France: Picnic to launch in Lille next week
After a successful trial in Valenciennes (Northern France), Dutch online supermarket Picnic will expand its activities into neighbouring Lille on 13 October.
Australia: Doug Jones appointed new Group CEO of Metcash Limited
Metcash Limited notified that Group CEO Jeff Adams has notified the Board of his intention to retire from the role and that Doug Jones, currently CEO and Senior Vice President of South African-based Massmart Wholesale, will succeed him.
France: Auchan not planning hostile bid after Carrefour ends talks - Les Echos
Auchan does not plan to make a hostile move for Carrefour after the latter broke off talks over a tie-up between the 2 French retail groups, business daily Les Echos said.
UK shopper confidence drops to lowest in a year: IGD
Shopper confidence in the UK has declined to its lowest level in a year in September, according to the latest Shopper Confidence Index from IGD. The index, which provides category, insight and commercial professionals with trusted shopper insights, highlights that concerns around food price inflation are at their highest since March 2013.
Finland: S Group extends purchasing agreement with Carrefour
Finland's S Group has announced that it is extending its purchasing agreement with Carrefour to include a range of internationally-branded products. A number of other Nordic cooperative groups, including Coop Norway, Coop Sweden and Coop Denmark, are also involved in the purchasing agreement.
Philippines: WalterMart bares plan to open 2 new stores
WalterMart, the Luzon-based supermarket chain owned by SM Retail and family of Wilson Lim, plans to open 2 new stores before the end of the year to strengthen its position as one of the major players in the retail industry. Waltermart said the new stores will be located in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), which is experiencing a rapidly growing population and increasing purchasing power.
UK: Which was the cheapest supermarket in September 2021?
Aldi beat rival discounter rival Lidl supermarket to the title of cheapest supermarket in September by just 37p, the latest monthly analysis by Which? has found.
Auchan, Aldi stand out for vegan products in Portugal
Auchan and Aldi are food retailers with the best offer of vegan products in Portugal, a new report by the Portuguese Vegetarian Association (AVP) has revealed. The finding is from the RankingVeg project, set up by AVP in partnership with the Germany's Albert Schweitzer Foundation. The study included retailers with the biggest market presence in Portugal, namely Aldi, Auchan, Continente, Intermarché, Lidl, Minipreço and Mercadona.
Italy: Lidl sets new climate protection targets
Lidl Italia has announced that it is on track to become climate neutral by next year, and reduce its CO2 emissions by 48% between now and the end of the decade. The retailer, which operates more than 680 shops across Italy, is making the commitment in line with the Paris Climate Agreement's goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
UK: Tesco looking to fill thousands of job positions for the festive period
This year Tesco is recruiting 30,000 temporary Colleagues to help customers during the busy Christmas period. With recruitment already underway, half of those roles have been filled by temporary colleagues who joined Tesco during the pandemic and have had their contracts extended to cover Christmas.
US: Gordon Food Service® unveils: Goodfinds by Gordon
Inspired by the belief that food should not only taste good, it should do good too, Gordon Food Service® has unveiled a new program for their customers called Goodfinds by Gordon. The program's mission is to partner with companies on the cutting edge of food service innovation to deliver customers meaningful food solutions that do good for communities, customers, and the planet.
US: How Walmart is navigating the supply chain to deliver this holiday season
Joe Metzger, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Walmart U.S. reported: "We have all seen and heard a lot in recent months about supply chain issues across the retail industry. With so many news stories about port delays, increased consumer demand and holiday season forecasting, it’s natural to wonder whether items will make it to store shelves and how this might affect holiday preparations. But increased demand for the products customers want is nothing new for this time of year, and it’s certainly nothing new for Walmart. We’ve been delivering the holidays for over 50 years. This year, we’re doing even more to help ensure product orders arrive when customers need them".