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Konzum is to increase the sale of local fresh produce

Tesco will limit the number of items customers can order in an online shop to 80

France: Auchan gives its employees bonuses for staying at workFrench retailer Auchan, one of the leading food retailers in the world, will pay bonuses to all its employees in stores, warehouses and home delivery divisions. Thus, in total, over 65,000 employees at Auchan stores in France will receive a…

Lucky’s Market plans to sell 23 stores and its distribution center

Walmart: Customers will be able to check out completely contact-free

US: Albertsons Companies partner with major businesses to offer part-time jobs to their furloughed employeesThroughout the country, businesses have been forced to close or scale back operations, furlough employees or reduce hours due to the COVID-19 crisis. Albertsons Companies is in a unique position to…

Lidl US will hire up to 1,000 temporary employees

Kroger is testing a pickup-only store in Cincinnati area

US: Grocery Outlet sees strong finish to fiscal yearGrocery Outlet Holding Corp. topped Wall Street’s earnings forecast for its 2019 fourth quarter and fiscal year, with net sales climbing by double digits in both periods. For the fourth quarter ended December 28, 2019, net sales surged 12% to $655.5mln…

Sainsbury’s will temporarily close 12 convenience stores

Casino: Suspending its financial guidance for 2020

UK: Asda extends pay support for colleagues through Covid-19Asda has announced that it is extending its support for colleagues who are impacted by Covid-19 and needing to self-isolate. In addition to providing full pay to colleagues who have been identified by Government as needing to self-isolate for 12…

Musgrave is hiring hundreds of new staff on a temporary basis

Ninjacart plans to supply vegetables and fruits directly to apartments during lockdown

Israel: Online supermarket startup raises $14mln as shoppers shun stores amid coronavirus crisisThe coronavirus epidemic has played into the hands of the Israeli online supermarket startup Quik. The company is moving up its business plan by two years and has secured a 50mln shekel ($13.6mln) investment,…

Fairway Market has announced winning bids

H-E-B: Grocery delivery service for seniors instead of “senior hours”

US: Target withdraws forecasts, curbs spending to meet virus-related demandTarget Corp withdrew its financial outlook and said it would scale back on planned investments to focus on meeting surging demand as Americans stock up on essentials and stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.…

C&S Wholesale Grocers and US Foods partnered to combat job and food insecurities

FreshDirect: partnership with all 5 New York City Borough Presidents

US: Mercato, SPINS launch attribute-powered grocery ecommerce solutionMercato, a grocery ecommerce fulfillment platform for independent grocers and specialty food stores, and SPINS, a wellness-focused data and technology provider, have teamed for the launch of what the companies called the largest…

Several ICA stores in Sweden have been forced to stop ecommerce activities

Morrisons: Food box initiative

Turkey: Supermarket chain Migros to hire 1,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak - reportTurkish supermarket chain Migros Ticaret A.S. intends to hire 1,000 people in the next two weeks so as to meet higher demand for online orders during the coronavirus pandemic, the company said, as quoted by local media. The retail chain is…

Morrisons, Iceland, Sainsbury’s and Aldi to install protective screens at checkouts

Australia's biggest supermarkets have been granted permission by the ACCC to work together

How Alibaba's Freshippo adapted to keep delivering in virus-hit ChinaAs people in China retreated indoors in late January to avoid the coronavirus, Alibaba’s supermarket chain Freshippo faced a dilemma: online orders for fruit were soaring but supplies were low. To ease the crunch, Freshippo asked staff…

Kroger: One-time bonus for workers during crisis

Instacart plans to bring on 300,000 new personal shoppers over the next 3 months

Canada: Sobeys to install plexiglass barriers at checkouts as grocers work to stay open amid coronavirus outbreakSobeys parent company Empire Co. Ltd. has ordered thousands of plexiglass screens to be installed at store checkouts in an effort to provide some separation between staff and customers. The…

John Lewis Partnership to temporarily close all of its 50 John Lewis shops

Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Lidl said they would hire thousands of staff

Israel: Supermarket chain Shufersal Q4 profit more than doublesShufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, reported a more than doubling of its quarterly net profit due to the acquisition of a drugstore chain and a revaluation in its real estate assets. Shufersal said it earned 117mln shekels ($32mln)…

IFDA has partnered with FMI

Report: Amazon has bid on four Fairway locations

Amazon asks shoppers to cooperate with U.S. probe of third-party sellersAmazon.com Inc has started asking customers to cooperate with a Department of Justice criminal investigation of third-party sellers on its e-commerce marketplace, according to an email seen by Reuters. The company is informing…

Poland plans to temporarily lift its Sunday shopping ban

Ocado: Sales growth doubles

Russia: X5 Retail increases revenue by 13.2% in 2019Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group has delivered considerable like-for-like growth figures, as outlined in its full-year 2019 financial results. The grocer’s financial performance in 2019 can largely be attributed to its focus on integrating innovative technology throughout…

SpartanNash: Unprecedented grocery sales volume

Walmart to hire more than 150,000 hourly workers in the United States

Placer.ai: U.S. supermarkets see ‘enormous’ year-over-year store traffic jumpFor supermarkets, the increased demand due to the coronavirus outbreak really kicked off in the second week of March. Foot traffic analytics platform Placer.ai studied the latest data surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic by looking…

Ocado has suspended its online food delivery service

Amazon: Australian revenue almost doubles

UK: Morrisons says coronavirus is 'unprecedented challenge'British supermarket group Morrisons said it would play its part in feeding the nation during the coronavirus emergency but warned it was facing “unprecedented challenges and uncertainty”. Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket group said over the…

Supermarket chain iFresh to acquire 70% of equity interests in Xiamen DL Medical Technology

Record downloads of grocery apps during coronavirus outbreak

Canada: P.E.I. premier speaks with Sobeys to understand impacts of coronavirusThe premier spoke with the executive vice-president, related businesses for Sobeys Inc. to understand fully the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) on the supply chain. Both Dennis King and Vivek Sood recognized that food…

Magnit: Marginal increase in like-for-like sales in full year 2019

Carrefour: Protective barriers for cashiers in its French supermarkets

IGA looks to China operations for coronavirus guidanceJust like the U.S., supermarkets in China saw a sharp uptick in business as COVID-19 infections spread, shopping malls and restaurants closed and people had to rely on grocery stores for their everyday needs, said Zhe Zeng, IGA’s deputy representative…

Amazon warehouses receive only vital supplies in U.S. and Europe

Costco acquires Innovel Solutions

US: Gristedes CEO says supermarket supply chain in 'pretty good shape' amid coronavirus pandemicJohn Catsimatidis, the owner and CEO of New York City supermarket chain Gristedes, told Fox News Radio's “The Brian Kilmeade Show” that his stores' supply chain is in “pretty good shape", despite coronavirus…

Walmart has edged closer to a sale of Asda

Amazon will hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the US

US: Sprouts, other retailers delay new store openingsAmid the coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are choosing to close their doors and many grocers are altering their hours to allow additional time to restock shelves and deep clean locations. COVID-19, however, has also hindered the new retail…

Aldi: Best Grocer for second consecutive year at Retail Week Awards

Woolworths: Elderly and disabled-only shopping hour

Supermarkets suspend online shopping service in Spain’s Costa del SolBig supermarket chains are having difficulties in responding to the high demand of online shopping orders. Mercadona has temporarily suspend its online shopping service in Malaga after receiving an influx of customers trying to register…

Flipkart has filed for food-retailing licence

Maxima: Strong demand for fruit and vegetables in 2019

Germany: Schwarz Group names Gerd Chrzanowski as new CEOSchwarz Group, the parent company of Lidl and Kaufland, has named Gerd Chrzanowski as the new chief executive of the company, according to a report in the Lebensmittel Zeitung. Chrzanowski, who succeeds Klaus Gehrig, will assume his new role with…

More than 1,000 Dollar General stores will carry fruits and vegetables assortment by the end of 2020

UNFI will sell the real estate of 15 Cub stores

Survey: US retailers brace for financial, supply-chain disruptions from coronavirusNearly half of retailers expect the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to pull down their revenue, according to a survey by Digital Commerce 360. Of more than 300 retailers polled, 47% said they expect “some downside…

Dollar General has extended streak of same-store sales growth to 30 consecutive years

Empire: Q3 sales and profit up

US: How Dollar General keeps growingDollar General has extended its streak of same-store sales growth to 30 consecutive years, with fourth-quarter same-store sales increasing 3.2% and fiscal year same-store sales increasing 3.9%. “Our value-and-convenience proposition continues to resonate with both new and existing customers,…

Poundland’s owner is postponing a potential sale or flotation

Amazon: First UK checkout-free supermarket in Notting Hill

Spain: Mercadona to invest €1.8bln in 2020 as part of transformation planSpanish supermarket giant Mercadona has announced that it is to invest €1.8bln this year to execute its transformation plan. The funds will be used in opening approximately 69 new supermarkets in Spain and 10 in Portugal. The…

Aldi plans further expansion in South Australia

Lidl plans to open its first pub in Ireland

Thailand: BJC set on expansion as plannedBerli Jucker Plc (BJC), the operator of Big C, plans to allocate THB8-10bln (US$254mln-US$318mln) this year to expand its business. Rami Piirainen, Vice-President for investor relations, said about 70% of the budget will be used to expand the business of Big C…

Fairway Market has announced a "qualified overbid" by Bogopa Enterprises, Inc.

Harps Food Stores plans to acquire 20 stores from Town & Country Grocers

Canada: Metro investing $420mln to build & expand Quebec distribution centresMetro says it will spend $420mln over 5 years to build an automated distribution centre near Montreal and expand another facility in Laval, Quebec. The company says the new distribution centre for fresh and frozen products in…

BRC-KPMG: Retail sales in the UK saw a marginal growth in February

Carrefour signed MoU to support farming sector in Bahrain

Italy: Pam introduces home deliveryPam has introduced a home delivery service in Milan, called Pam a Casa. The retailer has partnered with ReStore to deliver goods in two-hours, Monday to Sunday. The group picks products in-store, allowing shoppers to have access to 7,000 SKUs across: fresh, frozen and…

Walmart Canada is opening a Walmart/PenguinPickUp location in downtown Montreal

Walmart plans to hire 500 new truck drivers

US: ShopRite introduces virtual dietitian programShopRite supermarket’s newly launched Registered Dietitian Virtual Chat program enables shoppers to ask questions about diet and nutrition without having to go to a store for an in-person consultation. The innovative service is available on ShopRite’s…

DIA’s net sales decreased by 9.3%

Auchan Retail has signed the European Plastics Pact

Aldi wants to build its main UK warehouse near Coalville creating 750 jobsAldi supermarkets wants to build a new national distribution centre near Coalville creating 750 jobs. The supermarket chain has submitted plans to put the national hub on the site of the former Nailstone Colliery, between Coalville…

Amazon is offering other retailers the ability to use its Just Walk Out shopping technology

Weis Markets: 2019 and fourth quarter results

US: Hy-Vee brings online order fulfillment back to storesHy-Vee will "permanently discontinue filling orders" from its four Aisles Online fulfillment centers the week of March 23, a company spokesperson told Grocery Dive. Local news sources first reported the company’s plans to shut down the fulfillment…

Albertsons filed paperwork for IPO

Instacart announces a new way for shoppers to check out

US: Safeway & Giant agree to guarantee pension payments for UFCW membersMembers of two United Food & Commercial Workers locals in the Washington region reached a collective bargaining agreement with Safeway Inc. that guarantees full funding of pension benefits for current employees and retirees. A…

Auchan: Reaping the first benefits of its revival plan

Tesco has agreed to sell its Thai and Malaysian businesses to CP Group

Australia: Woolworths and Terracyle reveal trial plansWoolworths and Terracyle's Loop are working to bring on board both suppliers and customers to test the new solution in a trial that will kick off in June 2021. Woolworths and Terracyle announced their new partnership last year, which will give the…

Tauriga approved by Ahold Delhaize to become a direct supplier

Kroger reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 results

US: Costco says it's getting a lift from coronavirus panic shoppingCostco logged strong sales growth during its latest quarter, as shoppers raced to stock up on cleaning products, household essentials and food as the coronavirus outbreak spread. The company said that sales at its stores open for at least…

Carrefour: 10 new stores in Poland in the first 2 months of 2020

Reliance Retail Ventures has acquired Shri Kannan

Philippines: Robinsons Retail report strong annual sales growthRobinsons Retail has released a 22.8% growth in unaudited annual sales to PHP162.9bln (US$3.21bln). In its fourth quarter sales grew 14.4% and LFL sales were up 3.5%. Overall profitability declined by 24.9% due to a new accounting standard,…

Aeon Vietnam: US$2bln expansion

Russian supermarket chain VkusVill plans stores in Netherlands and France

Retail sales in Romania rise at fastest pace in 2 yearsThe retail sales volume index in Romania increased by 11.1% year-on-year in January (+9.3% in December), the highest annual increase in nearly 2 years, according to data from the statistics office INS. The rise was rather equally shared between food…

Dollar Tree: Lower sales

Kroger shuts down Fresh Easts MKT concept stores

US: Sysco contacted German retailer Metro about potential takeover - sourceU.S. food distributor Sysco recently contacted Metro about potential takeover of the German wholesaler, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Metro and Sysco declined to comment, as did Metro shareholder EP Global…

Freshippo has been experimenting with new store formats

Pick n Pay has launched an online scheduled grocery delivery service

UK store gallery: Holograms and automation at Asda StevenageSupermarket chain Asda is trialling a number of futuristic pieces of technology in its designated tech hub store in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, including 3D holograms and an automated click-and-collect machine. The store was designated Asda’s…

Amazon has quietly opened a series of small warehouses closer to big U.S. cities

Target: Fourth quarter revenue increased 1.8%

US: Target to add fresh food and alcohol to same-day pickup at nearly half its stores by the holidaysTarget is adding fresh food staples and alcohol to same-day services at hundreds of its stores this year. That means along with paper towels and bags of chips, customers can pick up a gallon of milk, a…

TCC Group will fund its bid for Tesco Plc’s Asian business with a $10bln loan

Daniel Kretinsky has tightened his ties with French retailer Casino

Malaysia: Shopee enables sale of fresh produce online via its platformMalaysia’s number one e-commerce platform, Shopee, announced that it would now be able to deliver fresh groceries directly to Malaysians’ doorsteps. The brand new category will see fresh poultry, seafood and vegetables being sold on…

7-Eleven completes acquisition of more than 100 independently operated Oklahoma stores

Publix: Fiscal 2019 sales were a record

US: Former Sobeys exec to head up The Fresh MarketJason Potter is stepping into the chief executive officer role at The Fresh Market, replacing Larry Appel who resigned after two and a half years with the American chain of gourmet supermarkets. Potter brings with him more than 30 years industry…

Just Eat: 3-minute drone delivery trial in Ireland

Auchan: EasyScan

Russia: Top retail and tech companies join forces to hunt for innovations in the rest of the worldAs Russia’s retail and tech sectors consolidate, the leading companies turned their gaze outwards to hunt for new technology and innovation. Russia’s biggest supermarket chain X5 Retail Group, world's tenth largest white consumer…

DoorDash has filed for IPO

Metro Plus is focused on fresh at its newest store

US: Publix breaks ground on 1st North Carolina distribution centerPublix Super Markets has started construction on a refrigerated distribution center in Greensboro, North Carolina, that will deliver to Publix locations in the Carolinas and Virginia. The 940,000-square-foot facility is expected to be…

Japan's supermarket sales showed a fourth consecutive monthly fall

Carrefour raised its savings target

Italy: Coop 'operating at full speed' to replenish supplies in LombardyItalian retailer Coop has said that it is 'operating at full speed' to replenish supermarkets in the region of Lombardy, at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. In a statement, the retailer said that it was 'taking stock…

Amazon grocery strategy: Illinois expansion

7-Eleven: Evolution Store concept expands

US: Walmart launches fulfillment service for third-party marketplace sellersWalmart has begun the rollout of its fulfillment service for third-party marketplace sellers, the company told Supply Chain Dive in an email. Walmart Fulfillment Services (WFS) offers storage, picking, packing and two-day…

Tesco: First cashless store in central London

Walmart is in talks with possible buyers of a stake in Asda

The Suning era for Carrefour China, achieved significant profit increase in JanuaryIn September 2019, Carrefour China was officially acquired by Suning Group. Tian Rui, Carrefour China CEO publicly disclosed the achievements of Suning Carrefour's integration for the first time and looked forward to the…

Walmart is bringing together its store and eCommerce product-buying teams

Giant Food Stores has a new company name

US: H-E-B, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans tops in customer satisfactionAs if H-E-B, Trader Joe’s and Wegmans weren’t flying high enough after finishing in the top 5 in dunnhumby’s nationwide consumer study, the 3 have resurfaced at the top of another consumer satisfaction index. The latest retail report from the…

Shoprite: Joint venture with Equities Property

Woolworths posted a jump in first half profits

Italy: Esselunga sees sales up 2.9% in FY 2019Italian supermarket chain Esselunga has reported sales of €8.14bln in its financial year 2019, up 2.9% year-on-year. The company's performance was boosted by new store openings, e-commerce, and the introduction of a meal voucher programme in its stores.…

Amazon Go Grocery

SpartanNash: Flashfood

US: Who will inherit the peas of the pod?The pioneering online grocer Peapod, which discontinued service in the Midwest last week, leaves behind hundreds of employees and thousands of longtime customers, and it is putting nearly $100mln in annual online grocery sales - or about 10,000 orders a week - up for grabs in the…

Metro Cash & Carry will launch more stores in India

Tesco has sold its 20% share of a joint venture in China

Italy: Moderna rebrands, rolls out new store formatsItalian regional supermarket chain Moderna has set up a new business unit, with which the group will seek to develop innovative projects in response to changing consumer needs. Moderna 2020 will in fact take over all the business activities of Moderna,…

Skipcart is parting ways with Walmart

Amazon: Micro-fulfilment solution provided by Dematic

Walmart loses another grocery delivery serviceLess than a year into its contract with Walmart, grocery delivery service provider Skipcart is parting ways with the retailer at some point in March, according to Bloomberg. The company first notified Walmart on January 31 that it would severing ties…

Majid Al Futtaim: Slight increase in annual earnings

Jeronimo Martins: Record EBITDA

UK: Aldi tops most recommended supermarket rankingAldi is the supermarket in the UK most recommended by its customers, with none of the Big Four making into the top 10 ranking. YouGov’s 2020 Recommend Rankings were created by calculating the percentage of customers who say that they would recommend that brand to a friend or…

Sungiven Foods has entered Canadian market with differentiated concept

Seven & I is in talks to purchase Speedway

Sungiven Foods aims for differentiation with Canadian entrySungiven Foods, which operates around 100 grocery stores in China, has recently entered the Canadian market. The retailer, which operates stores in Xiamen, Dalian, Quanzhou, and Shenzhen in China, has entered the Canadian market with a…

Coop Sweden: Bloomer

Lidl: 800th store in UK

Costco to open second store in Chinese mainlandU.S. retail giant Costco confirmed a plan to open a second store on Chinese mainland, which will be in Shanghai. The subsidiary of Costco, Pudong Warehouse Development Limited, together with a Chinese company, obtained a 47,319-square-meter lot in Shanghai's Pudong New Area for…

Hy-Vee has acquired four QuikTrip stores

Loblaw: Higher earnings in Q4

US: Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets ‘show the way forward’Three grocers were named to the coveted 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: Wegmans, Publix Super Markets and Nugget Markets. Rochester, New York-based Wegmans, which nabbed the No. 3 spot this year, has made the list for all 23 years since the list’s…

Finland's Market Court has blocked the acquisition of Heinon Tukku by Kesko

SCP Group to acquire entire business of Real hypermarket from Metro

Walmart's struggling Japan unit finally delivers with online grocery growthWalmart Inc might finally have found the sweet spot in Japan’s food market with a fast-growing venture ranked third in a nascent online grocery sector, as the brick-and-mortar stores it bought into 2 decades ago continue their…

Possiblility of a sale for Blue Apron

Instacart: "Shop Talk"

US: SpartanNash posts 15th straight quarter of sales growthLast year's acquisition of Martin's Super Markets gave SpartanNash a boost in the fourth quarter, helping the company achieve its 15th consecutive quarter of sales growth. For the fourth quarter ended December 28, SpartanNash had net sales growth of 5.3% to $2bln from…

Coles H1 results with growth in all segments

Asda: Q4 most negative quarter since Q1 2017

UK: Co-op expands same-day delivery serviceUK retailer Co-op plans to roll out same-day delivery to more than 650 branches by the end of 2020. This announcement follows on from a successful pilot launched in March 2019, where Co-op used Digital Goodie’s connected commerce platform to provide West London…

Helpful Smile 2020 effort could include Hy-Vee staff reductions

Raley's is toasting 85 years in business with a unique campaign

US: Walmart eyes more innovation after Q4 sales softnessThe ongoing strength of Walmart’s grocery business and a 37% ecommerce growth rate helped the mega-retailer grow U.S. same-store sales 1.9% in the fourth quarter, a figure that was less than analysts' forecasts. Total sales at Walmart’s U.S. stores…

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will commit $10bln to climate change fight

New social media strategy increased Walmart’s mobile app downloads 50% week-over-week

US: Warren Buffett adds Kroger to his investing shopping cartWarren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway disclosed a new stake in Kroger. Shares of the nation's largest supermarket surged 6% on the news. Berkshire Hathaway bought nearly 19mln shares in Kroger during the fourth quarter, a purchase that makes…

Wesfarmers Ltd said it will sell 4.9% of Coles Group

Carrefour: Agreement with Makro Atacadista SA to acquire 30 cash and carry stores in Brazil

Germany: Metro CEO praises 'significant progress' made at wholesaler in past yearMetro chief executive Olaf Koch has said that the financial year 2018/19 marked "significant progress" in the company's bid to become a pure wholesale business. Commenting at Metro's AGM, Koch said that the period saw the…

Woolworths trials AI to recognise fruit and veg purchases

Competition watchdog censured Tesco for breaking the law

Indian court stalls Amazon, Flipkart antitrust probes: lawyersAn Indian antitrust investigation of Amazon.com Inc and Walmart’s Flipkart has been put on hold by a court, 3 lawyers involved in the proceedings told Reuters. Amazon this week challenged the investigation in a court in Bengaluru and the court…

Kroger Precision Marketing

Walmart: 1st class of degree-earning employees graduate

Canada: Calgary Co-op to build urban grocery storeCalgary Co-op has purchased a commercial site in the Marda Loop neighbourhood to create what it’s calling an “urbanized grocery experience.” Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. The vision for the site–a 1.77-acre property at the corner of…

Wegmans: Partnership with Instacart expanded to include all Manhattan ZIP codes

Kowalski's Markets plans to open locations inside 2 malls

US: Walmart looks to optimise Jet Black learnings as service closesWalmart is closing its conversational commerce and ordering by text service, Jet Black. It will apply the learnings from this venture into its core ecommerce business. Jet Black was launched 18 months ago as the first company within…

Alibaba Group has reported top-line revenue growth

Ahold Delhaize and Philips: First Kickstart AI joint appointments

Ricardo Álvarez named new CEO of DIA SpainDIA has announced the appointment of Ricardo Álvarez as the new chief executive of its Spanish division. He will be responsible for leading the retailer's turnaround and growth in the country. Álvarez's appointment is in line with the company's strategy to focus…

The Instacart Effect

Natural Grocers on a mission to end daylight saving time in support of heart health

US: Instacart drives job creation and revenue growth for grocery industry, new data showsA new study by Dr. Robert Kulick of NERA Economic Consulting reveals the positive economic impact that Instacart, a North American leader in online grocery, has on the broader U.S. retail grocery industry. The study…

Delivery Hero will buy 8.4mln additional shares of Just Eat Takeaway.com

Sainsbury’s: Brand new city convenience store concept

International retailers will invest EUR1bln to open 400 new stores in Romania this yearInternational retail groups will invest about EUR1bln to continue their expansion in Romania this year. Their plans include opening 400 new stores, new logistics capacities, developing online sales and digitizing their…

Ocado: Strong trading results for the year 2019

Lidl: Distribution centre expansion in Wales

Lidl calls time on tons of plastic items in Finnish storesLidl is calling time on tons of plastic items in its Finnish stores. The supermarket chain says it is no longer selling disposable plastic items like cutlery and straws as part of the company’s strategy, begun in 2018, to replace all plastic…

Weis Markets: Computer generated ordering

Midwest division of Peapod will close

U.S. stores help Ahold to 3% quarterly profit riseFood retailer Ahold Delhaize reported a 3% rise in fourth-quarter core earnings helped by its Food Lion and Hannaford U.S. grocery chains. It forecast 2020 margins “broadly in line” with last year and mid-single-digit growth in underlying earnings per…

Dunnes Stores has retained top supermarket position for the 18th month in a row

Metro AG has reached deal for the sale of Real hypermarkets unit

Sweden: Axfood enjoys strong growth in Q4Axfood has said its sales grew 5.4% in Q4 2019, to SEK13.0bln (US$1.4 bln), with a strong performance across all its banners. It said the pace of growth saw it outstrip that seen in the wider market, which it said stood at 3.7% in Q4 2019, seeing it gain share.…

Stop & Shop: Free reusable bags in New York

Wegmans: Specially bred produce

US: A greener bottom line with sustainable store lightingLighting accounts for a major portion of supermarket energy use and expense, and retailers are benefiting both from their own increasing use of sustainable lighting, and from suppliers that have made sustainability a priority in this area. Today’s food retailers are…

Waitrose is to launch thousands of new and revamped products

Maxima Latvija is to increase the salaries of its employees

Poland: Allegro enters global top 10 biggest ecommerce websitesAllegro has entered the top 10 list of biggest ecommerce websites in the world, in terms of monthly visits. The Polish ecommerce company welcomes almost 194mln visitors per month, which is slightly less than the number of people visiting…

Independent grocers have expressed disappointment at House passage of PRO Labor Legislation

Fourth Save A Lot store closing in Florida

US: Ingles Q1 total sales, comps inch up while net income lagsIngles Markets Inc. reported first-quarter total sales of $1.08bln for the three months ended December 28, 2019, a 1.6% increase over the year-ago period. Comparable-store sales, excluding gasoline, climbed 2.4%. The grocer’s net income came…

Report: Carrefour is in advanced talks to buy retail chain Makro in Brazil

Sonae MC: Highest growth in turnover for more than 10 years

Finland: Kesko reports strong FY2019 growthFinland-based Kesko reported sales through its grocery trade subsidiary rose 2.7% in total in 2019, to €5.5bln. It said on a comparable basis, sales rose 3.2%, while its operating profit advanced by €33.4mln to €327.9mln for the year. Kesko highlighted how the…

Hy-Vee will no longer operate 24 hours a day

Target: New branding for Shipt

US: Costco Wholesale Corporation reports January sales resultsCostco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) reported net sales of $11.57bln for the retail month of January, the four weeks ended February 2, 2020, an increase of 8.0% from $10.71bln last year. For the twenty-two weeks ended February 2, 2020, the Company…

Cora France is looking to help its hypermarket employees become more versatile

El Corte Ingles: Partnership with Deliveroo

India: How Reliance’s JioMart platform will reshape India’s online grocery marketReliance Industries has entered India’s online grocery retailing market via a new e-commerce platform JioMart, which started pilot trials last month in Mumbai. Through JioMart, it is planning to offer more than 50,000…

Fareway Stores Inc. is purchasing assets of McGonigle's Food Store Inc. in Kansas City

7-Eleven is piloting its first cashierless store at Texas HQ

US: Albertsons moves to consolidate eastern distributionAlbertsons Cos. has informed officials in Maryland that it intends to close a distribution center serving its Safeway banner in the Washington area. The retailer said it intends to consolidate its distribution activities at an existing unit in…

Eroski: Balearic Islands remodelled stores posted 13% sales growth in their 1st year of trading

Aldi has opened a new £64mln distribution centre

UK: Dave Lewis to stay on at Tesco until SeptemberTesco has announced that CEO Dave Lewis is to stay in post until the end of September so that incoming CEO Ken Murphy can honour his contractual non-compete obligations. Tesco had suggested the handover was likely to take place in the summer but Lewis has…

Earth Fare is shutting all of its stores in 10 states

Kroger is piloting a program in which physicians can write “food prescriptions”

US: GrubMarket's latest expansion focuses on organic produceGrocery delivery startup GrubMarket has acquired Berkeley, California-based produce provider Organic Harvest Network to grow its existing produce offerings. This acquisition is the company's fourth in two months. It acquired Eating with the…

Service union strike could effectively shut down supermarket chains

Blibli.com has opened the first location for its BlibliMart grocery brand

Greece: Supermarket turnover edges up in 2019Supermarket turnover posted an annual increase in 2019, albeit less than in previous years, according to IRI Hellas researchers. Provisional estimates for 2020 sales are even more pessimistic, which market analysts attribute to the fact the disposable income…

First small format store opened by Meijer in Metro Detroit

Kroger: Live music for shoppers

US: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give touted as best tournament for families and foodiesThe 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was recognized as the Most Family Friendly and Best "Foodie" Experience on Tour during the Gold Driver Awards held by the LPGA tournament partners. "We are honored to receive these prestigious…

Eurotorg: 2.9% like-for-like sales decline in Q4

Les Mousquetaires has announced its 2019 results

Biggest retailer in Romania ups minimum wages of its employees by 10%Kaufland, the biggest retail network in Romania and one of the biggest local employers, will increase the minimum gross income of its employees, including wage, meal vouchers and bonuses, by 10.6%, to RON 3,650 (EUR 765) per month…

Amazon’s data prowess and customer knowledge will drive its growth in retail grocery

Amazon and Walmart: SNAP pilot expansion

US: Retailers turn to in-store tech to bring shoppers to their storesSeveral startup companies and established tech vendors showed how they can assist retailers in keeping their shoppers spending money in their physical stores at the recent National Retail Federation’s 2020 Vision conference in New York,…

UNFI: 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Amazon in a “Prime’” position for even more growth

US: Former Supervalu CEO Michael Wright dead at 81Michael Wright, who was the CEO of Minneapolis-based Supervalu during the 1980s and 1990s, when it became the largest grocery wholesaler in the United States, died January 27 at his home in Wayzata, Minnesota, according to published reports. The cause of…

Reliance SMART Superstore extends reach in Odisha

Iceland: Plastic-free and low-plastic packaging trial across 38 fruit and vegetable lines

Australia: Independent supermarket co-op could spell trouble for MetcashA group of Australia’s independent supermarkets and convenience stores have come together to form a new co-operative that could spell trouble for the nation’s leading grocery wholesaler, Metcash. Led by former Coca-Cola Amatil…

Countdown has announced plans for a new distribution centre

IPO plan for grocery chain MerryMart

French retailer Carrefour sees 7.5% sales increase in Romania in 2019The Romanian subsidiary of French retailer Carrefour increased its sales by 7.5% to EUR 2.2bln in 2019, following the success of cash&carry discount format Supeco. The like-for-like growth, meaning the growth of the sales in stores…

Lucky’s Market: Asset purchase agreement with a group led by company founders

Raley’s is partnering with The Food Front

US: Lucky’s owes Kroger $301mln-plusLucky’s Market racked up a debt of more than $301mln to The Kroger Co., resulting in the latter’s recent Chapter 11 filing, according to a published report citing documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. After Kroger invested in the Niwot, Colorado-based…

Walmart Canada: A new range of private label products from Coop Italia

Hy-Vee plans to buy six former Shopko locations in Iowa

Canada: Metro raises quarterly dividend, reports $170.2mln Q1 profitMetro Inc. saw sales rise for the first quarter of its 2020 financial year, but its earnings fell just short of analysts’ expectations. The year “is off to a good start with solid revenue and earnings growth in a very competitive…

John Lewis Partnership is to stop reporting weekly sales data

Majid Al Futtaim: Partnership deal with Takeoff Technology

Greek supermarket chain Metro S.A. launches first one-stop-shop store in CyprusMetro S.A. inaugurated its first store outside Greece, launching the first one-stop-shop “Best Value for professionals” in Cyprus. The store is located in Limassol and covers an area of 2,500 sq.m., with another 2,000 sq.m.…

Wegmans customers report numerous issues with the retailer’s upgraded app

Lucky's Market filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

US: Wegmans' updated app gets a thumbs down from shoppersWegmans customers have turned to Twitter and online review boards to report numerous issues with the retailer’s upgraded app, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. The most common complaints include: The app takes a long time to load, doesn’t…

Sainsbury's has promised to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero over the next 20 years

Gruppo VéGé and Metro Italia have announced the formation of an alliance

Ecommerce in UK grew 6.7% in 2019Ecommerce in the United Kingdom grew 6.7% last year. This is an all-time low. The discouraging growth rate is especially significant when you compare it to the 11.8% growth rate in 2018. It wasn’t the best year for the ecommerce in the United Kingdom. This is mostly due…

7-Eleven: Surpassing 70,000 stores globally

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

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

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

Countdown: Plastic-free trial in produce department

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

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

Morrisons plans to cut 3,000 management jobs

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

Instacart announced the launch of Instacart Meals

Fairway Market to sell 5 Manhattan stores and a distribution center

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

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

Kaufland has cancelled its plans to expand to Australia

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

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

Fairway Market: No plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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

Supermarket chain Sklavenitis is entering the market of online commerce

New owner for Supermercado

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

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

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

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

Uber has sold its food delivery service in India to Zomato

Carrefour: Acquisition of Potager City

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

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

SpartanNash: Nutrition Pathways

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

Lidl Spain: New food-to-go private label

Big C is keen to acquire Tesco's Asia business

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

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

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

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

NGA and ROFDA merger on hold

SpartanNash has added GPS location technology to Fast Lane

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

Metcash urged by analysts to divest its massive food distribution arm

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

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

Rakuten and Seiyu plan to open logistics site

Carrefour: Payments via fingerprints in Brussels

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

Target missed its own expectations for 2019 holiday season sales

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

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

Masan Group plans to shut down hundreds of Vinmart stores

Auchan plans to cut 517 jobs in France

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

Instacart: New grocery pickup experience for customers across North America

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

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

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

Asda: 2019 Gender Pay Report

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

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

Albertsons is shutting five Randalls grocery stores in Texas

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

Walmart has fired 56 of its executives in India

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

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

NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey: Increase in retail sales

GrubMarket has completed 2 new acquisitions

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

Giant Food Stores has announced big plans in Pennsylvania

Costco: December sales results

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

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

Federal Public Service Economy to start an inquiry into Albert Heijn

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

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

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

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

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

Lidl France: 50 new stores per year by 2022

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

Supermarkets in UK: lowest growth over Christmas period since 2014

Nakumatt supermarket chain to close as creditors back liquidation

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

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

Loblaw: Closure of distribution centres

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

T&T Supermarkets launched e-commerce

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

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

Saigon Co.op: New retail format

Shufersal is considering deploying robots nationally in supermarkets

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

Parent company for Shoppers Value files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection

Sprouts Farmers Market has partnered with Whole30

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

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

Carrefour buys Dejbox

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

Coop Netherlands: 19% growth in turnover in 2019

Co-op: Major online expansion plans

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

Amazon: Record-breaking holiday season

Green Aisle Grocery is shutting down operations

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

Aldi Suisse: Network expansion planned to continue in 2020

Jumbo: Double figure growth

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

Meals centered on fruits and vegetables are gaining in popularity

Albertsons: Pinterest highlights private-label products

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


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