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Giant Food pharmacy: fruit and vegetables prescription

Tops Markets: major renovation projects

US: Central Market & Shipt top Consumer Reports rankings Shoppers named H-E-B’s Central Market in Texas as the best supermarket and Shipt as the best online grocery service in a survey by Consumer Reports. Regional chains led the ranking for brick-and-mortar grocery stores, Consumer Reports said. Out…

Aldi: Flixtrain and Flixbus

Franprix tests robot delivery

German retailer to invest EUR 480mln in Romania by 2025 German discount supermarket chain Penny Market has invested RON 346mln (EUR 77mln) in Romania last year and will double the average annual investments over the next seven years, according to Penny Market Romania general manager Daniel Gross, Ziarul Financiar reported. In…

Amazon plans to shut its online store in China

Coop Sweden tests airport food delivery service

Spain: Mercadona officially ditches plastic bags for eco-friendly alternatives Supermarket chain Mercadona will no longer provide plastic bags of one single use as of April 15th in Spain. Mercadona will now offer clients bags made of paper, raffia and carriers made with 50 to 70% recycled plastic from…

Metro: Q2 profit and sales up from a year ago

Smart & Final to be reacquired by Apollo Funds for $1.1bln

Canada: Nature's Emporium to introduce 100% Certified Compostable Bag option on Earth Day Canadian health food retailer Nature's Emporium has announced that on Earth Day, Monday April 22nd, they will become the first retailer in Ontario to offer a 100% Certified Compostable Bag option at all checkout…

Spar Spain: nutrition app to promote healthy eating

Woolworths tests in-store robot

UK: Ocado to begin deliveries from former Andover site by end of month Ocado has begun the process of clearing the ruins of its Andover warehouse site and installing temporary refrigeration in a bid to resume deliveries by the end of the month. Retail Week understands that Ocado has started installing some 10,000 sq ft of…

Kroger purchases 68 acres for new $55mln facility

Walmart has revealed plans to remodel 500 stores

Canada: Metro to allow reusable containers in effort to cut waste The Metro grocery chain will allow customers across Quebec to bring reusable containers for the purchase of fresh products in what one expert describes as a “game changer” for an industry facing increasing consumer concern about single-use…

Workers strike at four Amazon logistic centers in Germany

Sainsbury’s: UK first with electric vans for home delivery

Italy: Lidl opens store with 'urban garden' in Turin Lidl Italia has opened its first store with an 'urban garden', managed by an NGO that develops cooperation and social inclusion projects for people in need. The store, located in Turin features 1,400 square metres of vegetable gardens on the roof of…

SpartanNash: Minot food distribution facility to close

Walmart Canada is joining Project Gigaton

US: Hannaford’s remodels focus on fresh Hannaford Supermarkets has completed remodels at Portland-area stores in Maine as part of efforts to bolster its fresh offering and provide more shopper conveniences. The Scarborough, Maine-based chain, part of Ahold Delhaize USA, plans to begin holding weekend…

Jumbo: fruit and vegetables assortment revamped

Groupe Casino sells a further four stores

Iceland wins EU trademark battle against UK-based supermarket chain Iceland, the Nordic country and tourism hotspot, has been successful in winning back the right to use its own name. The European Union Intellectual Property Office has ruled that UK-based supermarket chain Iceland Food Ltd could not…

National Supermarket Association: 2 new energy programs

Walmart has acquired Polymorph Labs

US: Walmart will sell 98¢ reusable bags at checkout carousels to cut down on plastic Walmart will begin selling reusable bags at checkout to reduce plastic waste. The company said the reusable bag initiative will start rolling out next month. Customers are increasingly demanding environmentally friendly…

Mercadona: electric van for home deliveries

Carrefour France: first ‘Essentiel’ hypermarket

Australia: Woolworths expands Delivery Now service to Brisbane Australian supermarket chain Woolworths Group has expanded its Delivery Now service to offer grocery deliveries to more than 300,000 customers across Brisbane, Queensland. The service is currently available from six local supermarkets,…

Albertsons becomes member of IBM Food Trust blockchain network

Aldi: first of 15 new stores opened in Southern California

Amazon acquires autonomous warehouse robotics startup Canvas Technology Amazon has acquired Boulder, Colorado-based warehouse robotics startup Canvas Technology, TechCrunch has learned. The deal makes a lot of sense from the outside, adding another important piece to Amazon Robotics’ growing portfolio of…

E. Leclerc: 148 charging points with Mobility Green

Woolworths: first supermarket globally to issue ‘green bonds’

Spain: Dia council supports Fridman’s bid The board of directors of Dia has shown a favourable and unanimous opinion to the Public Offer of Acquisition (OPA) presented by LetterOne, a company controlled by the Russian investor Mikhail Fridman, with more than 29% of the capital of the supermarket chain.…

Giant Eagle pilots in-store robots

Walmart: almost $1bln dollars of investments in nine U.S. states

US: Grocers see a boost in digital engagement with shoppers More than 63% of shoppers interact with a supermarket digitally, up from 56% in 2017, according to a new study from Retail Feedback Group that polled 1,200 shoppers. About 55% of shoppers report checking a digital circular, while 47% create…

Delhaize Belgium: ‘YesWeScan’ mobile payment app

Tesco: surge in full year sales and profits

Singapore: Alibaba faces a new challenger in online groceries Online grocery startup Honestbee is betting a brick-and-mortar store will help it compete against tech giant Alibaba. Singapore-based Honestbee, best known for its grocery app, has opened a massive cashless store called Habitat that offers a…

Food Lion: 23 Virginia stores to remodel

Loblaw: $12mln in federal funds for climate action

US: Deploying technology into store backrooms Takeoff Technologies gets set to enter a period of rapid acceleration. The company has developed an automated fulfillment solution for grocery ecommerce that is positioned in the backrooms of existing stores. Taking around 10,000 sq ft of space, the solution…

Austrian retail top 10 entered for first time by Amazon

Magnit makes rival bid for Lenta

HMY installing accessible cash payment points at Auchan Retail Spain outlets Auchan Retail Spain has taken a step forward in its universal accessibility policy, with the installation of accessible cash payment points for people with reduced mobility in six of its Alcampo hypermarkets. The installation was made by HMY, an…

Kroger plans workforce expansion: 600 employees for Georgia, Eastern Alabama, and South Carolina stores

SpartanNash prepares for Earth Week

US: Central Co-op recognized for sustainability Seattle’s Central Co-op has garnered two awards in recognition of its eco-friendly efforts: Chinook Book’s Heart of Seattle and Sustainable Seattle’s 2019 Sustainability Leadership Award. Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainability Leadership Awards celebrate…

Continente: pilot project offers alternatives to plastic bags for fruit and vegetable purchases

Co-op: strong FY2018 results

UK: Costcutter pledges 20% sales uptick Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) announced the next stage of its Shopper First Programme (SFP) at its annual expo in Harrogate. SFP offers every partnered store a tailored guide based on local demographics and store format. CEO Darcy Willson-Rymer said it will boost sales by 20%…

GIANT Food Stores: 6 new locations in 4 different states

Wegmans: first North Carolina store

US: Albertsons Performance Media sees strong results A year after its rollout, Albertsons Performance Media (APM) powered by Quotient is delivering to CPG companies as high as two times more return on their ad spend versus industry benchmarks set by Nielsen. “Albertsons Performance Media has quickly…

Despar Aspiag Service: turnover of €2.25bln in 2018

Hemköp and Östenssons: start of cooperation

Belgium: Ecommerce worth €7bln in 2018 Ecommerce in Belgium was worth slightly over 7bln euros last year. This is an increase of 20% compared to the situation one year before, when the Belgian ecommerce was worth 5.8bln euros. Last year, there was also an increase in the average basket size. It was worth…

Sprouts Farmers Market: 13 stores open in second half of 2019

Wakefern Food Corp. and Chicory: shoppable recipe partnership

US: Target raises hourly minimum wage to $13, further topping Walmart's $11 Target Corp will raise its U.S. minimum wage to $13 an hour in June, from $12, increasing its payroll costs and putting new pressure on rival Walmart Inc to follow suit, given a labor market that is among the tightest in half a…

Co-op: robot delivery trial expansion

Amazon Australia: 2018 sales

Germany: Lidl Chief Executive Jesper Højer steps down Lidl chief executive Jesper Højer has stepped down from his post, after two years at the helm of the discounter. Højer’s departure was confirmed in a statement from Lidl, in which the Dane said that he was stepping down as chief executive and departing the group 'with…

Dollar General and Western Union have joined forces

Hy-Vee: pickup lockers program expansion

US: Dollar General, Western Union team on money transfer service Dollar General Corp. and Western Union have joined forces to enable customers to complete Western Union money transfers at all 15,472 Dollar General locations across 44 states. The partnership lets customers initiate or receive…

Saigon Co.op targets 1,000 stores in 2019

VinCommerce has acquired 87 Shop&Go stores for $1

Asda overtakes suitor Sainsbury to become UK's No. 2 supermarket: Kantar Sainsbury has lost its status as Britain’s No. 2 supermarket group by market share to takeover target Asda for the first time in four years, industry data showed. Sainsbury’s sales fell 1.8% over the 12 weeks to March 24, reducing…

New office and warehouse complex for Rouses Markets

Albertsons: Open Nature private brand expansion

US: Rouses to open new office, warehouse complex Rouses Markets plans to develop a new complex in Terrebonne Parish, west of New Orleans, to make room for a rising headcount as well as warehousing to meet its growing supply needs. CEO Donny Rouse heralded the move as a return to the company’s roots.…

Carrefour: first 24-hour store in France

El Corte Inglés: 95 real estate assets on sale

Choithrams CEO sees rising competition in UAE As part of an interview with Arabian Business, Choithrams’ CEO, Rajiv Warrier, has said the local market has become ‘much more competitive… than it was a few years back.’ Warrier said the rising competition meant it was a great time to be a shopper, but was…

Walmart and Google: voice-activated grocery shopping

Meijer: new supercenters to be opened in northeast Ohio

Amazon cuts prices on hundreds of Whole Foods products Amazon will cut prices on hundreds of products at Whole Foods beginning Wednesday, according to a press release from Whole Foods Market. This is the third round of price cuts since Amazon first acquired Whole Foods in 2017, and according to a Wall…

NorgesGruppen 2018: +2.1%

Carrefour: electric tricycles delivery

China: Tencent leads in grocery chain Yipien’s $297mln Series B round Tencent confirmed that it has led the Series B funding round of Yipien Fresh, a supermarket chain that specializes in fresh produce that can be ordered online. The round’s other investors were Capital Today, Meituan-Dianping, and East…

Stew Leonard's: first New Jersey supermarket

7-Eleven: lab store

US: Albertsons Companies appoint President and Chief Executive Officer Albertsons Companies announced that Vivek Sankaran, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Foods North America, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons Companies, effective April 25, 2019. Jim Donald, currently the company’s…

DIA: agreement on staff restructuring deal with unions

Carrefour: another 1500 jobs cut in France

UK: Supermarket Morrisons turns to ChargePoint Services for nationwide EV charging rollout Supermarket chain Morrisons is to install rapid EV chargers at its sites nationwide after partnering with EV charging provider ChargePoint Services (CPS). CPS, which owns and operates the GeniePoint Network, will…

Associated Wholesale Grocers: record results

Walmart: Open Call event to pitch products made, sourced or grown in the U.S.

US: Grocery store openings up 30% in 2018 New grocery store openings were up 30% in 2018, with more than 17mln square feet of space added in the United States. That’s according to Chicago-based JLL’s "Grocery Tracker 2019" report, which notes that more than one-quarter of the new stores were in Florida,…

K Group: market share increases to 36.1%

Tesco: one-hour delivery service has ended

Philippines: Metro Retail profit slips Metro Retail Philippines has reported a 1.2% decline in net income for last year. The Gaisano family business takings took a fall from 2017’s PHP977mln (US$18.6mln) to PHP965.4mln ($18.35mln) last year, attributed to a hypermarket closure and a temporary supermarket…

Price Rite: new store concept in Connecticut

Lidl US: first Express format

Ahold Delhaize USA local brands to leverage new supply chain solution to offer fresher produce to customers Groceries are poised to get even fresher for customers up and down the East Coast thanks to an innovative, end-to-end forecasting and replenishment solution being implemented by Retail Business Services, the services…

Lidl: loan from Credit Agricole for opening 31 new stores in Romania

Albert Heijn pilots delivery robot

Singapore: Smaller supermarkets face off with giants for HDB retail spaces Smaller supermarket players in Singapore are locking horns with supermarket giants for the much coveted Housing and Development Board (HDB) supermarket spaces, reported the Singapore Business Review. This rising trend is expected…

Hy-Vee: HealthMarket banner expands to new markets

Loblaw: Winnipeg expansion under No Frills banner

US: King Soopers/City Market, union reach tentative deal to avoid grocery workers strike in Colorado King Soopers and City Market has reached a tentative agreement with the UFCW Local 7R union that represents the store’s employees after nearly 40 hours of contract negotiations over the weekend, the…

Lidl: chatbot in Germany

Coles: partnership with Ocado

Portugal: Sonae MC achieves 2.8% like-for-like growth in 2018 Portuguese retailer Sonae MC, which operates the Continente banner, has posted a 2.8% increase in like-for-like sales in full-year 2018. Following a store expansion, overall turnover at the business was up 7.0% to €4.16bln, while underlying EBITDA rose by €15mln to…

Walmart is closing at least nine US stores across eight states

Target: makeovers of 14 Minnesota stores

US: Walmart is quietly closing stores Walmart is closing at least nine US stores across eight states. The closing stores include one Walmart Supercenter in Lafayette, Louisiana, and eight Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Arizona, California, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and…

Spinneys and French Casino Group partner for exclusive import agreement

Co-op Group: online food delivery service

JD.com pushes further into smart cities, offering social credit and AI-powered tools to local governments in China JD.com has launched a big data-powered service to give social credit scores to individuals, businesses and potential investors for local governments in China, as the e-commerce company…

Kroger’s QFC to eliminate single-use plastic bags in its stores

Associated Food Stores: artificial intelligence

US: Target plans to speed grab-and-go purchases with ‘Snack Bar’ Trying to grab a snack at the grocery store and getting stuck behind someone with a cart at checkout is a frustrating experience that even express lanes rarely alleviate. Now, Target is experimenting with a new section at the front of the…

Coles: Uber Eats offer expanded

Dino Polska: like-for-like sales growth of 11.6% in full-year 2018

UK: Spar to get new EPoS tech after trial success Spar retailers across the UK can now update their till systems with Henderson Technology’s EDGEPoS software following a successful rollout in Northern Ireland. The software, which will replace Blakemore’s SPARPoS system in the UK, was launched in Northern…

UNFI closes its Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores in Washington D.C. area

Couche-Tard: record Q3 earnings

US: Seattle’s Central Co-op names new CEO Central Co-op has named Catherine Willis Cleveland its new CEO. She succeeds interim CEO Garland McQueen, who revealed that he was leaving the Seattle-based cooperative in January. McQueen will stay on for a short transition period to ensure continuity with the co-op’s anticipated store…

Aldi: new “Local” concept store in South London

Masoutis: 25mln euro investment plan in 15 new supermarkets

Russia: X5 Retail Group sees EBITDA margin rise Russian retailer X5 Retail Group said that its adjusted EBITDA rose to 7.2% in full-year 2018, as the business reported ‘sustainable growth’ for the year. The retailer made the announcement as it published its 2018 Annual Report, in which it said that it…

Farmstead: eco-friendly delivery routes

Kroger and Peak Rock Capital: definitive agreement for purchase of Kroger's Turkey Hill business

US: Whole Foods joins energy saving program Whole Foods Market is participating in California’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) market, a program that provides financial incentives for companies to reduce power consumption. Three Whole Foods Markets in the state will act as energy storage…

Midcounties Co-operative: ‘One Change’

Carrefour: proximity marketing in Italy

Metro kicks off China unit sale, likely to fetch $2bln valuation: sources German wholesaler Metro AG has kicked off the sale of its China operations by calling for bids, in a deal that would value the business at between $1.5bln and $2bln, two people with direct knowledge of the deal said. Metro, which…

Kroger reveals site for automated warehouse in Florida

Walmart: 25th anniversary of operating in Canada

Brick-and-mortar retailers narrow gap with Amazon Amazon’s e-commerce lead is shrinking as major brick-and-mortar retailers win over more U.S. online customers for groceries and other consumer packaged goods (CPG), according to Nielsen. Over the past two years, Walmart, Kroger and Target - along with…

Woolworths Group may need to consider closing up to 60 Big W stores

Studenac plans to acquire Istarski Supermarketi

Walmart Japan's new CEO: Seiyu 'absolutely' not for sale The newly appointed chief executive of Walmart Inc’s Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu denied the business was up for sale, following reports last year that the U.S. retail giant was looking for a buyer. “I’m not here to sell a business”, Lionel…

Walmart Canada: soon to open refrigerated grocery distribution centre

Ahold Delhaize promotes ‘Neurodiversity’

US: Giant Eagle forms digital media partnership Giant Eagle and Quotient Technology have launched Giant Eagle Advantage Media, a digital media platform enabling consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands to better connect with the grocer’s customers via more targeted digital ads and promotional offers.…

Magnit: 8.2% increase in revenue

Mercadona plans to open at least 150 stores in Portugal

Germany: Bünting revamps brand image of Combi and Famila supermarkets Germany's Bünting Group has announced that it has overhauled the brand image of its Combi and Famila supermarket chains. The underlying idea behind the campaign was to give the brands a sharper profile that resonates with their…

Sobeys: Farm Boy banner's Toronto takeover plans

Kroger completes $565mln YouTech sale

US: Kroger Precision Marketing teams up with Pinterest The Kroger Co. and Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM) have entered into a strategic integrated media and measurement relationship with Pinterest that enables advertisers to leverage Kroger's first-party data for targeting on Pinterest and effectively…

Casino Group: full year results 2018

Mega Image takes over regional supermarket chain in Romania

France: Monoprix working on expanding grocery alliance with Amazon Casino’s upmarket Monoprix supermarket chain is working to expand its partnership with E-commerce giant Amazon in France, following a successful launch in Paris, Monoprix’s Chief Executive said. “We are now covering all of Paris and we…

Dollar General plans to open 975 new stores in fiscal 2019

Smart & Final: Q4 and fiscal 2018 financial results

US: Hispanic retailer Northgate Gonzalez Market chooses NCR Emerald for new point-of-sale solution Independent grocer Northgate Gonzalez Market is moving its point-of-sale system to the cloud by integrating NCR Emerald, which will transform the Hispanic retailer’s digital services and help innovate the…

Asda has removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic packaging

Coop Switzerland has opened a new concept store: FOOBY

China: Fung and JD launch Hong Kong’s first AI checkout solution JD has partnered with Fung Retailing Group to unveil Hong Kong’s first AI checkout solution in a retail store environment. The AI-powered checkout technology is a result of a strategic deal between the firms signed last year. It represents…

Sobeys: third quarter results

Meijer: Shop & Scan expansion to 23 stores in Chicago area

Sobeys Q3: performance strengthens as it sets to launch FreshCo in western Canada Sobeys’ third quarter sales increased by 3.6% to $6.2bln, with same-store sales (ex-fuel) up 3.3%. Total sales growth was supported by the acquisition of Farm Boy. Adjusted net earnings fell 18.9% to $72.9mln, reflecting…

Morrisons: confident about the future as profit rises

Carrefour in Bydgoszcz urges customers to bring their own containers and bags for groceries

Picnic is retailer of the year in Germany Picnic, the popular online-only supermarket from the Netherlands, has won an ecommerce prize in Germany. At the Shop-Award 2019, the company went home with the award for Retailer of the Year. About 200 invited guests came to Munich to witness the presentation of…

SpartanNash: Clean Ingredient Initiative for private label

Trader Joe's to limit plastic packaging in stores

US: Aldi store brands dominate BrandSpark awards Aldi has once again been recognized as a fan favorite for its private label products in marketing firm BrandSpark International's 2019 Best New Product Awards. Award winners are determined by a national vote among 10,000 shoppers. Aldi won nearly half the…

Metro: operations launched in Myanmar with virtual store

Groupe Casino: sale of properties completed to funds managed by Fortress

Greek supermarket chain fires manager for asking employees to be cheerful A regional sales manager of Greek supermarket chain "My Market", who asked employees to smile, because they should be grateful they have a job in times of crisis and are paid 300 euros (336.7 U.S. dollars) per month, has been…

Walmart is changing its process for handling returns

FMI: Supermarkets losing produce sales to other channels

US: Shipt names Kelly Caruso Chief Executive Officer Shipt, an industry-leading same-day delivery service and marketplace, announces Kelly Caruso as chief executive officer, succeeding founder Bill Smith, who will continue to serve as an advisor to the company. Caruso has more than 25 years of retail…

Les Mousquetaires: strong growth in FY2018

Auchan: 2018 profits suffered a blow from “Yellow Vests” protests

Aldi opened 51 stores in its first year in Italy Discounter Aldi opened 51 stores in six different regions in northern Italy during its first 12 months of operation in the country. The German discounter has hired more than 750 workers for its 51 stores, as well as over 300 in the operational headquarters…

Walmart: grocery growth by simplifying assortment

Hy-Vee cancels Austin, Minnesota, distribution center project

US: 7-Eleven opening six test stores to try out new concepts 7-Eleven Inc. plans to grow its footprint by first testing a new store concept. The convenience retailer welcomed customers at a new Dallas-area convenience store on Sylvan Avenue at Interstate 30. The location is the first of six new test…

Waitrose & Partners: higher sales and a recovery in operating profits in FY 2018

ICA: 42% growth in online sales in FY 2018

UK: Wales to 'lead the way' in cutting plastic bag use Welsh shoppers will be the first in the UK to trial a scheme to cut the use of plastic bags. Supermarket chain Lidl is removing 9p plastic bags from all of its 54 stores in Wales after identifying they were increasingly only being used once. The move…

Costco: operating results for fiscal 2019 and February sales results

Kroger: sales declines in Q4, FY 2018

US: FreshDirect expands suburban delivery and same-day service New York City-based FreshDirect is expanding to more areas in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. this month, the online grocer said in a press release. The company has additional expansion plans scheduled later this year through early 2020. In…

SPAR Austria: strong growth

Coles starts selling food on eBay

UAE: Wadi.com completely shuts down the marketplace to focus on groceries in Saudi Wadi.com, the Dubai-based ecommerce platform that had pivoted to groceries last year, has now completely shut down its online marketplace. The startup had been clearing its stock since last few months, focusing entirely on…

Amazon: all 87 pop-up stores in the U.S. to close in April

Dollar Tree: up to 390 stores to close

US: Piggly Wiggly introduces speedy grocery delivery service Piggly Wiggly Midwest is partnering with online grocery service Instacart to bring grocery delivery to nearly all Midwest stores. The service allows shoppers to get their groceries within an hour of ordering online or through the Instacart…

New name for Agrokor

Carrefour China: 11-fold profit

Romania: Lidl hikes wages to improve employee retention rate Lidl Romania, the discount supermarket chain owned by German retail group Schwarz, has decided to raise the wages of all its employees to combat labor migration. As of March 1, the lowest monthly average gross pay among Lidl’s employees will be RON 3,500 (EUR 745),…

Loblaw cooperates with Flashfood to cut food waste

Target: best comps growth since 2005

US: SpartanNash launches Kids Crew to boost children’s health Distributor and grocer SpartanNash has introduced the Kids Crew program, designed to help kids and their parents make healthy eating choices by offering in-store activities, free fresh fruit for youngsters and online resources. The program is…

Chinese supermarket operator CP Lotus Corporation posted a loss as it rolls out new stores

Russian investment fund accused Spanish supermarket chain DIA of misleading investors

Kaufland invests more in Australia Schwarz Group has invested a further AU$145mln into Australia, as it continues its plans to launch Kaufland. The additional investment means that since 2017 the business has invested AU$325mln into the set up of its business in Australia. Kaufland is currently…

Food Lion will remodel 92 South Carolina stores

Albertsons and Glympse give customers real-time status of delivery and pickup orders

US: Price Chopper enterprises names Brian Haaraoja new CEO Price Chopper Enterprises has named Brian Haaraoja CEO and president. He succeeds Peter Ciacco, who will retire in mid-April. Haaraoja was most recently VP of marketing and merchandising for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based H.A.C. Inc., Homeland…

Metro AG: delisting from Luxembourg Stock Exchange

New UK discount chain launches

Romania: Lidl set to continue expansion & open over 15 stores in 2019 German-held discount store chain Lidl has grown to 238 stores in Romania and continues expansion at its usual pace, 10 to 15 new stores a year. The chain officially entered Romania in 2011 when it took over the 107 Plus Discount store chains. It then…

Publix Q4 results

Amazon: new grocery chain planned

US: Independent grocer in Connecticut now has ‘intelligent’ buildings Connecticut independent grocer Highland Park Market has teamed with JouleSmart Solutions to transform its supermarkets into so-called "intelligent" buildings. Portland, Oregon-based JouleSmart has updated the grocer’s Suffield and…

Future Retail: deal to open 7-Eleven stores in India

Lidl owner eyes Metro subsidiary Real

Grupo DIA may exit Portugal: reports Spain’s Grupo DIA, which operates the Minipreço and Clarel stores in Portugal, has indicated that it may have to exit the country. The company may have to reduce its staff count in the country by 2,100 employees and is asking Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) for…

Walmart: plan to reduce plastic packaging waste

Organic grocer Fresh Thyme Farmers Market celebrates strong growth in 2018

US: Fresco y Más partners with Shipt to provide grocery delivery services in South Florida, Orlando and Tampa Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores, reveals its new partnership with Shipt, a leading online grocery marketplace,…

Spar announces new store openings in Spain

Ahold Delhaize releases Q4 and Full-Year 2018 results

Spar announces new store openings in Spain Spar has announced a string of new store openings in Spain in association with partners Fragadis, Roges Supermercats and Spar Gran Canaria. The move is aimed at strengthening Spar’s position in the Spanish market. The new stores range from small convenience…

Walmart reveals new plastic packaging-waste reduction commitments

Costco bests Amazon as most satisfying company for Internet retail

Costco bests Amazon as most satisfying company for Internet retail Bad news for Amazon. A new competitor appears to be swiftly becoming the most satisfying name in Internet retail: Costco. That's according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which interviews 300,000 customers annually about more…

JD.com: to add 15,000 staff this year

eCargo Holdings acquires 85% stake of Metcash’s China business

Germany: REWE appoints new CEO REWE Group has strengthened its international trading business: As of April 1, 2019, Jan-Peer Brenneke will start as CEO of REWE International AG and Divisional Board for Commodity Trade International of the REWE Group in Wiener Neudorf and will work on strengthening and…

Walmart buys Israeli product review insight firm Aspectiva

US: Schnuck Markets improves store operations and customer experience with Zebra Retail Solutions Zebra Technologies Corporation, an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, announced that Schnuck Markets, Inc. (Schnucks)…

Shinsegae to launch online shopping platform

Delhaize to leave headquarters in Brussels

Coop's Änglamark voted Sweden's favourite green brand: survey Coop's eco-friendly brand Änglamark has emerged as Sweden's favourite green brand, according to a new survey. Grumme occupied the second position, while Coop ranked third. Maria Billow Bergendahl, brand manager of own brands at Coop, said: "We…

FTC approves Giant Food Stores’ acquisition of 5 Shop ‘n Save locations

Target: online marketplace launched

US: Massachusetts Stop & Shop associates vote to authorize strike Stop & Shop employees in Massachusetts voted unanimously in favor of a strike after their three-year contract expired at midnight on February 23. Almost 10,000 Stop & Shop employees are represented by Randolph,…

Carrefour signed agreement to phase out plastic packaging by 2025

ICA prepares for radical change in online food shopping

Belgium: Aldi appoints new Chief Executive Officer Aldi Belgium has appointed Wim Voet as its new chief executive officer, reports www.gondola.be. He will succeed Hendrik Van de Walle, who will join the board of directors of Aldi Nord on 1 March. Voet has been a part of the retail group for 32 years, and…

Southeastern Grocers: 22 stores closing

Sprouts Farmers Market: Q4 and full year 2018 results

US: Grocery pickup service coming to Lima Walmart stores in March Grocery pickup service is coming to Walmart’s two Lima locations. The new service is expected to launch at Allentown Road and Harding Highway Walmart stores on March 20, allowing customers to order their groceries online and pick up at the…

Possible Metro takeover by Czech investor Kretinsky cleared by Watchdog

JD and Rakuten: collaboration on unmanned delivery solutions in Japan

Noon expands into Egypt Pure ecommerce retailer Noon has said it is testing its operations before officially entering Egypt. When it goes live in the country, Egypt will be the third country where Noon is available, after Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Its expansion into Egypt will be supported by a customer…

Publix: 3 more GreenWise Market locations

SpartanNash: Q4 and fiscal year 2018 financial results

Canada: Loblaw profit beats estimates on retail sales Loblaw Cos Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as more people shopped at the Canadian retailer’s food and drug stores. In the face of stiff competition from Amazon.com Inc, Loblaw has been expanding its home delivery services in…

Woolworths H1 results: sales up 2.3% to AU$30.6bln

Lidl plans to open 103 new shops in Denmark over the next few years

Carrefour China trials conveyor belt solution in-store Mirroring the in-store fulfilment option from Hema, Carrefour China is trialling the use of a ceiling conveyor system at its Shanghai Gubei hypermarket. The announcement was made by Carrefour Asia’s executive director and Carrefour China’s president…

Albertsons Companies: partnership renewed with KeHE

Kroger: next 2 locations for Ocado-powered automated fulfillment centers

US Report: Walmart brings website ad sales in-house Walmart is bringing its website ad sales and the related analytics work in-house, according to Ad Age. The account has been handled by WPP’s Triad, and the move eliminates most of the work for Triad, which WPP acquired less than three years ago. The…

Penny Market: investment in organic private label

Albert Heijn pilots zero-emission delivery trucks for city supermarkets

Carrefour to 'downsize' five hypermarkets in Italy Due to challenges in the hypermarket sector, Carrefour Italia is to downsize five of its 51 hypermarkets in Italy, reports Il Sole 24 Ore. Under the Carrefour 2022 transformation plan, the retailer is to review its large-scale retail model in favour of…

Amazon plans to cut its carbon footprint

Walmart: Q4 results

US: Winco to enter Montana with 2 stores WinCo Foods is entering its 10th state on March 3 with the opening of two stores in Montana. The stores - WinCo's 125th and 126th locations - will be located in Helena and Billings, and each will measure roughly 84,000 square feet. Each will be staffed by about 150 associates from nearby…

Lulu Group: to open 8 hypermarkets by 2020

Majid Al Futtaim: AI-powered platform

Spain: Vegalsa-Eroski purchases 935 local suppliers Vegalsa-Eroski has strengthened its “commitment to the local” by buying products from 935 local suppliers. In 2018, the company allocated over €346mln to purchases from suppliers in Asturias Castilla y León and Galicia (an increase of 6.2% from 2017).…

Wegmans, Publix, Nugget: again on Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For

Farmstead: compostable produce bags for fruit and vegetable delivery

Shoppers want more private-label products from Amazon: study Shoppers would like to be able to purchase more private-branded products on Amazon.com, according to a new study. Investing.com polled approximately 1,000 Amazon shoppers, both Prime members and non-Prime members. The majority of respondents…

Spar Netherlands: 100th Spar Express store

Groupe Casino: agreement to sell 33 stores to Lidl

South Africa: Pick n Pay trials a R5 reusable bag made from green plastic bottles Pick n Pay is trialling the lowest priced reusable bag yet in South Africa, as an affordable reusable alternative to plastic carrier bags. This first of its kind and environment-friendly R5 budget bag is made from green…

Amazon Air: rapidly expanding fleet

Tops Markets expands grocery delivery program

US: BJ's owners register to sell remainder of stake in company More than 42% of East Coast grocery chain BJ’s Wholesale Club may be headed to market. The company filed forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to prepare more than 58mln shares of common stock for sale. “This prospectus…

Carrefour Italia: easy online shopping with Auto-Add

The Casino Group signs agreement to sell R2C

Alibaba buys World First, eyes Metro China investment Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial says it plans to buy UK-headquartered money-transfer company WorldFirst. And in separate news, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth is in discussions over investing in the Metro China wholesale retail business. The…

Hy-Vee: more locations for Fast & Fresh

Amazon: plans for New York HQ2 cancelled

US: Hy-Vee has big plans for fresh-focused, small-format Fast & Fresh concept Roughly two months after opening its first store under the format in Davenport, Iowa, Midwest grocer Hy-Vee Inc. has launched its first Fast & Fresh location in the Des Moines area, the Des Moines Register reported. And…

E.Leclerc: sales up 1.5% in full-year 2018

Co-op: first ever franchise stores

Australia: Coles steps up backend processes in digital push Three months after emerging from Wesfarmers as a separately-listed entity, Coles Group has rolled out new software to improve backend functions, such as procurement, supplier payment and HR, with the ultimate goal of freeing up employees’ time…

Amazon: live-streamed shopping videos

Kroger: mobile payment solution

US: Independent grocery stores on Mercato.com realize significant online sales growth, despite increased competition Recent data from Mercato, the online ordering and delivery marketplace for independent grocers, shows that the platform is helping food retailers significantly increase online sales, with some more than tripling…

Albert Heijn and HEMA: pilot stores

Spar Group: 8.2% rise in 17-week sales

E.Leclerc sees sales up in Poland despite Sunday trading ban E.Leclerc Polska, the Polish arm of the French retail operator, posted a 3.89% sales increase last year to PLN 2.91bln, despite the introduction of a Sunday trading ban in he country. Commenting on its performance, Jean-Philippe Magré,…

Driverless delivery startup Nuro: $940mln SoftBank investment

Walmart and Deliv: online grocery partnership ends

US: Consumers are warming up to online grocery, report says According to IRI, consumers' increasingly positive attitude toward online shopping is resulting in greater sales gains. For the 52 weeks ended December 30, 2018, grocery e-commerce sales totaled $58.9bln - a 35.4% increase over the previous…

Carrefour: solar on 36 superstores in France

Iceland considers bid for Sainsbury’s-Asda stores

Spain: DIA introduces 2018-2023 'strategic plan' to turn around fortunes Spanish retailer DIA has outlined details of its 2018-2023 strategic plan, The New DIA, which will focus on the "transformation, modernisation and future" of the retailer, built around a renewal process focusing on several main…

Giant/Martin’s: dedicated checkout for Valentine’s Day shoppers

Los Altos Ranch Market expands into Tucson

Lidl names Roman Heini as Lidl US chairman Lidl US adds Roman Heini to its leadership team as chairman, effective March 1. Having joined the deep discounter last October after more than 18 years at Lidl rival Aldi in a variety of senior positions, Heini will relocate to Lidl US’ Arlington, Virginia,…

Kaufland: 121 stores in Romania

Colruyt: voice commerce in Belgium

Sweden: ICA Gruppen aims to go carbon neutral by 2020 Sweden's ICA Gruppen has announced that it is aiming to go carbon neutral across its operations by 2020. In 2019, its key area of focus will be to reduce the company's carbon footprint by inspiring customers and suppliers to opt for sustainable and…

Amazon: public transport as parcel carrier

Sedano’s: first-of-its-kind automated sorting system

U.S. bankruptcy judge approves sale of Sears to Chairman Lampert A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Edward Lampert’s $5.2bln takeover of the beleaguered retailer, allowing the department store chain to avert liquidation and preserve tens of thousands of jobs. Judge Robert Drain…

Ingles: strong Q1 results

Costco: January sales results

US: Aldi opening doors on shared Kohl’s space Food discounter Aldi and department store chain Kohl’s Inc. this week are beginning what they hope will be a fruitful run as next-door neighbors. The Aldi store opened February 7 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, was built into a portion of a building that formerly belonged entirely to…

Online grocery spend in US peaks at 3%

Kroger: grants to food waste innovators

US: Food retailer Smart & Final explores sale - sources Smart & Final Stores Inc, a U.S. food retailer controlled by private equity firm Ares Management Corp, is exploring options that include a sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter. An outright sale would allow Ares…

Coop: 300-store milestone

Russian tycoon: bid for Spanish supermarket chain Dia

China's Pinduoduo to raise more than $1bln in Alibaba challenge China’s upstart e-commerce company Pinduoduo Inc. and its shareholders filed to sell more than 50mln shares in a secondary offering that could raise about $1.5bln after the company’s public debut last year. The Shanghai-based company plans…

Farm Boy: Toronto expansion with east end location

Saladworks: more locations inside ShopRites

Canada: Empire wins approval for Safeway staff buyouts in British Columbia Empire Company Limited says a recent labour decision allowing it to offer buyouts to Safeway employees in British Columbia gives it the opportunity to improve store profitability in the province. In a press release Sobeys’ parent…

First fresh food digital marketplace in Canada

Hy-Vee: new pilot program to reduce food waste

US: Aldi pushes forward with Ohio expansion German retailer Aldi is doubling down on its growth plan with the announcement of further expansion of its distribution center in Hinckley, Ohio. The move is set to increase employment and keep the company on track to reach its expansion goals. “As Aldi…

Aldi Nord and South: first time discount offers on permanently listed brands

Online grocery store KadaiRuncit: same day delivery

CFAO to expand Supeco cash & carry format to Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon CFAO has announced it is rethinking its strategy to extend its reach. It plans to expand the Supeco cash & carry format to Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon. The franchisee hopes to open between eight to 10 Supeco…

Jumbo City: delivery in 45 minutes

Plus has reduced the price of everyday fruit and vegetables

German retailer Metro weighs selling majority of China unit German food wholesaler Metro is considering selling a majority of its business in China to a local bidder. The company is willing to sell as much as 80% of the Chinese business while retaining a significant minority if an attractive offer is…

Farmstead: automatic replenishment program

Amazon: Sales up 20% in Q4

US: Raley's redevelops entire portfolio of private label groceries Western grocer Raley's relaunched its private-label program, overhauling packaging design and updating formulations in accordance with its list of banned ingredients. The relaunch includes its namesake national-brand-equivalent-plus brand; Raley's Purely Made…

Metro Cash & Carry: largest turnover growth of the past 12 years

Majid Al Futtaim: 2018 year-end results

Lazada ramps up supermarket plans in Southeast Asia Lazada Group announced it will ramp up its supermarket business in Southeast Asia, as part of plans to accelerate its growth to become the region’s biggest ecommerce ecosystem. The first country to ignite the supermarket transformation is Singapore when…

Peapod Digital Labs is partnering with Deliv

Grocery Outlet: new platform

US: Supermarkets surpass discounters in shopping experience When it comes to the customer experience, supermarkets lead discount grocery competitors Aldi and Walmart but trail in perception of value for the money, according to Retail Feedback Group (RFG). In the consumer research firm’s 2019 U.S. Supermarket Experience Study,…


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