SN Report: Retailers optimistic about center store sales in 2021
Nearly half (45%) of retailers say that the coronavirus pandemic led to increased sales of more than 10% in center store, with 18% seeing increased sales of 5% to 9.9% and 19% with increased sales of 0 to 4.9%. The news is even better for center store dollar sales in 2021, as 80% of retailers expect sales to remain the same or increase this year. A full 20% of retailers anticipate dollar sales increases of more than 10%, while 24% expect increases of 5% to 10% and another 21% expect increases of 2% to 4.9%. Those are among the findings of this year’s Supermarket News Center Store Trends Report, based on responses from 110 food retailers and wholesalers, surveyed throughout August 2021.
US: UNFI to expand grocery order and delivery service for independent retailers with DoorDash relationship
United Natural Foods, Inc. announced it has entered into a reseller agreement with DoorDash, the nation’s leading last-mile logistics platform, to bring on-demand grocery delivery solutions to independent retailers nationwide through the DoorDash marketplace.
US: Natural Grocers® announces pay increases for current and new hourly store good4u Crew members
Natural Grocers®, the nation's largest family-operated natural and organic grocery retailer, reaches another milestone in its commitment to its good4uSM Crew, announcing pay increases for hourly store Crew members across its 162 stores in 20 states. All current hourly store Crew members received a $1.00 per hour pay increase starting on October 4, 2021, which raised the company-wide average hourly pay for full-time Crew to $18.43, including $1.00 per hour in Vitamin Bucks.
Costco the grocer of choice for Canadian newcomers: study
Newcomers to Canada are likely to choose Costco as their grocery store of choice, with its prices, product quality - and of course its beloved sampling program - all playing a role in their decision. The findings are part of the ongoing Newcomers to Canada study by Toronto’s Solutions Research Group. They are based on a survey of 850 new Canadians who arrived in Canada after 2015, as well as 600 interviews with respondents from the general population. Newcomer respondents also identified Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, FreshCo and No Frills as their preferred destination for groceries.
Pattison Food Group acquires U.S. chain Roth's Fresh Markets
The Pattison Food Group is expanding outside Canada with the acquisition of Oregon-based Roth’s Fresh Markets. A Pattison release announcing the deal said the 9-store chain would maintain its name and operating structure while “leveraging synergies and other opportunities for business growth provided by the Pattison Food Group”. The deal is scheduled to take effect October 26, pending regulatory approval.
Brazil: GPA sells 71 Extra Hiper stores to Assai for $943 mln
Brazilian retailer GPA said that it had agreed on an up to 5.2bln reais ($943mln) deal with wholesaler Assai for it to buy 71 of its Extra Hiper cash and carry stores. GPA said Assai had agreed to pay 4bln reais between December 2021 and January 2024. Additionally, GPA said it had agreed to sell 17 of its properties to a real estate investment fund backed by Assai for 1.2bln reais.
Ahold Delhaize launches its very own podcast: Refreshing Retail!
Ahold Delhaize reported: "Curious to learn more about what's cooking in the kitchen of Ahold Delhaize and the food and retail industry? Refreshing Retail is here to share the latest trends, innovations and news. It discusses big topics like the future of food, health and sustainability, the omnichannel journey, and much more! In each episode, host Emmelie Zipson will have a conversation with an interesting guest from the industry and a co-host from Ahold Delhaize".
SPAR becomes first retailer in Ireland to partner with Too Good To Go
SPAR Ireland has launched a new partnership with pioneering food waste app Too Good To Go, making it the first retail network in Ireland to sign up to what is expected to be a game-changing solution in addressing food waste at the retail level.
London’s ultra-fast grocery delivery war heats up with the arrival of Russian tech giant Yandex
Russian tech giant Yandex has launched a service in London that delivers groceries to people’s doors in as little as 15 minutes. The service, called Yango Deli, will compete with a multitude of rapid grocery delivery apps, from Istanbul-based Getir to Berlin’s Gorillas. Such companies have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars from venture capitalists this year.
'Doing the right thing' - Poundland owner won't raise prices
Pepco Group, the owner of British discount retailer Poundland won't raise prices despite facing higher costs from global supply chain disruptions, it pledged.
Spain: Mercadona marks 1st anniversary pf 'Strategy 6.25' initiative
Spanish retailer Mercadona has marked 1 year since the launch of its Strategy 6.25 initiative, which which it is seeking to reduce the plastic in its packaging by 25% by 2025. Under the 6-point plan, Mercadona is also aiming to make all plastic in its products recyclable, and to recycle all the plastic waste it generates.
Realty Income announces additional transaction with Carrefour in Spain
Realty Income Corporation (Realty Income), The Monthly Dividend Company®, announced the closing of a €64mln portfolio transaction in Spain consisting of 3 properties leased to Carrefour under long-term net lease agreements. Combined with the previously announced transaction with Carrefour, Realty Income has now invested approximately €157mln in high-quality real estate in Spain.
Hema ends partnership with Wehkamp and Casino
Hema plans on focusing on its own stores and online channels within the Benelux and France even more than before. After withdrawing from the United Kingdom and Spain, the retailer is also discontinuing its collaboration with Dutch Wehkamp and French group Casino.