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Casino: Franprix boss to also head Monoprix

Walmart aims to list its Japanese supermarket unit Seiyu

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

H-E-B: Tech Hub in Austin

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

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

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

Conad: rationalisation process with Nordiconad, Conad del Tirreno merger

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

Food Lion: grocery pickup at more than 100 stores

Amazon: robust delivery service in Las Vegas

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

Rakuten: autonomous delivery robots tested in Japan

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

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

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

Ahold Delhaize: new supply chain immersion program

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

Tesco: no timetable for 'finest' store launch

Amazon: online fresh produce debut in Japan

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

Kroger: first quarter 2019 results

Walmart: self-driving delivery test from warehouse to warehouse

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

JD.com: record-breaking June 18 Anniversary Sale

Colruyt: market share expands again

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

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

Kroger: 30-minute delivery pilot

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

Carrefour: store with facial recognition and sensors

Costco: first physical store in China

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

Albertsons: more self-checkouts across grocery banners

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

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

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

Carrefour has opened its first restaurant in Paris

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

Ahold Delhaize USA services company: new technology office

Loblaw: food waste-fighting app is rolling out nationally

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

Kaufland: new hypermarket concept in Romania

Mercadona: new e-commerce offering in Barcelona

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

Dollarama: Q1 profit and sales up from year ago

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

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

Lidl: grocery delivery in Ireland extended

Coles is cutting 450 jobs

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

Walmart: a sweeping overhaul at Jet.com

Loblaw partners with Microsoft

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

Waitrose & Partners: Rapid Delivery trial outside London extended

Wesfarmers is buying e-commerce retailer Catch Group

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

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

Amazon: visual search engine launched

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

Sainsbury’s: reverse vending recycling trial

Costco: first New Zealand store

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

Weis Markets: Birdzi’s customer engagement ecosystem

Target: blockchain-powered solution for supply chain management

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

Tesco: store and warehouse workers wages raise

Supermarket chain X5 Retail Group scouts for Israeli tech

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

Walmart: new step stools in its warehouses

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

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

Groupe Casino sells six stores

Amazon: kiosks in UK train stations launched

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

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

Loblaw joins Loop

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

Delhaize and bol.com are starting a collaboration

Alibaba to invest in Russian e-commerce JV

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

Costco: May sales results

Mercatus and ShopperKit announce partnership to help grocers fulfill online orders

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

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

Woolworths: major milestone in fight against food waste

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

Sprouts Farmers Markets: National Hiring Day

FreshCo’s expansion in the West continues

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

Flipkart: legal spat with startup

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

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

Kroger: new Michigan Fresh Center

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

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

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

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

Shufersal: pilot store in Tel Aviv with no checkouts

Metcash: new deal with Drakes Supermarkets

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

Amazon: 1-day delivery option expanded

Survey: Walmart's grocery delivery outranks Amazon

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

Albert Heijn: partnership with KNVB

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

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

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

Walmart Canada: urban supercenter format debut

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

Aldi Süd: first store in China opens on 7th of June

Casino completes sale of three hypermarkets to Leclerc

Tesco Poland: boosting profit, moving towards EDLP strategy Tesco’s loss-making operation in Poland has been a drag on the retailer’s profitability in central Europe. Tesco Poland has managed to turn around its profitability via its three-year transformation programme, which has helped boost regional…

Tops Markets is expanding its grocery pickup program

Food City: GlobalWorx DSD supply chain platform

Canada: Fresh City acquires The Healthy Butcher Less than two months after its last acquisition, Toronto’s Fresh City is at it again. The grocer has acquired The Healthy Butcher - an organic meat retailer founded in 2005 by husband and wife Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo - which has two Toronto locations.…

Profi: 1,000th store opened

New store concept: 7-Eleven Australia opens checkout-free store

Amazon Japan and Life supermarket tie up to sell fresh foods online, starting in Tokyo Amazon.com Inc.’s Japanese unit and Life Corp., one of the country’s major supermarket chains, said they will join forces to sell fresh foods online starting later this year, aiming to attract elderly and busy…

Wegmans ends babysitting service

Stop & Shop: high-tech dog house summer pilot

Canada: Supermarket’s grocery shopping video game earns customers discounts Canadian supermarket chain No Frills, which recently re-branded its discount shoppers by naming them “haulers,” is launching an integrated campaign with an online, digital shopping video game. Hosted on the NoFrills.ca website,…

Albert Heijn: Nutri-Score food label

Waitrose & Partners: ‘invisible door’ to reduce energy bills

Italy: CIA-Conad to invest €300mln in network by 2021 Italian retail cooperative CIA-Conad is to invest more than €300mln in new store openings and the restructuring of existing stores. The details of the development plan for the period 2019-2020 were released during the company's annual General Assembly…

DoorDash has raised $600mln in funding

Target: seven Phoenix-area stores up for renovations by end of the year

US: DoorDash secures $600mln in another major funding round DoorDash has raised $600mln in funding, increasing the food delivery company’s valuation to $12.6bln, according to a company blog post. DoorDash reports that its business has grown more than 60% earlier this year while it also continued its…

Aman: acquisition approval of Orion supermarket chain

VinMart: Vietnam’s first virtual store opened

X5 Retail Group opens 15,000th store in Russia Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group has announced that it has opened its 15,000th store. The new launch is a Pyaterochka outlet in Zelenograd featuring a new store design. The move is a part of the retail chain's external and internal transformation plan,…

Shopify acquired Handshake

Kroger: deployment of higi stations expanded

Google launches Grow My Store tool Google has unveiled a new tool known as Grow My Store to support retailers with improving their customers’ online and omnichannel experiences. The new Grow My Store tool gives retailers a rating of their website, while generating reports with recommendations on how to…

Casino and Monoprix owner is granted protection from creditors

M&S announces plans to close 25 Simply Food stores

Denmark: Irma increases availability of sustainable food, sourced locally Danish grocery chain Irma has unveiled the first of a range of products sourced from Danish food entrepreneurs, which are now available in selected stores. The Coop-owned retailer entered into a collaboration with Greater…

BJ’s Wholesale Club has its eye on the fresh grocery sector

Sprouts Farmers Market: new stores in California, Arizona and New Jersey

US: Grocery industry to change look of retail real estate The grocery industry will undergo a significant transformation over the next 10 years, and the commercial real estate sector will change as a result, according to CBRE’s new report, U.S. Food in Demand Series: Grocery. Consumer shopping habits,…

Oregon-based Basics Market expands next-gen concept

KeHE Distributors has joined with TowerBrook Capital Partners

US: Basics Market expands next-gen concept in Oregon Oregon-based Basics Market has announced plans for a new location in Portland's Pearl District, according to a company press release. Once opened, the store will be the company’s third location since it launched last September. The 13,000-square-foot…

Majid Al Futtaim: solar power to Carrefour Jordan stores

O`KEY Group: operating results for Q1 2019

Germany: Discounter Norma commits to responsible staff uniforms German discounter Norma has announced it will only source staff uniforms bearing the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) seal, which ensures responsible production. This standard guarantees the use of only pesticide-free organic cotton as…

Flipkart plans to open brick-and-mortar grocery stores in India

Coles: new private label

Germany: Kaufland ceases sale of disposable plastic bags German retailer Kaufland has ceased offering disposable plastic bags in its stores in order to further contribute to the reduction of plastic waste. Since March, the company has gradually reduced the sale of these bags in 50 branches in Baden-Württemberg and sold off its…

Purple Carrot to be acquired by Oisix

Target: Q1 sales growth enhanced by digital capabilities

US: Walmart to make first direct pitch to big corporate ad buyers at New York event Walmart Inc will meet large consumer goods companies and advertising firms for the first time in New York next week to pitch its advertising business, as the world’s largest retailer aims to rev up its website and stores…

Jumbo: 650th store

Carrefour China: sales talks continue, despite denial

Zimbabwe: SPAR launches online SPAR Zimbabwe has launched its online store, which it claims is a first from a leading retailer in the country. In the short term, the home-delivery service will only be available for shoppers in Harare, while there is also an option to enable shoppers to collect orders…

Kroger: partnership with Loop

Whole Foods: plastic straws ban and smaller produce bags

US: 7-Eleven debuts nearly 100 better-for-you products 7-Eleven is launching almost 100 new, better-for-you (BFY) products for 125 of its Los Angeles-area stores. Products from 31 up-and-coming companies include options for power-snackers, restricted diet-followers and anyone looking for ways to…

Co-op: green light for new southern distribution centre

DIA: eleventh-hour agreement to secure financing

UK: Waitrose & Partners expands in-home delivery service Waitrose & Partners is extending its in-home unattended delivery service, While You’re Away, following a successful initial trial. In October 2018, Waitrose became the first UK retailer to deliver groceries through in-home unattended…

Philadelphia-area ShopRite workers OK contract

Walmart: new 300-acre HQ planned to attract top talent

US: Publix doubles spending on Lakeland HQ expansion to $65mln It appears the Florida-based retailer finally disclosed that it indeed has plans of transforming its headquarters. The retailer’s HQ is transforming from Dr. Banner to full-on Hulk, so to speak. According to News Chief, records show that the…

X5: 'smart kitchen'

Spencer's Retail to buy upmarket grocery chain Nature's Basket

Malta: Supermarket chain completely stopping the sale of single-use plastics Valyou Supermarkets, who currently have three stores around Malta, have taken the initiative to reduce the sale of single-use plastic products from their stores, making it the second massive stance the company has taken in the…

The Fresh Market: all stores Instacart

Lidl has revealed plans to open 25 East Coast stores

US: Whole Foods sees uptick in foot traffic, drop in new shoppers Whole Foods saw a 16.5% increase in foot traffic in Q1 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from inMarket. The increase may be attributed to incentives for Amazon’s 90mln Prime members. The number of new…

Carrefour China: smart distribution strategy extended

Alibaba Group: March quarter and full fiscal year 2019 results

India: BigBasket launches services in Kochi Online grocery market BigBasket has launched its services in Kerala. Hari Menon, co-founder and CEO of BigBasket, said that he will be setting up a collection centre near Kochi to collect fresh vegetables and fruits to cater to the local market. Customers can…

Amazon: big investment in food courier Deliveroo

Walmart: best U.S. Q1 comps in almost a decade

US: Cardenas Markets is growing and keeping life flavorful Cardenas Markets, a Hispanic grocer, opened its newest store last week in Las Vegas, making this its fifth store in that market and 56th overall. This store opening was the first of four new stores planned for 2019, each located in separate…

Amazon: new click and collect service

Auchan: Vietnam exit is already drawing interest from potential buyers

Poland: Biedronka will provide toilets for customers According to Radio Zet, new discounted Biedronka will have public toilets. This is a response to complaints from the residents of Mława, who complained about the lack of toilets at one of the local portals. In response, representatives of Biedronka…

Lidl: Boxed Express on-demand delivery

Trader Joe's: YouTube channel debut

US: Kroger to form consumer brand incubator Pushing ahead with its alternative business strategy, The Kroger Co. has teamed with private investment firm Lindsay Goldberg to form an incubator for next-generation consumer product brands. Called PearlRock Partners, the platform will identify, invest in and…

Walmart is considering stock market listing for UK arm Asda

Lidl parent Schwarz Group: sales exceed €100bln for first time

Spain: DIA posts net loss on sliding sales Sales slid and losses continued at Spain’s DIA in the first three months of the year, the supermarket chain said, as investors awaited the next step in a takeover bid by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman’s investment fund. Dia posted a net loss of 144.4mln euros…

Grocery Outlet filed for its initial public offering

Amazon has almost doubled its brand value

US: ShopRite to open 'state of the art' store in Connecticut ShopRite announced it will open a “state-of-the-art” full-service store in Cromwell, Connecticut on May 18, according to a press release. The 67,000-square-foot store will include a community room and culinary center for cooking classes, a…

Dunedin Countdown supermarkets: app tested for dobbing in mobility park thieves

Auchan to sell 46 stores in Italy to Conad: reports

Poland: Dino sees 23% growth in revenue in Q1 2019 Polish grocery giant Dino Polska has posted a 23% year-on-year growth in revenue to PLN 1.56bln (€360mln) in the first quarter of its financial year. The group's EBITDA increased by 26.2% to PLN 132.2mln (€30.77mln), with the EBITDA margin growing by 0.3…

Walmart: next-day delivery

Metro: grocery ecommerce expanded to Ontario

US: Piggly Wiggly Midwest joins Healthy Savings network Piggly Wiggly Midwest has begun accepting the Healthy Savings program, which gives customers discounts on better-for-you foods. The Sheboygan, Wisconsin-based grocer said shoppers can now redeem savings under the program, a service of electronic…

JD.com: first quarter 2019 results

Salling Group: 163 Netto stores sold to Coop Sverige

Slovenia: Mercator Group posts net profit of €1.6mln in FY 2018 Slovenia’s Mercator Group has posted a net profit of €1.6mln in its financial year 2018, after reporting a loss of €184.4mln a year earlier. Net sales revenue increased by 1.2% to €2.18bln, with FMCG sales - Mercator's main activity - up by…

Buehler’s Fresh Foods updates online shopping experience

H-E-B: commitment expands to North Texas

US: Walmart agrees to power more than 40 stores with solar energy Walmart Inc. reached a deal to power more than 40 stores in five states with solar energy as it works toward a goal of getting half its electricity from renewables by 2025. The retail giant signed 46 power-purchase agreements and leases…

FY results for Consum

Lidl: 30 years in France celebration

UK: Jack’s private label lines launched in Tesco stores Tesco rolls out Jack’s private label products to 900 of its stores. Tesco has rolled out Jack’s private label products into Tesco stores for the first time. Nine private label products from its discount fascia, Jack’s, will be stocked in 900 of its…

Sobeys: online home delivery brand

Costco: April sales results

US: UNFI's Cub Foods stores welcomes new CEO Since being acquired by UNFI in its $2.9bln SuperValu transaction last year, Cub Foods has been the subject of much speculation. And now, it seems, the banner has a new CEO. Mike Stigers stepped into the new position in the last few weeks, in the wake of UNFI losing some of its top…

Glovo: fundraising €150mln to expand in Morocco and worldwide

Lidl: four new stores in Spain

Germany: Redos in talks with Metro on potential Real hypermarkets deal - sources German retailer Metro remains in talks with a consortium led by real estate investor Redos over a potential sale of Metro’s hypermarket chain Real, sources close to the matter said. Talks with a different consortium led by property investor…

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of VIP Wholesale

Amazon has expanded its in-car delivery service

US: Struggling discount grocer Save-A-Lot to seek buyer or investor - sources Save-A-Lot Ltd, the U.S. discount grocer owned by private equity firm Onex Corp, is exploring a sale of all or part of itself, as it grapples with increased competition and a swelling debt load, people familiar with the matter…

Ahold Delhaize: first quarter 2019 results

Robinsons Retail: 150 new stores planned in Philippines

Croatia has biggest monthly decline in retail sales in EU In March 2019 compared with February 2019, Croatia was in a group of EU countries with the biggest decline in the volume of retail sales but it was also in a group of countries recording the biggest annual increase of the seasonally adjusted…

Lucky Supermarkets: Instacart delivery

Amazon Go: first time in New York and also first time to accept cash

US: Kroger to open 2 new stores, remodel 11 & close 1 in Metro Detroit Kroger announced a large investment in Michigan stores, along with one store closure last week in Metro Detroit. Kroger announced its plans to invest $97mln in Michigan during 2019 by adding two new stores, remodeling 11 stores…

Carrefour: job cut target in French hypermarkets raised to 3,000

ICA: Q1 sales up 3.4%

South Africa: Massmart CEO resigns as retailer eyes Africa expansion Massmart Chief Executive Guy Hayward will step down before the end of the year, the South African retailer said, ending five years at the helm of the supermarket group as it plans to expand further in Africa. The 52-year-old’s departure comes after the group…

Weis Markets: price reductions boost Q1 sales and comps

Hy-Vee: free grocery pickup and delivery a closer reach

Canada: Walmart invests $200mln to refresh stores Walmart Canada says it will invest more than $200mln to refresh 31 stores over the next year. As part of the improvements, the big-box retailer is expanding its fresh food Supercentre format to more locations, which it says will “create a more seamless…

UK: Experience-led activation by Sainsbury's

METRO Cash & Carry turns profitable in India after 15 years of operations METRO was the first cash & carry player to foray into India in 2003. Since then it has opened 27 wholesale distribution centers across the country spanning 1.8mln sq. ft. of gross floor area and catering to over 3mln…

US: Wegmans introduces shop-and-scan tool

US: Walmart is testing ways to trim the size of its store management staff Walmart is testing out a new employee structure within its stores in an attempt to cut down the size of its store management staff. The nation’s biggest employer is looking to see if it can have fewer midlevel store managers…

Countdown: March quarter sales lifted thanks to growth in fruit, vegetables and perishables

Amazon: platform opened to local retail market in Israel

Walmart-owned Flipkart in talks to buy Indian grocery chain - report Walmart Inc-owned e-commerce firm Flipkart is in talks to buy Indian grocery chain Namdhari’s Fresh, CNBC-TV18 reported, citing sources. Namdhari's operates over 30 stores in the southern city of Bengaluru, and the acquisition will help…

Farmstead: Smart Shopping List

Sprouts Farmers Market: 10% sales increase in Q1

Canada: The Sweet Potato introduces black plastic recycling program Toronto grocer The Sweet Potato recently introduced a recycling program for black plastic after belatedly discovering it is not accepted by the City of Toronto. In a recent blog post announcing the program’s creation, The Sweet Potato…

Woolworths: Q3 grocery sales lifted by 4.2%

First Coviran Plus store in Portugal

Finland: S Group reports net sales decrease S Group reported net sales for Q1. It said these fell by 0.7% in compared to 2018, to €2.6bln. Like-for-like retail sales decreased by 1.3% to €1.8bln (including sales in Estonia and Russia) following exceptional sales last year and Easter being in April this…

Amazon: grocery delivery expansion from Whole Foods Market to 13 metros

Loblaws: Q1 financial results

US: QFC takes supermarkets out of the doghouse Next month, eight QFC stores in greater Seattle plan to deploy high-tech doghouses to give customers a safe, comfortable place to keep their pets outside as they shop. Developed by “pet tech” startup DogSpot, the app-connected doghouses are temperature-controlled, camera-monitored,…

Amazon launches officially in UAE

Auchan to sell 21 sites in France

Philippines: Injap Sia opens 1st supermarket Mang Inasal founder Edgar “Injap” Sia II has opened his first supermarket under the pioneering brand, MerryMart Grocery Centers. This marks a homecoming of sorts for Sia whose family has been operating a grocery chain in Capiz. He said the family’s experience…

Mercato moves headquarters

Lidl plans New York expansion

US: Acme Fresh Market names new president Independent grocer Acme Fresh Market, with 16 stores in northeastern Ohio, has named fifth-generation family member Nick Albrecht president of the company. Previously EVP of the company, Albrecht succeeds Jim Trout, who was the first non-family member to hold the position. Trout has…

Sainsbury's: UK's first checkout-free grocery store

Spar France: app for independent retailers

Lithuania: Maxima announces plan to invest €10mln in solar power plants Lithuanian retailer Maxima Grupė has announced plans to invest more than €10mln in the construction of solar power plants across the Baltics over the next five years. The solar power plants will have the capacity to generate up to 2…

Retail Industry Leaders Association joined push to pass Restoring Investment in Improvements Act

Tops: Instacart expansion in Pennsylvania

US: RILA joins push to pass Restoring Investment in Improvements Act The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has joined 850 national organizations in urging Congress to co-sponsor the Restoring Investment in Improvements Act. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would spur job creation and…

Pick n Pay: 18% jump in full-year earnings

Casino: first quarter results

FamilyMart Japan investing in labour-saving technologies Japanese convenience store FamilyMart Holdings is preparing to invest ¥25bln (US$223mln) on labour-saving technologies. The firm will partner with tech firm Panasonic to introduce self check-out, digital displays and other similar devices which automate procedures…

Whole Foods: new in-store eateries in Florida and California

Northgate González Market: 360-degree marketing campaign

US: Farm Stores goes big with tiny eco-friendly drive-thrus A regional Florida convenience store called Farm Stores has a big East Coast expansion on the way. The chain is unique not only because of how customers visit the store, but also because of the materials used to make some of the stores…

GPA: Q1 sales up 12%

Carrefour: improvement in France

Belgium and France: Colruyt Group selects Juniper Networks to support its digital transformation Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, announced that Colruyt Group, one of the largest retailers in Belgium and France, has deployed Juniper Networks’ solutions to improve its data…

Sobeys: first FreshCo store in Western Canada

Amazon: record quarterly profit

US: Kroger, Walgreens test cameras in aisles Retailers are testing out smart shelves and coolers with penny-sized cameras that collect information on shoppers and their purchases, according to the Associated Press. The technology is aimed at personalizing the shopping experience, but also raises questions about customer…

British supermarket Iceland: home delivery in Prague

Casino Group: money management app

Kaufland Australia appoints new CEO Kaufland has appointed Richard Umbers as its new CEO. Umbers, who left Australian department store chain Myer 12 months ago as CEO, will be based at Kaufland’s headquarters in Germany. Umbers has previously held management roles at Woolworths Group and was Managing…

Albertsons: Q4 profits improve as sales inch up

Wegmans Food Markets to reduce in-store plastic packaging

US: Mass retailer private label sales dominate national brands Dollar volume from mass retailer private label brands climbed 41% over the past five years while national brands only increased by 7.4%, according to a report from the Private Label Manufacturers Association that analyzed Nielsen data. Store…

British Land sells 12 Sainsbury’s stores

Casino agreed to sell assets to Apollo Global

Australia: Woolworths launches free supplier app to improve product availability and merchandising Woolworths suppliers can now download a newly developed app that allows them to more closely monitor the sales performance of their products in each store. The app - named Compass - is available on Apple…

After 50 years in business: Stanley's Fresh Fruits and Vegetables closes abruptly

Albertsons Companies: new pledge to reduce plastic use in packaging

US: Wegmans extends its reach Upcoming new stores from Wegmans Food Markets will push its Mid-Atlantic market farther south and also establish a presence in the New York City area. On April 28, Wegmans plans to open a 113,000-square-foot store near the intersection of Virginia Beach and Independence…

Albert Heijn: most sustainable supermarket in the Netherlands

X5 Retail Group: net retail sales growth in Q1 2019

Japan: Seven & i posts 12.5% increase in revenue Seven & i Holdings has released a strong set of annual results (ending 28 February 2019), posting a 12.5% increase in operating revenue to JPY6,791.2bln (US$60.7bln), with operating income up 5.1% to JPY411.5bln (US$3.7bln). Revenue from its…

Grocers: HFC-free stores

Raley’s: computer-generated order and inventory management system

US: Trader Joe's & Southwest Airlines among America's best employers Healthy grocery chain Trader Joe's has officially been dubbed the best large sized employer in 2019. Forbes released its annual list of best employers with the California-based grocer and Southwest Airlines claiming the top two…

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…


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