Metro AG said it is bullish on its India business and continues to expand store and e-commerce footprint

Aldi UK: First checkout-free store in Greenwich

Three newcomers to Delhaize's executive committee
Dieter De Waegeneer, currently EVP Operations, will leave Delhaize on 28 February 2022, the retailer reported. As a result of De Waegeneer's departure, the executive committee will be expanded to include 3 new positions as of 1 March. Johan Ideler has been appointed SVP Logistics and Supply Chain. Raffael Li Preti is appointed SVP Retail Operations. And Fatma Keskin is appointed VP Legal, Ethics & Compliance, Asset Protection & Quality.

UK: Southern Co-op stores to sell more food past best before date
Southern Co-op has expanded its ‘Reducing Our Foodprint’ initiative which sees selected products past their ‘best before’ date being reduced to 20p. Fresh products will be sold up to 2 days after their ‘best before’ date and ambient products will be sold up to 7 days after their ‘best before’ date. Examples included in the reduction initiative include tinned fruit and veg, dried pasta and rice, confectionery, selected condiments, sugar and sweeteners, coffee, tea and jams as well as chilled products such as soft fruit and fruit juices.

UK: Aldi debuts first checkout-free store in Greenwich
Aldi has opened the doors of its 1st ever checkout-free store in the London borough of Greenwich. The ‘Aldi Shop&Go’ concept store is now open for public testing after months of being trialled with the grocer’s staff. The store is located on Greenwich High Street and allows customers to simply put items in a bag and walk out the store without the need to scan an item or visit a till point.

The largest retailer in Kazakhstan suffers multimillion-dollar losses from looting
Magnum Cash&Carry, the largest retail chain in Kazakhstan, estimates the damage from looting at 11bln KZT ($25.3mln), EastFruit experts report referring to Adindex.Asia. According to Dmitry Shishkin, Magnum’s PR manager, only chain stores located in Almaty were affected. A total of 25 stores were attacked by looters, of which 15 were completely looted, 11 were partially looted. He clarified that there are 68 stores in the city of Almaty, of which more than a 3rd suffered.

Lidl to help all UK fruit and veg farmers achieve eco-certification by end of 2023
Lidl GB has announced plans to help all British suppliers of fresh produce to achieve LEAF Marque certification within 24 months - an eco-label given to farmers working to reduce carbon and waste while restoring nature.

Denmark: Coop announces management reshuffle
Coop Denmark is implementing a number of changes in its group management, including the appointment of commercial director Kenneth Pedersen as the new chain director of its SuperBrugsen banner. SuperBrugsen has set ambitious growth targets for the next 5 years, Coop added.

UK self-driving startup Wayve raises $200 mln to scale up technology
British self-driving technology startup Wayve said it has raised $200mln from investors to scale up its autonomous driving technology globally and launch more pilot projects with commercial fleet partners. The Series B funding round brings the startup's total fundraising to $258mln and includes new investments from venture capital firms D1 Capital Partners, Moore Strategic Ventures and Linse Capital, plus fresh capital from existing investors including Microsoft

Germany: Edeka Nord ramps up sustainability efforts
Edeka Nord has announced plans to ramp up its focus on sustainability, with a switch to green electricity at many of its facilities. The German retailer, part of the wider Edeka Group, is promoting the use of alternative energies and switching to green electricity in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions across its operations.

Supermarket chains cut prices in Poland following suspension of VAT
Lidl and Aldi have become the 1st supermarket chains in Poland to announce that they will lower the prices of thousands of their products in response to the government’s decision to suspend VAT on food, gas and fertiliser as a way to soften the blow of soaring inflation.

Germany: Kaufland introduces low-carbohydrate potatoes
German retail giant Kaufland has rolled out low-carbohydrate potatoes, with 30% less carbohydrates. The new 'Linella' potato SKU is available across Germany at all Kaufland outlets, the retailer added.

UK: Selfridges announces 1st livestream shopping show in Cantonese
In recent weeks, Selfridges has been experimenting with livestream shopping and now the UK department store retailer has streamed its 1st show in Cantonese. "Livestream shopping offers a more engaging and interactive way to shop, compared to the traditional e-commerce user experience", says Tuf Gavaz, Head Of Product Management at Selfridges.

Metro AG bullish on India business, says to continue expanding in India
Germany's cash-and-carry major Metro AG said it is bullish on its India business and continues to expand store and e-commerce footprint, amid reports that it is reviewing whether to continue its operations in India. While declining to comment on its future in India, stressing that Metro regularly assesses its international portfolio, a company spokesperson said the Metro India business is doing well.

Germany: REWE launches new sustainability campaign
REWE Group has rolled out a new omnichannel campaign that will highlight the contribution of customers in transitioning to sustainable choices. The ‘Gutes beginnt mit mir’ (good things begin with me) campaign will highlight the impact of each purchase decision on animal welfare, packaging, and climate through product-related figures.

US: Longtime 7-Eleven executive appointed 7-Eleven International LLC Co-CEO
7-Eleven, Inc. is proud to announce Ken Wakabayashi's new role as Co-CEO of 7-Eleven International LLC ("7IN"). Previously 7-Eleven, Inc.'s SVP, Head of International, Wakabayashi will now lead the 7-Eleven brand's global growth strategy alongside Co-CEO, Shinji Abe, from Seven-Eleven Japan.

US: BYD partners with Nuro to manufacture all-electric autonomous delivery vehicle
BYD Co., Ltd. announced its partnership with leading autonomous vehicle company Nuro to begin producing the company’s 3rd-generation electric autonomous delivery vehicle. The partnership is expected to scale Nuro’s more affordable, eco-friendly, and convenient services to millions of people across the country.

Unlimeat enters the US via online channels as 2022 globalisation strategy kicks off
South Korea’s Unlimeat, the Zikooin alternative meat brand that makes sliced beef from upcycled food waste amongst other products, has finally landed in the US. The launch announcement was made with a Times Square advert on the Thomas Reuters billboard. Online sales will give consumers access to a range of products ahead of retail expansion.

US: Southeastern Grocers elevates belonging, inclusion and diversity with expansion of charitable focus
Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, announced the expansion of its charitable giving focus in the new year to support more causes committed to elevating belonging, inclusion and diversity and the local organizations that share the grocer’s passion for celebrating differences and strengthening communities. SEG’s expanded commitment to belonging, inclusion and diversity will help the grocer and its charitable arm, SEG Gives Foundation, make a larger impact within its communities while empowering authenticity, educating the broader society and eliminating long-standing barriers.

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