Amazon poised to dethrone eBay as Australia’s top online retailer
Australia’s e-commerce industry is standing at the precipice of a monumental shift, as new data predicts Amazon is on track to dethrone eBay as the country’s top online shopping website. The American e-commerce giant, which launched in Australia just seven years ago, has been rapidly outmuscling competitors with faster delivery times and local growth in its loyalty scheme, Amazon Prime, Jarden analyst Ben Gilbert said in research.
SPAR Gran Canaria supports local banana producers
True to its philosophy of promoting proximity and excellent service, SPAR Gran Canaria continues to focus on offering the highest quality fresh produce. This commitment has resulted in the certification of the controlled ripening process for local bananas. The distinction is awarded by the independent agri-food certification audit, Agrocolor. The certificate, obtained for the first time, guarantees flavour, quality, freshness, and food safety of the bananas sold at SPAR Gran Canaria stores. This result reflects the chain’s strategy of continuous improvement, which has contributed to SPAR Gran Canaria maintaining its position as the market leader in the fruit and vegetable segment. The bananas are obtained from producers who find in SPAR a loyal retailer committed to ‘Kilómetro 0’, which boosts the local economy by promoting local produce.
Belgium: Russian-owned discounter to close its Opwijk supermarket after just 3 months
The Russian-owned discount supermarket chain Mere has announced that it is closing its store in the Flemish Brabant municipality of Opwijk. The store only opened three months ago. Mere says that the Opwijk store will close in mid-October.
Pakistan: TPL Trakker & Krave Mart to transform online grocery shopping via digital mapping services
TPL Trakker - Pakistan’s leading IoT, Tracking and Location Technology Company, has partnered with Krave Mart, one of the up and coming, most promising brands in the country, to enable their Q-commerce platform through robust location-based mapping services for delivery. TPL Trakker through its multiple Map’s APIs that are powered by more than 6mln location points, will facilitate in providing a seamless delivery experience to both Krave Mart customers as well as Krave Mart Riders.
Just Eat expands on-demand grocery offering to over 60% of the UK population
Households in more than 60% of the UK can now take advantage of Just Eat’s on-demand grocery and convenience offering. Just Eat’s grocery estate in the UK has expanded from 20 sites to over 1,500 sites on the platform since launching in January. The service has seen rapid growth over the summer, with over 450 sites rolled out on the platform in July alone, due to successful partnerships with popular brands such as Asda, Londis, Budgens, One Stop and Central England Co-Op.
China: Missfresh announces board and management changes
Missfresh Limited (“Missfresh” or the “Company”), an innovator in China’s neighborhood retail industry, announced the following changes in the Company’s board composition and management team: Mr. Hansong Zhu resigned from his positions as an independent director of the Company, the chairperson of the audit committee of the Company, the chairperson of the compensation committee of the Company and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the Company; Ms. Yuan Sun resigned from her position as a director of the Company; Mr. Jun Wang resigned from his positions as a director and the co-chief financial officer of the Company; and Ms. Xi (Catherine) Chen resigned from her position as the co-chief financial officer of the Company.
Brazil: GPA revises new store opening plans to 2024
Brazil’s biggest food retailer, GPA, has revised its initial projections regarding the number of new stores it plans to open by 2024. After reviewing its expansion plan, GPA has decided to accelerate the opening of proximity stores, aiming for up to 300 new stores by 2024.
Amazon Fresh opens 2nd Pennsylvania location
Amazon Fresh opened its second store in Pennsylvania. The market in Broomall, Pennsylvania, about 10 miles from Philadelphia, is the retailer’s first store in the state with its proprietary “just walk out” technology that allows shoppers to skip the checkout line, the company said. Earlier this month, Amazon opened its second Maryland location, a 46,000-square-foot store in Chevy Chase.
US: Raley's enlists DoorDash for grocery delivery
DoorDash is continuing to gain traction in the grocery retail sector, with its latest partner being The Raley’s Companies. Same-day grocery delivery is now available from 213 locations across multiple cities, including 117 Raley’s stores in Northern California and Nevada and 90-plus Bashas’ locations in Arizona. Specific banners are Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods, Raley’s O-N-E Market, Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods stores.
US: Kroger net sales jump over 9% in Q2
The Kroger Co. upped the momentum in its fiscal 2022 second quarter with strong net and identical sales growth and adjusted earnings per share that beat Wall Street’s high-end estimate. For the quarter ended August 13, sales came in at $34.64bln, up 9.3% from $31.68bln a year earlier, Kroger reported. Backing out gasoline, which has seen elevated but relaxed pricing in recent months, sales rose 5.2% year over year. That compared with a net sales gain of 3.9% (and a 0.4% decrease excluding fuel) in the fiscal 2021 quarter.
Carmen Fortino to focus on national supply chain, procurement at Metro as Serge Boulanger retires
Carmen Fortino is shifting focus to lead Metro’s national supply chain as Serge Boulanger announces his plans to retire in early 2023. Beginning in the new fiscal year, Fortino’s title will be executive vice president, national supply chain and procurement. He currently serves as EVP, Ontario division head and national supply chain. Fortino will continue to report to Eric La Flèche, president and chief executive.
Canada: Dollarama lifts annual comparable sales forecast on strong demand
Dollarama Inc raised its full-year same-store sales forecast after topping quarterly revenue estimates, helped by strong demand for its groceries and household essentials as more consumers turn to discount stores amid surging inflation. The company's sales rose 18.2% to C$1.22bln ($938.97mln) in the second quarter, beating analysts' average estimate of C$1.19bln, according to Refinitiv data.
DC residents pick up Amazon packages from police after rampant porch theft
Porch bandits have notoriously swindled packages under very daring conditions, but now, Washington, D.C. package poachers may have an even more daunting doorstep to brave: the police. Police in the 6th District are partnering with Amazon to allow residents to pick up their packages at Amazon lockers stationed in its facilities.