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Asda has teamed with Blue Yonder and Bringg

Carrefour Polska has opened 120 new Outlet zones in stores so far this year

Carrefour denies rumours about sale of Polish branch
Several Polish media outlets reported that a sales agreement was reached with Mid Europa Partners. That investor is also a shareholder of the Polish e-commerce platform Allegro. In addition, a second buyer was said to be involved: a real estate fund of Griffin Capital Partners showed interest in the real estate of the supermarket group. According to website Dlahandlu, talks with Mid Europa Partners have been going on since this autumn. However, Carrefour denies the rumours: to RetailDetail, the retailer says it is not selling the Polish division.

India: SunnyBee stays committed to serve IT corridor with a slew of farm fresh produce; launches second store in OMR, Chennai
With OMR witnessing the return of IT workforce, SunnyBee, Chennai’s most preferred food store brand has opened its second store in the IT corridor to serve farm-fresh produce to consumers in the region. Following the recent launch in Sholinganallur, the newly launched store is located in Perungudi and is set to bring high-quality everyday staples to consumers. Spread across 1730 sqft and just 10kms from Sholinganallur, the brand-new store houses 3500+ wide variety of products including fresh produce from fruits, vegetables, dairy, staples, frozen foods to other categories such as personal and home care.

More than a fifth of Britons struggling as grocery price inflation hits 13-year high
More than a fifth of households in Great Britain say they are struggling to make ends meet as the price of the weekly grocery shop rises 7%, the highest level of inflation in 13 years. Nine in 10 people say they are worried about the rising price of groceries, according to the market research group Kantar, putting the issue in second place behind concerns about energy bills as the cost of living crisis hits families hard.

French retailer Auchan does not plan to change its Russia strategy
French retailer Auchan does not plan to change its strategy in Russia or the structure of its local operations, the Russian branch of the privately owned company told Reuters in emailed comments. Auchan Russia was responding to a request for a comment after a local media report suggested it may cede control of its domestic operations to a third party.

Belgium: Colruyt adapts price communication
Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt has simplified its price communication: on shelf labels, customers no longer see when the price has been lowered in reaction to competitors. Promotions will be in red from now on.

Carrefour Polska has opened 120 'Outlet' zones this year
Carrefour Polska has accelerated the development of its 'Outlet' project with the opening of 120 new Outlet zones in stores so far this year. The group has opened 60 new zones in the second quarter of the year alone. Outlet zones are present in both hypermarkets and Carrefour supermarkets and offer a selection of non-food products at attractive prices.

UK: Who is Stuart Machin, Marks & Spencer's new chief executive?
Following a six-year tenure, Steve Rowe has stepped down as chief executive of Marks & Spencer, ending a 39 year career at the British retailer. He is being succeeded in one of the most high profile jobs in British business by M&S's food boss and joint chief operating officer Stuart Machin, who will become chief executive and take on responsibility for day-to-day leadership of the business and executive committee.

Croatian retailers end 2021 positively, Konzum maintains leadership
All of the biggest retailers in Croatia reported revenue growth in 2021, with market leader Konzum managing to keep its main rivals - Lidl and SPAR - at a distance. Konzum, the grocery retail chain owned by Fortenova Group, confirmed its leadership position in the market with a turnover of HRK10.71bln (€1.4bln) - which went up by 6.75%, year on year, according to data reported by T-Portal. The company reported a net profit of HRK40.34mln (€5.3mln) - a significant improvement on the previous year, which ended with a net loss of HRK129.5mln (€17.2mln).

UK: Asda teams with Blue Yonder and Bringg
Having teamed with Blue Yonder in 2021 to digitally transform its end-to-end supply chain and retail operations, major U.K. retailer Asda has now selected the company’s Luminate Commerce solutions to modernize its order management capabilities. Asda will also join forces with delivery and fulfillment cloud platform Bringg, a Blue Yonder technology alliance partner, to make each link in the supply chain seamless, connected and orchestrated.

Turkish fast delivery firm Getir to cut 14% of staff - source
Turkish fast grocery delivery company Getir plans to cut 14% of its staff globally, a source with the knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Founded in 2015, Istanbul-based Getir operates in around 50 cities across seven European countries, the United States as well as all major cities in its home country. The source said the decision was taken due to rising global inflation and costs.

Carrefour Brasil's shareholders approve Grupo BIG acquisition
Shareholders of Carrefour Brasil approved the acquisition of Grupo BIG Brasil SA, according to a securities filing. The local unit of the French retail giant announced on March 2021 the acquisition of Grupo BIG for roughly 7.5bln reais ($1.52bln) from Walmart and investment firm Advent International.

US: High-performing grocery stores translate success to online space
Supermarkets that are high performers in the brick-and-mortar realm also tend to be sales catalysts in the online grocery arena, new research from strategic advisory firm Brick Meets Click shows. Among nearly 950 stores from 45 U.S. retail banners, conventional supermarkets in the top-performing quartile generated average weekly online grocery sales of $43,895, 6.3 times higher than the median sales of $6,934 for stores in the other quartiles, according to the latest findings of the Brick Meets Click eGrocery Performance Benchmarking 2021 Wave.

US Foods to host nationwide customer engagement events
US Foods Holding Corp. announced that the company will host a series of more than 70 exclusive customer engagement events throughout the year, aimed at helping operators “Make It” against the backdrop of ongoing challenges such as labor constraints, rising costs, and industry-wide supply chain disruptions. The “US Foods Immersion” and “US Foods Fresh Perspectives” experiences bring a new approach to the company’s event strategy by building on its legacy of bringing innovative events to independent restaurant operators. 

US: Kroger launches Ocado ‘spoke’ facility in central Ohio
The Kroger Co. has opened an Ocado-automated “spoke” e-commerce fulfillment facility to help process online grocery orders in central Ohio. Located on Shook Road in Lockbourne, Ohio, the 61,000-square-foot spoke will work with Kroger’s 375,000-square-foot, Ocado-automated customer fulfillment center (CFC) in Monroe, Ohio, and serve as a last-mile cross-dock site, the supermarket giant said.

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