ShopRite steps-up roll out of latest private label line

Save Mart: online shopping platform launched

US: Target and Shipt launch same-day delivery in Chicago
Shipt, a leading online delivery marketplace, and Target Corporation announced they will begin same-day delivery of more than 55,000 groceries, essentials, home, electronics, toys and other products to the Chicago metro area beginning June 7. Shipt delivery originally launched in Illinois with select retailers in July 2017, and this expansion gives more than 3.5 million households across the metro area access to same-day delivery of products from their local Target store. This expansion is part of the company’s growth throughout six Midwest states including: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

US: HelloFresh is latest meal kit to head to the grocery store
HelloFresh will soon sell its meal kits in Ahold Delhaize's Giant Food and Stop & Shop, the latest meal kit company to offer such a service. HelloFresh joins Plated — which last year sold to Albertsons and Blue Apron, which itself just began selling in Costco Wholesale — in seeking a retail partner. Amid a struggle with user retention, meal kit services have been seeking out brick and mortar partners, where shoppers can use their products without subscribing. HelloFresh is starting the service in 581 stores, largely concentrated in the Northeast. It is looking for further retail partners as well, said Tobias Hartmann, the company's president of U.S. business.

US: GMA finds new president, CEO
The Grocery Manufacturers Association will replace soon-to-be retired president and CEO Pamela G. Bailey with Geoff Freeman, currently the CEO of the American Gaming Association, effective August 1. Freeman's selection comes after a comprehensive search following the February announcement by Bailey of her intent to retire after nearly 10 years as GMA's president and CEO. Bailey will work closely with Freeman over the next two months to ease his transition. Freeman shared that he has always been "drawn to industries that have a close connection to consumers " and that he is "energized by the opportunity to play a role in driving the growth and evolution of one that is a vital part of people's daily lives."

US: ShopRite steps-up roll out of newest label
ShopRite is stepping up the roll-out of its latest private label line, featuring artisanal foods from across the globe. The label, ShopRite Trading Company, offers an array of “inspirational, artisanal and distinctive” items, according to ShopRite. Some of the items are imported from Italy, Ecuador, Spain and Greece. Others are derived from Asian, Indian, Greek, and Latin cuisines. These flavors “reflect the extraordinary places where those foods are sourced,” ShopRite spokeswoman Karen Meleta said in a statement. The line is available in ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

US: Save Mart launches online shopping platform

The Save Mart Cos. enhances its omnichannel offerings with a new online shopping platform, called ClickCart, featuring curbside pick-up and delivery options. The service is currently available at the Modesto, California, Save Mart store located on Pelendale Ave. as well as the new Lucky California store on Fallon Road in Dublin, California, with plans to expand to additional locations later this year. “ClickCart allows families with limited free time to order online in the convenience of their own home or on the go and pick-up curbside,” Kim Musgrave, director of digital and loyalty marketing at Modesto, California-based Save Mart, said in a statement. “We may not be the first grocer to offer online shopping, but we took the time to make sure our service reflected our shopper’s needs.”

Walmart India to boost neighbourhood stores program
Walmart India has announced its intention to scale up the “Mera kirana” (my neighbourhood store) program, which started four years ago. This is a program that helps kirana stores modernise and currently accounts for nearly 70% of Walmart’s active customer base in India. The program offers kirana operators advice on operations and inventory management. Special zones within its Best Price stores have been created as a model for these stores to replicate. By improving these traditional stores and not just focusing on sales transactions, Walmart has seen double digit growth in its membership numbers since this program began.

Kenya: Quickmart to open outlets in Ruiru and Lavington
Emerging retailer Quickmart Supermarkets is set to open two new stores, bucking the trend in the retail sector that is currently showing signs of financial strain. The retail chain will open a branch in Ruiru by the end of the month and another in Lavington’s Valley Arcade before the close of the year. These two new stores will grow the upcoming retailer’s total outlets to 10, adding to the two in Nakuru, and one each in Kahawa Sukari, Waithaka, Eastern Bypass, Ruaka, Ruai and another at Thindigua on Kiambu Road.

Online grocers struggle to make a mark in Singapore

Sales of the largest online grocers only comprised 0.6% of the total retail sales. Despite the boom of online shopping in Singapore’s retail sector, Singapore’s online grocery retailers couldn’t seem to find a way to break into the supermarket sector. CGS-CIMB, citing a Euromonitor report, reported that the online sales of Singapore’s largest grocery players, such as NTUC, DFI, and RedMart, only accounted for $206mln or 11.7% of total online sales and an estimated 0.6% of total retail sales in the country. Cezzane See, CGS-CIMB analyst, thinks this is largely because Singaporeans prefer to pick groceries or fresh foods on their own.

Major UK supermarket Waitrose is first to launch dedicated vegan section

UK supermarket chain Waitrose has launched dedicated vegan sections across all of its stores, nationwide. The chain has expanded its plant-based range by 50 products. Pies, soups, and vegan meats and cheeses will all now be available from the store and easily accessible for plant-based shoppers, joining products such as vegan pasta, ready meals, chocolates, and other snacks. The new section has been created in response to consumer demand, according to Chloe Graves who works as a vegan and vegetarian buyer for Waitrose. “Our current selection of products has been selling really well week after week. With requests for more choice coming from our customers and partners, we could clearly see there was an appetite to have more vegetarian and vegan options in our shops,” she noted.

Swiss Post tests order button with Migros, Domino’s and Qualipet
Swiss Post is testing a new device that makes shopping online a lot easier. Around 1,000 households in Switzerland can order products and services by using the Post Home Button, which is nothing more than a small device with a button. Migros Aare, Qualipet and Domino’s Pizza have also joined the experiment. Swiss Post is testing the device with its own products and services in the regions of Olten, Liestal and Sissach until the end of August, but the company is also partnering with other retailers. Cooperative supermarket Migros Aare, pet store Qualipet and restaurant chain Domino’s Pizza are also using the button to test whether the technology can simplify the process for ordering their own products.

Tesco is Ireland's most popular supermarket for the first time since 2015
Tesco has reclaimed its position as most popular supermarket chain for the first time since 2015. According to market share figures released by Kantar Worldpanel, the retailer now has an overall share of 22.3%, followed by SuperValu and Dunnes with shares at 22% and 21.8% respectively in the Irish supermarket market. Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: "A strategic emphasis on volume sales, particularly through its private label offering, has been key to Tesco becoming Ireland’s biggest grocer once again. While value sales are robust, growing at 4.5% on last year, volume performance has been even stronger."

Romania’s retail sales rose 6.7% y/y in April
The retail sales, a key index of consumer market, rose by 6.7% year-on-year in April, boosted by Easter holidays, according to a National Institute of Statistics (INS) report. In the first four months of this year, the retail trade growth rate accelerated to 6.5%, from 6.3% in January-April 2017. Sales of food, beverages and tobacco increased by 2.7% year-on-year in April. In 2017, retail sales rose by 10.7% in Romania from the previous year.

UK: Aldi’s A-star performance recognised by FreshAwards top accolade
Aldi has secured the highest UK fresh produce industry accolade as 2018 FreshAwards Fresh Produce Business of the Year, sponsored by Polymer Logistics. “We applaud Aldi for its long-term commitment in the fresh produce sector, and for its strong focus on working in partnership with suppliers,” commented Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium. The Fresh Produce Business of the Year Award is given by the FreshAwards judges to the very best performing business among all the winners in the 2018 Fresh Awards categories of supply chain, retail and business excellence. Aldi was the 2018 winner of the Multiple Retailer of the Year, Multiple Floral Retailer of the Year, and Marketing Campaign of the Year awards.

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