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7-Eleven: Surpassing 70,000 stores globally

Walmart is testing a slightly higher minimum wage in a few hundred of its stores

US: Fry's Food Stores founder dies at 92Charles Fry, co-founder of Fry's Food Stores, passed away on January 20, at the age of 92. Fry started the business in 1955 in Richmond, California, with his brother Donald, who passed away in 2006. Fry brought the chain to Arizona in 1960. In 1972, Fry’s Food…

More than 400 employees have launched an equal pay claim against Co-op

Countdown: Plastic-free trial in produce department

Amethis set to buy 30% stake in Kenyan retailer NaivasFrance’s Amethis is close to concluding the purchase of a stake in Kenyan general retailer Naivas, the investment fund told Reuters, entering a sector where the collapse of one of the major players in recent years has left a gap. Neither side…

A study has named Conad as the best online supermarket in Italy

Morrisons plans to cut 3,000 management jobs

Woolworths has reclaimed the title of Australia’s most valuable brandWoolworths has regained the title of Australia’s most valuable brand after knocking off reigning champion Telstra. Brand Finance Australia has ranked Australia’s top 100 brands and after a 5% uplift in value, Woolworths has come out on…

Instacart announced the launch of Instacart Meals

Fairway Market to sell 5 Manhattan stores and a distribution center

US: Kroger and Ocado to operate high-tech customer fulfillment center in Frederick, MarylandThe Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, and Ocado, a world leader in technology for grocery ecommerce, announced Frederick, Maryland, as the latest location for a Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC).…

Amazon has partnered with more than 20,000 local “kirana” stores in India

Kaufland has cancelled its plans to expand to Australia

Pakistan: Bahria Town signs accord with superstore chainThe Bahria Town Karachi and the Imtiaz Supermarket have signed a contract to open the flagship and one of a kind designer store in 2020, spread over an area exceeding over 100,000 sq ft. The store's layout and interiors have been designed by…

Almost half of all online grocery shoppers get their orders fulfilled via pickup

Fairway Market: No plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

US: New York grocer Fairway says no plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcyNew York-based grocery chain Fairway Market said it has no plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, following a report that said it was preparing to do so. “Despite reports, Fairway Market has no intention to file for chapter 7 or…

Supermarket chain Sklavenitis is entering the market of online commerce

New owner for Supermercado

Aldi UK to hike pay and recruit 3,800 more workersThe British arm of German discount supermarket Aldi will recruit more than 3,800 store level positions this year and increase pay as part of its drive to hire the best staff for its expansion across the country. Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket said its minimum hourly rate…

Lucky’s is apparently planning to shutter 32 of its 39 stores in 10 states

Meijer: Flashfood pilot program reduced in-store food waste by more than 10%

US: The Fresh Market debuts online store, mobile appBuilding on the partnership it forged with Instacart last spring, specialty grocer The Fresh Market has rolled out a new online store, as well as a corresponding mobile app that can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play. The new site enables…

Uber has sold its food delivery service in India to Zomato

Carrefour: Acquisition of Potager City

UK: Ocado to introduce driverless vehicles and robots in the grocery delivery sectorOcado has announced it’s investing in developing driverless vehicles and robots that could be used to deliver groceries. Tim Steiner, Ocado’s chief executive, told the NRF Big Show, the world’s largest retail conference…

7‑Eleven has agreed to acquire central Oklahoma-based stores

SpartanNash: Nutrition Pathways

Canada: UGI president Denis Gendron to retireDenis Gendron, president of United Grocers Inc. (UGI), is retiring at the end of June after more than 45 years in the grocery industry. UGI board members have put a committee in place to search for Gendron’s replacement. His last day is June 30. In a letter to its suppliers and…

Lidl Spain: New food-to-go private label

Big C is keen to acquire Tesco's Asia business

Carrefour’s fingerprint payments to be investigated by Belgian privacy agencyThe Belgian Data Protection Authority has stated that there is “a good chance” it will investigate Carrefour’s fingerprint payment system. The supermarket chain announced that it will organise a pilot project allowing clients to…

Kroger and Northern Kentucky University are teaming up to open a digital innovation lab

Amazon is working to allow customers to connect their credit card information to their hands

US: NRF says 2019 holiday sales were up 4.1%Holiday retail sales during 2019 grew 4.1% over the same period in 2018 to $730.2bln, the National Retail Federation said. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Online and other non-store sales were up 14.6% over the year…

NGA and ROFDA merger on hold

SpartanNash has added GPS location technology to Fast Lane

US: Kroger Delta division, UFCW forge new labor agreementThe Kroger Co.’s Delta division and United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1529, based in Cordova, Tennessee, have come to new labor agreement, according to a published report. The agreement covers more than 9,000 workers in west…

Metcash urged by analysts to divest its massive food distribution arm

Lidl: First ‘net zero’ emissions store in the Netherlands

India: Flipkart piloting fresh fruits & vegetables delivery in HyderabadWalmart-owned e-commerce company Flipkart has started a pilot project in Hyderabad to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables in partnership with vendors on its marketplace, 3 people directly aware of the matter told ET. This has come at…

Rakuten and Seiyu plan to open logistics site

Carrefour: Payments via fingerprints in Brussels

Italy: SUN consortium plans more than 20 new stores in 2020Italy’s SUN (Supermercati Uniti Nazionali) consortium is planning to invest almost €100mln in opening 20 new stores in 2020, reports suggest. The retailer and purchasing group recorded positive growth in 2019, ending the year with over 600…

Target missed its own expectations for 2019 holiday season sales

Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem for 80 ALDI-exclusive Simply Nature products

US: Instacart holds firm on its tipping policy as contract workers call for national boycottInstacart isn’t budging on the default tip rate on its platform amid growing calls for food and grocery delivery companies to increase payouts to contract workers. Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s president, said…

Masan Group plans to shut down hundreds of Vinmart stores

Auchan plans to cut 517 jobs in France

Under fire in India, Amazon offers small business owners $1bln olive branchAmazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos said his company will invest $1bln to bring small businesses online in India, reaching out to some of his fiercest critics in a goodwill visit that saw him donning traditional Indian attire and fly a…

Instacart: New grocery pickup experience for customers across North America

Weis Markets enhances its customer experience with Toshiba self-checkout systems

US: Walmart is bringing robots to 650 more stores as the retailer ramps up automation in stores nationwideWalmart is moving forward with automation in more stores nationwide. The superstore is adding shelf-scanning robots to 650 stores by the summer, the retailer confirmed to Business Insider. The robots…

Italian FMCG sales increased by 1.4% in value in 2019 compared to 2018

Asda: 2019 Gender Pay Report

Japan's Seven & i Holdings: total sales flat at 0.1%Seven & i recorded a 0.1% increase in total group sales to JPY9,019.3bln (US$82.4bln), with operating profit rising 4.9% to JPY319bln (US2.9mln) year-on-year (yoy). Revenue from domestic convenience store operations increased 1.2% to JPY733.7bln (US6.7bln) yoy. 7-Eleven…

Safeway, Save Mart, Food Maxx: Bitcoin purchasing via Coinme

Albertsons is shutting five Randalls grocery stores in Texas

US: Albertsons prepares for an IPO, againAlbertsons Cos. is preparing to go public again, said people familiar with the matter, as the grocery giant's backers look to tap into a strong stock market to cash out of an investment that dates back nearly 15 years. The company, which also owns the Safeway and…

Walmart has fired 56 of its executives in India

Casino is in advanced talks to sell its Leader Price discount chain to Aldi

Poland: Dino Polska opens more than 200 new stores in 2019Polish retailer Dino Polska has announced that it opened around 243 new stores during 2019. The Dino estate now boasts a total selling area of 472,200 square meters, up from 375,700 square meters in 2018. The total number of stores in the…

NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey: Increase in retail sales

GrubMarket has completed 2 new acquisitions

Canada: Two new Giant Tigers opening this summerGiant Tiger’s store count will grow by two this summer when the discount retailer opens in North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. Both locations are scheduled to open July 25 with community celebrations and promotional giveaways. Each store is approximately 18,000…

Giant Food Stores has announced big plans in Pennsylvania

Costco: December sales results

US: Meijer's new store to open sans single-use bagsWhen Meijer's second smaller-format urban store opens January 29 in Royal Oak, Michigan, one grocery staple will be missing. Woodward Corner Market will not offer single-use plastic or paper bags at checkout, offering two alternative reusable - and 100% recyclable - plastic…

Fenix Group explores sale of a majority stake in operator of supermarket chain

Federal Public Service Economy to start an inquiry into Albert Heijn

Lidl Bulgaria to open 100th storeDiscount chain Lidl Bulgaria, part of Germany's Lidl Stiftung & Co, said that it will open a new store in Sofia on January 12. This will be the company's 100th store in the country, Lidl Bulgaria said in a press release. The new store, which will spread on 1,892 sq m, of…

H-E-B: Top U.S. grocery retailer for the first time

Walmart: New technology that could help defend its position as America’s largest grocer

US: Albertsons tallies identical sales gains in Q3Albertsons Cos. notched its eighth straight quarter of identical sales increases and reported improved operating results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter. For the 12 weeks ended November 30, net sales and other revenue totaled $14.10bln, up 1.9% from…

Amazon is reportedly considering new market for brick-and-mortar

Lidl France: 50 new stores per year by 2022

Switzerland: Coop posts sales growth of 1.3% in FY 2019Coop Switzerland has reported currency-neutral sales growth of 1.3%, to CHF 30.7bln (€28.3bln), in financial year 2019. The company's net sales in the retail trade grew by 1.4% to CHF 18.0bln (€16.6bln) during this period, driven by increased…

Supermarkets in UK: lowest growth over Christmas period since 2014

Nakumatt supermarket chain to close as creditors back liquidation

New Zealand: Countdown selling shopping baskets after plastic bag ban makes them hot propertyCountdown has started selling plastic shopping baskets but the supermarket chain says it's not in response to their own baskets going missing. The baskets are being sold in the company's 180 stores as an…

Wegmans plans to pull single-use plastic bags from all of its 47 New York stores

Loblaw: Closure of distribution centres

US: New Acosta report breaks down blurred line between online and brick-and-mortar shoppingThe line between online and brick-and-mortar shopping is becoming blurred, with grocery retailers making substantial investments in creating a seamless experience for shoppers. Online Grocery Pickup Accelerates…

T&T Supermarkets launched e-commerce

Winstanley Enterprises and Surrey Equities acquired 23-property Stop & Shop supermarket portfolio

US: Fairway supermarkets approaching bankruptcy, report saysNew York City-based supermarket chain Fairway is approaching another bout with bankruptcy, according to reports. The supermarket company may be forced to declare bankruptcy, which could result in the closure of its 14 stores, the New York Post…

Saigon Co.op: New retail format

Shufersal is considering deploying robots nationally in supermarkets

Metro Bulgaria equipping supermarket roofs with solar power plantsThree retail units in total out of 11 will have photovoltaic arrays on top of them, Metro Cash and Carry Bulgaria Eood announced at the opening of its first roof power generation system. The project was launched with the installation of…

Parent company for Shoppers Value files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection

Sprouts Farmers Market has partnered with Whole30

Ahold Delhaize USA reveals CT warehouse plansAs it embarks on the transformation of its supply chain to a fully integrated self-distribution model, Ahold Delhaize USA will open 975,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space this year at a one-time JCPenney distribution center in Manchester,…

Plus: 5.4% increase in turnover in full-year 2019

Carrefour buys Dejbox

Loha, a Chinese fresh food retailer, seeks $37.6mln in fresh capitalLoha Co. Ltd., a Chinese fresh produce retailer, has applied to raise $37.6mln in a New York public offering. The company, based in Shenzhen, positions itself as a tech-driven distributor and smart retailer of fresh and healthy products in China. Specifically,…

Coop Netherlands: 19% growth in turnover in 2019

Co-op: Major online expansion plans

Thailand: Central Retail Corp plans to raise up to $2.7bln in Thailand's biggest IPOThailand’s largest retailer, Central Retail Corporation, plans to raise up to 81.1bln baht ($2.7bln) in an initial public offer (IPO), the company said in a filing, in what would be the country’s largest IPO. Central…

Amazon: Record-breaking holiday season

Green Aisle Grocery is shutting down operations

US: Lidl becomes more flexible in expansion pushGerman hard-discount grocery retailer Lidl has become much more flexible in its store development as it steps up its pace of expansion in the U.S., according to industry observers. When it first entered the U.S. in 2017, Lidl was focused on buying…

Aldi Suisse: Network expansion planned to continue in 2020

Jumbo: Double figure growth

Mukesh Ambani: Asia's richest man takes on retail giant AmazonA conglomerate run by Asia's richest man has started a service that aims to compete with Amazon in India. Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries said it had been inviting people to sign up to its grocery delivery service. The company is aiming to use its massive mobile…

Meals centered on fruits and vegetables are gaining in popularity

Albertsons: Pinterest highlights private-label products

Factbox: Sizing up U.S. retailers' performance as online sales surgeAs online shopping upends the retail business, many Wall Street analysts say traditional measures such as counting the number of people who visit stores on major shopping days are no longer a reliable gauge of a company’s performance.…

Fortenova Group: Velpro merges into Konzum

Eroski tries to find a buyer for Caprabo supermarket chain

Portugal’s store growth since 2018Portugal has seen an increase in the number of supermarkets operating in the country in the last two years. Research showed in 2018 it saw 126 new supermarkets opened and in 2019 it increased again by 154. The expansion of supermarkets is expected to continue in 2020.…

Ahold Delhaize is closing Bfresh grocery store in Allston, Massachusetts

Giant Food Stores: Berenstain Bears childcare center

US: Lee Delaney to become CEO of BJ’s Wholesale ClubBJ’s Wholesale Club will have a new CEO at the helm early next year with the promotion of President Lee Delaney. Effective February 2, current BJ’s Chairman and CEO Christopher Baldwin is slated to become executive chairman, and Delaney will take the…

New banner: Casino #Bio

Mercator: 28 new stores planned in 2020

Italy: Conad sees turnover up 5.9% in full-year 2019Italian retailer Conad has posted a 5.9% increase in turnover in full-year 2019, to €14.3bln. This equates to €800mln of additional turnover generated this year, it said. As of year-end 2019, Conad holds a market share of 13.3%, up 40 basis points on…

Earth Fare: Increased sales with rollout of digital signage program

Walmart: Supercenters optimalization

Amazon to deliver 3.5bln packages through own network in 2019Amazon.com Inc said it was on track to deliver 3.5bln customer packages globally this year through its in-house delivery network. Amazon, with its growing network of delivery planes, trucks and vans, is regarded as a potential long-term threat…

Retail sales growth in UK at 19-month low

JD.com: Fresh food chain supermarket 7FRESH LIFE opened in Beijing

Cambodian goods to stock 7-Elevens across ThailandSome 30 varieties of Cambodian goods will find their way into Thai 7-Eleven stores by early next year, with negotiations extended to bring the US-Japanese brand to the Kingdom. Longmate Agriculture Co Ltd president Hun Lak, whose firm specialises in the…

C&S: Exclusive strategic partnership with Dumac

Giant Food Stores: New augmented reality (AR) experience

US: Weis Markets names director of produceWeis Markets Inc. has hired Kevin Weaver as its director of produce. In his new role, Weaver will oversee the company’s day-to-day produce merchandising, pricing and procurement, as well as the produce field staff. He will report to VP, Fresh Merchandising Bob…

Carrefour: Second new concept in a week

Woolworths: Green light to buy residential land for supermarkets in New Zealand

UK: Lidl gets green light for Workington despite 11th-hour plea from TescoBudget supermarket Lidl has been given the green light for a Workington store despite an eleventh-hour plea from Tesco to halt the scheme. The German-based discount giant will build on a patch of riverside scrubland cheek-by-jowl…

Whole Foods Market: A new era

Walmart: Huge employee investment in remodels

US: Teamsters urge 'no' vote on proposed UNFI executive pay packageThe International Brotherhood of Teamsters doesn't want United Natural Foods Inc. to reward its executives with double-digit pay raises since the company's stock spiraled downward over the past 16 months. The Teamsters' main argument…

First Delaware store for Sprouts Farmers Market

Giant Eagle: Goodbye to single-use plastics

US: Sprouts Farmers Market to open March 11 in WilmingtonSprouts Farmers Market will open its first Delaware store off Concord Pike on March 11, the natural and organic food grocer announced. Sprouts will be taking over the space at 4801 Concord Pike next to the Concord Mall left vacant by the exodus of…

Online-only supermarkt Picnic has almost tripled its turnover

Amazon Retail India: Directly working with farmers to source fresh produce

China: Yonghui drops plans to increase stake in Chinese retailer after national security probeEfforts by Chinese supermarket chain Yonghui Superstores to increase its stake in another Chinese retailer have met resistance, possibly due to national security concerns. Yonghui has signed a memorandum of…

Choppies to depart from three more African countries

Carrefour Italia: Agreement with Conad to acquire 28 Auchan stores

40% of Swedes don’t want to pay for same-day-deliverySame-day-delivery is an increasingly popular method of delivery for online orders. But such a service costs money, of course. In Sweden, it seems that 4 in 10 consumers don’t want to pay a thing for same-day-delivery. A recent study, conducted by…

New attempt to sell supermarket chain

Empire is betting on Farm Boy and Voilà

Everything we know about Amazon’s new grocery store in Los AngelesAmazon’s highly anticipated new grocery store chain is likely to open in February, Yahoo Finance has learned. A recent trip to the store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles suggests the…

Delivery Hero agreed to buy Woowa Brothers

Metro: Strongest growth in a decade

UK: Midcounties welcomes 185 new colleagues from four Warner Budgens storesMidcounties Co-op has welcomed over 185 new colleagues after completing the purchase of four Cotswolds-based Warner Budgens food stores. The acquisitions of the stores, in Bidford-on-Avon, Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and…

Costco: Q1 net sales increased 5.6%

Aldi is ending the year in Northeast Ohio on a high note

US: GreenWise Market opens two new stores in FloridaGreenWise Market opened two stores in Florida, one in Boca Raton and one in Lakeland. The Boca Raton store is located at 8210 Glades Road in the Lakeside Centre shopping plaza. The Lakeland store is located at 4747 S. Florida Ave. in the Lake Miriam…

First online-only supermarket for Belgium

Ocado: Retail revenue growth slightly slowed in latest quarter

Amazon and eBay account for 40% of UK ecommerceAmazon and eBay dominate the UK ecommerce market. This year, the two ecommerce giants have a market share in the United Kingdom of 39.9%. Especially Amazon is way ahead of all other online retailers. Amazon even saw its ecommerce market share in the United…

Empire: Profits and sales rise

Albertsons: Partnership with Takeoff Technologies

US: Grocers amp up customer health, wellness programsThe Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) "2019 Retailer Contributions to Health and Wellness" report shows that food retailers are continuing to expand the health-and-wellness programs they offer customers. The survey represented 39 food retail companies…

Carrefour Express has opened a pilot store in Brussels

Amazon’s purchase of stake in Deliveroo put in doubt by UK’s regulator

Carrefour launches webstore in QatarCustomers in Qatar can now shop for their favourite products from the comfort of their homes, as Carrefour has announced the launch of its webstore. Powered by Qatar Post, residents living in Doha, Al Rayyan, Al Daayen or Umm Salal can place their orders online and…

UNFI: Q1 fiscal 2020 results

Kroger and Walgreens: New joint venture

US: H-E-B mobile app gets makeoverH-E-B has rolled out its new My H-E-B mobile app to make it easier for customers to shop on their phones or tablets. “The new My H-E-B mobile app is a perfect example of how we are investing in new technologies to enhance our digital services and establish H-E-B as a…

Co-op: 30 stores opening before Christmas

Colruyt: 32.5% of Belgian grocery market

Spain: Eroski promotes Alava agricultural productsEroski has signed an agreement to develop and promote Alava agricultural products. Eroski’s partnership with Agroganadera de Álava Union will see it promote and develop Alava agricultural products. The Agroganadera de Álava Union suggests the partnership…

New Seasons Market is merging with Good Food Holdings

Farm Boy will open 8 stores

US: Walmart donating land for hometown parkWalmart Inc. is donating 75 acres of land that will be developed into a park at the intersection of SW 8th and I Streets in the mega-retailer’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. Adding a nearly 23-acre donation from Walton family members, the new park will cover almost 100 acres…

Selex has predicted a positive turnover of €11bln for 2019

France: E-grocery app Jow raises $7mln additional funding

SPAR Express in Austria to expand furtherOver the next 14 months, SPAR Austria will open another 20 SPAR Express forecourt stores in the country. The first SPAR Express stores featuring a fresh market area were launched in Amstetten, Lower Austria, ahead of the concept rolling out across the country.…

Lidl has agreed to buy six Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores

Metro is selling MissFresh to Cook it

US: Farmbox takes food as medicine to the next LevelSubscription grocery delivery company Farmbox Direct has launched a health care program called FarmboxRX to further its commitment to wellness. FarmboxRX will partner with health insurers to deliver fruits and vegetables to underserved populations, such…

Publix: GreenWise concept expansion

UNFI: Definitive agreements to sell 13 Shoppers Food stores

US: Alfalfa’s Local Market provides incubator for Colorado-made productsAlfalfa’s Local Market, an independent grocer with two locations in Boulder and Louisville, Colorado, has taken its passion for local, organic and innovative foods to the next level. Last fall, the grocer, which currently carries…

Woolworths: Most sustainable supermarket

Tesco: Asia exit consideration

Norway: Spar lowers price of paper carrier bagsSpar Norway has announced that it has lowered the price of paper bags to encourage more people to opt for the eco-friendly option. The price of paper bags will now be the same as that of plastic bags, making it affordable for customers in Spar Norway. The move will help the…

Supermarket shoppers: Norovirus warning

Choppies will sell its loss-making South African operations for only 1 rand

Japanese firms test avatar for remote shoppingA test of a prototype avatar that enables shopping from remote locations was demonstrated for the media by ANA Holdings Inc. (ANAHD) and Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd. in Tokyo. The avatar - a robotic alter ego of the user - was developed by ANAHD and is equipped…

GrubMarket acquired Doorganics

Kroger: Stake in Lucky’s Market divested

Walmart CEO: 'What has happened here in produce?'Acknowledging the chain’s fresh food progress but wary of taking a victory lap, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon declared that the big retailer has caught up to its conventional rivals in fresh food quality and is now moving to present it “in your face” behind…

Globus: Russia expansion

Delhaize: Pilot project with Deliveroo and Takeaway.com

Majid Al Futtaim to expand in Egypt, Saudi in emerging markets pushDubai-based Majid Al Futtaim will invest 16bln Egyptian pounds ($996.26mln) in Egypt over the next two to three years, its CEO said, 14bln pounds of which will be for a single mall in Cairo. Majid Al Futtaim also plans to expand in Saudi…

Mercatus has partnered with Point Pickup Technologies

Amazon: U.S. antitrust scrutiny

US: Lidl preps 1st Philly locationDecember is shaping up to be a busy month for deep discounter Lidl, which will open its first Philadelphia store on December 11 in the city’s Port Richmond section. The retailer, which debuted its first Pennsylvania store last year in Ridley Township, currently has five locations in the…

Vingroup will merge with Masan Group Corp to create biggest retail company in Vietnam

World's first in-store genetic test that 'nudges' you to make healthier choices

UK: Asda in 24-hour Christmas opening hours bid for dozens of storesAsda wants the option to open more stores around the clock over the busy Christmas period. The supermarket giant is submitting applications to give it the option to open extra stores 24 hours a day in the run up to Christmas Day and…

Empire: Sensory-friendly shopping program expansion

Lidl plans to open first store in Baltimore

U.S. shoppers, mostly online, spend 16% more over holiday weekendA record number of U.S. consumers spent more online and in stores over the holiday weekend for everything from clothing to toys, the National Retail Federation said. NRF’s survey found nearly 190mln people made purchases over the five-day…

Coop Denmark: To cut carbon emissions in its operations by 75% by 2025

Ahold Delhaize CEO: Unified European prices

Australia: Woolworths hit with class action for underpaying staffA law firm has filed a class action against Woolworths Group for underpaying thousands of supermarket workers, saying Australia’s biggest grocery chain should pay more than double its estimate for the shortfall in wages. Adero Law said it…

Lidl US will open its first two stores on Long Island

Kroger: Dark kitchen partnership with ClusterTruck

US: Meijer to provide in-store carolingTo get its shoppers and associates in a holiday frame of mind, Meijer will offer weekend performances of festive tunes by local school choirs and music groups. For the second consecutive year, the retailer has invited local school music groups to come into their…

Ahold Delhaize: Frictionless stores

Sobeys: A parking lot paved using post-consumer plastics

Ahold Delhaize launches frictionless stores in Europe and the U.S.Ahold Delhaize is introducing frictionless stores to a wider public after successful in-house trials on both sides of the Atlantic. Customers can scan a debit card, take what they want from the shelves and leave without checking out. The…

Co-op research: Importance of community wellbeing

Carrefour: To get Loop corners

SPAR UK Partner supports local and independently grown produceJames Hall & Co., SPAR license holder for the North of England, are celebrating a successful year of championing local, independent fruit and vegetable producers supplying to SPAR stores across the North of the country. Wilf Whittle, Fresh Trading Manager at James…

Coles: new innovative store

Ocado will open its first “mini” robotic warehouse

Switzerland: Migros cuts Amigos purchase platformMigros decided not to continue the experiment attempted with the Amigos "social" shopping platform. This concept, tested in Zurich and Bern, provided for individuals to run errands on behalf of others in a spirit of mutual assistance. Launched in April…

Purple Carrot: The Garden Incubator

Walmart's food business and expanding delivery and pickup options driving shoppers to spend

US: Meal kit maker Purple Carrot debuts plant-based incubatorMeal kit company Purple Carrot just launched The Garden Incubator, an early-stage startup program for plant-based products. Venture capital firm Unovis Partners is also providing funding for this program through its New Crop Capital fund.…

7-Eleven has decided to not renew its supply contract with Metcash

Supermarket chain Shufersal: Lower quarterly profit despite higher sales

Sweden: Axfood appoints new Hemköp CEOAxfood has announced Simone Margulies will replace Thomas Gäreskog as president of Hemköp, effective 1 February 2020. Margulies joined Axfood in 2015, currently holding the position of vice president of Dagab. In her new role, she will take responsibility for the…

Aldi: Repurpose sustainable tableware

Target: Trademark lawsuit over grocery brand

US: Hy-Vee faces 2nd lawsuit over data breachA data breach at Hy-Vee Inc. has led Kansas City resident Gordon Grewing to file a lawsuit seeking class-action status against the grocer, alleging that it acted too slowly after the breach was discovered and didn’t provide assistance to the millions of…

Loblaw has launched online marketplace

New initiative to strengthen product data capabilities of Ahold Delhaize USA companies

Groceries and glutes: US supermarkets add boutique gyms and yoga classesSupermarkets are trying to entice shoppers with more than just food. Hy-Vee is teaming up with high-intensity training gym OrangeTheory to build studios attached to two of its stores. In Morristown, New Jersey, ShopRite opened a…

Amazon: Pinduoduo pop-up store

Carrefour and Fnac Darty: Exclusive operating agreements

South Africa: Checkers supermarket promises to deliver groceries in an hourSouth African supermarket chain Checkers, owned by Shoprite Holdings, is looking to grab a larger share of the growing online shopping market by pioneering a new one-hour grocery delivery service named Sixty60. It is South…

Report: Tegut in talks with Redos to acquire seven branches of Real supermarket chain

Morrisons: Too Good to Go app

Ireland: Lidl opens €100mln distribution centre in NewbridgeSupermarket group Lidl has opened its new €100mln distribution centre in Newbridge, County Kildare - its single biggest investment made by Lidl here since 2000. Lidl said the centre will deliver new cost efficiencies, which will benefit customers in the form of cost…

Amazon Fresh: One- and two-hour delivery in Columbus

Amazon is planning to open cashierless grocery stores

Amazon Fresh brings grocery delivery to ColumbusAmazon Fresh is rolling out one- and two-hour delivery in Columbus. Included with an Amazon Prime membership, Amazon Fresh provides shoppers with tens of thousands of Amazon items that are eligible for one- and two- hour delivery, from produce and…

Northgate González Market: New features in latest store

Walmart is revamping the produce department in its U.S. stores

US: Walmart shuts down Jet's fresh grocery service in New York CityWalmart’s Jet.com will shutter its fresh grocery service in New York City that debuted just a year ago, Bloomberg reported. The service will notify shoppers of the closure and will fulfill any remaining orders that have already been…

Supermarket chain Studenac has signed a strategic agreement to acquire 100% stakes in Sonik

Waitrose & Partners: To export to Jordan for the first time

Walmart China to open 500 new storesUS retailer Walmart is planning to launch 500 new outlets in China within five to seven years. The expansion will more than double the firm’s presence in the territory in time for China to emerge as the world’s biggest grocery market come 2023. The move comes in the…

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new stores

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new storesThe Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that it plans to open 500 new stores in China over the next five to seven years. That would more than double Walmart's (WMT) footprint in China, which is expected to become the world's biggest grocery…

"Some Aldi store openings in Phoenix area might be delayed"

"Some Aldi store openings in Phoenix area might be delayed" Discount grocery store chain Aldi is expected to bring its national expansion to metro Phoenix, but plans for Phoenix-area stores appear to have slowed down. Despite buying more than a dozen buildings in the Valley, permits with several cities…

Thousands sign petition calling for shops to close on Boxing Day

New self-service checkout to combat ongoing issue at Woolworths Woolworths has introduced a new self-service checkout designed to combat an ongoing issue related to the emerging technology. The supermarket is trialling the use of "trolley self-serve lanes" at a newly opened Millers Junction Woolworths in…

Walmart is revamping its produce section

Walmart is revamping its produce section Walmart is giving its produce aisles a makeover. The grocer announced Wednesday that it will renovate produce areas with new signs highlighting prices and shorter merchandise bins to create an "open market feel" for customers. Walmart will also move all of its…

Lidl offers one-hour deliveries in Barcelona and Valencia

Metro says restructuring to cost up to €80mMetro said it expected the restructuring of its central administration to result in one-off expenses of up to €80 million ($88.62 million) in the 2019/20 fiscal year, the German wholesaler said on Tuesday. Metro, which had already announced it was looking into…

Walmart wants robots in stores. Target doesn't.

Walmart wants robots in stores. Target doesn’t.The "Auto-S," Walmart's shelf-scanning robot, moves around aisles and identifies which items are low or out of stock. Walmart and Target are taking different approaches to adding robots in stores, a split that will have an impact on the companies’ massive…

Africa retailer Jumia suspends e-commerce in Cameroon

Africa retailer Jumia suspends e-commerce in CameroonOnline retailer Jumia Technologies said on Monday it had suspended its e-commerce platform activities in Cameroon because they were “not suitable” for the African state.Jumia, whose share price hit a record low of $4.96 after Reuters reported the…

Walmart still has a lot of work to do to catch up with Amazon

U.S. Retail Sales Bounce Back in OctoberAfter a period of lull, retail sales rebounded in October. The Commerce Department, recently, reported that retail sales rose 0.3% in October, which is a 3.1% increase from a year ago. What’s more, retail sales rebounded from September’s 0.3% contraction, the…

China's JD.com beats quarterly revenue estimates, shares rise

China's JD.com beats quarterly revenue estimates, shares riseChina’s JD.com Inc (JD.O) beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue on Friday, boosted by stronger sales in its core e-commerce business, sending its shares up nearly 7% before the bell. The company attributed the strong results to growth…

Walmart‘s answer to Aldi and Amazon: ‘designer‘ cantaloupe

Loblaws Testing In-Store Robotic Micro-FulfillmentLoblaws, Canada’s largest grocery chain, announced this week that it was piloting Takeoff Technologies‘ robot-powered micro-fulfillment center in one of its stores. Supermarket News reports that the two companies have already started building out the…

Five ways Amazon has improved its grocery offer

Five ways Amazon has improved its grocery offerIn the US, Amazon has made significant improvements to its grocery offer. Amazon usually launches new initiatives in the US and then replicates elsewhere. There are three key reasons Amazon is prioritising the US.Amazon has an established grocery business to…

Asda blames Brexit uncertainty for lower sales

Britain's Asda Blames Brexit Uncertainty For Lower SalesAsda, the British supermarket arm of US retail giant Walmart, reported a fall in underlying sales in its latest quarter, saying uncertainty surrounding the UK's exit from the European Union had negatively affected spending patterns. The group said…

South Africa's Spar Group sees profits up despite consumer pessimism

South Africa's Spar Group Sees Profits Up Despite Consumer PessimismSouth African retailer and wholesaler Spar Group said on Wednesday that normalised annual profit rose 10% in its latest financial year as it rode out poor consumer sentiment across several of its markets, sending its shares up more then…

Sprouts rethinking new store format, size

Sprouts rethinking new store format, sizeSprouts Farmers Market announced Wednesday afternoon that its third-quarter sales and profit both increased 8% over a year ago.While same-store sales rose 1.5%, the company also opened nine new stores during the 13-week period that ended Sept. 29. With the new…

Carrefour to sell Rue du Commerce marketplace to Shopinvest

Second Aldi opening in Willenhall, England creating 28 jobsThe new 1,254 sq m supermarket will open in between South Street and New Street at 8am on December 5.The new shop will be run by store manager Lisa Kilmister and become the second Aldi to open in Willenhall this year after the Coppice Farm Way…

Modest third-quarter profit growth from Walmart expected

ALDI will begin 2020 with nearly 2,000 storesFrom 2008 to 2018, ALDI doubled its size in the U.S. The retailer continues to grow. The planned opening of 20 ALDI stores in November and nine more locations in December has the Batavia, Ill.-based retailer on the cusp of 2,000 stores. The company currently…

Lidl ‘speeds up’ rate of UK retail expansion

Tesco is taking on the competition by adding a subscription option to its Clubcard loyalty programOriginally launched in 1995, Clubcard helped Tesco beat its competitors to become the U.K.’s largest supermarket group. On Friday (Nov. 8), the company announced it was rolling out Clubcard Plus. For £7.99 a…

Amazon confirms plans for store under new grocery brand

Walmart scales unlimited grocery deliveryWalmart has gone live with Delivery Unlimited at more than 1,400 locations. The program gives customers the option to pay a yearly $98 fee or a monthly $12.95 fee to receive unlimited Walmart Grocery Delivery orders right to their front door.Source:…

96 more Sears and Kmart stores will be shut down

Whole Foods recalls 70 hot bar, salad bar items and other food Whole Foods Markets is recalling 70 products sold nationwide over bacterial contamination concerns. The products range from vegetables to fish and Chinese food on salad or hot bars, chefs’ cases or packaged in plastic containers that were…

Coles signs private label deal with Sainsbury's

Supermarket group Carrefour to sell off Rue du Commerce online siteFrench supermarket retailer Carrefour is in talks to sell its Rue du Commerce online shopping site to French e-commerce venture Shopinvest, as it refocuses its online sales strategy on food rather than electronics. Carrefour said on…

Kroger: Auto buying program

Costco: October sales results

Ahold Delhaize USA’s Retail Business Services named Supplier Diversity Team of the YearRetail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, has been recognized by the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) as its Supplier Diversity Team of the Year, an award bestowed on an organization or professional for…

Robinsons Retail: Drop in Q3 profits

Dino Polska: More than 130 new stores opened in the first 9 months

JD.com's Liu resigns from China parliament advisory body: state TVRichard Liu, the founder and chief executive of Chinese e-commerce company JD.com, has resigned from the advisory body to China’s parliament for “personal reasons”, state broadcaster CCTV reported. Leaders of the Chinese People’s Political…

Sainsbury's profits have been almost wiped out for the 1st half of the year

Amazon Australia has signed up Zip Co Ltd

Farmers worry over price wars as Jumbo supermarkets open in BelgiumJumbo opened a supermarket on Wednesday in Pelt, Limburg, its first in Belgium, and plans two more this year in Lanaken (Limburg) and Rijkevorsel (Antwerp), sparking fears among Belgian farmers of a price war at their expense. The Dutch…

ShopRite: 2 new store brands

Kroger: New branding with refreshed logo and a new tagline

US: Alex Lee deploys AI to lift wholesale distribution businessMerchants Distributors (MDI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hickory, North Carolina-based Alex Lee Inc., is implementing Symphony RetailAI’s Demand ForecastingAI and Warehouse Replenishment to support its wholesale distribution business. “Our…

Publix Super Markets: Another stellar fiscal report

Walmart has settled its lawsuit accusing Tesla of negligence

US: McDonald's ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook steps down from Walmart's boardSteve Easterbrook resigned from Walmart's board a day after announcing his exit from McDonald's. Easterbrook informed Walmart that he was stepping down from its board of directors effective immediately, according to a regulatory…

Lidl Italia: Highest growth rate in large scale retail distribution sector

Ahold Delhaize: Strong Q3 results

Delhaize emerges as Serbia's top retailer in 2018: reportDelhaize Serbia has emerged on top of the Serbian retail market in terms of revenue and profit in 2018, according to a report published by local daily Tabloid. Based on official company figures, the report reveals that the retailer ended the year…

Morrisons extends wholesale partnership with Rontec

Casino and Intermarche are being investigated under an EU antitrust inquiry

China: Suning.com boosts sales, outlines Carrefour plansChinese O2O retailer Suning.com says sales from its online platforms and physical stores rose by 24.27% in the third quarter, reaching RMB 171.43bln (US$24.4bln). The company closed the quarter with 470mln registered members and the number of active…

Calgary Co-op has acquired Community Natural Foods

Weis Markets: Third quarter results

US: H-E-B plans new store in grocer's birthplaceH-E-B has started construction on a new 106,000-square-foot store on Main Street in Kerrville, Texas, to open in late 2020. The new supermarket will go up next to an existing 35-year-old store that will close when the new store opens. The first H-E-B…

Asda: A week’s extension for workers to sign new contracts

Jumbo Groep Holding: Completion of takeover of Agrimarkt

UK: Aldi trials reusable bags for loose fruit and veg From the end of November, more than 250 stores in Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands will offer the bags as a more sustainable alternative to single-use plastic. The drawstring bags are made from recycled plastic bottles and will be sold…

Amazon: Outdoing grocery competitors from a pricing standpoint

Kroger: 'Restock' reboot, revisit and revise

US: Allegiance elects new Chairman/CEOFollowing the departure of Chairman of the Board and CEO David Maniaci, who has decamped to rival New Jersey retailer cooperative Wakefern Food Corp., taking his four-store family company, Nicholas Markets, with him, the board of managers of Allegiance Retail…

Metro: Most valuable grocery brand in Canada

Largest Whole Foods in the East Coast is now open in Virginia

US: Chris Sherrell departs Fresh Thyme Farmers MarketChris Sherrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, has announced his departure from the company. “I am extremely proud of the company I was able to build as well as our mission of bringing fresh and healthy food at an…

Woolworths will open its smallest ever store

Amazon: Full-on expansion into Netherlands

Czech investor Kretinsky & partner raise stake in Metro to 29.99%Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky and Slovak partner Patrik Tkac will raise their stake in German wholesaler Metro AG following a failed takeover bid earlier this year, their joint investment vehicle said. EP Global Commerce (EPGC) said it…


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