Save Mart: chef programme pilot

Kroger Houston has announced details of its recent investment in associates

Teamsters: Strike threatens to disrupt Whole Foods and other major grocers in New York, New Jersey & Connecticut
Frontline workers at grocery supplier UNFI in New York are urging supermarket chains and online retailers to prepare for possible prolonged disruptions to food supplies because UNFI is not taking COVID-19 safety seriously. Warehouse and delivery workers at UNFI, the second-largest wholesale food distributor in the United States, have overwhelmingly voted to strike to demand that the company stop violating federal labor laws and comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Strikes and work stoppages at UNFI could start at any time. UNFI's workers normally keep the shelves of major food retailers in New York City and the greater tri-state area well-stocked. UNFI's customers include Whole Foods, Ahold Delhaize's Stop & Shop, Allegiance Retail Services' Foodtown, Park Slope Food Co-Op, and hundreds of other grocery stores.

US: Kroger to invest $56mln in Houston associates
Kroger Houston has announced details of its recent investment in associates, including $56mln in wage increases and steps to ensure access to reliable, affordable health care benefits. "Kroger's commitment to increase wages and ensure our associates have access to world-class affordable, secure and reliable health care benefits is a core priority for the company", said Joe Kelley, president of Kroger's Houston Division.

US: Save Mart pilots guest chef programme
California-based Save Mart is partnering with a leading local chef in a take-over of its in-store restaurant at its flagship store. The store in Modesto is partnering with John Surla, who leads one of the city’s leading restaurants, Surla’s. Save Mart opened a new flagship store in the city last year. 

US: Schnuck Markets expands Curbside Pickup in St. Louis area
Schnuck Markets, in partnership with leading grocery delivery service Instacart, will add its Curbside Pickup at 10 additional locations in the St. Louis area during the first two weeks of November. These new additions bring the number of Schnucks stores offering Curbside Pickup to 70, out of Schnucks’ total of 112 stores.

Generation P presents key opportunity for grocery retailers
Generation P is set to drive the international grocery sector up by an incremental $116bln over the next couple of years, creating a $1,460bln opportunity by 2022, according to IGD. Perennial shoppers (50-64 year olds) are digitally savvy, experimental and willing to spend more for quality. And this group is set to grow in size and significance over the next two years, notably in the UK, Singapore and USA. Simon Wainwright, Director of Global Insight at IGD, says: “Our research shows how significant Perennials are to global grocery. They are an engaged group of shoppers who are accessible when approached in the right way”.

SPAR UK retail show spotlights novel opportunities to excel in growing convenience market
Evolving consumer demands for better value, better choice and better quality are presenting convenience retailers with a fresh opportunity to improve their offering and continue serving their communities. At this year’s SPAR Retail Show, themed New Opportunities, SPAR UK partner Blakemore Trade Partners showed it has all the industry-leading initiatives needed to excel in the UK’s convenience market.

India: Amazon expands grocery offering to new cities
Amazon India has expanded its grocery offering Amazon Fresh to Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune and Chennai. With this, Amazon Fresh is now operational in eight cities. The company said it has also expanded its infrastructure with new centres in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi-NCR as customer demand for the grocery category grows. With Amazon Fresh, customers can order their complete grocery requirements across a selection of over 5,000 fruits, vegetables, dairy, ice-creams, and dry grocery like staples, packaged food, personal care and home care.

Australia: Woolworths’ new $135mln Melbourne Fresh Distribution Centre to offer fresher goods for Victorian shoppers
Woolworths Group’s supply chain arm - Primary Connect - has unveiled its new Melbourne Fresh Distribution Centre (MFDC) in Truganina. The next generation supply chain facility will allow Woolworths to deliver fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and chilled products to more than 230 Victorian supermarkets fresh, faster and more efficiently. At 38,000sqm, the distribution centre will provide employment to over 400 Melburnians, including many from the local area, and process around 1.5mln cartons per week from more than 500 fresh food suppliers.

foodpanda grows q-commerce with more than 2,500 7-Eleven stores across Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines
foodpanda, the leading delivery platform in Asia Pacific, marks a new milestone with the announcement of more than 2,500 7-Eleven stores on its app, making the leading convenient store available in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines. With this partnership, foodpanda brings hundreds of 7-Eleven items including hot food, ready-to-eat insta-meals, snacks and alcohol and even pre-paid mobile phone cards into customers’ hands within an average delivery time of 20 minutes. Deliveries can be made anytime, anywhere, 24/7 via foodpanda.

Pricer: Dutch supermarket chain PLUS Retail places follow-up order of 50 MSEK
Pricer AB announces that the Dutch co-operative supermarket chain PLUS Retail, with more than 265 stores across The Netherlands, has placed a follow-up order of a total of approximately 50 MSEK relating to the on-going project to install Pricer’s electronic shelf label (ESL) platform in all of its stores. The order value relating to the first phase was recorded in Pricer’s order intake for the second quarter of 2020. In accordance with previous announcement, a follow-up order of 50 MSEK has now been received and will be included in Pricer’s order intake for the fourth quarter of 2020. The ambition remains to have all stores installed before the expiration of first quarter of 2021.

China: Alibaba exceeds expectations
In the third quarter, Alibaba again exceeded expectations, supported by growing e-commerce and the termination of the lockdown in China. In the period July-September, Alibaba Group achieved a total turnover of 155.06bln yuan (19.86bln euro), 30% higher than during the same period last year and slightly above analysts' expectations. That is what Reuters writes. The group's cloud activities, which are becoming increasingly important, even grew by 60% to 14.9bln yuan (1.9bln euro). Turnover from the core business, on the other hand, rose by 29% to 130.9bln yuan (16.8bln euro).

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