice President of Retail, Marketing, and Private Brands, under which Cub resides. “We're.....

Carrefour: Europe's first food blockchain

Co-op: 1st UK supermarket to eliminate queues for customers

China: Growth slowing FY2017 for Sun ArtSun Art Retail has posted its 2017 annual results, with revenue rising 1.9% to RMB102,320mln (US$16,130mln) and profit up 2.9%. However, its revenue growth has slowed down compared to previous years, having grown 6.6% (CAGR) between 2012 - 2016. During the year, the.....

Supermarket ambitions, also for France confirmed by Amazon

Target: favorable fourth quarter

Amazon confirms its supermarket ambitions, for France tooAmazon has once again confirmed its food distribution ambitions, this time through French CEO Frédéric Duval. The American online giant is eager to launch its grocery service in France as well. Amazon is raring to go in France, he said, although he did.....

Lidl Italia updates its store design

Union Coop: record profit

Ahold Delhaize's Maxi named favourite supermarket in SerbiaAhold Delhaize has announced that its Maxi retail banner was voted as Serbian consumers' favourite supermarket at the recent My Choice awards. The awards, which are organised by tourism organisation My Serbia and the country's Chamber of Commerce and.....

Amazon: grocery delivery expansion

Target: 28 Twin Cities remodels

US: Company-owned Publix stores now exceed 30% of the totalPublix Super Markets now owns nearly a third of its grocery stores and plans to invest more than $1bln this year in its property portfolio. The Lakeland-based grocer owned 31.8% of its stores last year, up from 29.1% in 2016, according to the company’s.....

Cencosud: Q4 2017 results

Tesco and Booker shareholders approved to merger

France: Sales rise 1.4% in 2017 for Système UFrance-based Système U has said sales rose 1.4% in 2017, reaching €19.49bln, excluding fuel. As with recent years, the retailer’s growth was driven by its proximity and ecommerce channels. By fascia, Système U said: Hyper U: total sales fell 4.6% to €3.32bln. Super.....

Carrefour introduces food delivery app in Romania

Lidl: Belgium expansion

France: Auchan extends delivery optionUnderlining the growing importance of delivery options in the country where Drive (click and collect) has historically dominated, Auchan has said it has added eight new cities where shoppers can have orders delivered. This means Auchan shoppers in 12 cities in France,.....

Price Rite is rebranding area grocery stores to stay competitive

Publix: Q4 comparable store sales, earnings rise

US: Shipt launches same-day delivery in Hampton Roads metro area, expands in RichmondShipt, a leading online marketplace, announced that they will begin same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and home essentials with three major retailers. Beginning March 15, 2018, Shipt will deliver from Target,.....

Young Chinese people go to specialist’s shops more often

In China, Jiutai has 2,600 supermarkets among clientele, and additionally, the company can be found at eight wholesaler’s market. It supplies to e-commerce, its fruit is handed out in the airplanes of various airlines, and the specialist’s shop chain Kaopu is also part of the group.Henry Wang en Michal Glijer.....

Aldi will place pilot locations inside Kohl's stores

Walmart builds robot that inspects food and knows when it will spoil

US: Aldi will place outposts inside Kohl's storesAldi will place up to ten pilot locations inside Kohl’s stores later this year, Kohl’s CEO Kevin Mansell said during an earnings call, according to Retail Dive. Kohl’s currently has Amazon kiosks offering devices and other products inside select stores. Mansell.....

SUN: good growth in 2017

Carrefour: net loss for 2017 due to one-time charges

UK: Marks & Spencer to close two Greater Manchester stores in AprilThe date has been revealed for the closure of two Greater Manchester Marks and Spencer stores. The branch in the Merseyway Shopping Centre, in Stockport, and an outlet store at the Crown Point Retail Park in Denton, will be closing on April.....

Carrefour Brasil beats Q4 profit estimates

AiFi has launched scalable checkout-free system

US: Startup launches scalable Amazon Go-like system for retailersAiFi, a startup technology company, has launched a scalable, checkout-free system similar to Amazon Go for retailers. In an interview with Food Dive, co-founder and CEO Steve Gu said the technology is able to be installed in small stores as well.....

Amazon takes on major logistical delivery challenge

Supermarkets: Strong showing in Customer Satisfaction Index

US: Shipt and Target to launch same-day delivery across LouisianaShipt, a leading online marketplace, and Target Corporation announced they will begin same-day delivery of more than 55,000 groceries, essentials, home, electronics, toys and other products in Louisiana. Beginning March 13, 2018, Shipt will.....

Groupe Casino is expanding delivery options

World premiere: First plastic-free supermarket aisle unveiled

Hungary: December retail sales up 5% y-o-y to HUF 1,072blnIn December 2017, the volume of sales in retail shops increased by 5.0% according to raw data, and by 6.1% adjusted for calendar effects, reveals a second estimate of retail data from the Central Statistical Office (KSH). In 2017 as a whole, the volume.....

Shoprite: 14.2% jump in H1 earnings

SuperValu: Record sales

Thailand: store operator CP ALL profit up 20%, beats estimatesThailand’s largest convenience store operator, CP ALL Pcl posted a net profit of 19.9bln baht ($631.55mln) for its 2017 fiscal year, up 19% on revenue growth and a strong performance from its subsidiary. CP ALL beat estimates of 19.4bln baht based.....

Shoppers Value Foods to buy 7 Winn-Dixie stores

Loblaw have signed deal with Metrolinx

US: SpartanNash launches banner-specific mobile appsSpartanNash has launched mobile apps specific to each of its banners: Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Family Fresh Market, and Forest Hills Foods. Available for iOS and Android devices, the apps let users shop the Fast Lane.....