US: Giant Food’s loyalty program boosts savings on grocery staples
Regional grocery chain Giant Food is offering shoppers a chance to save on grocery staples such as milk, bread, vegetables and more through its loyalty program promotion, the retailer announced. As grocery food prices remain high, store brand products in the new promotion include bread, milk, bacon, frozen vegetables, mandarin oranges, romaine lettuce, bottled water and shredded cheese, Giant Food said.
Canada: Buggy opens new dark store in Ontario
Grocery delivery business Buggy has opened a new dark store in London, Ontario. Founded in 2014, the company started opening its own stores in the summer of 2022, including in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood.
PlantX, The Very Good Food Company enter e-commerce fulfillment partnership
PlantX Life has entered into an e-commerce partnership with plant-based food tech business The Very Good Food Company. As part of the deal, PlantX will execute e-commerce logistics operations for Very Good, including warehousing inventory and fulfillment of orders for customers visiting the Very Good Butchers website in the U.S.
Italy: Alì closes stores on Sundays to save electricity bills
Italian grocery retail group Alì has opted to close its stores on Sundays and holidays in order to save on energy bills. In addition, the supermarket group, mainly located in the Veneto region, is increasing the production of renewable energy, using heat produced by refrigerators to heat sanitary water, rolling out photovoltaic systems and switching to LED lamps, allowing it to cut consumption by half. Speaking to daily Corriere del Veneto, company VP Gianni Canella pointed out that Alì has made a lot of efforts to curb price increases due to high energy prices, rising industrial prices and expensive transportation, to cushion the effects on customers' purchasing capacity.
India: E-tailer expands offerings in Warangal
Amazon India announced the expansion of its Amazon Fresh full basket grocery service to Warangal. The app-in-app experience will offer a wide selection of grocery products, including fruits, vegetables, chilled products, beauty, baby, personal care and pet products among other daily grocery needs.
UK: John Lewis plans ‘buy back or take back’ schemes in all product categories by 2025
John Lewis has pledged to have “buy back or take back” schemes operating in every product category by 2025 and to develop more rental and resale options as it steps up efforts to be a more sustainable business. The group, which runs Waitrose supermarkets as well as a string of department stores, will also invest £2mln over the next five years to restore and protect nature in Norfolk, a key source of meat, cereal and vegetable products, and in India’s Noyyal and Bhavani river basins, where it sources cotton, under a partnership with the wildlife charity WWF.
Thailand’s Central Retail to double Vietnam stores in 4 years
Thailand’s Central Retail plans to double more than the number of its stores in Vietnam from the current 340 to 710 by 2026 to capitalize on a growing market. The main retail arm of Thai conglomerate Central Group will spend 30bln baht (US$790mln) for the expansion, which it hopes will make it Vietnam’s biggest food and property retail platform.
Luxembourg: Opening of a brand new Colruyt store in Strassen at the Boomerang Shopping Centre
On Wednesday 5 October, Colruyt Lowest Prices will open its 6th store in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Strassen, route d'Arlon. This Colruyt is located on level -1 of the Boomerang Shopping Centre and offers a wide assortment of quality products, both food and non-food. Fresh produce, such as fruit and vegetables, dairy products, fish and ready meals, are all stored in a large, separate cooling room, ensuring they're always fresh.
Aldi reveals where it's still looking to open stores after becoming Britain’s fourth largest supermarket
Aldi has revealed where it’s still looking to open new stores after official data shows it has become Britain’s fourth largest supermarket. The supermarket, which has over 970 stores, said it planned to open 16 more stores before the end of the year and is set to create over 6,000 new jobs across the country this year as it continues to expand. The areas where Aldi is still looking to bring new stores include cities like Bath and Birmingham, as well as smaller towns such as Penzance and Maidenhead.
GS25 opens 100th convenience store outlet in Mongolia
GS Group's convenience store chain GS25 said it has opened its 100th outlet in Mongolia since its entry into the East Asian country 16 months ago. GS25 aims to expand the number of outlets in Mongolia to more than 500 by 2025 by launching more customized food products.
UK: Supermarket push to cut waste hits food bank donations
Food waste charity FareShare has told the BBC it has seen a drop of around 200 tonnes in supermarket surplus donations every month this summer. The charity said the reduction had come at the same time as demand for the services they support surged. The BBC understands FareShare is writing to major supermarkets, asking for an increase in contributions.
Deliveroo takes on supermarket giants by opening New Oxford Street London store - the first in the UK
Deliveroo has opened its first shop, meaning London commuters can order groceries in-store and walk away with them in minutes. The outlet in New Oxford Street marks the delivery giant’s first foray into a bricks-and-mortar shop in the UK, having previously operated its rapid grocery delivery service, Deliveroo Hop, through the app. Deliveroo has partnered with Morrisons to sell more than 1,750 of its items, including ready meals, fresh food from its The Best range, and cupboard staples.
Grupo DIA commits to 40% waste reduction by 2023
Grupo DIA has committed to reduce waste to landfill by 40% globally and food waste in Spain and Portugal by 2023. The initiative will be implemented throughout the retailer’s value chain, from warehouse and dark store to stores.