Retail

Esselunga intends to expand its La Esse banner

7-Eleven Malaysia: Sales grew by 6.1%

UK: Sainsbury's new boss Roberts faces unexpected in-trayWhen Sainsbury’s new boss Simon Roberts hosts a virtual focus group with supermarket shoppers on his first day in charge on Monday, the conversation will be radically different from the one he might have imagined when he got the job. In late…

Costco: 7.5% fall in quarterly profit

Aldi: Curbside Grocery Pickup availability expanded to nearly 600 stores

US: Online grocery shoppers favor Walmart during pandemic, survey showsWalmart was the top choice of U.S. online grocery customers during March and April, with 47% of these shoppers ordering from the retailer, according to research conducted by Escalent, a human behavior and analytics company. 34% of…

Casino plans to open a further 300 convenience stores

Supermarket chain Shufersal reported sharply higher quarterly net profit

UK: Costcutter back in the black after “outstanding year”Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has returned to profit on the back of a strong year of sales, according to results filed at Companies House this week. Sales increased by 10% to £426mln for the period Jan 1 to Dec 31 2019, with EBITDA increasing…

SpartanNash: Food distribution and retail sales lifted by double digits

Southeastern Grocers plans to expand in Florida with 8 new Winn-Dixie stores

US: Wegmans rethinks approach to store openings amid COVID-19 crisisAs the nation slowly reopens after months in lockdown mode during the coronavirus pandemic, Wegmans Food Markets plans a more cautious approach to opening new stores. Wegmans said that it will now give a targeted time frame for when a…

Conad has added more stores to its Spazio Conad banner

Aldi: New automated traffic light system at entrances

Foodpanda in the Philippines expands into groceriesFood-delivery service Foodpanda in the Philippines has expanded into grocery deliveries. Partnering with major retailers such as 7-Eleven, the company said it has introduced a “Shops” function on the Foodpanda app. “Shops provide Foodpanda users more…

Saladworks to set down roots in the produce section

Dollar General: Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables

Ahold Delhaize USA announces Ira Kress as President, Giant FoodAhold Delhaize USA announced Ira Kress has been appointed President, Giant Food, effectively immediately. “Ira has been a dedicated leader for Giant Food for 36 years and we are proud to appoint him to this role”, said Kevin Holt, president,…

Netto: 100 stores transformation to 'Netto 3.0' completed

Lotte Shopping will sell off 121 stores this year

Patriotic Poles led astray by mis-labelled Ukrainian cucumbersLocal supermarket Biedronka has been mis-labelling goods including Belgian carrots and Ukrainian cucumbers as home grown, Poland’s anti-monopoly office said. The watchdog said Biedronka, part of Portuguese retail group Jeronimo Martins, had…

Schnucks is introducing a new store format

FreshCo forges ahead into Western Canada

How big unions smooth the way for Amazon worker protestsWarehouse employees last month staged a walkout in Michigan to demand safer working conditions at their facility. So did workers in New York, Illinois and Minnesota. These and other Amazon.com Inc employees across the country are seizing on the…

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Polish retailer accused of selling Ukrainian vegetables as domestic

In Poland, retailer Biedronka has been accused of misleading buyers by selling fruits and vegetables from other countries, while indicating that they were domestic products,…

Spar Austria: Record-breaking market share

Azbuka Vkusa teams with Zippin for European debut

China: JD.com adds two 7FRESH supermarketsJD.com has announced the opening of two 7FRESH supermarkets in Chengdu, one of the most-populous cities in Southwestern China and the capital of Sichuan province. There are now a total of 20 7FRESH supermarkets in China. Customers of 7FRESH can also choose to…

Target is providing consumers with additional opportunities to purchase its products

Walmart: Online sales increase 74%

US: Instacart introduces new in-app safety hub for shopper communityInstacart, the North American leader in online grocery, announced new safety measures and resources to support its shopper community. The new shopper in-app safety hub furthers Instacart's commitment to shopper safety, offering…

Lidl set to open 100th U.S. store

US: Hormel Foods releases Q2 results, record sales notedHormel Foods Corporation reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020. All comparisons are to the second quarter of fiscal 2019 unless otherwise noted. "As a global branded food company, we play a critical role in providing safe,…

Wesfarmers to shut or rebrand over 100 Target stores in virus slump

UK: Whitchurch's new Aldi store to open after coronavirus postponementA supermarket chain is set to finally open its new Shropshire branch, after coronavirus meant its initial opening was postponed. The Aldi store in Whitchurch was due to open on April 2, but it had to be postponed due to the coronavirus…

Online sale fails to salvage grocers

India: Online sale fails to salvage grocersOnly 10 to 15 supermarkets in the city have registered with online delivery groups, though the sales were better during the first phase of lockdown, they came plunging down after restrictions were relaxed. When the lockdown came into force following Covid-19…

Target's online sales surge eases coronavirus pain

US: Walmart upgrades apps due to coronavirus to combine groceries with electronics and moreShoppers can now order bananas, chicken breasts, a puzzle and a television in the same purchase on the Walmart app for curbside pickup or delivery. The retailer has combined its Walmart Grocery app with its main…

Walmart sales surge at stores and online on coronavirus-led demand

US: Bob Mariano to launch supermarket chain in ChicagoBob Mariano’s decision to develop a new fleet of supermarkets is the latest chapter in his storied career in Chicago’s grocery industry. The project will give him a chance to again shake up the city's grocery market, where he earned a reputation as an…

Asda launches ‘virtual queueing’ trial

UK: Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose launch new delivery schemeWith supermarkets changing rules during the coronavirus lockdown, making a trip to the shops has become more difficult for some. Supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose have…

Ahold Delhaize USA ramps up cold storage capacity

Analysts expect higher net income from Walmart amid COVID-19 crisisWalmart is one of the U.S. and global retailers that has remained open during COVID-19. The Bentonville-based retailer is set to report first-quarter earnings before the market opens on May 19. Wall Street expects a solid performance from…

Convenience stores take 20% of volume from multiples

Convenience stores take 20% of volume from multiplesA spokesperson for Costcutter said frozen figures in particular are triple what would normally be expected. The independent convenience sector has taken 20% of order volumes from the multiples, according to Costcutter retail director Mike Hollis. In an…

Aldi UK partners Deliveroo for grocery home delivery

Tesco's slavery review reports abuses in MalaysiaU.K.-based multinational groceries chain Tesco PLC has found abuses against migrant workers at its stores and distribution centres in Malaysia and Thailand, it said in its annual modern slavery statement.The company listed allegations based on interviews…

Union blasts Kroger for ending COVID-19 wage boost

J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protectionJ.C. Penney Co Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday with plans to permanently close some stores and also explore a possible sale, making it the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to crumble as prolonged store closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic…

Retailers achieve record improvement in supplier dealings

UK: Retailers achieve record improvement in supplier dealingsSupermarkets have achieved a record improvement in their dealings with their suppliers, according to a survey by the Groceries Code Adjudicator. Christine Tacon’s final survey as the UK's GCA shows that retailer compliance with the Groceries…

Canada's first 'urban' Superstore opens in East Village

US: Some grocery chains now require shoppers to wear a face maskGrocery chains such as Longos and Costco in the U.S. now require shoppers to wear face masks while other retailers, such as Whole Foods, are requesting it of customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move follows a shift from Canadian…

Carrefour brings Ramadan essentials to those in need

France: Amazon expects to extend France warehouse closures to 18 MayThe six French Amazon warehouses’ closure could get extended until the 18th of May. The warehouses have been closed as of April the 16th, after court rulings ordering the retailer to restrict deliveries during the covid-19 pandemic. “Our…

Amazon asks for federal law against price gouging during national emergencies

Westchester grocery chain takes reservations to help keep social distancingOne Westchester County grocery store chain is already embracing the new normal of shopping in a post-COVID-19 world, by having customers place reservations ahead of time before entering the store in order to ensure social…

New on-line store in Bulgaria launched in partnership with hypermarket chain

Bulgaria's new online supermarket Shop.gladen.bg has started delivering a wide range of fresh and packaged foods, organic products in all categories, quality cosmetics and…

Lidl Sweden to introduce electric trucks to the supply chain

Italy: Spar Italy records a €3.6 billion turnover in 2019DeSpar Italia released its 2019 annual results, recording sales of €3.6 billion, a growth of 3% year-on-year. In 2019, Spar Italy partners invested over €95 million in its retail store networks, expanding its footprint through new store openings…

Amazon says delivery speed returning to normal after Covid-19 crush

US: Walmart's employee bonuses near one billion USDWalmart has already paid out $550 million in employee bonuses during the coronavirus pandemic, and it announced an additional $390 million. This $390 million will be distributed as $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly and…

Walmart pilots 2-hour grocery delivery service

US: Online grocery sales to grow 40% in 2020U.S. online grocery sales grew 22% in 2019 and, propelled by high demand from nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns, stand to surge about 40% this year, according to the Coresight Research U.S. Online Grocery Survey 2020. Of 1,152 consumers polled, 52% had bought…

Lidl's new WhatsApp feature lets shoppers check quiet times in stores

Netherlands: Dutch supermarket deploying electronic shelf label technologyDutch cooperative supermarket chain Plus Retail is tapping Pricer AB, based in Sweden, to deploy a electronic shelf label platform. The digital technology is aimed at enhancing store performance and the customer experience,…

Ahold Delhaize sketches out COVID-19 investment plan

Walmart and other superstores continue coronavirus-fueled hiring spree

‘J.C. Penney to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week’According to Reuters J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N) is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection as soon as this week, with plans to permanently close about a quarter of its roughly 850 stores, becoming the latest major U.S. retailer to succumb to…

CMA does not have ‘any concerns’ over Nisa following price-hike complaints

Morrisons expands next day delivery to Amazon Prime customers

Asda in Kettering and Rushden adds hundreds more order slots with new electric vansAsda has increased the number of click and collect orders available at Kettering and Rushden by adding electric vehicles to their fleet of vans. The supermarket is using the new electric vans to move food between the store…

The first Siam Makro store in Myanmar has opened its doors

First 7-Eleven stores in Cambodia will be ready in 2021

Russia: X5 Retail Group reports online sales in April nearly 5 times larger than a year agoX5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer that operates the Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel chains, announces that in April 2020, online sales through Perekrestok.ru and Delivery.Pyaterochka amounted to…

Lidl: Newest store in the U.S. will open soon

Target: Fulfilment capabilities expansion with Deliv tech acquisition

Stacey Kravitz named new UNFI Canada presidentGrocery distributor United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has promoted Stacey Kravitz to president of UNFI Canada, succeeding Peter Brennan, who is retiring. Plans call for Kravitz, currently senior vice president of sales for Canada, to take the reins as…

Marks & Spencer Food: Partnership with Foodpanda in 3 Asian markets

Ahold Delhaize: Q1 results

Qatar: Carrefour to expand online shopping capacityCarrefour Qatar is planning to open a new fulfilment centre before year-end aimed at further increasing its online shopping capacity as demand continues to surge, the company’s country manager, Laurent Hausknecht has said. “Our daily online capacity has reached 500 orders. Our…

Launch of the Food Industry Exchange sponsored by FMI powered by The Seam

Albertsons: Intelligent Engagement Platform from Nuance

US: Pandemic pushes shoppers to expand ‘retailer repertoire’Encountering empty shelves and disarray at their regular stores, many U.S. consumers turned to other retailers or went online to buy groceries and daily essentials as the coronavirus outbreak started and then escalated, a study by market…

Singapore's retail sales in March fell at the steepest rate in 22 years

A new online supermarket 360hyper has launched in Portugal

Online supermarket Ocado's sales soar 40% in lockdown BritainBritish online supermarket and technology company Ocado said retail revenue had soared 40.4% year-on-year in its second quarter so far as shoppers in coronavirus lockdown sought deliveries to avoid venturing out. That compared to growth of…

Weis Markets: Sales increased 12.4%

Associated Wholesale Grocers and FutureProof Retail: No-touch technology solution

US: Sprouts Farmers Market reports pandemic revenue gainsSprouts Farmers Market Inc. has reported a 16% year-over-year gain in net sales for its first quarter of 2020, along with 10.6% boost in comparable-stores sales. Much of that growth comes from increased consumer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

Spar Malta prioritised customer convenience

Noon.com: launch of 'noon Daily'

Uganda: Jumia partners with Carrefour to deliver clients goods homeCarrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim in Uganda, has joined forces with Africa’s leading e-commerce platform Jumia, through its subsidiary Jumia Food, to provide Carrefour customers with a secure and convenient way to have their orders delivered to their…

Metro: Additional online services to meet spike in demand

Publix: Double-digit gains

Canada: Metro launches additional online services to meet spike in demandE-commerce demand surged in Metro’s second quarter as Canadians opted to stay home or limited their visits to the store as they adapted to COVID-19 precautions, says CEO and president Eric La Flèche. “We more than doubled our online volume over night and…

Carrefour is adding Smartscan to its Belgian app

Walmart China: Self-service smart scales in select stores

Australia: Woolworths CEO plans to increase home delivery services to cope with surging online demandWoolworths CEO Brad Banducci says the supermarket chain will soon be able to expand its home delivery service to cope with a surge of demand for online grocery sales. Mr Banducci told Sky News Woolworths…

ShopHero: Strategic eCommerce relationship with Island Pacific Supermarket

Walmart expands Express Delivery to 1,000 stores

US: Island Pacific - First Filipino grocery chain to offer same-day grocery delivery with ShopHeroShopHero, a progressive grocery eCommerce provider located in Provo, Utah has announced a strategic eCommerce relationship with American grocery chain Island Pacific Supermarket. With 16 locations across…

KeHE: Multi-year partnership agreement with Spoiler Alert

Albertsons: Amazing 2020 start

Grocers among the world's 75 most valuable retail brandsAmazon, Walmart and Costco are among the big-name retailers atop the third annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands ranking released April 30 by WPP and Kantar. Other, more pure-play grocers such as Aldi, Whole Foods Market, The Kroger Co. and Publix Super…

Rewe: Particularly strong growth in Central and Eastern Europe

ICA Gruppen: Strong quarter

Mintel predicts UK online grocery sales to grow by 33% in 2020The latest research from Mintel reveals the online grocery market in the United Kingdom is forecast to grow by 33% in 2020 to reach an estimated value of £16.8bln, up from £12.7bln in 2019. This phenomenal rise follows four consecutive years of slowing growth: in…

Co-op and Nisa: Hive

Kesko Group: All-time best first-quarter results

UK: Waitrose names former Sainsbury's director James Bailey as new bossBritain’s John Lewis Partnership has appointed James Bailey, a former director of Sainsbury’s, to be the new boss of its upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose, it said. Bailey, who spent 18 years at Sainsbury’s, latterly as buying…

Blue Apron: First quarter financial results are mixed

Loblaw: First-quarter profit rose compared with a year ago

An unprecedented coalition of Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, Target, Instacart, and Whole Foods workers is planning to strike over pandemic working conditionsA coalition of workers from Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, Target, Instacart, and Whole Foods is going on strike Friday to protest working conditions during the…

Tesco: First UK retailer to fulfil 1mln online grocery orders in a week

Supermarket Selver has acquired the Comarket chain

Singapore: Sheng Siong staff to get extra month of salary as Q1 profit soarsSupermarket operator Sheng Siong will reward its staff with an additional month of salary, following a 49.9% jump in net profit to $29mln for the first quarter that ended on March 31, compared with a year ago. The higher net…

Ocado: First robotic automated warehouse in North America

Wegmans: A new way customers can shop

US: Stop & Shop, Union call for grocery workers to be classified as first respondersThe supermarket chain Stop & Shop and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) are calling on federal and state governments to designate associates at grocery stores as “extended first responders”…

Giant Food: Free, weekly online nutrition and healthy living classes

Costco is planning to open its first store in Arkansas

Court of Appeal sides with Loblaw in $368mln tax evasion case involving Barbados bankLoblaw Companies Ltd. is off the hook for $368mln in taxes, after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned a 2018 ruling that found the company used a Barbados bank as a tax shelter. The ruling from a three-judge panel…

Marks & Spencer is set to launch a campaign backing British farmers

Tesco Ireland has expanded its ‘Click & Collect’ services

Lithuania: Supermarket Maxima goes to court in attempt to halt Tartu Lidl openingLithuanian-owned supermarket Maxima is going to court in an effort to stop the opening of a Lidl outlet in Tartu. The Tartu City Government issued a building permit for the store, run by German discount supermarket chain…

Supermarket chain Rewe is looking for takeover candidates

Majid Al Futtaim and MoCCAE: Initiative to help UAE farmers

Finland’s Fortum tests hands-free door handles to fight COVID-19 pandemicFinnish energy company Fortum is testing an innovative handle that allows customers to use their arms to open doors of refrigerators in supermarkets, minimising touching of doors and handles with palms and fingers. Customers can…

US Foods has closed acquisition of Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores

New program a first for both Walmart and Nextdoor

US: Weis Markets offers virtual nutrition counselling platformWeis Markets has formed a partnership with New York-based online telehealth platform Healthie. The platform enables consumers to consult via video chat with a local Weis Markets registered dietitian on health conditions or nutritional topics.…

Countdown: "Supermarket of the future"

Casino: Revenue growth accelerated in Q1

UAE: Majid Al Futtaim launches online marketplace through CarrefourMajid Al Futtaim has officially launched an online marketplace through carrefouruae.com that provides the company's shopping mall tenants and other businesses across the UAE with a new e-commerce channel to reach their customers. The…

Target: Digital comparable sales surged more than 275% in April

Instacart plans to hire 250,000 more workers

US: Giant Co. hiring 3,000 more associatesThe Giant Co. will hire an additional 3,000 employees - almost 10% of its total workforce - to meet the skyrocketing demand for groceries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past month, the grocer has hired about 4,000 temporary and part-time workers across its…

Sainsbury’s has selected Blue Yonder

Sime Darby is divesting its 30% stake in Tesco Malaysia

Australia: Coles and Woolworths resume online delivery servicesSupermarket giant Woolworths has joined Coles in increasing home delivery service for online customers, starting this week. Coles also reopened their home delivery and "click and collect" services to all customers, after previously…

Metro: Q2 profit rose

GrubMarket: Acquisition of Chasin Foods completed

Meet the new American grocery shopperFood retailers wondering when the pre-pandemic consumer will return to stores may be in for a longer wait than they anticipated. According to Acosta's latest study of shifting consumer shopping habits, shopper concern over the pandemic is escalating, especially among…

Amazon India: Grocery delivery service ramped up to 64 cities

Spar Oman: Thermographic cameras perform body temperature checks of customers

UK: New app tells you how long queues at supermarkets are and if they've run out of stockWith supermarket restrictions (rightly) becoming stricter to protect staff as well as customers, queues have been forming outside stores across the country meaning most don’t know when the best time is to shop and…

Grocery Outlet: First-quarter sales surged

Kroger: Blueprint

US: Northgate Market makes staying home easierNorthgate González Market has launched a bilingual multimedia platform to keep families safe and healthy at home as the nation continues to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. The grocer's Stay-at-Home Solutions is aimed at inspiring its customers to create unique and fun…

Booths: Click-and-collect service

X5 Retail Group: Video analytics to monitor checkout queues

Poland: Carrefour expands customer services during COVID-19Carrefour Polska has announced that it will implement additional services in its stores to enhance customers’ shopping experience during the coronavirus pandemic. These include the expansion of the retailer's ‘Click & Collect’ service, the option…

FreshDirect: Partnership alliance

Metro is extending its $2-per-hour-wage increase

US: Fresh Thyme steps up pandemic safety effortsFresh Thyme Farmers Market has joined other grocers such as The Kroger Co. and Publix Super Markets that have taken steps to promote social distancing and keep shoppers and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among them are regular health…

Home delivery to Continente senior customers

Waitrose: Expansion of Rapid online grocery service

UK: Asda extends Scan & Go Mobile to all stores to encourage contact free shoppingTo further support social distancing measures for customers, Asda has extended its Scan & Go Mobile offering to all 581 stores. The mobile service is live in every Asda store, with customers able to download the app on…

Walmart: New commitment to hire an additional 50,000 associates

The Fresh Market: 11% sales boost

US supermarket CEO: 'We're actually having a hard time hiring people' amid coronavirusWith more than 22mln Americans now having filed for first-time jobless benefits since the COVID-19 crisis shut down much of the U.S. economy, you’d think many would be happy to land any work they can get. Not so, says…

Lidl and REWE: New distribution centres

Aldi: First online grocery service in the United Kingdom

Russia: X5 says Q1 net retail sales up 16% Y/YRussia’s biggest food retailer X5 Retail Group says: Q1 net retail sales rose 15.9% year on year to 468.5bln roubles ($6.3bln). Q1 like-for-like sales grew 5.7% year on year. Q1 online supermarket net sales were up 135.3% year on year. Due to the coronavirus…

Walmart Canada: New e-commerce payment option

Sprouts Farmers Market: Instacart pickup from all of the 340 store locations

Canada: Sobeys sees sales surge amid coronavirus outbreakCiting coronavirus-driven demand, Sobeys parent Empire Company Ltd. reported sales growth as high as 37% in the weeks leading up to Easter. Empire said that same-store sales for the first weeks of the fourth quarter exhibited strong growth,…

World Bank Group is set to acquire a minority stake in supermarket chain Naivas

Countdown has opened New Zealand’s first purpose-built and permanent eStore

UK's supermarkets and coronavirus lockdown: Quietest time to buy groceries is on Tuesday mornings, research saysTuesday mornings appear to be the best time to go grocery shopping during lockdown if you want to minimise social contact and queuing time. Under normal circumstances, supermarkets are…

Island Pacific Supermarket: "Stay Home, Stay Safe" campaign

Sobeys is accelerating the planned launch of its Voilà service

US: Raley's opens flagship Sacramento storeAmid the COVID-19 pandemic, Raley’s has opened its new flagship location in Sacramento's Land Park, a project that's been under construction since May 2019. This new store provides what the grocer is calling a more modern shopping experience centered around the…

SPAR UK partner Henderson Group has introduced “Scan, Pay, Go!”

Morrisons: Doorstep Delivery

French judge limits Amazon shipmentsIn France, Amazon is limited to selling essential goods as long as the company cannot guarantee the safety of its employees in the distribution centres. This was decided by a French court at the request of the trade unions. According to the Court of Nanterre, it is clear that Amazon has…

Walmart is launching a pickup hour for shoppers over 60 and first responders

Kroger issued a joint statement with the UFCW

US: New leases on life for Earth FareEarth Fare is coming back to life thanks to the sale of 10 store leases across the South and mid-Atlantic. A&G Real Estate Partners announced that it has sold the leases, and negotiated lease termination agreements on nine other locations, from the bankrupt Earth Fare…

New personal shopping service for Spar Poland

X5 Retail Group has begun installing self-checkout machines

China: Walmart says it will invest $425mln to expand presence in Wuhan over the next 5 yearsWalmart’s China branch announced at an investment conference hosted by the Wuhan city government that it was committing 3bln yuan ($425mln) to expand its presence in the origin point of the coronavirus pandemic…

Giant Eagle will expand its kerbside-pickup-delivery center format

Shipt: 70,000 new shoppers

Amazon to hire 75,000 more to address increased demand due to coronavirus crisisAmazon has already hired over 100,000 new employees in the past four weeks as a result of the uptick in demand it’s seeing due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but it’s looking to add 75,000 more workers in the U.S., across both full- and…

Walmart Grocery app has now hit an all-time high in downloads

Hy-Vee: Mealtime To Go

US: Sprouts Farmers Market moves ahead with store openings during pandemicAs consumers continue to strain the resources of grocers across the country, Sprouts Farmers Market is opening three new stores this month, with another scheduled for June. One store in Silverdale, Washington, was scheduled to open in March, but that was…

REWE Group has announced the signing of a syndicated credit line

Edeka: Robot employee

Carrefour Kenya records a 28% increase in annual sales to US$175.9mlnFrench retail chain Carrefour has recorded a 28% jump in sales to Ksh18.7bln (US$175.9mln) for the year ended December 2019 from its Kenyan outlets, an increase from Ksh14.6bln (US$137.3mln) recorded in 2018. Majid Al Futtaim, the exclusive holder of…

Buehler’s Fresh Foods launched new online tool: “Best Time to Shop”

Costco: March sales results

US: H-E-B and Favor double delivery service area statewideH-E-B and Favor Delivery have partnered up to expand service to even more Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership gives more Texans access to on-demand delivery from restaurants and stores, and support to more seniors via the H-E-B & Favor Senior Support…

Costcutter has installed 20 pop-up stores in NHS hospitals

Morrisons and Deliveroo: Partnership

Irma rolls out first Danish strawberries of the seasonCoop Denmark has announced that the first Danish strawberries of this season are now available in select Irma stores. Due to limited availability, the strawberries are presently being sold at Irma Mozartsvej, Platan, Nørreport, Kastrupvej, Codanhus,…

Mercato is working to have stores online and delivering groceries within 24 hours

Instacart announced the launch of two new product features

US: Panera debuts grocery delivery serviceIn another example of restaurants and other retail channels getting in on the grocery business amid the coronavirus outbreak, fast-casual restaurant concept Panera has launched Panera Grocery, a service enabling users to buy high-demand pantry items like milk,…

Tesco posted a 1.0% decline in group sales

Ahold Delhaize: Same-store sales jumped 34% in March

Russia: X5 retail group sees faster revenue growth in Q1 2020 y/y - IfaxX5 Retail Group, Russia’s biggest food retailer, expects revenue growth to rise in the first quarter of 2020 compared with a year earlier, the Interfax news agency reported. The company, which has reported a rise in sales connected…

C&S Wholesale Grocers has teamed up with Sysco

Stop & Shop is making it easier for seniors to get to the store

US: Albertsons, UFCW want grocery workers classified as first respondersAlbertsons Cos. and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest food and retail union in the United States, have launched a joint national effort to seek a temporary designation of “extended first responders” or…

Familymart Taiwan is aiming to open 220-230 new stores

Metro withdrew its guidance for the financial year 2019/20

Egypt: Carrefour expands e-shopping teams on higher demandCarrefour Egypt has expanded the teams of online shopping to meet the higher demand witnessed since coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a press release. This step came after demand volume through online channels enlarged six times above…

Save A Lot: Successful completion of business recapitalization

Walmart: Sales rose rapidly in stores and online in recent weeks

US: As panic buying & foot traffic decline, basket sizes continue to growFor the week ending March 28 - and for the second consecutive week - shoppers continued making fewer trips to grocery and drug stores across the United States, while spending more per visit, compared with the week ending March 14…

Jumbo plans to expand the brand further into Europe

Asda: Addition of 300,000 slots

Malaysia: Online grocery deliveries struggle as demand heightensOnline grocery delivery services are experiencing a sudden spike in orders as panic buyers continue to shop amid the extended Movement Control Order. Malaysia Retail Chain Association VP Datuk Liew Bin said many grocery stores are currently facing overwhelming…

Loblaw is piloting one-way customer traffic in some stores

Contactless payment method at all Publix stores

US: Ingles Markets to hire over 5,000 workersIngles Markets plans to add more than 5,000 additional workers to support current employees and meet extra demands brought by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Asheville, North Carolina-based Ingles said that the new positions will bolster the…

San Miu Supermarkets: Priority time-slots for high-risk clients

Walmart: Possible sale of a majority stake in Asda on hold

Romania: Food retailer Profi keeps expanding despite Covid-19 crisisRomanian supermarket chain Profi, controlled by investment fund Mid Europa Partners, continues its expansion at the usual pace despite the Covid-19 pandemic, opening 20 new stores in March. The number is relatively similar to that in the…

Amazon is planning to open a new grocery store in Irvine

Empire plans to support its 13,000 smaller supplier partners

US: Instacart to provide workers with safety kits following strike over coronavirus protectionsInstacart announced that it will begin providing its full-service shoppers with health and safety kits in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The kits will contain a reusable cloth face mask, hand…

DIA supermarket chain signs alliance with Glovo home delivery platform

Carrefour and Uber Eats: New delivery service

Thailand: Central Food Hall employs robot in coronavirus fightThai supermarket Central Food Hall has begun using UV-C Disinfection Robots to sterilise stores in a move to combat coronavirus transmission. The firm is the first supermarket in the region to implement disinfection robots, certified by the…

GrubMarket has acquired Boston Organics

Amazon's partnership with Lyft: Win-win situation

US: Kroger posts 30% jump in March comparable sales, borrows $1blnKroger Co’s comparable sales surged about 30% in March as consumers stockpiled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the grocer said it had borrowed $1bln to boost its cash reserve as it prepared for any fallout from the health crisis. The…

Costco plans spending on first New Zealand store

Tesco recruited 35,000 additional workers

China: Pinduoduo raises $1.1bln in private share placementChinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo said it had raised $1.1bln in a private share placement that will enable its further expansion and allow it to capture “additional opportunities” during the times of uncertainty. The Nasdaq-listed firm said some…

Lidl has opened a state-of-the-art regional headquarters and distribution center

Walmart: Employees will now have their temperatures checked

US: Earth Fare founder among investors aiming to reboot bankrupt grocerA group of investors that includes the founder of the bankrupt Earth Fare chain of natural foods stores, Roger Derrough, was selected as the winning bidder for four Earth Fare stores during the retailer's bankruptcy auction last week,…

Co-op: 60 stores under review to continue operating

Lenta: Redomiciliation into Cyprus completed

UK: Coronavirus drives biggest month for grocery sales in historyA record £10.8bln ($13bln) was spent on groceries in the UK in March, as fears about the spread of novel coronavirus and a possible lockdown drove people to stock up. Market research firm Kantar Worldpanel said that grocery sales in the UK…

Representatives of the Teamsters Union: Temporary agreement with US Foods and Safeway

Kroger will hire 20,000 more employees to meet coronavirus demand

US: Will record online grocery sales continue after COVID-19?Monthly users of online grocery delivery or pickup services have more than doubled since August 2019, according to the Brick Meets Click/ShopperKit Online Grocery Shopping Survey. The new research shows that 31% of U.S. households (about…

Konzum is to increase the sale of local fresh produce

Tesco will limit the number of items customers can order in an online shop to 80

France: Auchan gives its employees bonuses for staying at workFrench retailer Auchan, one of the leading food retailers in the world, will pay bonuses to all its employees in stores, warehouses and home delivery divisions. Thus, in total, over 65,000 employees at Auchan stores in France will receive a…

Lucky’s Market plans to sell 23 stores and its distribution center

Walmart: Customers will be able to check out completely contact-free

US: Albertsons Companies partner with major businesses to offer part-time jobs to their furloughed employeesThroughout the country, businesses have been forced to close or scale back operations, furlough employees or reduce hours due to the COVID-19 crisis. Albertsons Companies is in a unique position to…

Lidl US will hire up to 1,000 temporary employees

Kroger is testing a pickup-only store in Cincinnati area

US: Grocery Outlet sees strong finish to fiscal yearGrocery Outlet Holding Corp. topped Wall Street’s earnings forecast for its 2019 fourth quarter and fiscal year, with net sales climbing by double digits in both periods. For the fourth quarter ended December 28, 2019, net sales surged 12% to $655.5mln…

Sainsbury’s will temporarily close 12 convenience stores

Casino: Suspending its financial guidance for 2020

UK: Asda extends pay support for colleagues through Covid-19Asda has announced that it is extending its support for colleagues who are impacted by Covid-19 and needing to self-isolate. In addition to providing full pay to colleagues who have been identified by Government as needing to self-isolate for 12…

Musgrave is hiring hundreds of new staff on a temporary basis

Ninjacart plans to supply vegetables and fruits directly to apartments during lockdown

Israel: Online supermarket startup raises $14mln as shoppers shun stores amid coronavirus crisisThe coronavirus epidemic has played into the hands of the Israeli online supermarket startup Quik. The company is moving up its business plan by two years and has secured a 50mln shekel ($13.6mln) investment,…

Fairway Market has announced winning bids

H-E-B: Grocery delivery service for seniors instead of “senior hours”

US: Target withdraws forecasts, curbs spending to meet virus-related demandTarget Corp withdrew its financial outlook and said it would scale back on planned investments to focus on meeting surging demand as Americans stock up on essentials and stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.…

C&S Wholesale Grocers and US Foods partnered to combat job and food insecurities

FreshDirect: partnership with all 5 New York City Borough Presidents

US: Mercato, SPINS launch attribute-powered grocery ecommerce solutionMercato, a grocery ecommerce fulfillment platform for independent grocers and specialty food stores, and SPINS, a wellness-focused data and technology provider, have teamed for the launch of what the companies called the largest…

Several ICA stores in Sweden have been forced to stop ecommerce activities

Morrisons: Food box initiative

Turkey: Supermarket chain Migros to hire 1,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak - reportTurkish supermarket chain Migros Ticaret A.S. intends to hire 1,000 people in the next two weeks so as to meet higher demand for online orders during the coronavirus pandemic, the company said, as quoted by local media. The retail chain is…

Morrisons, Iceland, Sainsbury’s and Aldi to install protective screens at checkouts

Australia's biggest supermarkets have been granted permission by the ACCC to work together

How Alibaba's Freshippo adapted to keep delivering in virus-hit ChinaAs people in China retreated indoors in late January to avoid the coronavirus, Alibaba’s supermarket chain Freshippo faced a dilemma: online orders for fruit were soaring but supplies were low. To ease the crunch, Freshippo asked staff…

Kroger: One-time bonus for workers during crisis

Instacart plans to bring on 300,000 new personal shoppers over the next 3 months

Canada: Sobeys to install plexiglass barriers at checkouts as grocers work to stay open amid coronavirus outbreakSobeys parent company Empire Co. Ltd. has ordered thousands of plexiglass screens to be installed at store checkouts in an effort to provide some separation between staff and customers. The…

John Lewis Partnership to temporarily close all of its 50 John Lewis shops

Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Lidl said they would hire thousands of staff

Israel: Supermarket chain Shufersal Q4 profit more than doublesShufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, reported a more than doubling of its quarterly net profit due to the acquisition of a drugstore chain and a revaluation in its real estate assets. Shufersal said it earned 117mln shekels ($32mln)…

IFDA has partnered with FMI

Report: Amazon has bid on four Fairway locations

Amazon asks shoppers to cooperate with U.S. probe of third-party sellersAmazon.com Inc has started asking customers to cooperate with a Department of Justice criminal investigation of third-party sellers on its e-commerce marketplace, according to an email seen by Reuters. The company is informing…

Poland plans to temporarily lift its Sunday shopping ban

Ocado: Sales growth doubles

Russia: X5 Retail increases revenue by 13.2% in 2019Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group has delivered considerable like-for-like growth figures, as outlined in its full-year 2019 financial results. The grocer’s financial performance in 2019 can largely be attributed to its focus on integrating innovative technology throughout…

SpartanNash: Unprecedented grocery sales volume

Walmart to hire more than 150,000 hourly workers in the United States

Placer.ai: U.S. supermarkets see ‘enormous’ year-over-year store traffic jumpFor supermarkets, the increased demand due to the coronavirus outbreak really kicked off in the second week of March. Foot traffic analytics platform Placer.ai studied the latest data surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic by looking…

Ocado has suspended its online food delivery service

Amazon: Australian revenue almost doubles

UK: Morrisons says coronavirus is 'unprecedented challenge'British supermarket group Morrisons said it would play its part in feeding the nation during the coronavirus emergency but warned it was facing “unprecedented challenges and uncertainty”. Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket group said over the…

Supermarket chain iFresh to acquire 70% of equity interests in Xiamen DL Medical Technology

Record downloads of grocery apps during coronavirus outbreak

Canada: P.E.I. premier speaks with Sobeys to understand impacts of coronavirusThe premier spoke with the executive vice-president, related businesses for Sobeys Inc. to understand fully the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) on the supply chain. Both Dennis King and Vivek Sood recognized that food…

Magnit: Marginal increase in like-for-like sales in full year 2019

Carrefour: Protective barriers for cashiers in its French supermarkets

IGA looks to China operations for coronavirus guidanceJust like the U.S., supermarkets in China saw a sharp uptick in business as COVID-19 infections spread, shopping malls and restaurants closed and people had to rely on grocery stores for their everyday needs, said Zhe Zeng, IGA’s deputy representative…

Amazon warehouses receive only vital supplies in U.S. and Europe

Costco acquires Innovel Solutions

US: Gristedes CEO says supermarket supply chain in 'pretty good shape' amid coronavirus pandemicJohn Catsimatidis, the owner and CEO of New York City supermarket chain Gristedes, told Fox News Radio's “The Brian Kilmeade Show” that his stores' supply chain is in “pretty good shape", despite coronavirus…

Walmart has edged closer to a sale of Asda

Amazon will hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the US

US: Sprouts, other retailers delay new store openingsAmid the coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are choosing to close their doors and many grocers are altering their hours to allow additional time to restock shelves and deep clean locations. COVID-19, however, has also hindered the new retail…

Aldi: Best Grocer for second consecutive year at Retail Week Awards

Woolworths: Elderly and disabled-only shopping hour

Supermarkets suspend online shopping service in Spain’s Costa del SolBig supermarket chains are having difficulties in responding to the high demand of online shopping orders. Mercadona has temporarily suspend its online shopping service in Malaga after receiving an influx of customers trying to register…

Flipkart has filed for food-retailing licence

Maxima: Strong demand for fruit and vegetables in 2019

Germany: Schwarz Group names Gerd Chrzanowski as new CEOSchwarz Group, the parent company of Lidl and Kaufland, has named Gerd Chrzanowski as the new chief executive of the company, according to a report in the Lebensmittel Zeitung. Chrzanowski, who succeeds Klaus Gehrig, will assume his new role with…

More than 1,000 Dollar General stores will carry fruits and vegetables assortment by the end of 2020

UNFI will sell the real estate of 15 Cub stores

Survey: US retailers brace for financial, supply-chain disruptions from coronavirusNearly half of retailers expect the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to pull down their revenue, according to a survey by Digital Commerce 360. Of more than 300 retailers polled, 47% said they expect “some downside…

Dollar General has extended streak of same-store sales growth to 30 consecutive years

Empire: Q3 sales and profit up

US: How Dollar General keeps growingDollar General has extended its streak of same-store sales growth to 30 consecutive years, with fourth-quarter same-store sales increasing 3.2% and fiscal year same-store sales increasing 3.9%. “Our value-and-convenience proposition continues to resonate with both new and existing customers,…

Poundland’s owner is postponing a potential sale or flotation

Amazon: First UK checkout-free supermarket in Notting Hill

Spain: Mercadona to invest €1.8bln in 2020 as part of transformation planSpanish supermarket giant Mercadona has announced that it is to invest €1.8bln this year to execute its transformation plan. The funds will be used in opening approximately 69 new supermarkets in Spain and 10 in Portugal. The…

Aldi plans further expansion in South Australia

Lidl plans to open its first pub in Ireland

Thailand: BJC set on expansion as plannedBerli Jucker Plc (BJC), the operator of Big C, plans to allocate THB8-10bln (US$254mln-US$318mln) this year to expand its business. Rami Piirainen, Vice-President for investor relations, said about 70% of the budget will be used to expand the business of Big C…

Fairway Market has announced a "qualified overbid" by Bogopa Enterprises, Inc.

Harps Food Stores plans to acquire 20 stores from Town & Country Grocers

Canada: Metro investing $420mln to build & expand Quebec distribution centresMetro says it will spend $420mln over 5 years to build an automated distribution centre near Montreal and expand another facility in Laval, Quebec. The company says the new distribution centre for fresh and frozen products in…

BRC-KPMG: Retail sales in the UK saw a marginal growth in February

Carrefour signed MoU to support farming sector in Bahrain

Italy: Pam introduces home deliveryPam has introduced a home delivery service in Milan, called Pam a Casa. The retailer has partnered with ReStore to deliver goods in two-hours, Monday to Sunday. The group picks products in-store, allowing shoppers to have access to 7,000 SKUs across: fresh, frozen and…

Walmart Canada is opening a Walmart/PenguinPickUp location in downtown Montreal

Walmart plans to hire 500 new truck drivers

US: ShopRite introduces virtual dietitian programShopRite supermarket’s newly launched Registered Dietitian Virtual Chat program enables shoppers to ask questions about diet and nutrition without having to go to a store for an in-person consultation. The innovative service is available on ShopRite’s…

DIA’s net sales decreased by 9.3%

Auchan Retail has signed the European Plastics Pact

Aldi wants to build its main UK warehouse near Coalville creating 750 jobsAldi supermarkets wants to build a new national distribution centre near Coalville creating 750 jobs. The supermarket chain has submitted plans to put the national hub on the site of the former Nailstone Colliery, between Coalville…

Amazon is offering other retailers the ability to use its Just Walk Out shopping technology

Weis Markets: 2019 and fourth quarter results

US: Hy-Vee brings online order fulfillment back to storesHy-Vee will "permanently discontinue filling orders" from its four Aisles Online fulfillment centers the week of March 23, a company spokesperson told Grocery Dive. Local news sources first reported the company’s plans to shut down the fulfillment…

Albertsons filed paperwork for IPO

Instacart announces a new way for shoppers to check out

US: Safeway & Giant agree to guarantee pension payments for UFCW membersMembers of two United Food & Commercial Workers locals in the Washington region reached a collective bargaining agreement with Safeway Inc. that guarantees full funding of pension benefits for current employees and retirees. A…

Auchan: Reaping the first benefits of its revival plan

Tesco has agreed to sell its Thai and Malaysian businesses to CP Group

Australia: Woolworths and Terracyle reveal trial plansWoolworths and Terracyle's Loop are working to bring on board both suppliers and customers to test the new solution in a trial that will kick off in June 2021. Woolworths and Terracyle announced their new partnership last year, which will give the…

Tauriga approved by Ahold Delhaize to become a direct supplier

Kroger reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 results

US: Costco says it's getting a lift from coronavirus panic shoppingCostco logged strong sales growth during its latest quarter, as shoppers raced to stock up on cleaning products, household essentials and food as the coronavirus outbreak spread. The company said that sales at its stores open for at least…

Carrefour: 10 new stores in Poland in the first 2 months of 2020

Reliance Retail Ventures has acquired Shri Kannan

Philippines: Robinsons Retail report strong annual sales growthRobinsons Retail has released a 22.8% growth in unaudited annual sales to PHP162.9bln (US$3.21bln). In its fourth quarter sales grew 14.4% and LFL sales were up 3.5%. Overall profitability declined by 24.9% due to a new accounting standard,…

Aeon Vietnam: US$2bln expansion

Russian supermarket chain VkusVill plans stores in Netherlands and France

Retail sales in Romania rise at fastest pace in 2 yearsThe retail sales volume index in Romania increased by 11.1% year-on-year in January (+9.3% in December), the highest annual increase in nearly 2 years, according to data from the statistics office INS. The rise was rather equally shared between food…

Dollar Tree: Lower sales

Kroger shuts down Fresh Easts MKT concept stores

US: Sysco contacted German retailer Metro about potential takeover - sourceU.S. food distributor Sysco recently contacted Metro about potential takeover of the German wholesaler, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Metro and Sysco declined to comment, as did Metro shareholder EP Global…

Freshippo has been experimenting with new store formats

Pick n Pay has launched an online scheduled grocery delivery service

UK store gallery: Holograms and automation at Asda StevenageSupermarket chain Asda is trialling a number of futuristic pieces of technology in its designated tech hub store in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, including 3D holograms and an automated click-and-collect machine. The store was designated Asda’s…

Amazon has quietly opened a series of small warehouses closer to big U.S. cities

Target: Fourth quarter revenue increased 1.8%

US: Target to add fresh food and alcohol to same-day pickup at nearly half its stores by the holidaysTarget is adding fresh food staples and alcohol to same-day services at hundreds of its stores this year. That means along with paper towels and bags of chips, customers can pick up a gallon of milk, a…

TCC Group will fund its bid for Tesco Plc’s Asian business with a $10bln loan

Daniel Kretinsky has tightened his ties with French retailer Casino

Malaysia: Shopee enables sale of fresh produce online via its platformMalaysia’s number one e-commerce platform, Shopee, announced that it would now be able to deliver fresh groceries directly to Malaysians’ doorsteps. The brand new category will see fresh poultry, seafood and vegetables being sold on…


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