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Target: ‘flow center’ distribution model

H-E-B aims to construct new distribution center in San Antonio

US: Target preps for more store-based deliveries with ‘flow center’ distribution modelTarget is testing a new distribution model designed to speed up restocking, according to The Wall Street Journal. The retailer’s replenishment cycle is currently measured in days, and the updated strategy would cut that time.....

Albert Heijn: new concept store in Hoofddorp

DIA: Q1 2018 results

Retailer Mega Image’s sales, up 20% in Romania in first quarterSupermarket chain Mega Image increased its sales in Romania by 19% in the first quarter, due to an 11.9% increase in existing shops and network expansion. Mega Image thus contributed to the 4.7% increase in Ahold Delhaize’s sales increase in.....

Albertsons: remodel along with 5 new Idaho locations

Walmart: IPO for Flipkart may launch in as early as 4 years

US: Albertsons announces remodel along with 5 new Idaho locationsAlbertsons is boosting its presence back home, making moves to invest in its home state with five new stores that will be remodeled to include a fresher focus, adding a revamp of its dairy section, an expanded salad bar, as well as new cold cases.....

Intermarché Poland: 11.4% increase in turnover in Q1

ICA: domestic sales down in April

UK: Co-op outlines plans for NisaThe Co-op says Nisa members will have access to price reductions of up to 20% across some lines, have access to more than 800 Co-op own-brand lines, and 100 new branded lines following the merger of the two groups. Nisa members will also be given access to Co-op promotions,.....

Lidl US store: GreenChill platinum certification

Ingles: 'strong sales performance' in Q2

US: Costco Wholesale Corporation reports April sales resultsCostco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) reported net sales of $10.81bln for the retail month of April, the four weeks ended May 6, 2018, an increase of 13.1% from $9.56bln last year. For the thirty-five weeks of fiscal year 2018 ended.....

Spar Cyprus target: opening 20 supermarkets, first this year

Morrisons: better-than-expected 3.6% sales hike

Belgium: Bio-Planet opens its 1st city centre supermarket in AntwerpBelgian retailer Colruyt Group has announced that its Bio-Planet chain has opened its first city centre supermarket. The new store in Antwerp is a fully-fledged organic supermarket, which will carry over 6,000 organic and ecological products......

Ahold Delhaize: higher Q1 sales as U.S. operations improve

Walmart ends grocery partnership with Uber

US: Peapod sharpens pricing as competition intensifiesThe growth of traditional grocers in the e-commerce space is forcing Peapod to get sharper on pricing, officials of owner Ahold Delhaize acknowledged. CEO Dick Boer said that recently announced deal bundles and other pricing initiatives would help the.....

Musketeers Group: over PLN100mln investment planned in Poland in 2018

Alibaba buys online retailer Daraz

Ireland: strong Dublin growth gives SuperValu largest market shareWith a sales growth of 3.1% in the 12 weeks to 22 April, SuperValu is once again the grocery retailer with the largest share (22.3%) in the Irish market. According to Kantar Worldpanel, SuperValu’s growth recently has been especially pronounced.....

Kroger: 'OptUp' healthy shopping app

Weis Markets: 16th straight quarter of growth in comps

US: Shipt launches same-day delivery from Dierbergs and Target in Osage BeachShipt, a leading online marketplace, announced that it will expand its same-day delivery service to a new Missouri metro. Beginning May 22, Shipt will deliver an assortment of groceries and home essentials from Dierbergs Markets and.....

Supermarket group Mestdagh cuts 450 jobs

7-Eleven: new format stores

Israel: Online supermarket Co BringBring challenges the big chainsAn Israeli online food retail startup called BringBring is trying to prove that a venture providing online shopping can be profitable. The startup, in which food and beverage giant Coca-Cola Israel (Central Bottling Company) has invested,.....

EV chargers at 3 stores installed by Whole Foods

Lidl: huge opportunity in the U.S. market

US: Whole Foods now installing EV chargers at some storesWhole Foods has announced a partnership with electric vehicle charging company Blink to begin installing the EV charge points at its US stores. Three Whole Foods Markets have received the Blink chargers so far, all of which are in Pennsylvania. There are.....

Carrefour China: new concept store launched

Alibaba: 58% increase in annual revenue

UK: Supermarket to open new store at site of historic police stationA new supermarket is set open on the site of an historic police station in a West Wales town. Co-Op has announced that it will close its current Ammanford store and open a new shop at the former home of the town’s police station and.....

Supervalu: sale of 21 Farm Fresh stores completed

Online US grocery sales will increase 10 times faster than in-store

US: Supervalu completes sale of 21 Farm Fresh storesSupervalu announced it has completed the previously announced sales of 21 of its 38 Farm Fresh stores to three different retailers: Harris Teeter, Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division, and Food Lion. “I appreciate the team’s work timely completing these.....

Co-op tests robot delivery

Lidl owner aims to reach over 100bln euros in sales in 2018

China: Hema launches 10 new stores in 10 citiesHema said it has recently opened 10 stores in 10 Chinese cities, giving the New Retail-driven supermarket chain a foothold in four new markets and expanding its network to 46 stores in 13 cities across the country. For the first time, Hema is now serving consumers.....

Less Swiss consumer tourism after adjustment of exchange rate

There are no longer any border checks, and Switzerland has also integrated into the EU in other policy areas. Although this cooperation comes with a price for the Swiss, there’s no urge to integrate further. Earlier this year, the Swiss Minister of Finance said membership of the EU would be harmful for the.....

Smart & Final: Q1 sales rise and rebrand foodservice banner planned

Flipkart board has approved $15bln deal with Walmart

US: Shipt and Target expand same-day delivery in the Midwest and SouthShipt, 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 Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas, and expand.....

Countdown: latest quarter sales top $1.6bln

Coop pulls the plug on online marketplace Siroop

UAE: $82mln Carrefour distribution hub unveiled in DubaiRetail giant Majid Al Futtaim has unveiled its new Carrefour Regional Distribution Centre at National Industries Park (NIP) in Jafza, Dubai. The facility is four times larger than any of Carrefour’s previous distribution centres in the region and.....

Instacart: $40mln support center planned in Atlanta

Food Lion opens 3 Norfolk, Virginia-area stores

US: Shipt launches same-day delivery from 4 major retailers in Myrtle BeachShipt, a leading online marketplace, announced that it will begin same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and home essentials with four major retailers. Beginning May 8, Shipt will deliver from BI-LO, Target, Kroger and Publix.....

Metro Cash and Carry looks for acquisitions to aid digitization plan in India

Woolworths Q3 sales beat Coles

UK: Ocado to develop online platform for Sweden's ICAOcado Group PLC said that it has signed an agreement with Sweden's ICA Gruppen AB to develop the Swedish retailer's online grocery business, and expects the platform to be implemented by the end of 2020. The London-listed online supermarket said it and ICA.....

Publix: Q1 sales surge

Amazon has made formal offer to buy 60% stake in India's Flipkart

US: Peapod expands in PennsylvaniaPeapod is expanding again as it looks to grab a bigger slice of a market that's expected to be worth $100bln by 2025. Peapod is making its online grocery service available in more cities in Pennsylvania. Residents and businesses in Reading, Birdsboro, and Temple communities.....

Reliance Retail: $10bln sales mark crossed

ICA Gruppen: 'slightly weaker than expected' Q1 sales growth

Carrefour: as much revenue in Romania as in Poland with fewer storesRetailer Carrefour posted EUR1.8bln revenue in Romania last year, generated by 320 stores. Its Polish revenue was the same but generated by three times as many stores. French-held Carrefour is the second largest retailer in Romania by revenue.....

Publix will acquire closing Bi-Lo store in South Carolina

Schnucks plans to permanently close 2 Illinois stores

US: Publix to acquire closing Bi-Lo store in South CarolinaPublix Super Markets will acquire a lease of a closing Bi-Lo store in Seneca, South Carolina, according to a filing from Southeastern’s bankruptcy proceedings. Publix would pay $100,000 for the lease for site, expiring in 2021, along with fixtures,.....

Sheng Siong: 6.6% Q1 profit growth on revenue rise, better margins

Lidl will open at least 7 new stores in Bulgaria in 2018

Russia's X5 wants fresh look at low-cost shops as profits fallThe X5 Retail Group said it needed to take a fresh look at its flagship cut-price store business in a tough market environment after disagreements over strategy with the unit’s head resulted in her departure. Russia’s biggest food retailer, X5 has.....

Food Lion: to acquire 4 SC Bi-Lo Stores

Amazon: Smashing earnings

US: Weis details $101mln CapEx planWeis Markets intends to devote $101mln to capital expenditures in 2018 for projects including two new stores, 20 remodels, a new fuel center and four new pharmacies. Weis spent around $95.9mln on capital projects a year ago, or about 2.8% of its sales. The new stores include.....

Lotte agrees to sell retailer operator in China to Wumei for $230ml

Dansk Supermarked: +1.5% to €7.9bln in 2017

Botswana's Choppies H1 profit up 19% on South African operationsBotswana’s supermarket chain Choppies Enterprises half-year profits rose 19%, buoyed by an improved performance at its South African operations, the company said. The budget retailer, with operations in seven African countries, posted headline.....

New advanced commerce platform for Kings Food Markets

Walmart partners with DoorDash to grow its grocery delivery service

US: Kings Food Markets adopts inventory management platformKings Food Markets has implemented a new advanced commerce platform that optimizes inventory, lowers costs and increases sales. Repositrak's scan-based trading (SBT) solution, from Salt Lake City-based Park City Group, gives the upscale grocer greater.....

Billa plans to open 10 new stores in Bulgaria

Carrefour: France's largest buyer after deal with Système U

Russia: Magnit continues Q1 expansion despite LFL declineRussian retailer Magnit has recorded a sales increase of 8.08% to RUB288.56bln in its unaudited results for the first quarter of 2018, although like-for-like numbers show declines. During the period, the retailer expanded its network by adding 275.....

Wegmans: ‘unique’ multilevel store in mall

Supervalu to sell Shop ‘n Save and 8 warehouses

US: 7-Eleven transforms its supply chain with JDA7-Eleven, Inc. has successfully deployed a range of JDA Software, Inc. solutions in the JDA Cloud, including JDA Demand, JDA Fulfilment and JDA Order Optimization, to expertly manage its inventory and streamline its supply chain processes. 7-Eleven chose JDA in.....

AhorraMas: positive 2017 results

Coop removes ATMs from stores to tackle theft

Spanish supermarket giant Mercadona unveils a presence in UKSupermarket giant Mercadona has unveiled ambitious five-year plans to strengthen its dominance of Spain’s grocery market – and has also opened new premises in the north of England in the process. The company plans a €8.5bln investment over the next.....

Amazon: in-car delivery

Metro Canada: operating costs hit profitability

US: Supervalu FY18 wholesale ops grow while retail lagsSupervalu Inc. posted strong overall sales for its fourth quarter and year end, buttressed by strong wholesale performance, while its shrinking retail store operations continue to lag. The Minneapolis-based grocery operator reported an increase of $3.25bln.....

Pick n Pay: smaller stores to suit shopping habits

Albert Heijn: most sustainable Dutch supermarket chain

UK: Waitrose to roll out food redistribution IT platform to all its full-size supermarkets by end of 2018Following a successful trial, the retailer is extending the number of its branches participating in the FareShare Go programme, using the Irish social enterprise FoodCloud IT platform, to all full-size.....

Report: Amazon's Q1 online grocery sales grew 50%

Walmart pilots on-the-spot checkout service

US: Tops seeks OK to shutter stores, but no word on closures yetTops Markets LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, has sought permission to close underperforming stores, according to a published report citing documents filed last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The Rochester, New York,.....

Iceland partners with JD.com to launch an online flagship store in China

Supermarket chain Fakta to close 47 branches

Germany: Penny Market expects 13% sales increase this year in RomaniaSupermarket chain Penny Market, which is part of German group Rewe, reached a turnover of almost RON 3bln (EUR 656mln) in 2017, up by 17% compared to 2016. For this year, the retailer expects a 12-13% increase in sales, according to Penny.....

Waste reduction extended by Wegmans

Kroger: Sale of convenience store business completed

US: Wegmans steps up push to reduce wasteWegmans Food Markets is extending its Zero Waste initiative, unveiled last year, to more of its stores. The regional supermarket chain said that its Pittsford, Ithaca and Alberta Drive, New York; Westwood, Massachusetts; and Allentown, Pennsylvania, locations are now.....

X5: Q1 net retail sales up 20.2% y/y

Sainsbury’s trials UK’s 1st grocery delivery service by electric cargo bike

South Africa's Pick n Pay FY profit up 7.1% on costs cutsSouth African retailer Pick n Pay Stores posted a 7.1% rise in full-year earnings, as the grocer cut costs and increased productivity in store operations. Pick n Pay said turnover growth increased 5.3% to 81.6bln rand ($6.85bln) from 77.5bln rand, while.....

Food Lion tests robots to spot out-of-stocks, hazards, pricing issues

Walmart Canada: zero food waste by 2025

US: Food City is building 3 new supermarkets in North GeorgiaFood City chief executive Steve Smith said that three stores the grocery chain is building in Northwest Georgia are part of up to $60mln that Food City is now investing into the Chattanooga market. "It's a real opportunity for us," he said, adding.....