Retail

Illinois expansion plans accelerated by Jet Foods

Big Y: New Fresh & Local Distribution Center

US: The Giant Company aims to hire 4,000 more associatesRegional grocer The Giant Company plans to add 4,000 new part- and full-time workers to meet ongoing strong consumer demand for groceries heading into the holiday season. Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based Giant said it aims to fill both front- and…

Coop Lombardia has opened a first of its kind store in Italy

Waitrose plans to close four stores

Prisma expanding in Tallinn, plans for provincial Estonia tooFinnish supermarket chain Prisma plans to expand in Estonia, with three new stores planned for the next year. The chain, which already operates in Tallinn, Narva and Tartu, will be adding to its roster in the capital, the company says. Its…

Migros is cutting prices on 600 products

Bach Hoa Xanh will partner farmers to grow clean vegetables for sale at its stores

UK: Eat Out scheme takes bite out of grocery sales growthBritain’s grocery sales growth slowed to 8.0% year-on-year in August, the lowest since April, hurt by a state-funded scheme designed to get people to return to pubs, cafes and restaurants during the COVID crisis, industry data showed. Market…

H-E-B is installing automated micro-fulfillment centers

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Fresh Tex Produce

US: Weis Markets expands Low, Low Price Program to produceWeis Markets announced the expansion of its Low, Low Price Program to its produce department, reducing prices on 60 of its best-selling items, including bananas, potatoes, apples and bagged salads. Launched in January 2019, when prices were…

Alibaba is said to be on the brink of investing into Grab Holdings

Iceland is partnering with UberEats

Saudi Arabia: BinDawood Holding sets IPO price range, aims to raise up to 2.2bln riyalsSaudi Arabian supermarket retailer BinDawood Holding set an indicative price for its initial public offering, seeking to raise as much as 2.19bln riyals ($585mln) in a Riyadh listing. The company plans to offer…

Walmart is teaming up with Zipline

First Amazon Fresh outside California

US: Kroger Dallas division associates ratify new contractThe Kroger Co. announced that associates working at 98 stores across Kroger's Dallas division ratified a new labor agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1000. "Across the Kroger family of companies, we are proud…

Inabuggy has launched Inabuggy-Mart

Kroger’s second quarter sales climbed $30.49bln

Bigger customer base portends more growth for U.S. online grocery marketDespite a drop-off from a June peak, U.S. online grocery sales are nearly five times what they were a year ago, according to the Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey. Sales from online grocery delivery and pickup…

Spar Hungary: 200th independent retailer store

Aldi is trialling its first UK click-and-collect services

Australia: Woolies CEO worried over impact of Vic restrictions on Christmas supplySupermarket giant Woolworths has raised concerns that tight Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria could hamper the distribution of groceries to its stores in the lead up to Christmas. Woolworths and Coles were among 100+…

Spar is expanding its warehouses around Budapest

Morrisons: Sales surged but profits drop after Covid costs

India's Ambani and Amazon's Bezos could strike a $20bln dealIndian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries is offering to sell a roughly $20bln stake in its retail business to Amazon.com Inc. Amazon has held discussions about investing in the conglomerate's Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd. unit and…

Amazon is strengthening its delivery network in Ontario

Empire: First-quarter profit rose nearly 50%

US: Publix takes No.1 spot on People magazine’s 50 Companies that Care list6 retailers have been recognized for succeeding in business while also showing outstanding respect, care and concern for their employees, their communities and the environment - especially during the pandemic. Publix took the top…

New team to develop Amazon Scout in the UK

Tesco: Drone deliveries trial for groceries in Ireland

UK: Tesco launches the ‘Tesco Red Door’; invites innovators to share ideasTesco has launched the ‘Tesco Red Door’, a new approach to disruptive innovation. At a virtual event for international innovators and technology start-ups, Tesco announced it was inviting innovators with new products, ideas or…

Whole Foods Market plans to offer grocery pickup from 480 stores by end of month

Walmart tests drone delivery

US: Walmart to hear from 850 entrepreneurs in the October virtual Open CallWalmart has narrowed the field of prospective suppliers down to 850 participants for this year’s virtually conducted Open Call slated for October 1. The retailer sifted through more than 4,800 product pitches this year, a 44% increase from the number of…

Iceland: 3000 new jobs

Carrefour: Click & collect robot

Investcorp, China Resources to acquire majority stake in Hong Kong's high-end retailerBahrain-based Investcorp and China Resources Capital Management Limited (CR Capital Management) will acquire a majority stake in City Super Group, a Hong Kong-based high-end supermarket chain. CR Capital Management is the alternative…

ALDI U.S. has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact

Metro Canada is accelerating the roll-out of the FoodHero app

US: PriceSmart announces August net merchandise sales and earnings releasePriceSmart, Inc. announced that for the month of August 2020 net merchandise sales increased 0.9% to $262.4mln from $260.0mln in August a year earlier. Foreign currency exchange fluctuations impacted net merchandise sales…

Amazon plans to bring 10,000 more jobs to Bellevue

Walmart: New Supplier Quality Excellence Program

US: How the coronavirus pandemic helped convince grocery chains to experiment with new techThe rapid shift to online grocery ordering has been labeled as the next phase of grocery shopping, but legacy grocers and retail heavyweights are both investing in technology in their brick-and-mortar stores. Price…

Morrisons is hiring thousands more permanent staff

Harris Farm Markets uses AI to get the right amount of fresh produce on its shelves

Shoprite ends Kenya expansion, plans retreat from the countrySouth Africa’s Shoprite Holdings said it expected to close or dispose of its remaining two stores in Kenya in the year ahead, leaving the East African country after opening its first store there more than two years ago. The supermarket chain…

Online supermarket Farmy: €9.2mln for further expansion

Carrefour has started a test in Paris

Carrefour Pakistan responds with ‘Click and Collect’Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim in Pakistan is introducing Click and Collect, a new service that will give online shoppers added flexibility and convenience with their order. Carrefour online customers now have the option to collect their orders…

Albertsons expands partnership with Takeoff Technologies

Amazon is expanding its partnership with Kohl's in a big, new way

US: Albertsons embraces micro-fulfillment to power e-commerceTo support e-commerce growth, Albertsons Cos. has expanded its partnership with automation specialist Takeoff Technologies to deploy micro-fulfillment centers (MFCs) to fill online grocery orders. Currently, Albertsons has two Takeoff-powered…

Amazon will create a further 7,000 permanent UK jobs in 2020

Co-op will launch over 65 new and extended stores

New online initiative from South KoreaWeMakePrice, a South Korean ecommerce platform, announced this week that grocery shoppers can now receive a full refund for perishable goods if the products are not up to their standards. The new initiative comes after the online retailer trialed a similar service…

Target: Good & Gather Signature

Biggest food retailer deal yet for Instacart

US: Costco Wholesale Corporation reports August sales resultsCostco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) reported net sales of $13.56bln for the retail month of August, the four weeks ended August 30, 2020, an increase of 15.0% from $11.79bln last year. For the 16-week fourth quarter ended…

Colruyt has launched its own fresh food delivery service

Auchan has sold its Lillapois chain

Italy: Fratelli Ibba receives €10mln loan to open new storesItalian regional retailer Gruppo Fratelli Ibba has received €10mln in financing to support new store expansion in the period 2020-2022. The loan agreement was signed with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP). It has a duration of 72 months and is…

Amazon distribution center acquired for $32.63mln

Giant Eagle: First own version of Amazon Go

US: Online retailer Boxed explores $1bln sale - sourcesOnline wholesale retailer Boxed is exploring strategic options, including a sale or going public through a merger with a blank-check acquisition company that could value it at around $1bln, according to people familiar with the matter. Referred to by…

Bumpy start for Ocado’s partnership with M&S: Customer orders cancelled

Supermarket chain Seiyu will expand its capacity to meet surging online orders

Turkey’s online supermarket grows 434% in H1, reaching TL1.8blnFueled by the COVID-19 pandemic that brought stay-at-home orders across the world, Turkey’s online market grew by 434% during the first half of the year, reaching TL1.8bln ($244.90mln). These figures, which were shared in an article in…

T&T Supermarkets is expanding its Western Canada footprint

Southeastern Grocers has sold an additional 23 Bi-Lo stores

Amazon's Whole Foods opens first delivery-only store in BrooklynAmazon.com Inc owned Whole Foods Market opened its first delivery-only store in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, as the e-commerce giant looks to take greater advantage of a coronavirus-induced surge in online grocery shopping. Amazon said it…

BinDawood announced its intention to list on the Saudi bourse

Aldi Denmark will sell fruit and vegetables at lower prices across all stores

China: Supermarket chain Yonghui's net profit up 35% in H1Chinese supermarket chain operator Yonghui Superstores Co., Ltd. posted year-on-year net profit growth of 35.36% in the first half of 2020. Net profit for the January-June period reached 1.85bln yuan (about USD270mln), Yonghui Superstores said in…

HelloFresh is boosting its distribution power

Amazon: U.S. regulatory approval to start drone delivery trials

US: Tops introduces Shop + Scan appRecognizing that customers are increasingly seeking contactless shopping options, Tops Markets LLC has begun piloting the Tops Shop + Scan app at a location in Amherst, New York. With the app, customers can use their phone to scan their selected groceries, and then they…

Reliance is buying Future Group's retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing units

Waitrose has signed a deal with Deliveroo

Brussels will not sell Tesco stores in PolandThe European Commission sent an assessment of the planned sale of the Tesco supermarket chain in Poland to the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. The buyer of 301 stores is Salling Group A / S based in Denmark. The Polish authorities asked the…

Instacart is facing a lawsuit

New Costco location: The only one in Canada to sit on First Nation land

US: Instacart faces lawsuit from DC attorney general over ‘deceptive’ service feesInstacart is facing a lawsuit from Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine that alleges the company charged customers millions of dollars in “deceptive service fees” and failed to pay hundreds of thousands of…

Dollar General plans to accelerate remodeling efforts

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is changing its name

Amazon's latest grocery store concept opens, with high-tech cartsAmazon.com Inc said it is opening a supermarket in Los Angeles with shopping carts that let customers skip checkout lines, as the e-commerce company builds out its offline presence. The market, in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, is called…

Waitrose: More shoppers than ever are seeking out organic food and drink

Aldi Ireland plans to open 4 new stores over the next 6 months

Australia: 'Structured' return to normality needed in Victoria, says Woolworths bossWoolworths boss Brad Banducci has called for a structured, step-by-step approach to ending the stage four restrictions in Victoria after the state government's regulations created chaos for supermarkets in early August.…

X5 Retail Group: New logistics facility in Tatarstan

Carrefour has announced a deal to acquire 172 stores in Spain

Russian supermarket chain MERE to arrive in Serbia soonThe Russian supermarket chain MERE is about to enter the Serbian retail market. MERE is a food discount chain and has plans to become one of the largest retail chains in the country. MERE is an affiliate of the Russian Torgservis Group, founded in…

Metro: E-grocery expansion in Quebec

Food Lion: To-Go services expand to 43 new stores

Walmart, Amazon prove online grocery is not the future, study showsDespite spikes in online shopping as a direct result of COVID-19 lockdowns, the fundamentals behind online grocery still make it economically unsustainable in its current form, said Kurt Jetta, founder and chief analyst of Tabs Analytics,…

Buymie is launching its services in Cork in partnership with Lidl Ireland

Casino: 'Additional and definitive' disposal of 5% of Mercialys equity

SPAR Italy partner Aspiag Service develops new DCAspiag Service, DESPAR Italia’s partner for the Northeast and the Emilia-Romagna region, is developing a new 57,000m2 distribution centre (DC) near Bologna, in Castel San Pietro Terme. The new DC is expected to be completed in 2021. The SPAR Partner…

BJ’s Wholesale Club adds fresh and frozen grocery items to buy online, pickup services

Lidl US plans to open 50 new stores by the end of 2021

US: SpartanNash brings contactless payments to shoppersSpartanNash, seeking to keep up safety efforts during the pandemic, has revealed that 155 of its stores in nine states now offer consumers the option to use contactless payments for purchases. Contactless payment options include tap-to-pay credit…

SuperValu: Top supermarket title for fifth month in a row

Tesco: Additional 16,000 permanent jobs

Poland: Dino sees sales grow by double digits in first halfPolish retailer Dino Polska has announced a 13.3% increase in like-for-like sales across its store network in the first half of its financial year, as well as EBITDA growth of 36.9%. The group posted revenue for the half-year period of PLN4.7bln…

Northeast expansion continues for Aldi

The Giant Co. has rolled out a new brand platform

US: Kings/Balducci to get new ownerKB US Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market banners, has accepted a stalking horse bid from New York-based venture capital firm TLI Bedrock to purchase the company for $75mln in the next 60 days. To facilitate an…

H-E-B and STRATACACHE: Expansion of a successful multi-year innovation partnership

Ahold Delhaize invests in 5 supply chain entrepreneurs

Instacart expands Ahold Delhaize USA relationship with Hannaford launchInstacart has begun same-day online grocery delivery at most Hannaford supermarkets in New England, making it an e-commerce provider for all Ahold Delhaize USA grocery chains. The San Francisco-based online grocery giant said that…

Alibaba Group’s revenue soared 34% in the June quarter

Two retail veterans are lining up to front rival £6.5bln private equity bids for Asda

SPAR Ireland launches pioneering mobile self-checkout technology in storesBWG Foods, supplier to SPAR and EUROSPAR Supermarkets in Ireland, has become the first retail and FMCG business in the country to launch the latest Scan, Pay & Go checkout technology, developed by MishiPay. The innovative…

Shipt: Pay-per-order offering nationwide

DoorDash is teaming with grocery stores across United States

US: Shipt launches pay-per-order offering nationwideShipt, one of the country's leading delivery service providers, announced that consumers nationwide are now able to shop through Shipt without making a long-term membership commitment. In addition to its popular annual membership offering ($99/year for…

Italmark has rolled out a new store concept

Aeon has confirmed the site for the first Ocado Customer Fulfilment Centre in Japan

Lidl Ireland saw sales grow by '25% to 30%' during lockdown, CEO saysLidl's Irish operation saw sales grow by between 25% and 30% during the COVID-19 lockdown period, according to its chief executive JP Scally. In an interview with The Irish Times, Scally said that Lidl's sales in Ireland are now "well…

Amazon is expanding its relationship with Morrisons

Woolworths will pay A$302mln for a 65% stake in PFD Food Services

UAE: Majid Al Futtaim reports revenue fall in H1 resultsAt a corporate level, UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim saw a fall in revenue of 3%, to AED17.3bln (US$4.7bln), and a 27% decrease in its EBITDA, to AED1.6bln (US$435.5mln), in the first half of its financial year. In its results, its Retail division was a…

FreshDirect has expanded delivery capacity

Strongest quarterly sales growth in Target's history

US: Aldi eyes 2,500 stores by 2022Aldi is having a good year, surpassing 2,000 stores with its latest expansion into the Phoenix area and recently being named the Value Leader in the Market Force Information Grocery Benchmark Study. Aldi U.S. CEO Jason Hart recently spoke with Store Brands about the…

Coles: Full-year profit declined 32%

Asda: Sales through click & collect quadrupled

Finland: Kesko sees grocery sales up 5.4% in JulyFinnish retailer Kesko saw sales at its grocery business rise 5.4% in July, to €492.9mln, in what was a positive month for the retailer across the board. Grocery sales in the group's K-food stores increased by 9.0% in the month, while sales of home and…

Afresh and Heinen's announced a new partnership

Walmart posted its biggest-ever growth in online sales

Amazon launches $1.4bln tech hub expansionAmazon said it will invest $1.4bln in its U.S. tech hub operations, an expansion effort that will include the creation of 3,500 technology and corporate jobs. Amazon said it will expand its tech hub operations in Dallas, Detroit, Denver, New York (Manhattan),…

JD is planning on a widespread store network expansion within 5 years

Marks & Spencer is to cut about 7,000 jobs over the next 3 months

China: Alibaba's Freshippo says will test all Shenzhen employees for COVID-19Alibaba-owned supermarket chain Freshippo said it has shut 21 of its Shenzhen stores and was requiring all its employees in the city to undergo tests for the novel coronavirus after three cases were found at one of its outlets…

Amazon delivered 66% of its own packages in July

Kroger released its 2020 ESG Report

Amazon is delivering nearly two-thirds of its own packages as e-commerce continues pandemic boomThe pandemic-fueled e-commerce boom doesn’t appear to be slowing down in the second half of the year as July package volumes exceeded the average monthly volume in the first three months of the outbreak.…

JD.com entered a deal to acquire a controlling interest in Kuayue Express

SuperValu: All packaging on 19 organic produce lines in store is now fully compostable

Spanish supermarket chain Dia sees credit rating reduced by one American AgencyCredit agency Standard and Poor Global has reduced its rating of Spanish supermarket chain Dia to CC from CCC as it believes that there may be long term liquidity problems despite the company returning to a small profit. In…

Commerce Department: Retail sales in July rose 1.2%

Amazon announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in Forney, Texas

US: What Walmart+ means for the future of retailWalmart is about to dive into the world of subscription delivery and discounts, and the ripple effect could hit the rest of the retail industry. Walmart is in a race to stay the world’s largest retailer and beat out Amazon, and in the process will change…

SpartanNash has reported net sales growth of 9.4%

Shipt: 1 year anniversary of same-day delivery with 99 Ranch Market

Canada: Metro reports $263.5mln Q3 profit, sales up more than 10%Metro Inc. reported a profit of $263.5mln in its latest quarter, up from $222.4mln a year ago, while its sales rose more than 10% as Canadians stayed and cooked at home due to the pandemic. The grocery and pharmacy store retailer, which…

Bestway has put 37 of the stores from its Retail division on the market

HelloFresh is to set up a base at Nuneaton in Warwickshire

Oman: SPAR opens 2 supermarkets in capital citySPAR Oman has recently celebrated 2 store openings in the capital city of Muscat. Both stores are located in a residential area and focus on meeting local customer needs. Store highlights include the extensive fresh food departments and strong value aisles.…

M&S has announced plans to open a new national food distribution centre

DIA is launching its largest warehouse in Spain

UK: Retail sales recovering but concerns remainRetail sales in the UK rose again last month as more shoppers returned to the high street. However, the latest data suggests many shops are still struggling to make up lost ground and face an uncertain future. The figures from the British Retail Consortium…

Stop & Shop is phasing out its Peapod app

Walmart Canada and Condor Properties broke ground on state-of-the-art distribution centre

US: Consumers say grocers' shelves are getting fuller, FMI research showsThe percentage of consumers who report that grocery stores are typically fully stocked reached 27% in mid-July, its highest level since late March, when it was 13%, according to research published by the Food Industry Association…

Coles is launching coles&co

Carrefour has invested to deliver fresh produce to its shopping app

Jerónimo Martins will “challenge in court” a fine of 26mln euros in PolandJerónimo Martins, owner of Pingo Doce, will “judicially challenge” the fine of 26mln euros, which was applied to the supermarket chain it owns in Poland, Biedronka, the group's official source told Lusa. "Jerónimo Martins Polska…

DoorDash has launched virtual convenience stores

Walmart is partnering with Instacart

US: Whole Foods launches free virtual home economics classesAs part of its new brand design rollout for its 365 by Whole Foods Market private label, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods is launching Home Ec 365, a digital curriculum that updates the fundamentals of home economics while putting a modern twist…

Pick n Pay flagged a more than 50% fall in first-half earnings

Bennet has acquired 7 former Auchan hypermarkets

Portugal: Continente introduces 'Zer0 Waste' fruit and vegetable boxesPortuguese supermarket chain Continente has launched a new initiative with the aim of preventing food waste. The 'Zer0 Waste' boxes are boxes that contain 5kg of fruit and vegetables that are ready for immediate consumption, on sale…

Tops Markets will begin piloting Flashfood at 6 of its stores

GreenWise Market will no longer have a presence in South Carolina

For second year in a row, Lidl US takes top spot in Hot 100 Retailers listFor the second year in a row, Lidl US was the top ranking retailer in the National Retail Federation's Hot 100 Retailers list. The list, compiled by Kantar, is an annual ranking of the nation's fastest growing retail companies and…

Lidl started operations at its Regional Distribution Centre in Peterborough

Upcoming launch of Amazon Sweden

Australia: Woolworths tests supermarket queue appWoolworths in Australia is testing a new app that will allow customers to reduce the amount of time they need to queue at their supermarkets. The app, known as Q Tracker, uses tech that was originally designed for smart car parks. It allows users to both see predictive…

Instacart and Costco have partnered to launch same-day delivery

Weis Markets: Q2 results

US: Kroger launches contactless payments pilot in QFC divisionThe Kroger Co. announced the launch of a contactless payments pilot across the QFC division, located in Seattle, Washington, allowing customers to use their mobile device for a more seamless checkout experience. The pilot includes the acceptance of Apple Pay, Google…

SuperValu: New reusable fruit, vegetables and bakery bag

Flipkart acquires parent Walmart's Indian cash-and-carry business

Missfresh racks up $495mln in funding as China’s e-grocery boomsChina’s Missfresh announced a new funding round of $495mln led by a fund under state-backed China International Capital Corporation. Other investors include ICBC International Securities, Tencent, Abu Dhabi Capital Group, Tiger Global, and a…

Bogopa Service Corporation has acquired Fairway Markets in Brooklyn and Queens

Loblaw: 280% increase in online grocery sales

US: Bashas’ deploys NCR point-of-sale technologyBashas’ Family of Stores has gone live with NCR Emerald, the next-generation, cloud-enabled point-of-sale (POS) platform offered on a subscription basis for grocers. Emerald “is a key component of NCR’s Next-Generation Retail Store Architecture, providing…

Marley Spoon has started affordable food delivery service in Germany

Aldi Süd has launched What’s Next

UK: New Groceries Code Adjudicator namedMark White will take over the role of Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) when Christine Tacon steps down later in the year. Tacon had been due to depart in June after 7 years in the role. However, it was announced in April that she would continue as GCA for a period…

Amazon is expanding its autonomous delivery bot to Atlanta and Franklin, Tennessee

Empire: Project Horizon

US: Walmart to spend another $428mln on employee bonusesWalmart Inc said it would spend another $428mln on bonuses this year, to compensate its U.S. employees for catering to a surge in demand for essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States’ largest employer said the new spending brings the total expenditure…

Tuskys is seeking a strategic investor before the end of this month

UK's 'Big Four' supermarkets all maintained double-digit sales growth

Kenya's No.2 retailer seeks strategic investor as supplier debts mountKenyan supermarket chain Tuskys is seeking a strategic investor before the end of this month as one way to raise funds, the competition watchdog said after it told the retailer to clear more than $25mln in supplier bills. The retail…

Walmart plans to build a $220mln distribution center

Lidl: More Long Island openings

US: Kroger reaches tentative agreement with UFCW Local UnionsThe Kroger Co. announced a tentative agreement with 20 local unions of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) to withdraw from the UFCW International Union-Industry Pension Fund ("National Fund"), a multi-employer pension plan. This would allow 33,000 Kroger…

Auchan Retail: 4 country deal with Glovo

Walmart has restarted discussions about selling majority stake in UK supermarket Asda

UK: Morrisons to introduce 4 day working weeks at HQ - with a small catchMorrisons is reportedly set to shake-up its head office working practices by introducing 4 day weeks - although staff will still be required to work 1 Saturday a month. According to The Yorkshire Post, the move will affect the Big 4…

Aldi will open more than 70 stores by the end of the year

Walmart Canada: Major $3.5bln investment over the next 5 years

US: Lowes Foods highlights produce prep stations in new adLowes Foods has launched a new marketing campaign called “Choptober” to highlight its Pick and Prep stations that slice, dice, seed and prepare fresh produce for customers while they shop in stores. At the heart of the campaign is a humorous ad…

7-Eleven has hit a new milestone with the opening of its 71,100th store

Co-op and John Lewis double number of current Click & Collect locations in UK

Australia: Competition watchdog to investigate concerns over Woolworths’ B2B plansAustralia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, said it will investigate concerns raised about Woolworths’ plans to expand its B2B arm. Woolworths is set to launch a tailored online shopping site for early learning centres,…

eBay is reportedly getting close to a deal to sell its classified-ads business to Adevinta

Instacart sues Cornershop

US: Sales grow for the 1st time since COVID-19The U.S. Census Bureau reports overall retail sales during June were up 7.5% seasonally adjusted from May and up 1.1% year-over-year. This is the first month of year-over-year gains since February. The National Retail Federation (NRF) attributes this increase to businesses closed by…

Scotmid is extending home delivery service to Edinburgh

X5 Retail Group: 13.2% net retail sales growth in Q2

Carrefour appoints new head of Italian unitChristophe Rabatel is set to take charge of Carrefour’s operations in Italy under the title of Executive Director. He is currently head of the French group’s business in Poland. Rabatel, who has worked for Carrefour since 2004 in various roles, will take up the…

Southeastern Grocers has partnered with Eagle Eye Solutions and Ecrebo

Publix and Instacart rolling out initiative across chain of over 1,200 stores

US: Walmart, CVS, Walgreens earn high marks for disability effortsWalmart, CVS and Walgreens led other food retailers when it comes crafting a culture of inclusion for people with disabilities, according to new research. The recognition comes from the 2020 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint…

Central Group plans to cover 90% of Vietnam’s provinces within 5 years

Jumbo: Online shopping boomed with a realized turnover increase of almost 50%

Spain: Auchan Retail reduced capital expenditure in 2019Auchan Retail Spain invested €39.4mln in capital expenditure in 2019, around two-thirds less (64%) than the previous year, according to reports. The group opened 17 new stores in the period, taking its total to 339 outlets, of which 156 are…

Stop & Shop: Nutrition Partners

Aldi: 'Grocery Value Leader' title for 10th consecutive year

Amazon eyes new grocery stores for Philadelphia areaAmazon appears ready to build new grocery stores in the Philadelphia region, the latest signal of how the e-commerce operator wants to grab more of the food retail market. The company is eyeing three locations in that area for its food retail concept,…

HelloFresh: Annual growth exceeded 100%

Lidl is opening its first stores in Estonia

Spain: Supermarket chain faces GDPR probe over facial recognition systemSpanish supermarket chain Mercadona is under investigation by the country’s data protection regulator over the use of a new facial recognition system in 40 of its stores. The company introduced the AI-powered facial recognition…

Amazon: Dash Cart

Food Lion: Grocery delivery service is expanding to 302 stores

Amazon unveils smart cart for new storeAs it moves more decisively into brick-and-mortar retailing, Amazon is introducing Amazon Dash Cart, which will be available for use at its grocery store in Woodland Hills, California, slated to open later this year. Designed for small- to medium-sized grocery trips…

Lidl: 25 new stores in the next 6 months

Shocking first quarter for D-Mart supermarket

UK: Asda equal pay row heads to the Supreme CourtA long-running equal pay dispute between Asda bosses and mostly female supermarket workers is being considered by the Supreme Court this week. Some 35,000 Asda shop floor workers, most of whom are women, have brought equal pay claims against the…

Costco in Idaho Falls officially has an opening date

Kroger stops giving coins as change to customers during cash transactions

What Walmart Canada has in store for the post-COVID worldChanges to the in-store experience, increased investments in e-grocery, and a shift in merchandising strategies and promotions will be important issues for grocer retailers as the economy slowly returns to some semblance of normalcy. Walmart Canada…

Shopper confidence is showing signs of improvement

Carrefour is trying to turn the tide

Finnish top retailer Kesko raises 2020 profit outlookFinland’s top retailer Kesko raised its 2020 outlook, saying sales had been better than expected in its building and technical trade as well as in groceries despite the new coronavirus pandemic. Kesko said it now estimates its comparable operating…

For the first time: Virtual format for Walmart's Open Call

Albertsons: Supermarket News Retailer of the Year

US: Grocers urgently need to fix broken online business model, as pandemic shifts more to web, report saysOnline grocery shopping has gained new attention and customers during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. online grocery shopping rose from 5.1% of sales at the end of 2019 to 6.6% as of April 12,…

Caprabo: Sales of local cherries from Lleida and Tarragona increased by 65%

John Lewis is to permanently close 8 of its 50 stores

South Korea: Continuous growth for Emart Emart Trader, owned by the country’s retail giant Shinesegae, saw sales up by 21.9%YoY (year-on-year) from January to May. Emart Trader is a warehouse style supermarket chain like Costco. There are around 20 Emart Stores in South Korea, the first one in Seoul was…

Kroger: Multiyear relationship with Vibenomics

Meijer: Five supercenters across the Midwest

Canada: Loblaw workers in Newfoundland to hold strike voteDominion store workers in Newfoundland will hold a strike vote across the island beginning on Sunday, July 12, said Unifor's Chris Macdonald. Macdonald is the lead negotiator on Unifor's retail files, and has been at the table with Loblaw…

FamilyMart Japan will be sold outright to Itochu

Asda has partnered with Uber Eats

UK: Asda launches fresh fruit and vegetable boxAsda has announced the launch of its latest food box, brimming with fresh fruit and vegetables. Containing 18 colourful items for just £20 including delivery, it represents the best value supermarket fruit and vegetable box available. Graeme Fletcher,…

Walmart will unveil Walmart+ later this month

Costco: June sales rose 11% to $16.2bln

US: Earth Fare is back in businessA group of investors that purchased 4 Earth Fare supermarkets in a bankruptcy auction earlier this year plans to open a new store in Christiansburg, Virginia, early next year, according to a press release sent to Grocery Dive. The new location is in addition to 3 Earth…

Edeka signed a deal to purchase remaining 10% of Netto

Supermercato24 has rebranded as Everli

Retail sales growth driven by online in South KoreaThe data released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy showed that the country’s retail sales were up by 2% YoY (year-on-year), driven by increased online sales of sanitary items and food products in the face of coronavirus. Total retail sales…

Shipt is partnering with Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

Rouses Markets: Drone delivery pilot program

US: GrubMarket now major supplier of California cherriesGrubMarket, which delivers mainly local and organic groceries to businesses and consumers, has completed the acquisitions of Growers Produce Inc. and Cali Fresh Produce Inc., 2 produce wholesale companies with established customer bases across both…

Pret has announced that 30 sites will close permanently

Coop Sweden plans to open its first round-the-clock unmanned stores

Mercadona invests €72mln in Alicante on Spain’s Costa BlancaValencian supermarket chain Mercadona is investng €72mln in the province of Alicante to improve efficiency and service and help reactivate the local economy after the coronavirus pandemic. The company will have opened 5 new supermarkets in the…

U.S. online grocery sales reached $7.2bln in June

Instacart has raised another $100mln in funding

Amazon plans to open more grocery stores across U.S., including ones in Seattle and RedmondAmazon is preparing to open its second automated-checkout grocery store on the Eastside and is hiring managers for a third store in the nation’s capitol. The commerce giant’s grocery strategy is also advancing on…

Zouari Group has announced its intentions to acquire Bio c'Bon chain

Penny has rolled out its Scan and Go app at 100 stores

Singapore retail sales fall 52.1% in record drop in May during COVID-19 circuit breakerSingapore’s total retail sales fell a record 52.1% on a year-on-year basis in May, while the country was still under a COVID-19 “circuit breaker”, according to data released by the Department of Statistics (SingStat).…

Amazon’s massive fulfillment center and neighboring distribution center in Kenosha sold

Uber has agreed to acquire Postmates

US: Brookshire Brothers optimizes its inventory managementBrookshire Brothers is implementing Itasca Retail’s Magic computer generated ordering and direct store delivery (DSD) receiving solution in order to advance its inventory management. The solution uses uses historical sales data and current shelf…

Groupe Casino has finalised the sale of its Vindémia business

Lidl plans to open 50 new stores in Italy

Spain: Mercadona supermarkets install facial recognition systems to keep thieves at baySpain’s most popular supermarket chain has installed facial recognition systems in 40 of its stores in Mallorca, Zaragoza and Valencia. The early detection system, as it’s being referred to, “only and exclusively”…

Walmart: 2 new experiences

NGA has helped to bring a new accreditation program for pandemic outbreak prevention

US: Stop & Shop investing heavily in e-commerce offeringsOnline operations at Stop & Shop have been exploding, with the retailer hiring more than 750 associates since March to support e-commerce. Now, it's adding three new warerooms and at least 50 more pickup locations to expand customer reach. The…

FamilyMart: Robot that will place products on shelves in Japanese stores

Netto: First of its kind store in Denmark

Auchan sees revenue fall in RussiaLocal press reports on the retailer’s revenue in the country suggested Auchan saw its sales fall by 6% in 2019, with net profit falling further as it invested in the business to turnaround its performance. The results underline the challenging nature of the market and…

Bashas’ Family of Stores: Hypersonix

Ownership transition for eight ShopRite stores

US: Walmart hires 265,000 veterans, promotes more than 44,000 to higher-paying rolesWalmart has hired 265,000 veterans as part of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program, with more than 44,000 promoted to roles with higher pay and greater responsibility. “We’re forever grateful to our veterans for…

Aldi has started trialling grocery home delivery service in Ireland

First JD franchised fruit store opens in Beijing

Amazon launches Smart Stores in IndiaAmazon has announced it is rolling out a new service called Smart Stores, enabling customers to discover products at local stores in India, make payments, and earn rewards using Amazon Pay. With the launch of Smart Stores, customers in India can scan a QR code at…

Wakefern: S4RB online platform

Publix: High rankings on Newsweek’s 2020 America’s Best Customer Service list

Amazon to pay $500mln in one-time bonuses to front-line workersAmazon.com Inc said it would spend $500mln on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis. Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses…


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