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Wayve will partner with Asda to trial autonomous delivery vans

Aldi is trialling its first checkout-free store in London

Jumbo to open 700th store in the Netherlands
Jumbo is set to open its 700th store in the Netherlands this week in the Gelderlandplein shopping centre in Amsterdam. Residents and visitors of Amsterdam and the surrounding area will be able to go to the new Jumbo City outlet on all days of the week for daily shopping as well as a distinctive range of organic products and fresh meals for home and on-the-go requirements.
Source: esmmagazine.com 

Amazon to create 1,500 jobs in the UAE this year
Amazon is to create 1,500 jobs in the UAE this year as part of plans to increase its storage capacity by 60%. The world’s biggest online retailer will also increase the area of its delivery stations by 70%, it said.
Source: thenationalnews.com

UK: Wayve announces autonomous van trial in partnership with Asda
UK-based autonomous mobility start-up Wayve has announced it will partner with UK ‘big four’ grocer, Asda, to trial autonomous delivery vans as part of the retailer’s last mile operation. The trial will begin in early 2022 and Asda will be the first to commercially test the solution, using Wayve’s expertise in deep learning to help navigate complex urban delivery routes in London.
Source: businesswire.com 

France's Carrefour trials express delivery service: 20,000 items within 3 hours
With OK Market! Carrefour is trialling a new express delivery service in Paris and Lyon: customers can choose from no less than 20,000 items, including fresh products from the in-store counters.
Source: retaildetail.eu 

Indonesia: Blibli to acquire Ranch Market operator
E-commerce platform Blibli has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in publicly listed supermarket operator PT Supra Boga Lestari as it pursues a back-door listing. Supra Boga Lestari, which operates the Ranch Market grocery chain, announced that 797.9mln of its shares, 51%, would be acquired by PT Global Digital Niaga, the entity behind Blibli.
Source: thejakartapost.com 

Returning to old habits: Online sales down 12% at Irish supermarkets
Online sales at Ireland’s supermarkets dropped by 12.3% in the past 4 weeks as people edged back to their pre-pandemic routines, the latest data from Kantar shows. The latest figures show that Irish grocery sales dipped by 2.3% in the 12 weeks to September 5th, but still remain 11.1% higher than the same period in 2019.
Source: irishtimes.com 

Holland: Albert Heijn brings AH to go to 100 Dutch bp service stations
Albert Heijn and bp are significantly expanding their cooperation in the Netherlands. By the end of next year, more than 100 petrol stations will have an AH to go.
Source: retaildetail.eu 

Woolworths Group plots path to no new plastic with Australian innovators
Woolworths Group is backing a new Australian plastic recycling startup using cutting-edge science to reduce the need for new plastic to be produced. Created in partnership with researchers at Australian National University (ANU) and CSIRO-founded Main Sequence, Samsara aims to revolutionise how packaging on everyday groceries is made and recycled to deliver big benefits for the environment.
Source: woolworthsgroup.com.au 

UK: Aldi trialling its first checkout-free store in London
Aldi is trialling new checkout-free technology that will allow customers to scan a smartphone app to enter the store, pick up their shopping, and simply walk out without the need to pay at a till. Shortly after their visit, they will get an email receipt and be charged automatically, using their chosen payment method. 
Source: aldipresscentre.co.uk 

UK shoppers start to return to shopping 'little and often', says NielsenIQ
British shoppers are starting to return to pre-pandemic habits, including making 'little and often' shopping trips, new data from NielsenIQ has found. According to NielsenIQ, grocery spend in the UK convenience channel grew by 3.3% in the 4 weeks to 11 September, which is ahead of the growth seen at supermarkets (+0.6%).
Source: esmmagazine.com 

Asda launches first refill store in Scotland
Asda has introduced its first refill store in Scotland featuring an extensive range of branded and own-brand products sold in loose format as part of its drive to reduce plastic and help customers shop more sustainability.
Source: corporate.asda.com 

ALDI Australia has been awarded Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Supermarket Fruits & Vegetables
Continuing the winning streak, ALDI has been awarded another Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers Award, this time for Supermarket Fruits and Vegetables. This is the first exciting win for ALDI in the new Canstar Blue Supermarket Fruits and Vegetables category, receiving a perfect score!
Source: aldiunpacked.com.au 

DIA renovates Brazilian stores to offer more fresh products
Spanish retailer DIA has transformed the perishables sections of its stores in Brazil to offer more fresh products in a practical and modern way. As part of its 'Projeto Perecíveis' (Perishables Project), implemented between February and August 2021, DIA Brasil renovated the bakery, cold cuts, meat, fruit, vegetables and legumes sectors in 630 shops across the country. 
Source: esmmagazine.com 

US: More Fresco y Más stores upcoming from Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers is expanding its Fresco y Más supermarket banner with a pair of new stores. Plans call for the Hispanic grocery chain to open stores in Deltona and Tampa, Florida, in early November, Southeastern Grocers said. The 2 new stores would give Fresco y Más 29 locations overall. Most of its supermarkets are in South Florida, but the chain also has several units in Orlando in central Florida and Tampa on the Gulf side. The Deltona store brings the banner north of Orlando.
Source: supermarketnews.com 

US: Phononic transforms Cold Chain Fulfillment Ecosystem™ with first-ever sustainable, Actively-Cooled Tote and technology platform for grocery
Phononic, a global leader in solid-state cooling and heating technology, announced the launch of its comprehensive solution for active, portable cooling and freezing of perishable goods: the Intelligent Actively-Cooled Tote. To support the explosive demand for innovative and sustainable cold chain solutions at grocery retail, Phononic has developed the product and platform that delivers unmatched cold chain integrity as well as strong ROI and labor savings across the entire Cold Chain Fulfillment Ecosystem™.
Source: businesswire.com 

US: Robomart launches retailer platform to deliver goods to consumers in as little as 2 minutes
Robomart, the world’s first store-hailing service, revolutionizing the retail industry by delivering the fastest and most convenient shopping experience to consumers through its fleet of on-demand mobile mini-marts, announced the launch of its Retailer Platform. This new Platform allows retailers to partner with Robomart to deploy branded stores on wheels that consumers can hail to their door.
Source: robomart.co 

US: Bashas’ partners with Afresh to bring fresher produce to Arizona shoppers
Afresh Technologies, an AI-driven technology company building solutions that are transforming the fresh food supply chain, and Arizona’s hometown grocer, Bashas’, have partnered to pilot Afresh’s Fresh Operating System in select stores throughout Arizona. 
Source: afresh.com 

Ahold Delhaize USA opens new distribution center in Connecticut
Ahold Delhaize USA has opened a new 1mln square-foot distribution center in Manchester, Connecticut, to serve its Stop & Shop supermarket chain. ADUSA Supply Chain, the retailer’s distribution and logistics arm, said that the DC will receive, select and transport 88mln cases of nonperishable grocery products annually for more than 450 Stop & Shop stores and e-commerce centers. The facility also features state-of-the-art technology to support “the future of food distribution”, according to the company.
Source: supermarketnews.com 


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