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Several ICA stores in Sweden have been forced to stop ecommerce activities

Morrisons: Food box initiative

Turkey: Supermarket chain Migros to hire 1,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak - report
Turkish supermarket chain Migros Ticaret A.S. intends to hire 1,000 people in the next two weeks so as to meet higher demand for online orders during the coronavirus pandemic, the company said, as quoted by local media. The retail chain is looking for people in need of a job as many businesses have been forced to close due to the outbreak, Sabah daily reported. The recruitment process will take place online. The company started to offer a free online delivery option for people aged 60 and over after the coronavirus outbreak, according to the report.

UK supermarket trips jump by 15mln in a week - Kantar
An additional 15mln supermarket trips were undertaken in Britain in the week to March 17 against the same week a month earlier as awareness of the coronavirus crisis caused shoppers to stock up on food and supplies, Kantar said. Average spend increased by 16% month-on-month to 22.13 pounds, the market research firm said, as shoppers spent more on groceries and less on other categories like clothes. Kantar said supermarkets, which have had to introduce rationing to help cope with demand, took 51% of all retail sales, an increase of 7 percentage points on the same week in mid-February.

Sweden: ICA stores stop ecommerce after hoarding
Several ICA stores in Sweden have been forced to stop its ecommerce activities, after consumers have been hoarding like crazy. Mainly in the Stockholm area, some ICA stores have completely or partially stopped the opportunity to pick up orders in stores. Currently, ICA, which sells food and other grocery items, experiences significantly longer waiting times than usual for both home delivery and pickup in-store. “This is due to the recent sharp increase in our ecommerce, where we also see that many customers are placing bigger orders,” ICA’s ecommerce manager Marcus Ahlmalm told Ehandel.

UK: Sainsbury's to assist smaller suppliers during coronavirus pandemic
British supermarket Sainsbury’s said it would help its smaller suppliers during the coronavirus emergency by paying them immediately and making finance available. The country’s supermarket sector is facing unprecedented demand during the outbreak as consumers stock-up fearing a prolonged period of isolation, while schools, pubs, cafes and restaurants have been forced to close. Sainsbury’s, Britain’s second largest supermarket group after Tesco, said its assistance to smaller suppliers will help them to increase production volumes quickly so they can meet customer demand.

7-Eleven Thailand recruits 20,000 delivery staff
Convenience-store chain 7-Eleven Thailand is recruiting 20,000 workers to make deliveries in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. With many Thai nationals, visitors and residents confining themselves to home in the interests of social distancing, and malls and most shops and entertainment venues closed, 7-Eleven Thailand parent CP All has announced moves to increase delivery services to support those in isolation. New staff would be working deliveries from all 7-Eleven locations throughout the country.

UK: Morrisons' clever 'loophole' for those unable to get online delivery slots
For many supermarket shoppers, trying to get a full delivery at the moment is near-impossible. With many items out of stock and a limited number of delivery slots available, you'd be forgiven for feeling a little bit lost. However, Morrisons has now introduced a food box initiative, which aims to help shoppers get their essentials delivered to them hassle-free. Shoppers will pay one single price for a box full of shopping, though you won't get to choose what's inside. The contents of the boxes are completely random, but the supermarket has promised that they are full of the essentials you'll need. There are two different types of boxes available - one for meat eaters, and one for vegetarians.

UK: Supermarkets bring in new measures to keep shoppers and staff safe
Supermarkets are racing to install measures to keep shoppers and staff at least 2 metres apart after the government called for an immediate increase in safety efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose confirmed they would begin limiting the number of shoppers in stores at any one time. Most retailers said they would have marked areas outside each store where customers will be instructed to queue two metres apart. Waitrose said restrictions would be specific to each store and it was introducing marshals to manage queues outside shops.

France: Carrefour launches delivery of essential product kits
Carrefour France has launched a new online service offering essential products kits delivery. The service is currently available in Paris only. It has launched a dedicated website,, which aims at helping reduce the high level of shoppers on its standard ecommerce website. There are 8 different kits covering various needs: 3 food kits (€65-70): Vegetarian, meat and fish. All kits share common products such as fresh produce, juice, biscuits, snacks and desserts. 2 baby kits (€90): two age categories. Includes nappies, food and health and beauty products. 2 pet kits (€30): kit for cats or dogs, covers needs for two weeks. 1 household kit (€50): covers a family’s needs for two weeks. It includes products such as dishwasher tablets, laundry powder and cleaning products.

Walmart's Mexico unit says CFO to step down
Walmart de Mexico said that its chief financial officer Olga Gonzalez has resigned for personal reasons and will leave her post by April 30. Milton Brandt, currently chief financial officer for the retailer’s Central America operations, will become interim chief financial officer for Walmart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex.

C&S Wholesale Grocers and US Foods tackle the feat to feed America together
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S., along with US Foods Holding Corp., have partnered to combat job and food insecurities amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic's impact on the supply chain. "We are very excited about our partnership with US Foods, which will keep the food supply chain strong despite challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic", said Mike Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, C&S Wholesale Grocers. "We are taking the steps necessary to onboard and train members of US Foods' workforce to ensure our warehouses are staffed and deliveries are on the road, enabling families access to food across the country".

US: Mercato, SPINS launch attribute-powered grocery ecommerce solution
Mercato, a grocery ecommerce fulfillment platform for independent grocers and specialty food stores, and SPINS, a wellness-focused data and technology provider, have teamed for the launch of what the companies called the largest product attribute-powered grocery ecommerce solution. The partnership combines SPINS' product intelligence data and attributes with Mercato’s full-service ecommerce and home delivery experience. Bringing a full range of health, wellness, diet and sustainability information directly to consumers allows for a new level of personalized online shopping. Customers can browse and discover products via data-enabled search, filtering, recommendations and more throughout their entire customer journey in omnichannel environments.

US: FreshDirect partners with all 5 New York City Borough Presidents to roll out “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive” citywide initiative
FreshDirect, in partnership with all five of New York City’s Borough Presidents, Ruben Diaz Jr. from the Bronx, Gale Brewer from Manhattan, Eric Adams from Brooklyn, James Oddo from Staten Island and Sharon Lee from Queens, announced the launch of “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive”, a citywide food initiative to assist New York families in need. The program will consist of weekly (Monday through Friday) deliveries of thousands of grocery boxes.

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