Giant Eagle has partnered with FlyBuy Pickup by Radius Networks

Southeastern Grocers has teamed up with Uber

Amazon Fresh ‘built to outlast’ other grocery retailers, says Brick Meets Click
Amazon Fresh may look like a conventional grocery store, but other qualities indicate the concept can more than hold its own with traditional brick-and-mortar supermarkets, according to Brick Meets Click co-founder and chief architect Bill Bishop. In a blog post following Amazon Fresh’s public opening, Bishop noted that Amazon focused on creating a store “that its affluent customers would like to shop in” while combining value, flexibility in meeting changing shopper needs and lower operating costs.

US: Intermarché and Netto team up with Symphony RetailAI
Symphony RetailAI, a global provider of integrated artificial intelligence-enabled marketing, merchandising and supply chain solutions for fast-moving consumer packaged goods retailers and manufacturers, has signed a significant agreement with European grocery banners Intermarché and Netto, to help them boost their performance throughout the supply chain.

US: Giant Eagle adds frictionless pickup technology
Giant Eagle has partnered with FlyBuy Pickup by Radius Networks to launch a new and improved contactless curbside pickup experience for all stores where Giant Eagle Curbside Pickup is available. The proprietary location technology optimizes the experience by letting supermarkets, as well as restaurants and other retailers, know exactly when a shopper is going to arrive. 

US: Walmart says it will hire 20,000 U.S. workers for holiday season
Walmart announced it will hire 20,000 seasonal workers in the United States for the holiday season, partly to handle what's expected to be a major increase in online sales. The retailer said it will hire workers at fulfillment centers and other locations to help with the rise in digital orders.

US: Southeastern Grocers expands on-demand delivery with Uber partnership
Southeastern Grocers has teamed up with Uber to offer online grocery delivery service in Florida through its Cornershop-powered e-grocery marketplace. Customers of Southeastern Grocers’ Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más supermarkets can order groceries via the Uber Eats and Uber mobile apps and online and have them delivered to their doors on demand or through scheduled delivery. The companies said that, so far, the service is available through the two chains’ stores in the Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville markets.

World’s leading food retailers and providers engage nearly 200 suppliers in cutting food loss and waste in half
A group of the world’s largest food retailers and providers announced that nearly 200 of their major suppliers have committed to root out food loss and waste from the supply chain. The 10+ food retailers and providers lead the ground breaking “10x20x30” initiative, with each having engaged at least 20 suppliers to halve food loss and waste by 2030. 

Russia: Lenta expands presence in Saint Petersburg with 2 new hypermarkets
Russian retailer Lenta has announced that it has opened 2 new hypermarkets in Saint-Petersburg. The new openings take the total number of Lenta hypermarkets across Russia to 250. The retailer also operates 135 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region. One of the new stores is located at 10 Kollontay street and has a total area of 7,140 square metres, with 4,295 square metres of selling space. The second store, located in 32 Kolpinskoe highway, is spread across an area of 7,854 square metres, with 4,099 square metres of selling space.

UK: Tesco's Dave Lewis calls on companies and countries to tackle food waste
The boss of Tesco has called on companies, and countries, to take a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to tackle food waste as the coronavirus pandemic focuses minds on global supplies. Dave Lewis, who steps down next week, called on companies to regularly report on the food waste in their business and supply chain and take action to meet the UN’s sustainable development goal, set 5 years ago, to halve food waste by 2030.

Holland: Albert Heijn pilots delivery service for small families
With the new AH Compact app, Albert Heijn specifically targets single and two-person households: the minimum amount is lower, the range is smaller, delivery is free. Albert Heijn launches the AH Compact delivery service to better serve small households: for these consumers, the minimum order amount (currently 50 euros, both in the Netherlands and Belgium) is often too high. That is why the retailer is lowering the minimum amount in the new app to 35 euros, reports Distrifood. For the time being, Albert Heijn is only launching the new app in the Dutch city of Haarlem as a test. If the delivery service is successful, a national rollout may follow.

China Post and Pinduoduo form strategic collaboration
Chinese e-commerce player Pinduoduo has formed a strategic cooperation with state-owned China Post Group Co., Ltd. The two parties will give full play to their respective advantages in the fields of agricultural products promotion and poverty alleviation. China Post said it will establish 150 agricultural production bases within three years, which will provide products for Pinduoduo to reach its nearly 700mln users.

UK: Asda launches ambient vegan aisle
This week, Asda will become the first UK supermarket to launch a vegan destination in store with two bays entirely dedicated to plant-based products. The launch follows a survey undertaken for the retailer which found that 17% of UK households are reducing their meat intake or following a plant-based diet. This trend supported by recent IGD ShopperVista research.

Don't panic buy, Tesco boss tells British shoppers after new COVID curbs
There is no need for Britons to panic buy groceries after the government imposed new restrictions to stem a second wave of COVID-19, the boss of Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket chain, said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the British people to work from home where possible and ordered restaurants and bars to close early to tackle a spike in the pandemic, with new restrictions likely to last six months. However, Tesco Chief Executive Dave Lewis said there was no need for this as food supplies were plentiful.

UK: Morrisons unveils new home delivery measures to feed the nation
Morrisons reported: Customers can sign up for weekly, fortnightly or monthly deliveries of food boxes. Customers will receive the delivery without needing a delivery slot.

China: Hong Kong supermarket chain ParknShop in HK$32mln lucky draw cash giveaway
One of Hong Kong’s largest supermarket chains has announced more details of its plan to return half of the cash it received from the government’s coronavirus-relief measures - with HK$32mln (4,13mln USD) up for grabs in a lucky draw. ParknShop, which is backed by tycoon Li Ka-shing, revealed that anyone with a Hong Kong ID card, not just its customers, would be eligible to win cash prizes.

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