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McColl's Retail Group has agreed to extend the rollout of Morrisons Daily format to 450 stores

Asda has chartered its own cargo ship

Delhaize expands store network in LuxembourgDelhaize is continuing its expansion in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. After opening a new store in the canton of Capellen at the beginning of this month, the retailer is planning to open 2 more branches by 2022.Source: retaildetail.eu  SPAR Netherlands presents…

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Walmart CEO hailed the Biden administration's efforts to ease supply chain bottlenecks

Boxed announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire MaxDelivery

U.S. labor board official orders Amazon to redo union vote at Alabama warehouseA regional director for the U.S. National Labor Relations Board called for a rerun of a union election at an Amazon.com Inc facility in Alabama, setting the stage for another high-profile organizing battle at the world's…

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PX Mart is offering NT$11.5bln (US$412.65mln) to take over hypermarket operator RT-Mart

Amazon will build Middle East's most technologically advanced fulfilment centre in Abu Dhabi

Slovenia: Mercator sees improved performance in 1st 9 months of 2021Mercator Group has announced that it achieved all its key business goals and saw improved performance year-on-year during the 1st 9 months of 2021. Operating profit amounted to €57.6mln, net profit for the period was €12.6mln, while…

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Walmart has hit some hurdles in attempting to grow its instant delivery service

Impossible Foods: $500mln in new funding amid record growth

US: With staggering growth behind it, Target's Shipt delivery business faces a now-what momentAfter a year of intense growth, Target Corp.'s grocery-delivery business, Shipt, is starting to level off and its pool of competitors keeps expanding. More shoppers embraced the convenience - and safety, from a…

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Aldi: 100th store in Scotland

Carrefour Italia has confirmed to unions that it is to close 106 directly-owned stores

EuroCommerce welcomes report on tackling non-tariff barriersEuroCommerce has welcomed the decision of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumers Committee (IMCO) to endorse an own-initiative report by Kosma Złotowski MEP on tackling non-tariff barriers in the single market.Source:…

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A record-high amount of Americans aren’t buying any gifts this holiday season

Ministers want progress in December, concrete elements of a Canadian grocery code by March

US: Uber donated 100,000 meals to Albertsons Companies' Nourishing Neighbors program for Thanksgiving seasonUber Technologies, Inc. announced their support of grocery partner Albertsons Companies, Inc.'s Nourishing Neighbors program to give 100,000 meals to families in need this Thanksgiving.Source:…

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Alimentation Couche-Tard: Q2 results

Ingles Markets finished near the $5bln mark for fiscal 2021

Walmart will be the 1st retailer to test Twitter’s new livestream shopping platformTwitter’s e-commerce initiatives now include livestream shopping and Walmart will be the 1st retailer to test the new platform. Over the past year, Walmart has invested in live shopping by hosting events across social…

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SuperValu's own-brand bananas have moved to 100% recyclable packaging

UK boss of Lidl: Keeping shelves stocked is “harder work than ever before”

France: Groupe Casino announces success of debt refinancing transactionFrench retailer Groupe Casino has announced that its debt refinancing transaction launched on 16 November has been successful. The debt refinancing transaction consists of a tap of its Term Loan B with maturity in August 2025 subject…

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REWE has launched a sustainable supermarket on board a train

The Teng family has bought back its entire stake in Jaya Grocer from AIGF

UK: Lord Rose and Dame Alison Carnwath join Asda’s BoardAsda has announced 2 significant appointments to its board of directors: Lord Rose has been appointed Chairman of the retailer and Dame Alison Carnwath will join as a non-executive director. The appointments are effective from 1st December…

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Southeastern Grocers has opened 2 new Fresco y Más stores in Tampa and Deltona

Albertsons is testing smart carts

US: Acosta research shows 65% of shoppers want retailers to invest more in sustainabilityAcosta, a global integrated sales and marketing services provider in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, released its latest research report: Sustainability Impact on Purchase Behavior. With 59% of shoppers…

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Yababa: $15.5mln to fuel planned rapid expansion within Germany and across Europe

Kansai's H2O Retailing merger put on hold by Japanese district court

Employees of India's Future Retail urge top court to clear asset sale in Amazon disputeEmployees of India's Future Retail have asked the Supreme Court to allow the company to sell its retail assets and rule against Amazon.com Inc in an ongoing dispute, citing risks to 27,000 jobs, according to a legal…

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Natural Grocers® is partnering with RangeMe

Walmart launched 1st commercial drone delivery with tech partner DroneUp

US: iFresh announces NASDAQ delistingiFresh, Inc. (the “Company”), a leading Asian American supermarket chain and online grocer, announced that on November 19, 2021, the Company received notice from the staff of the Nasdaq Stock Market (the “Staff”) that the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”) has denied…

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Lidl Portugal is investing €100mln for expansion to Madeira

Gruppo Végé set to unveil 131 new outlets over the course of 2022

France: Auchan Retail appoints new chairman and CEOAuchan Retail has announced the appointment of Yves Claude as its new chairman and chief executive officer. Claude succeeds Edgard Bonte, who successfully led Auchan Retail to return to a positive economic trajectory.Source: esmmagazine.com  UK: Roll-Out of…

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Giant expands in the Philadelphia region

Natural Grocers: Another record with fiscal 2021 net sales

US: Raley’s chief operations officer Kevin Konkel to retireWest Sacramento, California-based Raley’s has announced the retirement of chief operations officer Kevin Konkel, effective January 7, 2022, ending a nearly 4-and-a-half-decade career with the 124-store grocery chain. The company has yet to name a…

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Rohlik Group will launch operations in Italy, Romania and Spain in 2022

JD.com exceeds expectations despite slowdown

Online now accounts for 9% of French grocery market, says KantarThe online channel now accounts for 9% of the French grocery market, reporting a 0.2 percentage point gain in October, according to Kantar. Data for the P11 period (4 October to 31 October) showed that consumer spend fell by 5.7% compared to…

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Uber: Launch of Uber One

BJ’s: Q3 results and partnership with DoorDash

US: The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation Innovation Fund makes impact investments to peer-selected startups Agua Bonita and Matriark FoodsThe Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation ("Foundation") announced that Agua Bonita and Matriark Foods were peer-selected for impact investment…

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Ocado Retail: 1st supermarket in the world with a net zero HQ

Etisalat Group has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of elGrocer DMCC

India: Amazon taps AI, ML to keep bad apples from its shelvesAmazon India plans to use advanced computer vision, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to manage quality assurance for fruits, vegetables and other farm produce sold on its platform. In an interview, Rajeev…

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Food Lion: $50mln deposit to support diverse-owned lending at M&F Bank

Target Corporation: Q3 earnings

Canada: Loblaw reports Q3 profit, revenue up from year agoLoblaw Companies Ltd. beat expectations as it reported its 3rd-quarter profit rose compared with a year ago, helped by strong demand in stores and online. Canada's largest grocery and pharmacy chain says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $431mln…

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Lidl GB: UK's highest paying supermarket with biggest ever investment into wages

ESD Italia to open 160 new stores in 2022

SPAR Group says Irish, Swiss businesses performing strongly, but Poland lagsSouth Africa's SPAR Group has said that its Ireland and Switzerland-based operations delivered 'strong performances' in the year to 30 September, however its Polish operation has 'failed to deliver the expected financial…

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Robust comparable-sales gains for Walmart's U.S. businesses in Q3

Afresh Technologies is partnering with The Save Mart Companies

US: Buehler’s promotes Michael Davidson to CEOCome next year, a new chief executive officer will be at the helm for Ohio grocer Buehler’s Fresh Foods. Michael Davidson, executive vice president of sales and marketing, has been promoted to president and CEO and start in the new post on January 2, Wooster,…

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Maiora is launching a quick commerce service in partnership with Glovo

Shoprite: 9.3% rise in quarterly sales

France: Groupe Casino announces a refinancing of its debtGroupe Casino has announced the launch of a refinancing to extend the maturity of its debt and reduce its costs, the French retailer said in a statement. Following similar measures implemented in December 2020 and March 2021, Casino has said that…

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Impressive retail milestone for Dollar General

Shipt is announcing its inaugural Thanksgiving Most Forgotten List

US: Southeastern Grocers rolls out local supplier programSoutheastern Grocers Inc. (SEG) will host a local supplier sourcing event to enable area businesses to provide stores with a larger range of local products. The Local Supplier Connect program will give companies within SEG’s 5-state market area the…

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Peapod Digital Labs awarded 11 diverse-owned suppliers

Dollar General: National partnership with DoorDash

Amazon worker group in New York withdraws petition for union voteA group of Amazon.com Inc workers in New York City's Staten Island have withdrawn a petition to hold a union election, marking a setback in a growing push by organized labor to bring the online retailer's staff into the fold.Source:…

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Getir has signed a non-binding deal to buy shares of Sok

Amazon Fresh launched in India

Holland: Ahold Delhaize plans to list online retailer Bol.com next yearSupermarket group Ahold Delhaize said it wanted to spin off its 5.5bln euro ($6.3bln) Dutch online retail business Bol.com, which is competing with Amazon.com, and to list its shares in the second half of next year.Source: reuters.com  Kenya: Retail chain Mulleys…

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Waitrose's farm will be trialling new farming innovations over the next 15 years

Missfresh Limited: 3rd quarter 2021 unaudited financial results

Austria: SPAR’s investment plans for its international businessSPAR Austria intends to push its international business through increased expansion and investment. The company has detailed its strategy in an article in a renowned retail publication, noting that acquisitions are not excluded. As the market…

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SpartanNash: Q3 fiscal 2021 financial results

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Oakport Transportation

Getir arrives in the U.S. promising ultrafast grocery deliveries around 10 minutesGetir, the pioneer of ultrafast grocery delivery, announced it has started operations in Chicago for the 1st time, debuting its ultrafast grocery delivery services to the United States. Further expanding its U.S. presence,…

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Sainsbury’s: New flagship store in Colwick

JD.com plans to increase investment overseas

UK: Sainsbury’s at risk of pre-Christmas shortages if drivers strikeSainsbury’s is at risk of facing pre-Christmas shortages if DHL lorry drivers go ahead with strike action over a pay dispute. Over 140 lorry drivers employed by DHL are responsible for the deliveries across the south west on an…

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Grocery Outlet: 4.3% drop in same-store sales

Misfits Market has launched in California

US: Growth in snackable fruits and vegetablesAccording to Matt Novosel, category manager of produce, value-added at The Giant Co., the Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based chain is seeing 30% increases in kid-friendly snackable fruits and veggies, including pre-sliced apples, freeze-dried apple chips and…

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Amazon is seeking to settle 2 EU antitrust investigations - sources

Ahold Delhaize: 0.2% decline in like-for-like sales in Europe in Q3

Carrefour enters into a global strategic partnership with MetaCarrefour announced the launch of an ambitious strategic partnership with Meta, which will be rolled out across the group's 9 integrated countries (France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Poland, Belgium, Taiwan, Argentina and Brazil). The partnership…

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US Foods: Chicago Tribune 2021 Top Workplace

Walmart aims to build 2 new high-tech supply facilities in Dallas-Fort Worth area

US: Retail imports near record pace despite port congestion as holiday season beginsImports at the nation’s congested container ports are expected to remain at near-record levels for the remainder of the year as retailers rush to move merchandise from docks to shelves in time to meet the expectations of…

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Colruyt Group tests 'OKay Direct'

Carrefour to step up digital commerce expansion

India: FreshWorld seeks to challenge quick commerce models with EV pushcarts on an Uber-like appBengaluru-based FreshWorld is in the process of raising a new round of funding to grow its recently launched mobile app that offers an Uber-like experience for users to order fruits and vegetables under 20…

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Walmart and Gatik pilot daily delivery without a safety driver behind the wheel

Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets announced the closure of their merger

US: Giant Co. debuts Philly E-commerce Fulfillment CenterThe Giant Co. has officially opened its new Giant Direct E-commerce Fulfillment Center (EFC) at 3501 Island Avenue in Philadelphia. The cutting-edge 124,000-square-foot facility will allow the grocer to serve more customers in Philadelphia and -…

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Sobeys: 1st Flexstore in North America

Greer’s Markets plans to offer customers drone delivery service

Who tops Fortune's Best Workplaces in Retail 2021 list?For the 6th consecutive year, Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine have ranked Wegmans Food Markets Inc. No. 1 on the list of the 2021 Best Workplaces in Retail in the Large Company category. Close behind, Target Corp., Nugget Market Inc. and…

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DIA and Amazon: Fast grocery delivery service extended to Pamplona

Majid Al Futtaim and Yandex: Autonomous robot delivery in Dubai

Volume of retail trade down by 0.3% in euro area and by 0.2% in the EUIn September 2021, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.2% in the EU, compared with August 2021, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.…

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Groupe Casino: Strategic memorandum of understanding with Gorillas

Groupe Casino: Sales momentum gradually improved in 3rd quarter

Australia: Bondi IGA launches artificially intelligent checkout systemA trendy Sydney supermarket has adopted new checkout technology which negates the need for shoppers to scan produce before checking out. IGA supermarket The Fresh Pantry, in the city’s eastern suburb of Bondi, recently installed AI…

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Largest Amazon Fresh store with Just Walk Out technology to-date

Publix Super Markets launched an Instacart-powered online convenience store

US: Ultrafast grocery service Buyk doubles presence in New York to 20 dark storesBuyk, a real-time retail service that promises grocery delivery within 15 minutes, announces its expansion into Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, following a successful launch in Manhattan in September. The move brings the…

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Egypt’s leading grocery delivery platform Breadfast secures $US26mln

Sainsbury's: 23% rise in first-half profit

China: JD procured RMB310bln yuan imported products in past 2 yearsJD released its “Report on JD.com Imported Products Consumption” at the “Ambassadors’ Forum on International Consumption” in Beijing, revealing that JD has procured RMB310bln-worth of imported products over the past 2 years. Ahead of the…

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Food Lion has completed a store remodel project of 87 stores in 6 Southern states

Uber Eats sold massive amount of bananas in September 2021

US: New FMI report reveals positive attitude among grocery shoppers ahead of holiday celebrationsFMI-The Food Industry Association released its U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Tracker: Holidays, a comprehensive report on the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. grocery shopper perceptions and behaviors heading into…

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Waitrose: 1st supermarket in the UK to trial a new generation of electric vehicles

Grab is teaming up with Lazada

Germany: HelloFresh continues growth, but profit margin under pressureAlthough meal-kit delivery company HelloFresh saw its revenue increase substantially again over the past quarter, profitability fell sharply due to large investments and increased costs. In the past 3 months, revenue increased by almost 46% to 1.4bln euros.…

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Save A Lot: Sale of 6 company-owned stores to Yellow Banana

BGC has acquired Reasor’s 17 stores in Oklahoma

US: Buehler’s CEO Dan Shanahan to step downBuehler’s Fresh Foods Chairman, President and CEO Dan Shanahan plans to retire effective December 31. Wooster, Ohio-based Buehler’s reported the move in announcing Shanahan’s election to the Ohio Grocers Association Hall Of Fame. The grocer said Shanahan…

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Imperfect Foods: B Corp certification

Dollar General: New supply chain facility in Kentucky

US: Weis Markets reports 3rd quarter resultsWeis Markets, Inc. reported its financial results for the 13-week period and 39-week period ended September 25, 2021. Net sales totaled $1.1bln for the 13-week period ended September 25, 2021, compared to $1.0bln for the same period in 2020, up 6.1%. 3rd…

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SPAR Gran Canaria is celebrating its 35th anniversary

Big Basket: 1st brick-and-mortar store

Finland: Kesko reports 'all-time record' performance in Q3Finnish retailer Kesko has cited the 'successful implementation of [its] growth strategy' and a 'positive market situation' for its strong third-quarter performance, in which net sales increased by 7.8% to €2.9bln. Comparable operating profit for…

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Carrefour is renewing 11 of its CQL contracts

Morrisons will become the 1st supermarket to own & operate a solar farm

UK watchdog to investigate CD&R's $10bln deal for MorrisonsSupermarket group Morrisons must be run as an independent business while Britain's competition regulator reviews its 7bln pound ($9.7bln) takeover by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), the watchdog said. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)…

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GPA has rolled out Pão de Açúcar Fresh

Amazon Canada has opened “the most advanced sort centre in the country”

Canada: Costco opens new warehouse in Anjou, QuebecEverything is bigger at Costco, including the new Costco. At 155,733 square feet, the new warehouse in Anjou, Quebec is 20% larger than its previous location just down the road - which will be converted into a Costco Business Centre - and it has 125 more…

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Femsa: Wider profit in this year's 3rd quarter

Instacart and Dollar Tree have expanded their partnership

Amazon to pay billions to prevent Christmas shortagesAmazon has said it will spend several billion dollars to manage labour shortages and supply chain issues in the run-up to Christmas. The online retail giant said it was doing "whatever it takes to minimise the impact" on customers and sellers. While…

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Albert Heijn has opened its first Belgian XL location

Tesco: 10-minute deliveries in tie-up with Gorillas

China: Missfresh expands its supply chain by directly sourcing from 550 farms, factories, and processing facilitiesMissfresh Limited ("Missfresh" or the "Company"), an innovator and leader in China's neighborhood retail industry, has enhanced its supply chain to directly source from 200 farms and 350…

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NRF expects holiday sales to rise by all-time record, despite congested ports

Record sales and profits for independent grocers

US: New York Times CEO Meredith Kopit Levien joins Instacart’s boardMeredith Kopit Levien, president and CEO of The New York Times Co., and Lily Sarafan, co-founder and executive chair of senior care provider Home Care Assistance, have been named to the Instacart board of directors. Plans call Kopit…

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Coles sales rise as recurring lockdowns keep demand steady

Jeronimo Martins posted a near 20% rise in 3rd-quarter net profit

Australian supermarkets form 'task force' to tackle pallet shortageAustralia’s 2 largest supermarket operators have formed a “task force” to solve a shortage of delivery pallets, the No. 2 grocery chain said, the strongest sign of the sector’s exposure to supply chain problems gripping the world. Coles…

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Lenta: 13.5% year-on-year growth in retail sales

Trigo is partnering with German supermarket giant REWE Group

Poland: Aldi Nord opens technology hub in KrakówAldi Nord has opened a new technology hub in the Polish city of Kraków. At the beginning of this month, the first employees started working at the site. Next year, 250 IT specialists are expected to be employed.Source: retaildetail.eu  Russia: Retailer X5's profits…

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Fresh Thyme Market will open a new concept store in St. Louis

Giant Food announced a collaboration with Flashfood

US: Wegmans to open smaller-format stores in new market areasWhile Wegmans Food Markets is known for its large stores - sometimes spanning 120,000 to nearly 150,000 square feet - that typically require 15 to 20 acres of land in suburbia to accommodate, the food retailer has been building smaller-format…

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Sweetgreen filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange

Wakefern: 75 years in business

US: Kroger's Home Chef surpasses $1bln in annual salesThe Kroger Co. and Home Chef announced the meal solutions brand reached $1bln in annual sales. Founded in 2013 by Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef merged with Kroger, America's largest grocery retailer, in 2018. Since then, Kroger and Home Chef have advanced the availability of…

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Spar is celebrating the brand’s 5th anniversary in Albania

Spinneys and UAE government entities: "Farm to Table"

Amazon still leader in German ecommerceIn Germany, ecommerce is becoming more and more defined by marketplaces. Amazon, specifically, is the top player in German ecommerce. Its revenue is at least 3 times higher than Otto, who is the 2nd largest player in the country. German ecommerce has grown…

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Amazon opens new first-of-its-kind robotics manufacturing facility

GrubMarket's 1st acquisition in Canada

US: Walmart’s corporate workers will return to the office in early NovemberWalmart’s corporate employees will return to the office starting the week of November 8, the company said in a company memo. The big-box retailer is the largest private employer in the country, though most workers are based at…

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Colruyt: Crowdshipping service for Collect&Go webshop

Auchan Retail sells its stake in RT-Mart to supermarket group PX-Mart

UK: Tesco says online services back up after interference 'attempt'British supermarket chain Tesco said its website and app are back up after the services were disrupted by an attempt to interfere with its systems. “Our online grocery website and app are now back up and running. Our teams have worked…

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Carrefour Spain: Milestone of 1,000 Express stores

Intermarché is testing a smart shopping basket

Germany: Metro AG achieves sales 'above pre-pandemic level' in 4th quarterWholesale giant Metro AG has reported a 9.9% increase in sales in the 4th quarter of its financial year, with sales for the period ahead of pre-pandemic levels. Sales totalled €7.1bln for the period, with both Western and Eastern…

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Grocery Outlet partners with Instacart to launch its 1st ecommerce offering

Weee! announced the acquisition of RICEPO

Walmart in Mexico targets low prices despite steep inflation, profit jumpsWalmart’s Mexico unit said it focused on its low-price strategy as inflation rose in the 3rd quarter, helping the retailer’s net profit rise more than 20%. Walmart de Mexico, the biggest retailer in Mexico, posted net profit of…

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Big Lots is ramping up its hiring campaign

Costco: Canada’s Most Respected Grocery/Food Retailer

US: Consumer spending in key center store categories remains elevated in 2021Americans spent 2% more year-over-year on groceries and consumer packaged goods (CPGs) in September 2021, and 13% more compared to September 2019, according to new data from NCSolutions. The September data shows the percent…

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Strike at Lidl Belgium has ended

Carrefour: Revenue growth slowed in the 3rd quarter

New Zealand: Countdown starts online trial as shoppers accidentally over-order fruit and vegCountdown is allowing online customers to order fruit and vegetables by quantity, rather than weight, after noticing a tendency to be ‘a bit overzealous’ with order amounts during the Covid-19 lockdown. Shopping…

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Big Basket collaborates with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Morrisons' shareholders back CD&R's $10bln takeover

SPAR Scotland offers free fruit in partnership with Healthy Living ProgrammeSPAR Scotland is continuing its support of Healthy Living Scotland (HLS) by giving out free fruit to children at a further four stores around the country. The campaign encourages children to eat more fruit and enjoy a healthier…

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Coborn’s plans to buy Tadych’s Econofoods supermarkets

Walmart plans to build its largest grocery distribution center to date

Fast-growing Asian supermarket expands in CanadaThe largest Asian supermarket chain in Canada is expanding its business in that country with a new location in British Columbia. T&T Supermarkets’ new Langley store, located in the Willowbrook Shopping Centre at unit 100, 19705 Fraser Highway, will…

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Tesco: ‘just walk out’ GetGo store

Lidl is preparing to start operations in Ukraine

Grocery sales down 2.2% in Ireland as shoppers return to socialising: KantarGrocery sales fell by 2.2% in Ireland in the 12 weeks to 3 October, Kantar has said, however spending is still up 9.4% on the same period in 2019. Online sales continue to gain ground, with the latest 4 week period seeing online…

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Whole Foods Market: Top 10 food trends for 2022

Wegmans has begun hiring for its first store in Washington, D.C.

US: H-E-B releases plans for increasing Texas presenceAiming to better serve the needs of Central Texas residents, H-E-B has released plans for a second store in the city of Leander. Spanning more than 103,000 square feet, Leander’s newest H-E-B, which will be located at 19348 Ronald W. Reagan Boulevard…

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Freshpik has launched its maiden store

Asda has officially opened its first premium ‘Extra Special’ convenience store

Belgium: Carrefour's logistical problems continueThe logistical problems at Carrefour Belgium continue, even though the strike at Kuehne+Nagel's distribution centre in Nivelles ended a week ago. The unions are afraid the problem is structural, and point to the trucker shortage.Source: retaildetail.eu  Russia:…

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Dollar Tree Inc. plans to hire thousands of associates

Walmart: Text to Shop beta test

US: Grocery retail sales climb 7.5% in SeptemberLifted in part by inflation, grocery sales grew 7.5% year over year in September amid a double-digit gain in overall U.S. retail sales, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. In advance estimates, September U.S. retail and foodservice sales totaled $625.42bln (seasonally adjusted), up…

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Yandex has launched a service in London

Spar: First retailer in Ireland to partner with Too Good To Go

Ahold Delhaize launches its very own podcast: Refreshing Retail!Ahold Delhaize reported: "Curious to learn more about what's cooking in the kitchen of Ahold Delhaize and the food and retail industry? Refreshing Retail is here to share the latest trends, innovations and news. It discusses big topics like…

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GPA sells 71 Extra Hiper stores to Assai

Pattison Food Group acquires Roth's Fresh Markets

SN Report: Retailers optimistic about center store sales in 2021Nearly half (45%) of retailers say that the coronavirus pandemic led to increased sales of more than 10% in center store, with 18% seeing increased sales of 5% to 9.9% and 19% with increased sales of 0 to 4.9%. The news is even better for…

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Waitrose: 1st supermarket to sign up to historic Organic Potato Pledge

Lidl stores across Belgium have closed their doors due to a staff strike

Wumart owner shelves $1bln Hong Kong IPO planWM Tech Corp., controlled by founder and chairman Zhang Wenzhong, has shelved its Hong Kong initial public offering after letting the application lapse, according to people familiar with the situation, following queries from the city’s bourse. The…

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Reasor’s has partnered with Grocery Shopii

Invafresh has expanded its partnership with Coborn’s

US: Pickup/delivery gain online grocery sales share in SeptemberDespite a double-digit decline in ship-to-home business, U.S. online grocery sales and order volume remained elevated in September, new research from strategic advisory firm Brick Meets Click reveals. The U.S. online grocery market totaled…

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Spar Spain: A series of store openings during August and September

7-Eleven: First store in Israel to open in 2022

France: Auchan held talks with Niel-backed SPAC before failed Carrefour bid - sourcesFrench food retailer Auchan explored a deal with a blank cheque company backed by telecoms mogul Xavier Niel and banker Matthieu Pigasse before a failed attempt to tie up with rival Carrefour, 3 sources familiar with the…

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Kroger to enter Northeast through e-commerce partnership with Ocado Group

Afresh Technologies and New Seasons Market have partnered

US: Village Super Market reports uptick in fiscal 2021 salesShopRite operator Village Super Market Inc. saw net and same-store sales edge up for its 2021 fiscal year, with comparable sales boosted by strong e-commerce results. For the 53 weeks ended July 31, overall sales came in at $2.03bln, up 2% from…

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Everli announced plans to expand into Germany and Romania in early 2022

Continente: Certification for fruit and vegetable supply chain

Grocery sales fall in UK, with shoppers making fewer trips due to fuel concernsThe recent fuel supply crisis at British forecourts led to shoppers making fewer trips to the supermarket last month, Kantar has said, with take-home grocery sales dropping by 1.2% in the 12 weeks to 3 October. Despite the…

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Walmart and Netflix have teamed up

Rappi partners with Jüsto

US: Save A Lot taps ex-Supervalu chief Craig Herkert as interim CEODiscount grocer Save A Lot has quietly appointed Craig Herkert as interim chief executive officer with the departure of CEO Kenneth McGrath. Save A Lot disclosed Herkert’s appointment in reporting the sale of 17 metropolitan Philadelphia stores to independent…

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Tesco looking to fill 30,000 job positions for the festive period

Auchan does not plan to make a hostile move for Carrefour

France: Picnic to launch in Lille next weekAfter a successful trial in Valenciennes (Northern France), Dutch online supermarket Picnic will expand its activities into neighbouring Lille on 13 October.Source: retaildetail.eu  Australia: Doug Jones appointed new Group CEO of Metcash LimitedMetcash Limited notified…

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Goodfinds by Gordon

Walmart navigates supply chain to deliver this holiday season

US: Gordon Food Service® unveils: Goodfinds by GordonInspired by the belief that food should not only taste good, it should do good too, Gordon Food Service® has unveiled a new program for their customers called Goodfinds by Gordon. The program's mission is to partner with companies on the cutting edge…

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Instacart has purchased FoodStorm

KeHE Distributors plans to open new distribution center in Arizona

'Containergeddon': Supply crisis drives Walmart and rivals to hire their own ships“Chartering vessels is just one example of investments we’ve made to move products as quickly as possible”, said Joe Metzger, U.S. executive vice president of supply-chain operations at Walmart, which has hired a number of…

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Woolworths Group Ltd settles 2019 class action over underpaying staff

Asda will extend its one-hour Express Delivery service to 96 stores

UK: Firms warn of price rises as energy costs soarHigh energy costs are forcing manufacturers to warn of higher prices for their goods as they pass on increases to consumers. Iceland boss Richard Walker said higher energy bills and other costs meant price rises were now "inevitable". The warning came as…

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Kroger aims to hire 20,000 associates

GrubMarket has completed the monumental acquisition of SGS

Amazon reportedly working on a smart fridge that tracks its contentsIt seems Amazon is adding smart fridges to its extensive product line. According to a new report, Project Pulse will use some of the same technology found in Amazon Go stores, allowing it to track food items inside the fridge and order…

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Ocado is investing in Wayve to develop autonomous grocery deliveries

Reliance Retail plans to roll out 7-Eleven convenience stores in India

Russia: SberMarket develops 'dark store' concept alongside wholesaler MetroRussian online delivery service SberMarket has announced the development of a 'dark store' micro fulfilment centre alongside wholesale giant Metro. The dark store is located at Metro's facility on 19 Shosseynaya street, in Moscow,…

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Meijer: Great pumpkin demand this year

Hannaford Supermarkets: A new service in partnership with Instacart

US: Target will pay employees an extra $2 an hour for peak days of holiday seasonTarget said it will pay an extra $2 an hour to store and service center employees who work peak days during the holiday season, such as on Saturdays and Sundays in the final weeks before Christmas. The big-box retailer…

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Carrefour Italia could sell over 100 stores

Tesco doubled profits in the first half of the year

European grocery market forecast to grow 5% by 2026, says IGDThe European grocery sector is set to experience 5% growth between now and 2026, however much of that will be driven by inflation rather than volume growth, IGD has said. IGD recently held its European Future Talk, at which the research and…

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Publix plans to hire approximately 30,000 associates in Q4 2021

Skogen’s Festival Foods has revealed plans to buy 3 Trig’s stores

US: Sunbasket becomes 1st direct-to-consumer meal delivery service available on Instacart nationwideSunbasket announced a new partnership with Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, to offer its extensive line of Fresh & Ready prepared meals, meal kits and grocery add-ons on the…

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Bashas’ to be acquired by Raley’s

HelloFresh continues its fight against hunger during Hunger Action MonthIn honor of Hunger Action Month, HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal kit company, has continued its commitment to combat hunger and provide fresh food to food insecure communities through various initiatives, including surplus food…

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Aldi is hiring more than 1,500 temporary store colleagues this Christmas

Lidl plans to open its first 15 stores in Latvia this week

UK: Morrisons chair promises 'good Christmas' for shoppersThe chairman of supermarket chain Morrisons has insisted the supermarket will be able to deliver a "good" Christmas for customers despite supply chain issues. Andy Higginson said he was "not worried" about logistical issues with supermarkets…

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‘Half of online shoppers buy cross-border’

Holland: Jumbo Food Group receives Royal title on 100th anniversaryDutch retailer Jumbo has announced that King Willem-Alexander has granted Jumbo family business the right to use the 'Royal' designation. As a result, the holding will now be known as Royal Jumbo Food Group. Source: esmmagazine.com  SPAR UK…

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Sainsbury’s: Biggest ever Christmas recruitment drive

Carrefour's CEO Alexandre Bompard is examining options for sector consolidation - Le Monde

New DESPAR store openings in Italy expand SPAR’s retail footprintNew DESPAR and DESPAR Express store openings have expanded the SPAR Brand in several regions across Italy. Designed with a focus on fresh produce and convenience, the new stores offer a pleasant shopper environment and personal…

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ShopRite of Cortlandt: “Fresh to Table” in-store experience

Costco is chartering 3 ocean-going vessels

US: Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey to retire in 2022John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of natural grocer Whole Foods Market, announced that he will be retiring next year, effective September 1, 2022. Mackey will be replaced by current chief operating officer Jason Buechel.Source:…

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Colruyt Group issues profit warning

Deliveroo Hop: Fast grocery delivery in London

Pakistan: For the love of fresh fruits and vegetablesSPAR, a global retail chain with presence in 48 countries entered Pakistan in 2017 with 2 stores in Karachi. It has recently announced further expansion in Pakistan, with a 3rd store launched in North Nazimabad on the 16th of September and a 4th store…

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Walmart plans to hire about 150,000 new U.S. store workers ahead of holiday season

Casey’s: Agreement to acquire 40 convenience stores in Tennessee and Kentucky

Avo announces over $80mln in funding to accelerate ambitious growth plans in the delivery & amenity businessNew York-and-Israel-based Avo, the fastest growing, vertically integrated residential and office delivery platform in the US, announced that it has raised over $80mln in funding. Its most recent…

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Morrisons store workers have won 1st round of their legal battle for equal pay

Aldi Süd has been awarded the Green Brands seal

Maxima recognised as Latvia’s ‘most loved’ retail brandMaxima Latvija has been recognised as the number one most loved retail brand in the country as well as the best value for money brand for the 3rd year in a row, according to the latest rankings from Baltic Brand Forum. The company has also made it…

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Albertsons Companies select Procurant for perishables order management

The Giant Company has introduced 30-minute Instant Delivery

US: UNFI delivered ‘solid fiscal 2021’, new CEO Sandy Douglas saysNew United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) CEO J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas took part in his first earnings call with the company, which eked out a sales gain for its 2021 fiscal year but topped the high end of Wall Street’s earnings forecast.…

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Northgate González Market is using the NCR Freshop platform

Dollar General has revealed plans to expand into its 47th state

US: Inmar Intelligence continues to guide food retailers on the future of the industry with 2021 Future of Food Retailing ReportInmar Intelligence, a data and tech-enabled services company, released its 2021 Future of Food Retailing Report, which provides a detailed look into the food retailing industry…

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Jumbo has opened a chat checkout

Strikes in distribution centres: Empty shelves at Carrefour Belgium

European ecommerce was worth 757bln euros in 2020In 2020, ecommerce within Europe has kept on growing. The total worth of European ecommerce grew to 757bln euros. This is a 10% growth from 690bln euros in 2019. These findings are stated in the 2021 European Ecommerce Report, published by Ecommerce Europe…

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Weis Markets: DoorDash delivery

Costco: Q4 and fiscal year 2021 operating results

US: Whole Foods expanding $10 delivery fee nationwideWhole Foods Market is implementing a $9.95 service fee on grocery delivery orders nationwide beginning October 25, a company spokesperson said. This includes those placed by Amazon Prime members, who previously got free delivery on orders over $35. The…

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Morrisons-CD&R shareholder vote set for October 19

Aldi UK: Sales hit new record

SPAR reaches milestone of 1mln meals saved in partnership with Too Good To GoSPAR is delighted to announce that it has reached a significant milestone in its global partnership with Too Good To Go with 1mln meals saved worldwide. It is just 9 months since the international partnership with the social impact company was…

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ShopRite: First supermarket chain on the East Coast to utilize Tortoise delivery robots

Target has announced plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers

US: Hy-Vee enhances customer experience through partnership with SimbeHy-Vee, Inc. announced a partnership with Simbe to roll out its autonomous inventory management and retail intelligence solution, Tally, to stores across Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri to improve the in-store experience for customers and…

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Delivery Hero plans to invest in Gorillas

Lidl said it would invest 1.5bln euros in Spain between 2021 and 2024

UK: Morrisons wins ‘Supermarket Of The Year’ at Retail Industry Awards 2021Morrisons has been named ‘Supermarket Of The Year’ at this year's Retail Industry Awards 2021. Taking the top title, Morrisons was praised for strong financial results that saw sales increase by 9% in the 12 months to the end of…

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Giant Food is making online grocery delivery and pickup orders more affordable

Albertsons: First U.S. grocer to employ the Firework platform

US: Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen delivers opening keynote at GroceryshopThe Kroger Co. Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen took the stage in Las Vegas at Groceryshop, a leading U.S. event for the retail, grocery, and consumer packaged goods industries, for its annual conference during the opening…

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Strongest performer in the French grocery market in August: Les Mousquetaires

Spar Australia has started construction of its new Brisbane Distribution Centre

SPAR South Africa sees 'solid' performance from Ireland, Switzerland and Poland operationsSouth Africa's SPAR Group has reported 'solid turnover growth' in its Ireland operations in the 48 weeks to 27 August, while its Swiss business saw 'an extraordinary performance' during the period. In a trading…

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Mirakl is raising $555mln in a Series E round

Carrefour: Delivery from BIO stores in Poland

Realty Income announces expansion into Continental Europe: Strategic sale-leaseback transaction in SpainRealty Income Corporation (Realty Income), The Monthly Dividend Company®, announced that the company has closed on a €93mln sale-leaseback transaction in Spain, consisting of 7 properties under…

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Schnuck Markets expects the “most expansive local produce season” in its history

Walmart: “Built for Better”

US: Instacart gets under way with 24/7 deliveryAmid the fanfare of its “virtual convenience store” launch with The Kroger Co., Instacart quietly introduced another convenience-focused offering: 24/7 delivery service. San Francisco-based Instacart said that 24/7 delivery will be available at selected retail partners with stores…

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Wayve will partner with Asda to trial autonomous delivery vans

Aldi is trialling its first checkout-free store in London

Jumbo to open 700th store in the NetherlandsJumbo is set to open its 700th store in the Netherlands this week in the Gelderlandplein shopping centre in Amsterdam. Residents and visitors of Amsterdam and the surrounding area will be able to go to the new Jumbo City outlet on all days of the week for daily…

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Ahold Delhaize USA has opened a new 1mln square-foot distribution center in Connecticut

Afresh Technologies and Arizona’s hometown grocer Bashas’ have partnered

US: More Fresco y Más stores upcoming from Southeastern GrocersSoutheastern Grocers is expanding its Fresco y Más supermarket banner with a pair of new stores. Plans call for the Hispanic grocery chain to open stores in Deltona and Tampa, Florida, in early November, Southeastern Grocers said. The 2 new…

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Jiffy is releasing its own brand of fresh produce

Colruyt Group wants to add another 20 Bio-Planet stores

Italy: Esselunga posts 6.7% sales growth in first halfItalian supermarket chain Esselunga has reported €4.33bln in sales in the first half of its financial year, up 6.7% year-on-year. Growth was affected by COVID-19-related restrictions imposed on mobility between different municipalities, which also…

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HelloFresh is adding 1,000 new technology roles

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Farmigo

Amazon faces Teamsters union drive at 9 Canadian sitesThe Teamsters Union has launched campaigns to organize employees in at least 9 Canadian facilities of U.S. e-commerce company Amazon.com, according to Reuters interviews with union officials.Source: reuters.com  Canada: Longo’s launches new online e-commerce…

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FMI: Consumer demand for groceries swelled by 50% last year

Successful checkout terminal pilot for Allegiance Retail Services

US: Omnichannel top of mind in grocery retailer technology investmentFrom midlevel executives on up, grocery retailers are well-attuned to where they need to invest to spur growth in today’s omnichannel marketplace, a new survey from Inmar Intelligence shows. Of 300 U.S.-based grocery and retail brand…

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Jumbo will open its first urban store in Belgium

Picnic has raised 600mln euros in funding to speed its expansion

UK retail sales fall unexpectedly in August - ONSBritish retail sales volumes fell 0.9% last month to stand unchanged from a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast on average that sales volumes would rise 0.5% on the month in August and show…

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Majid Al Futtaim to acquire 6 Carrefour stores in Uganda

Co-op and Starship Technologies to expand partnership

UK: Co-op warns supply chain disruption to hit full year profitBritish supermarket group the Co-operative Group reported a first half loss and warned the country’s supply chain disruption would put pressure on full year profit. The group, which is owned by its members and also provides funeral and other…

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Mercato has formally rolled out in the metropolitan Houston market

Walmart is expanding its partnerships with self-driving vehicle companies

US: Blue Apron co-founder Matthew Salzberg resigns from boardBlue Apron Holdings Inc said its co-founder and chairman Matthew Salzberg has resigned from the board of the meal kit delivery company to focus on other business interests.Source: reuters.com  US survey: Convenience drives online grocery shopping…

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Misfits Market has closed a $225mln Series C-1 funding round

Kroger has teamed up with Instacart

US: Pandemic-sensitive online grocery sales grow to $8.6bln in AugustThe U.S. online grocery market generated $8.6bln in sales during August, a gain of 4.7% versus a year ago, as ship-to-home sales dropped nearly 22% to $2bln and the combined delivery/pickup segment grew more than 16% to $6.6bln,…

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Chaldal raises $10mln Series C

Glovo has reached an agreement to acquire Lola Market and Mercadão

Finland: Kesko Group sees sales up 9.7% in AugustKesko Group has reported a 9.7% year-on-year growth in sales (+7% on a comparable basis) to €971.8mln in August. Sales in the company's grocery division grew by 1.6%, amounting to €503.8mln in this period.Source: esmmagazine.com  Poland: Allegro in talks to…

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Pasarnow has raised $3.3mln in funding

Auchan Retail Portugal has launched a new online shopping pick-up service

UK: Ocado Retail lost 35mln in orders from warehouse fireBritish online supermarket Ocado Retail said a July fire at its largest automated warehouse in Erith, southeast London, cost it around 35mln pounds ($48.5mln) of revenue in its latest quarter. Source: reuters.com  Malaysia: Boxed looks to license e-commerce…

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GrubMarket: $120mln in an oversubscribed Series E round of funding

Amazon Canada to hire 15,000 new warehouse and distribution workers

US: Hy-Vee hires Jason Farver to lead perishables distribution armJason Farver has joined Hy-Vee as president of Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI), a fresh and frozen food distribution subsidiary. Plans call for Farver, currently president of door and countertop manufacturer VT Industries, to start…

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ThryveAI is rebranding as Wynshop

Kroger’s omnichannel retailing ecosystem fueled better-than-anticipated Q2 results

Ahold Delhaize announces appointment of Dave Bass as Managing Director of FreshDirectAhold Delhaize announced that Dave Bass will be appointed Managing Director of FreshDirect, effective September 20, 2021. He succeeds Farhan Siddiqi, Chief Digital Officer of Ahold Delhaize, who has served as interim CEO…

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Sainsbury's: Purchase option to buy back 13 stores from Supermarket Income REIT

Albert Heijn completes transaction for acquisition of DEEN with Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt

France: Carrefour launches its own express delivery serviceBarely a few days after Carrefour announced it had taken a minority stake in French start-up Cajoo, the supermarket chain has announced the launch of its own express delivery service in France. According to Linéaires, Carrefour would like to…

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GS Foods Group announced its acquisition of C&C Produce

Afresh Technologies and CUB have partnered

US: Shipt announces largest nationwide expansion in 3 yearsShipt has announced its largest nationwide expansion in 3 years, adding its same-day delivery services to more store locations and reaching millions of potential new customers. As part of this expansion, customers across the country are able to…

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Marginal sales growth for ICA in August

Aldi has opened its largest supermarket in Portugal

Indian court stalls regulatory approval for Future's $3.4bln deal for 4 weeksIndia’s top court ordered authorities to withhold any final decision on Future Group’s sale of $3.4bln of retail assets for 4 weeks, prolonging its dispute with Amazon.com Inc which has challenged the deal. Amazon has for months…

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Walmart has teamed up with Meredith Corporation

Cardenas Markets has partnered with Shipt

Amazon expands investment with 7 new sites in MichiganAmazon.com, Inc. announced plans to launch its first mid-Michigan fulfillment center, and 3 additional operations facilities that will support customers in metro Detroit and the Grand Rapids area. This announcement comes as the company celebrates the…

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Shopee may soon enter the Polish market

Morrisons reported a 37.1% fall in first-half profit

New Zealand's Foodstuffs South Island names new CEO: Fashion retail boss Mary Devine takes helmThe South Island's biggest supermarket business has a new boss who has worked most of her career in the retail fashion sector. Mary Devine is taking over as Foodstuffs South Island's chief executive, replacing…

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Segari raised US$16mln in its Series A funding round

Kaufland Slovakia will distribute fresh fruit and vegetables in primary schools

One in 6 EU stores of Ahold Delhaize Group is in RomaniaThe Romanian market is, by store number, among the 3 most important European ones, for the Dutch-Belgian group, together with the Netherlands and Belgium. Dutch-Belgian group Ahold Delhaize, owner of Mega Image store network, has around 5,200 stores…

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GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Bartolotta

Save A Lot announced the completion of the sale of 32 company-owned stores

US: Publix plans first store in KentuckyPublix Super Markets plans to enter its 8th state, Kentucky, with a new store opening in 2023. Lakeland, Florida-based Publix said that it has signed a lease for a 55,702-square-foot supermarket in Louisville, Kentucky. The store will be located at the northwest…

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GreenChoice has collaborated with Walmart, Walgreens, and Target to launch a platform

Natural Grocers has raised more than $800,000 in its efforts to fight food insecurity

US: Greenchoice launches online platform to optimize sustainable shoppingAmerican online marketplace GreenChoice has collaborated with retail chains Walmart, Walgreens, and Target to launch a platform that enables shoppers to sort through several items and offsets the carbon footprint of their purchases.…

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Shoprite Holdings reported a 20.3% rise in annual earnings

Conad has rolled out its new store format

UK: Deliveroo teams up with Very Hungry Caterpillar with meal for World Literacy DayThis World Literacy Day, Deliveroo has teamed up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar to launch a limited edition Very Hungry Caterpillar Meal Box, including a copy of the beloved children’s favourite to get kids reading. On…

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Supermarkets PLUS and Coop will merge

METRO Austria has announced the acquisition of AGM wholesale business from REWE Group

China: JD.com appoints new president as founder steps back from day-to-day operationsJD.com’s founder and CEO Richard Liu is stepping back from day-to-day operations while the Chinese e-commerce giant said it has created a new president role. Xu Lei, who was previously CEO of JD Retail, will take up the…

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Lowes Foods has partnered with Delivery Solutions

PFG has completed the acquisition of Core-Mark

Amazon is now shipping cargo for outside customers in its latest move to compete with FedEx and UPSAmazon is on a spending spree to grow its shipping business and isn’t content with only delivering products purchased on its own site. The company is now moving cargo for outside customers in its latest…

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Walmart is raising hourly wages for more than 565,000 store workers by at least $1

Goodfood collaborates with Microsoft

US: Costco Wholesale Corporation reports August sales resultsCostco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) reported net sales of $15.75bln for the retail month of August, the 4 weeks ended August 29, 2021, an increase of 16.2% from $13.56bln last year. For the 16-week 4th quarter ended August…

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Mere has made its plans for the French market tangible

Metro to cease operations in Myanmar

China: Alibaba to invest $15.5bln for "common prosperity"China's Alibaba Group will invest 100bln yuan ($15.5bln) by 2025 in support of "common prosperity", it said, becoming the latest corporate giant to pledge support for the initiative driven by President Xi Jinping.Source: reuters.com  Amazon, food, postal…

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Indotek is in talks with ELO Group about forming an alliance

Partnership between Intermarché and Groupe Casino has now officially started

SPAR Ghana presence in the market one year onOne year after the introduction of SPAR in Ghana, the brand has seen strong successes with a string of new store openings and growing local support. The first SPAR stores opened in the capital city, Accra, in August 2020 as part of SPAR’s growth strategy in…

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Walmart teams with Instacart to offer grocery delivery in New York City

Amazon is looking to hire 55,000 staff globally

US: Big Y rolls out Scan & Go in partnership with FutureProof RetailBig Y has partnered with FutureProof Retail (FPR) to roll out its new myExpress Checkout Scan & Go service. Big Y customers can now check out on their phone and skip the line at the cash register. Customers simply scan their items with…


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