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Kroger aims to hire 20,000 associates

GrubMarket has completed the monumental acquisition of SGS

Amazon reportedly working on a smart fridge that tracks its contents
It seems Amazon is adding smart fridges to its extensive product line. According to a new report, Project Pulse will use some of the same technology found in Amazon Go stores, allowing it to track food items inside the fridge and order more when supplies run low. Insider writes that the company has been working on the product for at least 2 years now. The team behind the Amazon Go system is heading up the project, with members of the Amazon Fresh and Lab126 hardware teams also involved in the smart fridge's development.

US: Market Wagon brings Twin Cities farmers market groceries to customers' doors
Midwest startup Market Wagon recently launched in the 7-county metro to deliver farmer-provided produce, meats and other products. The service partners with local vendors who drop off products at a distribution center in Fridley. From there, they are delivered once a week by company staff to customers' homes in reusable, insulated cloth bags. Customers pay a delivery fee but don't need a subscription. Vendors pay the company a percentage of their sales.

US: Bain & Company launches NPS Prism for grocery
Bain & Company announced the launch of the NPS Prism tailored for US grocers. This service is an NPS benchmarking platform with operational insights from more than 50,000 shoppers on more than 40 leading grocers and 25 customer journeys spanning in-store, online and curbside shopping.

US: Kroger looks to add another 20,000 associates
With the holiday selling season up ahead, The Kroger Co. is doubling down in its 2nd nationwide hybrid hiring event. Cincinnati-based Kroger said that it aims to hire 20,000 associates in virtual and on-site interviews across its market area on October 13. Job openings include positions in retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, merchandising, logistics, corporate, pharmacy and health care.

US: GrubMarket acquires renowned Shapiro-Gilman-Shandler Produce, gaining significant momentum in the food supply chain industry
GrubMarket announced that it has completed the monumental acquisition of Shapiro-Gilman-Shandler Produce ("SGS"), a major produce and dairy provider in the Greater Los Angeles Area. With over 112 years of history, SGS is a well-established and longstanding produce provider to a wide range of business customers including retailers, wholesalers, government institutions, purveyors, and others.

Brazil retail sales fall in August - IBGE
Brazilian retail sales fell in August from the previous month and compared to a year ago, as Latin America’s largest economy struggles to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to IBGE, the government’s official statistics agency. IBGE said that Brazilian retail sales fell by 3.1% in that month from July, and by 4.1% in an annual comparison. The slump comes as a surprise, as analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted a 0.7% monthly increase in retail sales for August, and a 2% rise in sales from the same month a year ago.

DIA to invest over $100mln in Argentina operations
Spanish retailer DIA has announced plans to invest more than $100mlnn for expanding and remodelling its store network in Argentina. The initiative will generate approximately 3,000 direct and indirect jobs. The investments will be made in the period between 2021 and 2023, the retailer added.

Russia: SberMarket develops 'dark store' concept alongside wholesaler Metro
Russian online delivery service SberMarket has announced the development of a 'dark store' micro fulfilment centre alongside wholesale giant Metro. The dark store is located at Metro's facility on 19 Shosseynaya street, in Moscow, and will stock around 10,000 SKUs, with express delivery available for residents living in the southeast of the Russian capital.

Belgium: Jumbo approaches Wallonia with new store opening
Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has opened a store in Ronse, its 5th store opening this year. However, it is the first time the chain has reached an area with a sizeable French-speaking population.

Reliance Retail set to open 7-Eleven stores in India
Reliance Industries Ltd's retail arm has announced plans to roll out 7-Eleven convenience stores in India, days after Future Retail Ltd concluded a similar deal with the US chain. Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd will open the first 7-Eleven round-the-clock convenience store in a neighbourhood in India's financial capital of Mumbai on October 9.

France: Carrefour opens an automated pedestrian driveway in Paris with Delipop
A fully automated pedestrian drive to collect your shopping, ordered the day before or the same day, in less than 2 minutes. This is the promise of Delipop: French start-up founded by Lukasz Nowinskiet, the founder of Retail Robotics, and Hervé Street, the boss of Star Service. Carrefour, seduced by the proposal, opened a 1st Delipop pedestrian drive at 194 avenue de Versailles in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

UK: Ocado invests in Wayve for autonomous grocery deliveries
Reuters reported: "British online grocer Ocado is investing 10mln pounds ($13.6mln) in self-driving technology startup Wayve and a partnership to develop autonomous grocery deliveries that can handle tough traffic on busy city streets. Wayve’s technology will be used in a 12-month autonomous delivery trial using a number of Ocado delivery vans on busy London routes, with a human driver overseeing the tests, the 2 companies said."

Northern Ireland: Plastic free fruit and veg shop a first for province
Northern Ireland’s first fully plastic-free Fruit & Veg Shop was launched near Portadown on Saturday. The shop, at 10 Ballynarry Rd, Portadown, was officially opened by the Consular General of the Republic of Poland in Northern Ireland, Mr Pawel Majewski. Since 2017, Emilia Klak and Marcin Piotrowski - partners in business and life - have developed Farm Next Door as a thriving Fruit & Veg delivery service across much of NI.

Spanish ride-hailing app Cabify bets on grocery delivery amid e-commerce boom
Spanish ride-hailing app Cabify will allow users to order groceries direct to their homes in 9 cities including Barcelona and Madrid via a partnership with online supermarket delivery firm Lola Market, the companies said.

UK: Aldi reveals new lorry design after schools take part in nationwide competition
Aldi has revealed the winners of its nationwide competition with Team GB, which called on budding child artists to submit a design for its latest lorry. Drawings by Isabella, aged 5 from Edinburgh, and Rebecca, aged 6 from Buckinghamshire, will now be spotted on motorways across the country. Speaking about the judging process, triple Olympic champion Max Whitlock said: “It was great to see so many children across the country get involved in the competition. Selecting just 2 winners from a pool of more than 24,500 entries wasn’t easy, but Isabella and Rebecca’s designs really stood out to us. We loved the bright, colourful and beautifully drawn fruit and vegetables on both.”

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