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Dollar General plans to hire up to 20,000 new employees this spring

Kroger is launching America's first Customer Fulfillment Center

Donita Rose is new corporate chef of Filipino supermarket chain in US
Donita Rose has found a new place to showcase her culinary skills - a Filipino supermarket chain in the United States. The chef and former MTV VJ took to Instagram to announce that she is now the corporate research and development chef at Island Pacific, which has 14 stores in California and 3 in Nevada. "It's official! You are now looking at Island Pacific Market's corporate R&D chef", Rose said in an Instagram post.

US: Walmart making majority of associates full-time
Walmart has revealed that by the end of the current fiscal year, the company anticipates that two-thirds of Walmart U.S. hourly store roles will be full-time with consistent schedules from week to week. According to Drew Holler, SVP, Walmart U.S. people operations, in a blog post, “We believe full-time schedules complement the other ways we are preparing for the future of retail”.

US: SpartanNash announces new Supply Chain Officer
SpartanNash announced that David Petko has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer. Mr. Petko has 25 years of supply chain and distribution logistics experience in roles of increasing leadership responsibility, including serving as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for C&S Wholesale Grocers from 2019 to 2021.

US: Kroger delivery introduces America's first Customer Fulfillment Center
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, is launching the country's first Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC), combining vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics with affordable, friendly, and fast delivery service for fresh food. Located in Monroe, Ohio - a city north of Cincinnati - and powered by Ocado Group, a world leader in technology for grocery e-commerce, the CFC is the first to open, transforming and supporting the grocer's thriving digital business.

US: Dollar General plans to hire up to 20,000 new employees through national hiring events
Dollar General is planning to hire up to 20,000 new employees this spring and will host in-person and virtual hiring events from April 19 through April 23 to support ongoing efforts across store, distribution, transportation and corporate operations. A comprehensive list of hiring events and available positions are available on Dollar General’s Careers website at

Aldi Nord opens its five thousandth supermarket
On the Spanish island of Mallorca, Aldi Nord has reached a small milestone: the discounter has just opened its five thousandth supermarket in Europe. The new store - the 336th in Spain - is located in Cala Millor. The store opening is part of the discounter's ambitious expansion plans in Spain: the chain wants to open more than 40 new supermarkets there this year, Spanish media report.

UK: Pandemic changes grocery shopping habits for 6 in 10
New research from YouGov’s ‘International FMCG report 2021: Consumer goods in a Crisis’ provides an analysis of consumers’ attitudes to fast-moving goods across 17 global markets. The white paper is based on more than 18,000 interviews and explores how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the FMCG/CPG sector worldwide across a range of categories. The research finds that a majority of consumers in every market have changed their shopping habits in response to the pandemic, while more than half of consumers in 11 markets say they’ve altered their behaviours. In the UK, 6 in 10 Britons say they’ve switched up their food shopping routine (60%).

Uzbek chain MAKRO is ready to purchase goods from Kazakhstan
The management of the largest supermarket chain of Uzbekistan MAKRO, held a series of meetings with producers of food and other goods in Nur-Sultan and Almaty (Kazakhstan) in early April. More than 50 Kazakhstani producers took part in the meetings, including Maslodel, Bizhan, Tsesna, RG Brands, Kamerton, Raimbek, MPS and others. Agreements on cooperation in the promotion of Kazakhstani goods from all regions of Kazakhstan in the MAKRO chain were reached, writes. There is a potential for cooperation projects in the food sector with goods like flour products, confectionery, fat and oil products, meat products, fruit and vegetables, as well as non-food products within the Center.

Persianas to buy Shoprite's Nigerian business, sources say
Nigerian property group Persianas is buying Shoprite’s Nigerian business after the South African retailer decided to retreat from other African markets, 3 banking sources told Reuters. Shoprite, with more than 2,300 stores across Africa, is awaiting regulatory approval on the sale of its Nigerian supermarket operation, though no further details about the deal have been disclosed.

UK: Online retailer warns of supply chain shortages
Online sustainable supermarket Approved Food is warning a “perfect storm” of Brexit, COVID-19, increased shipping costs and packaging issues could lead to serious disruption in the supply chain. Andy Needham, managing director of the Barnsley-based business, said changes to export documentation requirements introduced after Brexit had already forced the company to stop taking orders from customers based outside the UK.

UK: Billionaire Kretinsky increases stake in Sainsbury's
Takeover rumours around Sainsbury's are once again abuzz as Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky has unexpectedly increased his stake in the British supermarket chain to 9.99%. Through his investment fund Vesa Equity Investments, businessman Daniel Kretinsky bought shares in Sainsbury's, the second largest supermarket chain in Great Britain, for 300mln pounds (345mln euros) last weekend. In doing so, the investor increased his stake from 3% to 9.99% and became the company's second largest shareholder after Qatar Holdings, whose shares he bought.

UK: Aldi launches package-free products trial
Aldi has launched a trial selling its first packaging-free products in its latest push to help customers shop more sustainably. The trial is available at one store in Ulverston, Cumbria, and if successful, Aldi said it would look to develop its refillable options in other stores in the future. The move could remove more than 130 tonnes - or more than 21mln pieces - of plastic annually from stores.

SoftBank-backed Grab agrees to deal to go public in world’s largest SPAC merger
Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant Grab is going public via a record-setting SPAC merger with Altimeter Growth Corp., valued at nearly $40bln. Grab will receive about $4.5bln in cash, which includes $4bln in a private investment in public equity arrangement. Upon completion of its merger, the SoftBank-backed company will trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol GRAB.

China's Dada Group brings supermarkets new growth by focusing on consumers' need: a case study of CR Vanguard
Dada Group ("Dada"), China's leading local on-demand delivery and retail platform, and China Resources Vanguard ("CR Vanguard"), one of China's largest supermarket chain enterprise groups, announced that they have expanded their partnership with a focus on digitalization and user operation. Over 1,800 CR Vanguard stores including hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores and boutique supermarkets, have been integrated into JDDJ, the on-demand retail platform of Dada. Besides the orders from JDDJ, Dada Now, the on-demand delivery platform of Dada, also offers Dedicated Delivery service and fulfills omni-channel orders of more than 1300 CR Vanguard stores, including those from CR Vanguard's Application and Mini Program.

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