Retail

Top ten largest Ukrainian retailers: tax payment increased by one-third

Carrefour Brasil aims to double the sales of organic products in its stores by 2020

UK: Sainsbury's says it's not talking to internal candidates for CEO succession Sainsbury’s is not talking to internal candidates about succession plans to Chief Executive Officer Mike Coupe and he has the full support of company’s shareholders and the board, a company spokesperson told Reuters. The…

DoorDash: launch in its first French-speaking market

Kroger: TikTok

Amazon.com defeats IRS appeal in U.S. tax dispute Amazon.com Inc defeated an appeal by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in what the online retailer has called a $1.5bln dispute over its tax treatment of transactions with a Luxembourg subsidiary. In a 3-0 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle upheld a 2017…

7-Eleven Australia: 700th store

Asda: Q2 results

Spain: El Corte Inglés switches to 98.5% renewable energy sources Spanish retail giant El Corte Inglés has announced that 98.5% of the energy it used in 2018 was sourced from certified renewable resources. The company reduced its CO2 emissions by 70% when compared with the previous year. It has also cut electricity and water…

King Kullen: multiple closure of underperforming stores

Walmart: Q2 earnings beats estimate

US: Kroger brings grocery store on wheels to Louisville neighborhoods The Kroger Co. - along with Louisville, Kentucky, food bank Dare to Care and the city government's Louisville Forward - are bringing a Zero Hunger Mobile Market to neighborhoods with limited or no access to fresh groceries. The…

Gadis: more sustainable purchase alternatives

Carrefour: project robostore on hold

Regional Italian retailers unveil e-commerce services Four regional grocery retail chains in Italy have teamed up with ReStore, a retail technology company, to launch e-commerce services for customers. ReStore has developed the NonPesa.it app for the Ischia Supermercati (Dok group), which operates in…

Walmart is dominating the U.S. online grocery market

Metro: profit in Q3 up from a year ago

US: Sprouts expands Instacart grocery pickup offering to Phoenix-area markets Families in and around Phoenix looking to save time and money while shopping for healthy groceries can now place orders for thousands of fresh, natural and organic products on delivery.sprouts.com to be picked up at…

Deliveroo is pulling the plug on its service in Germany

Continente: ‘food lab’

Kaufland teams up with app-based delivery service Glovo in Romania German retailer Kaufland has concluded in Romania a partnership with Glovo, a Spanish app-based fast delivery service, with the aim of delivering food and non-food products to its customers at home or at the office. The fast delivery service is available in the…

Grocers join nonprofit organization to boost public awareness of safe food handling

Giant Eagle: Higi self-service health stations

US: Mollie Stone’s to open 10th location in the Bay Area Specialty grocer Mollie Stone's is upping its store count in its main territory. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the retailer announced that it will open up its 10th location in the Bay Area, claiming a former 43,000-square-foot Lombardi…

Walmart brand to be dropped from supermarkets in Brazil

Delhaize Belgium and bol.com: two joint initiatives

Amazon launches Marketplace Appstore in India Amazon launched its Marketplace Appstore in India, which is a platform created for sellers to discover trusted third-party applications that can help them automate, grow and manage their business. The Amazon Marketplace Appstore enables sellers to focus on…

Food Lion: Healthy Savings program

Kroger: food waste decreased 9%

US: SpartanNash CEO Dave Staples resigns Dave Staples has resigned as CEO of SpartanNash, according to a company release. Dennis Eidson, the chairman of the retailer-distributor's board who served as CEO from 2008 to 2017, will serve as interim president and CEO until a successor is identified. SpartanNash also announced it…

Géant Casino: unmanned tills to avoid Sunday's rest

Asda supermarket stores will help power UK’s electricity system this winter

Spain: Carrefour replaces the plastic with a cotton mesh for fruits Cotton meshes will replace plastic bags for the purchase of fruit in the Carrefour food distribution chain from Monday, with the aim of avoiding and reducing the use of containers and packaging, especially plastic. Customers can purchase…

Ingles Markets: Q3 sales rise, but net income drops

Costco: 7.9% year-on-year growth in net sales in July

US: Coborn's scales back grocery delivery in Twin Cities Coborn's is scaling back its CobornsDelivers grocery delivery at most of its Twin Cities locations to focus on curbside pickup service, according to a company press release. The grocer operates 62 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota…

April strike cost Stop & Shop $345m in net sales

US: April strike cost Stop & Shop $345m in net sales The parent company of Massachusetts-based supermarket chain Stop & Shop says an 11-day strike in April that affected 240 stores in three states cost $345 million in net sales. Dutch company Ahold Delhaize in second-quarter results released…

Lidl introducing reusable fruit & veg bags in UK and Ireland

THAILAND: Thai retail chain to double exports of Vietnamese agricultural products MM Mega Market Vietnam will double its monthly export of Vietnamese agricultural products to Thailand from 100 to 200 tons. Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) MMVN signed with the Ministry of Industry and Trade on…

Walmart is coming for Amazon

US: FedEx to end ground delivery business with Amazon FedEx will no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon as the online shopping giant builds its own fleet and becomes more of a threat to delivery companies. The announcement Wednesday comes two months after FedEx already terminated its air delivery contract with Amazon.…

Aldi growing three times as fast as competitors

UK: New rewards scheme for Best-one retailers Best-one, the symbol group run by wholesaler Bestway, has launched a new initiative called Core Rewards that it claims will help its retailers make more money. The initiative is designed to increase retailers’ awareness of the key lines that tend to drive…

Whole Foods Market opens in Toledo

US: Whole Foods Market opens in Toledo Whole Foods Market in Toledo opened its new store located at 3420 Secor Road on Aug. 7. The new store is 30,000 square-foot in size. “We’re thrilled to open our doors to the Toledo community with the opening of their new Whole Foods Market,” said Ben Moher, Store…

Walmart losses in Africa continue

AUSTRALIA: Woolworths breaks ground on new $135m distribution centre Woolworths has commenced building works on the supermarket’s new Melbourne Fresh Distribution Centre (MFDC) in Truganina, Victoria. According to the company, the multi-million state-of-the-art facility will store and deliver fresh…

Walmart partners with Gatik for autonomous shopping vans

US: Walmart partners with Gatik for autonomous shopping vans Autonomous vehicle startup Gatik AI has partnered with Walmart to introduce a commercial service to deliver goods. Gatik’s autonomous vehicles are to help Walmart move customer orders from its Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas down a two-mile…

Tesco to cut 4,500 jobs in Metro restructuring

UK: Tesco to cut 4,500 jobs in Metro restructuring British supermarket chain Tesco is cutting about 4,500 jobs from its Metro stores. The company said the changes in its 153 Metro stores - medium-sized shops found on Britain's shopping street and by railway stations - would allow it to shift stock more…

Whole Foods to open third store in Cincinnati

US: Whole Foods to open third store in Cincinnati Whole Foods Market has announced it will open a third store in Cincinnati. The new store in Kenwood will open on August 29 and will be 38,00 square feet in size. "We look forward to providing our customers with high-quality food and service and an…

Tesco raises prices on 1,000 products

UK: Waitrose extends 'bring your own containers' anti-plastic scheme Waitrose is extending a trial to remove packaging from many products after a positive response in its first store. The "Unpacked" scheme was tested in Oxford, with customers using their own containers to buy produce such as pasta, wine…

Central England Co-op: launch of new ‘Carefully Crafted’ range

Sainsbury’s: store sign 'Signsbury’s' to encourage sign language

Portugal: Pingo Doce introduces food delivery service in Lisbon Portuguese supermarket chain Pingo Doce has teamed up with online food delivery company Takeaway.com to offer meal delivery services in Lisbon. Initially, the free-of-cost service will be available within a radius of 2.5 kilometres from…

Kroger: new analytics solution for branded suppliers

Tops: delivery service expanded in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont

US: Trader Joe's first foray into The Natural State Thousands of requests for an Arkansas-based Trader Joe’s poured in earlier this year, while the retailer teased that it would open its first Little Rock location later in 2019. It appears that the rumors that swirled in May of this year proved correct.…

Carrefour has teamed up with Glovo to provide a fast home delivery service

Eroski has signed a refinancing agreement with creditors

Maxima names new CEOs for Estonia and Bulgaria Lithuanian retailer Maxima Grupė has appointed Edvinas Volkas as the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Maxima Estonia, effective from 16 July. Most recently, Volkas served as the head of Maxima Bulgaria and will replace Marko Põder. Volkas…

Chalo FreshCo heads Western Canada

Giant Eagle has partnered with Grabango to create a no-wait checkout service at its stores

US: Safeway & Vons come to tentative agreement with NorCal workers Albertsons’ Safeway and Vons banners in Northern and Central California have reached a tentative agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 8-Golden State that the union described as “excellent.” “At the bargaining…

Barclays: Carrefour-Casino merger possible

Investec Asset Management has bought a controlling stake in supermarket chain Spinneys Egypt

Amazon in deal with German watchdog to overhaul marketplace terms Amazon has reached a deal with Germany’s anti-trust authority to overhaul its terms of service for third-party merchants, taking action to appease regulators as pressure on the e-commerce giant grows in Europe and the United States. The…

Raley’s Shelf Guide has expanded to include 23 total icons and 2 additional categories

Wegmans Food Markets and Teamsters Local 118: tentative agreement

US: Walmart CEO says stores are the distribution centers it needs against Amazon Walmart Inc Chief Executive Doug McMillon said that the discount chain's thousands of stores give it the distribution firepower it needs to compete again its e-commerce rivals, notably Amazon.com. While Walmart has 20…

Union Coop: H1 net profit 20% up

Jumbo has announced the acquisition of supermarket chain Agrimarkt

Spain: Caprabo celebrates 60th anniversary Spanish retailer Caprabo has celebrated its 60th anniversary with the unveiling of a photography exhibition charting the history of the group, located at its first store on Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, Barcelona. The retailer has also placed a…

Food Lion: 92 remodeled South Carolina stores

Food 4 Less: home delivery

Amazon workers in Minnesota walk out as Prime Day orders roll in; workers also strike in Germany Shopping with Amazon on Prime Day, likely to be one of the online retailer’s biggest sales days of the year, may mean crossing a digital picket line. Amazon workers in Minnesota and Germany are striking in protest of working…

Amazon: a warehouse facility in metro Atlanta that will create 1,000 jobs

Publix: distribution center gets green light

US: Smart Foodservice Warehouse launches Shipt delivery Smart & Final Stores Inc.’s Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores has brought same-day delivery via Shipt to 15 markets across the West. Delivery from Smart Foodservice Warehouse locations began in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland,…

Amazon plans to open a new warehouse in Germany and create more than 2,800 jobs

First time since Fukushima nuclear disaster: supermarket opens in Namie town

India: Ratnadeep opens its first store in Bangalore Hyderabad-based Ratnadeep Supermarket has opened its first store in Bengaluru at Indiranagar. Spread across 4000 sqft, the store will offer superlative customer convenience and a pleasant shopping experience to Bangaloreans. The brand has an advantage…

Major Australian supermarket network accepting payments in bitcoin

SPAR International: Entry into Kosovo retail market

Morrisons named UK’s most environmentally responsible retailer Morrisons has been voted as the top British company to work for to save the environment. The Big 4 grocer has been acclaimed as an environmentally responsible company as it continues to work on plastic reduction, and has beaten David…

Kroger and Ocado name location of high-tech customer fulfillment center in Georgia

Costco: June sales results

Canada: Couche-Tard misses Q4 expectations as profits dip 25% Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. missed expectations as its net income attributable to shareholders decreased 25% to US$293.1mln in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year on a dip in revenues. The Laval, Quebec-based convenience store chain, which reports in U.S.…

First retail store in Europe for Microsoft

Carrefour sells stake in Cargo to Argan

Carrefour France makes investments to optimize its supply chain operations Symphony RetailAI, the leading global provider of AI-enabled revenue growth management solutions and customer-centric insights for retailers and CPG manufacturers across the entire value chain, announced that Carrefour France has…

Sam’s Club: nationwide with pickup

Walmart: $10bln surprise after buying Flipkart

US: Safeway confirms it will bring back the Andronico’s name Confirming a Berkeleyside story from February, Safeway’s Northern California division president Brad Street told Berkeleyside this week that the supermarket operator intends to bring back the Andronico’s Community Markets name by the end of the…

Italian supermarket chain Esselunga: higher turnover, lower profits

Coles: strategic partnership with Microsoft

Holland: Plus sees 5.4% growth in consumer sales in first half Dutch retailer Plus has reported a 5.4% year-on-year growth in consumer sales, amounting to €1,299mln, in the first half of its financial year. The retailer's market share increased to 6.5% during the period from 6.4% in 2018. It witnessed a…

Ralphs Grocery Company returns to the negotiations table July 10-12

K-VA-T: unified point-of-sale system to all of its Food City supermarkets

US: Teamsters vote to sanction potential California grocery workers’ strike Teamsters Joint Council 42, in Los Angeles, has voted unanimously to sanction a possible strike that could affect more than 60,000 grocery workers in Central and Southern California who are represented by seven United Food and…

El Corte Ingles: Europe's next Amazon

Competition watchdog has blocked Sainsbury’s and Asda from joining forces for 10 years

Poland: Dino Polska opens 81 new stores in H1 2019 Polish retailer Dino Polska has announced that it has opened 81 new stores in the first six months of its financial year. In 2018, the retail group opened 74 new stores during the same period. At the end of June 2019, Dino Polska's retail network…

Giant Food: new Giant Pickup service

Amazon employees in Minnesota are planning a strike

Canada: Empire CEO says innovation is the future When it comes to innovation, Empire isn’t chasing headlines, according to its president and CEO Michael Medline, it’s chasing efficiencies, sales growth and customer satisfaction. With Project Sunrise–a multi-year, $500mln cost-cutting plan launched in…

Ocado Technology: first London development centre

HappyFresh: from online sales to physical retail market

UK: Asda to stop offering plastic carrier bags with online grocery shopping, in latest plastic-saving initiative Asda is to stop providing single-use plastic carrier bags with its online grocery orders, in a move that will remove around 85mln plastic bags from production each year. Following a successful…

Experts: number of Canadians ordering their groceries online has nowhere to go but up

Wade's Supermarket: a third of its size after more than 60 years

Canada: Conquering the last mile With the desire for convenience growing among millennials and gen-Zers, the number of Canadians ordering their groceries online has nowhere to go but up, say experts. “You’re seeing more retailers going after our money online rather than waiting for foot traffic to show”,…

Asda and Just Eat: 30-minute grocery deliveries

Britain’s competition regulator took action to pause Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo

Russia: X5 tests shop-in-shop format in Karusel stores Russia's X5 Retail Group has partnered with household retailer Hoff to test a shop-in-shop format in Karusel stores to expand its non-food offering. Four X5 hypermarkets located in Moscow, the Moscow region, and St Petersburg have subleased floor…

Kroger: Treasure EmporiYUM

Lucky's Market: new central distribution center in Florida this fall

Amazon: 25 years Jeff Bezos filed the paperwork to create the e-commerce retailing giant Amazon 25 years ago. His genius was to recognise the potential of the internet long before others. Amazon is known for its disruption of well-established industries through technological innovation and mass scale.…

First store in Portugal for Mercadona

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has upgraded ActivMobile

Singapore: 7-Eleven opens 400th store 7-Eleven Singapore has opened its 400th store at the newly revamped Funan mall. The store also marks the c-store chain’s 36 years of operation on the island. Since opening its first store at Upper Changi Road in 1983, 7-Eleven has evolved to ensure its relevance in…

Walmart to open its largest self-standing grocery pickup and delivery center in the United States

Target plans to open more college campus stores

Hema to open "Hema Amsterdam" in U.S. & Canada; partners with Walmart Hema is having a go at the American and Canadian markets under the name Hema Amsterdam through a partnership with Walmart. In the United States, the Dutch company will soon start selling household items via Walmart.com. And in…

Carrefour is preparing to extend home delivery in France

Amazon will create 1,800 permanent contract positions this year in France

Honestbee Taiwan suspends services Ailing Singaporean grocery-delivery service Honestbee is “temporarily closing” its Taiwan operations as it continues to focus on its core Southeast Asian markets to ensure survival. “Thank you for your support and affirmation for Honestbee during these days”, the…

Dollarama has acquired 50.1% interest in Dollarcity

Walmart: VR to determine who should get promotions

Report: 66% of US shoppers will buy more groceries online in the next 5 years About 66% of shoppers said they expect to be buying more of their groceries online within the next five years, according to a new report from retail firm Field Agent that surveyed 3,342 primary grocery shoppers. A majority of…

Alibaba: more physical stores

Coop Switzerland: reCIRCLE reusable boxes

Carrefour opens three new 'Express' outlets in Belgium Carrefour Belgium has announced that it has launched three new convenience stores in Boechout, Boom, and Scherpenheuvel. The move is a part of the retail giant's plan to add 30 new stores to its network this year. The new stores have been designed to…

Kroger’s new concept for flagship food hall

Aldi teams with Parx Plastics

US: Kroger outlines plans for flagship food hall concept As part of its plans to develop a flagship store in Cincinnati, Kroger’s new concept will feature a food hall incorporating its own, and external foodservice brands. The 45,000 sq ft store is scheduled to open in September and will be more than twice the size of its…

Auchan retail system in Vietnam taken over by Saigon Co.op

Benelux break up by Alibaba

Amsterdam courts provisionally rule in favour of Spar International in Poland case Spar International has 'welcomed' the decision of the courts in Amsterdam to provisionally reject a claim by Spar Polska over the termination of its licence agreement in Poland. In a statement issued by Spar International, the retailer said that…

Report: Walmart captures 50% or more of grocery sales in 43 metropolitan areas and 160 smaller markets across the U.S.

Sobeys: Farm Boy helps lift sales

US: Jewel-Osco kicks off tts F.A.B Women program Albertsons Co.'s Jewel-Osco launched its F.A.B (food and beverage) Women program to recognize both the women within Jewel-Osco and the women-owned businesses whose products are on the grocer's shelves. The first event took place June 26 at a Jewel-Osco…

Tesco: checkout-less stores

Edeka has increased its stake in Dutch online-only supermarket Picnic

May retail sales up 8% on seasonal demand in Korea Retail sales in South Korea increased in May from a year ago, benefiting from the usual heat ahead of summer season, government data showed. The online and offline revenue by major retailers in South Korea rose 8.0% to 11.43tln won ($9.87bln) in May from…

Costco: largest warehouse in Canada opened

Amazon: new in-store pickup option with Rite Aid as first partner

Canada: Empire Co. Ltd. reports rise in fourth quarter profit The parent company of Sobeys and Safeway grocery stores plans to focus on innovation as it wraps a multi-year cost-saving initiative that’s exceeded expectations, chief executive Michael Medline says. “This won’t happen overnight”, Medline,…

Makro Portugal expects to achieve €400mln turnover by 2020

Alibaba: English portal aims to double Tmall Global brands

Poor weather costs UK supermarkets £120mln in lost sales, says Nielsen 'Monsoon-like' weather has cost UK supermarkets more than £120mln (€134.5mln) in missed sales in the past four weeks, data from Nielsen has found. Nielsen said that industry sales increased by 0.4% in the four-week period to 16 June,…

Walmart: SNAP benefits at all pickup locations

Sprouts Farmers Market: distribution center sold

US: Farmstead rolls out ‘Local First’ program for area food companies To help in its search for new locally sourced foods - fresh produce and shelf-stable items alike - e-grocer Farmstead has introduced a Local First program to recruit area food purveyors. Having added a raft of national brands such as…

Casino: Franprix boss to also head Monoprix

Walmart aims to list its Japanese supermarket unit Seiyu

Coss Cutters chain opens first store in Guyana Local supermarket chain Coss Cutters has opened its doors in Guyana. The grocery, which began operations at Farm, East Bank, Demerara, has promised its Guyanese customers that it will offer goods at competitive prices with excellent customer service. CEO…

H-E-B: Tech Hub in Austin

Hy-Vee: first U.S. company to partner with Citrus

Canada: Longo’s to pilot build-your-own meals Longo Brothers Fruit Market has begun testing a new in-store program to make it easier for customers to assemble all of the components for a meal. Under the pilot, launched at Longo’s Maple Leaf Square store in Toronto, a centrally located kiosk merchandises…

JD.com has reached a partnership to handle cross-border logistics for Carrefour

Conad: rationalisation process with Nordiconad, Conad del Tirreno merger

Carrefour opens first ‘Carrefour Café’ in Belgium In a Belgian hypermarket that was forced to decrease in size, French retail chain Carrefour has opened its first Carrefour Café. That concept merges a convenience store with features of a restaurant, and will also be introduced in other locations. The…

Food Lion: grocery pickup at more than 100 stores

Amazon: robust delivery service in Las Vegas

US: H Mart expands same-day delivery Asian-American grocer H Mart has added same-day delivery to 59 stores across 11 states through its partnership with Instacart. The expanded service is available in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, California,…

Rakuten: autonomous delivery robots tested in Japan

Carrefour sells 80% stake in China-based operations to Suning.com

Jumbo confirms timing and location of first Belgian stores Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has confirmed it will open its first three Belgian stores before the end of the year. The three locations are Lanaken, Pelt and Rijkevorsel, unsurprisingly all near Belgium's northeastern border with the Netherlands.…

Giant Food Stores will debut PA Preferred shelf tags in all 156 of its Pennsylvania stores

Ahold Delhaize: new supply chain immersion program

US: Meijer adds mobile checkout to Indiana stores Meijer has expanded its Shop & Scan service to stores in the Indianapolis area, after successful rollouts in other regions. Customers download the Meijer app, log into their mPerks account and then start shopping. They can scan and bag items as they…

Tesco: no timetable for 'finest' store launch

Amazon: online fresh produce debut in Japan

France: Auchan appoints new chief executive Auchan France has appointed Jean-Denis Deweine as its new chief executive. He takes over from Ali Khosrovi, who has left the company. Announcing the appointment, Auchan Retail’s chairman Edgard Bonte said the step had been taken to enable the acceleration of…

Kroger: first quarter 2019 results

Walmart: self-driving delivery test from warehouse to warehouse

US: Gen X shifts to grocery shopping online The number of Generation X shoppers buying groceries online has grown considerably from 29% in 2018 to 40% in 2019, according to FMI's new U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report. Millennials still report a higher frequency of online shopping, however. About 43% of…

JD.com: record-breaking June 18 Anniversary Sale

Colruyt: market share expands again

Tesco could open 750 new convenience stores in Thailand over medium term Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, said it could grow its business in Thailand by opening 750 new convenience stores in the medium term. The group currently trades from 1,583 convenience stores in the Asian country. The possible…

Target: expansion of “Drive Up” service to over 1,400 stores

Kroger: 30-minute delivery pilot

US: H-E-B CEO Charles Butt named a Top CEO H-E-B’s Chairman and CEO Charles Butt was ranked second out of 100 for Glassdoor’s Top CEO list for 2019. In an anonymous employee feedback ranking, Charles Butt received an astounding 99% approval rating! Charles Butt took on competing retailers such as Costco, whose CEO, Craig…

Carrefour: store with facial recognition and sensors

Costco: first physical store in China

China: Alibaba reshuffles management, CFO Wu to oversee strategic investment unit Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said its chief financial officer, Maggie Wu, will oversee the firm's strategic acquisitions and investments unit, as part of a business and management reshuffle at the e-commerce giant. Wu will…

Albertsons: more self-checkouts across grocery banners

Big Y’s Fresh Acres Market: same-day delivery debut

US: ShopRite expands local produce campaign New Jersey-based ShopRite is expanding partnerships with local farms in an effort to increase its offerings of local and in-season produce, according to Long Island Business News. Local farms will be highlighted through in-store displays and the new offerings…

AEON plans to quadruple the value of products it purchases from Vietnam

Carrefour has opened its first restaurant in Paris

Carrefour sees more retail sector consolidation, including in France The boss of Carrefour said the retail sector was bound to consolidate in the coming years, notably in France, as competition intensifies, and that his mission was to make sure the French retailer came out a winner. When asked if…

Ahold Delhaize USA services company: new technology office

Loblaw: food waste-fighting app is rolling out nationally

Canada: Sobeys campaign celebrates food and family Sobeys is focusing on the strong connection between food and family in a new campaign and brand positioning centred on the tagline, “Canada’s family grocery store.” Trinh Tham, VP brand strategy and planning at Sobeys said: “At Sobeys, family and food…

Kaufland: new hypermarket concept in Romania

Mercadona: new e-commerce offering in Barcelona

GfK: Romania’s retail sales set to maintain highest growth rate in Europe The retail stores in Romania and Lithuania will boast the highest growth rates in sales this year, 7% and 5.9% respectively, but the purchasing power of the buyers in these countries remains among the lowest in Europe, resulting in…

Dollarama: Q1 profit and sales up from year ago

Target customers: issues checking out for second day after weekend outage

Amazon is closing its Restaurants service Amazon has announced it will close its US Amazon Restaurants delivery business, as reported by GeekWire. Amazon is set to close its Amazon Restaurants service later this month. The food delivery service launched in Seattle in 2015, offering Prime members meal…

Lidl: grocery delivery in Ireland extended

Coles is cutting 450 jobs

Countdown stores more accessible for New Zealanders Countdown is taking steps to make the supermarket chain more accessible to people with different needs, opening the doors to the country’s first accredited ‘Be. Accessible’ supermarket in Hawera, and testing a new car park monitoring app to ensure mobility car parks are kept…

Walmart: a sweeping overhaul at Jet.com

Loblaw partners with Microsoft

US: Target expands same-day shipping option, marking the latest move in the delivery wars with Walmart and Amazon Target is bringing its same-day delivery option to the masses, marking the latest move in an ongoing and heated delivery war involving the big-box retailer, Walmart and Amazon. Target announced that shoppers in 47…

Waitrose & Partners: Rapid Delivery trial outside London extended

Wesfarmers is buying e-commerce retailer Catch Group

Myanmar: Metro Wholesale keen to expand into more cities Metro Wholesale Myanmar is seeking to expand its operations, according to a recent interview in The Nation. The German-headquartered wholesale food-and-grocery retailer is looking to open in Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Taunggyi and other major…

Kroger begins construction on first of its kind in the nation facility

Amazon: visual search engine launched

US: Kroger begins construction on $55mln robotic warehouse for home delivery Kroger has started construction on a $55mln robotic warehouse in Mason that will power home delivery of groceries when it begins operations in 2021. The facility, which will employ more than 400 workers, will be the first of its…

Sainsbury’s: reverse vending recycling trial

Costco: first New Zealand store

UK: Lidl’s £500mln London expansion to create 1500 jobs Lidl has revealed its £500mln expansion program in the capital, as well as its plan to open the first ever central London store on Tottenham Court Road. The German discount grocer will invest over £500mln across the next five years to open over 40 new stores in locations…

Weis Markets: Birdzi’s customer engagement ecosystem

Target: blockchain-powered solution for supply chain management

US: Stalled labor talks prompt grocery union to schedule strike vote As contract talks continue to drag on without progress, workers at Southern California’s major supermarkets will vote later this month on whether to authorize their union leaders to declare a strike. The announcement of the strike…

Tesco: store and warehouse workers wages raise

Supermarket chain X5 Retail Group scouts for Israeli tech

Amazon to account for one fifth of UK online spend by 2024 Amazon is set to continue experiencing exponential growth with UK retail revenue set to rise 58.2% over the next five years to reach £15.7bln by 2024, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData’s report: ‘Amazon…

Walmart: new step stools in its warehouses

Amazon has overtaken Google and Apple to become world’s most valuable brand

US: Walmart & Electrify America reveal completion of 120+ charging stations Walmart and Electrify America opened more than 120 ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the mega-retailer’s stores in 34 states. Building upon the original commitment unveiled in April 2018, the companies…

Groupe Casino sells six stores

Amazon: kiosks in UK train stations launched

Retailer Mega Image continues expansion in eastern Romania Supermarket chain Mega Image, the leading retailer in Bucharest, will continue its expansion in Romania’s eastern region of Moldova this year by opening four new stores in Iasi, the biggest city in this region. Mega Image entered in this region…

Walmart will restart a service that offers the delivery of groceries directly to shoppers’ refrigerators

Loblaw joins Loop

US: Stop & Shop rolls out same-day online pickup The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. has launched same-day online pickup for Peapod by Stop & Shop orders at 20 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The new service enables shoppers to pick up their groceries in as little as four hours.…

Delhaize and bol.com are starting a collaboration

Alibaba to invest in Russian e-commerce JV

Australia: Woolworths restructures fresh food teams Woolworths in Australia has announced a restructure of its in-store fresh food teams. The new structure will see the creation of two teams in each supermarket: the 'fresh service' team that will run the butchers, seafood and deli counters and the 'fresh…

Costco: May sales results

Mercatus and ShopperKit announce partnership to help grocers fulfill online orders

Amazon's new drones to start delivering packages in months Amazon.com Inc has new drones that will deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less in the coming months, a step toward a goal that has eluded the retailer for years. The new drone takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter, is more…

Yandex.Market and JD.com have closed a strategic partnership deal

Woolworths: major milestone in fight against food waste

German retailer Kaufland improves revenues and profit margin in Romania The Romanian subsidiary of German discount retailer Kaufland last year achieved a net profit margin of 7.2%, one of the highest in the food trade industry and the highest since the company entered the local market in 2005, Ziarul…

Sprouts Farmers Markets: National Hiring Day

FreshCo’s expansion in the West continues

US: Semtech’s LoRa Technology integrated into Axino’s Smart Refrigeration Solutions Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that AxinoSolutions, an innovative software and systems integrator for the planning and…

Flipkart: legal spat with startup

UK retail sales fell in May faster than at any time in the last 24 years

Sicily: Conad sees €877mln turnover in 2018 Conad Sicilia ended 2018 with a turnover of €877mln and a 15.15% market share, confirming its top position in Sicily. An estimated 650,000 Sicilian families shop in Conad stores on a daily basis, and the cooperative has around 181 local business partners and…

Kroger: new Michigan Fresh Center

Costco leads competitors when it comes to combating in-store theft

Canada: CEO of Stong’s Market is stepping down Cori Bonina is stepping down as CEO of Stong’s Market - the Vancouver-based grocer her great grandfather founded more than 85 years ago. Bonina spent 40 years with the company, which currently has two locations: Dunbar and North Vancouver. (The North…

Trump’s tariffs are making these products at Costco more expensive

Costco Wholesale Corporation discusses the latest casualties of president Trump’s trade war between the US and China. “At the end of the day, prices will go up on things,” the…

Shufersal: pilot store in Tel Aviv with no checkouts

Metcash: new deal with Drakes Supermarkets

France: Carrefour says blockchain tracking boosting sales of some products French retailer Carrefour SA has seen sales boosted by the use of blockchain ledger technology to track meat, milk and fruit from farms to stores and will extend it to more products to increase shopper trust, an executive said.…

Amazon: 1-day delivery option expanded

Survey: Walmart's grocery delivery outranks Amazon

Amazon expands 1-day delivery option Amazon has revealed that its Prime Free One Day delivery is now available on 10mln products, with no minimum purchase amount, as the ecommerce giant continues to compete in the race to get products to consumers fastest. One-day delivery items include everything from…

Albert Heijn: partnership with KNVB

Amazon: pop-up shops in UK high street for the first time

Portugal: Sonae to open 40 Meu Super stores in 2019 Portuguese retail group Sonae MC plans to launch 40 new Meu Super outlets in 2019 in the districts of Braga, Coimbra, Setúbal, and Faro in Portugal. In 2018, the retailer opened more than 40 Meu Super stores throughout the country, taking the total…

Costco: Q3 and year-to-date operating results for fiscal 2019

Walmart Canada: urban supercenter format debut

US: Dollar General Corporation reports 3.8% same-store sales growth for first quarter 2019 Dollar General Corporation reported financial results for its fiscal year 2019 first quarter (13 weeks) ended May 3, 2019. Net sales increased 8.3%; Same-store sales increased 3.8%. Operating profit increased 4.5%…


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