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Five ways Amazon has improved its grocery offer

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

Asda blames Brexit uncertainty for lower sales

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

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

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

Sprouts rethinking new store format, size

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

Carrefour to sell Rue du Commerce marketplace to Shopinvest

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

Modest third-quarter profit growth from Walmart expected

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

Lidl ‘speeds up’ rate of UK retail expansion

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

Amazon confirms plans for store under new grocery brand

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

96 more Sears and Kmart stores will be shut down

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

Coles signs private label deal with Sainsbury's

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

Kroger: Auto buying program

Costco: October sales results

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

Robinsons Retail: Drop in Q3 profits

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

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

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

Amazon Australia has signed up Zip Co Ltd

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

ShopRite: 2 new store brands

Kroger: New branding with refreshed logo and a new tagline

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

Publix Super Markets: Another stellar fiscal report

Walmart has settled its lawsuit accusing Tesla of negligence

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

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

Ahold Delhaize: Strong Q3 results

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

Morrisons extends wholesale partnership with Rontec

Casino and Intermarche are being investigated under an EU antitrust inquiry

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

Calgary Co-op has acquired Community Natural Foods

Weis Markets: Third quarter results

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

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

Jumbo Groep Holding: Completion of takeover of Agrimarkt

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

Amazon: Outdoing grocery competitors from a pricing standpoint

Kroger: 'Restock' reboot, revisit and revise

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

Metro: Most valuable grocery brand in Canada

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

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

Woolworths will open its smallest ever store

Amazon: Full-on expansion into Netherlands

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

Victory Supermarket Chain will acquire 5 branches from Yenot Bitan

Albert Heijn to acquire 2 more Marqt outlets in Rotterdam and Amsterdam

UK: Sainsbury's searches for new non-execs after planned departuresBritish supermarket chain Sainsbury’s said it was looking for 2 new board members after non-executive directors Matt Brittin and Jean Tomlin announced plans to leave next year. The departures come as Sainsbury’s CEO of 5 years Mike Coupe…

Wakefern Food Corp. joined by Nicholas Markets Inc.

Walmart and Green Dot partnership: TailFin Labs

US: Pure Market empowers consumers to make informed shopping decisionsPure Market, a first of its kind e-commerce and product grading platform, is launching with ratings for thousands of popular consumer food and household products across a range of categories. The platform was created to empower…

Amazon has invested more than $600mln into its Indian subsidiaries

Supermarket giant Coles Group booked much slower quarterly sales growth

Australia: Woolworths investigated after admitting it underpaid 5,700 staff up to $300mlnWoolworths has admitted underpaying thousands of its workers as much as $300mln over the past decade, in what is believed to be the biggest such case on record in Australia. In a statement, Woolworths said it has…

Amazon made AmazonFresh perishables delivery a free service

Kroger Package Services with UPS, USPS and FedEx

US: Wegmans opens its 101st store. It's in BrooklynWegmans, the 103-year-old grocery chain that has a rabid following, opened its highly anticipated first New York City store on Sunday. The 74,000-square-foot location, which was first announced in 2015, is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wegmans is at…

Colruyt: Minority interest in French logistics robots

First Carrefour store in Uzbekistan in 2020

Italy: Auchan acquisition 'more complex than expected', says Conad CEOItalian retailer Conad has admitted that the purchase of Auchan Retail Italia’s activities is proving more complex than expected. CEO Francesco Pugliese told Il Sole 24 Ore Radiocor that complications have arisen with regard to…

Topco: A new solution through Mastercard's blockchain innovation

Whole Foods Market: Year ends with a bang

US: Whole Foods Co-op to begin paper bag chargeShoppers at Whole Foods Co-op will soon be paying to use a paper bag. The grocery store announced that they’ll charge five cents for every paper bag as of January 1st. Co-op leaders say they hope this step will make a difference for the environment. “All of…

Amazon: Subscribe and Save launched in Australia

Metro AG: 2.4% growth in like-for-like sales in its financial year 2018/19

Retail employment in the UK falls by 2.8% in Q3: BRCEmployment in the retail sector in the UK declined by 2.8% year on year in the third quarter of 2019, a new report by the BRC has revealed. According to BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson, it is equivalent to 85,000 people losing jobs in the retail…

Loblaw has opened a new store-front in downtown Toronto

Amazon: Counter service expansion

Chinese grocery chain Sungiven Foods to open Canadian location in VancouverA Chinese grocery chain has plans to crack the highly competitive Canadian market with its first international location in Vancouver next month, and hopes to grow to up to 15 shops across British Columbia’s Lower Mainland within…

Saudi Arabia first for Jones the Grocer

Tesco plans to launch a number of Finest temporary shops

Israel: Supermarket chain Yochananof files for NIS400mln TASE IPOSupermarket chain Yochananof has filed for an IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) in the coming weeks. This will make it the sixth retail food chain listed on the TASE, after Shufersal, Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing, Victory…

Packaged Facts report: Amazon to overtake Walmart by 2022

Wegmans: First location in New York City opens this weekend

US: PCC Community Markets gives sneak peek of newest Seattle locationSeattle-based PCC Community Markets, the country’s largest community-owned grocery, is opening its newest location in the Emerald City's Ballard neighborhood on November 13. The 24,000-square-foot location will include a rooftop deck…

Amazon has bought Health Navigator

Sobeys partners with Caper to test intelligent shopping cart

US: Stop & Shop, New York Giants renew multiyear partnershipSolidifying its ties to the New York metro area, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. has renewed a multiyear partnership with the New York Giants. The football team’s official supermarket since 2010, the grocer will also become its official tailgate…

NTUC FairPrice, Foodfare and Kopitiam: Grouped under one umbrella

Costcutter Supermarkets Group: Nationwide partnership with Uber Eats

Spanish court to probe Russian tycoon's bid for DIA supermarket chain: documentSpain’s High Court will investigate allegations that Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman acted to depress the share price of DIA when trying to take control of the supermarket chain, a court document seen by Reuters showed.…

X5 Retail Group has launched its search for start-ups in China

Alibaba has launched its 2019 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Lidl begins construction of 100th store in Bulgaria, plans 5 more in 2020Discount chain Lidl Bulgaria, part of Germany's Lidl Stiftung & Co, said that it has launched the construction of its 100th store in the country, which is expected to be completed in early 2020. Lidl Bulgaria is planning to open at…

Brookshire Grocery Company: Agreement with Cranford’s Supermarkets

Trader Joe's: Multiple states expansion

US: FMI shines spotlight on supermarkets’ GreenChill effortsGrocery retailers are improving management of refrigerants and reducing carbon emissions through participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership, said Marjorie DePuy of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). DePuy,…

Supermarket retailer Pick n Pay posted 9.5% rise

Waitrose & Partners: New UAE shops

Russia: Ozon online retailer launches express deliveryRussian e-commerce major Ozon launched a new express delivery “Supermarket” service that will deliver food and grocery in under 40-60 minutes in some Moscow districts, Vedomosti daily reported citing the representatives of the company. Reportedly…

Publix: Pub sub gear

Whole Foods Market: Top 10 food trend predictions for 2020

Amazon is shipping expired food, from baby formula to old beef jerky, scaring consumers and putting big brands at riskAmazon’s sprawling marketplace, consisting of millions of third-party sellers, has become a go-to site for many grocery shoppers, especially since the company’s acquisition of Whole Foods…

Supermarket Earth Fare plans to open 15 more locations in Florida

Leafy Greens Safety Coalition formed by 5 major food companies

US: Diversity-focused Bravo Supermarkets set to open in West YorkThe vacant Giant lot near the York Fairgrounds is adding a new tenant - Bravo Supermarkets. The New York-based convenience store, which focuses on Latin and international products, is scheduled to open in West York borough, according to a…

Supermarket chain Grupo Pão de Açúcar SA: Total gross sales grew 9.5%

Organic supermarket chain Marqt is merging with parent company of Ekoplaza

Glovo continues expansion in KenyaAfter previously announcing it had expanded its coverage to the towns of Kitengela and Nakuru, Glovo has said it has added Mombasa as well. Glovo said it had signed partnerships with Chicken Inn, Java House and Naivas supermarkets, which operate in the city. Commenting…

Aldi Australia: New-look supermarkets that will change the way you shop forever

Asda hits back at reports suggesting 12,000 Asda staff members could lose their jobs

Migros introduces 'Little Italy' section in supermarketsSwiss retailer Migros has introduced a dedicated section for Italian food products in its supermarkets in association with strategic partner, Atlante. The 'Little Italy' section will offer around 45 products made by 12 producers representing the…

Hy-Vee is facing a lawsuit after a data breach

Ahold Delhaize USA: ScanIt Mobile checkout options to nearly 30 grocery stores by the end of 2019

US: Price Chopper hooks up with health information exchangeGolub Corp.’s Price Chopper and Market 32 supermarket pharmacies are the first in New York to connect to the Hixny health information exchange (HIE). Albany, New York-based Hixny said that the grocery retailer’s 82 pharmacies can now securely…

Louis Delhaize will close 7 Match and 9 Smatch stores

Carrefour has completed the sale of its stake in Cargo Property Assets to Argan

Denmark: Coop launches initiative to help suppliersCoop Danmark’s subsidiary, Coop Crowdfunding, has launched a scheme to help Danish food suppliers grow. Together with non-profit business association CONNECT Denmark, the scheme will see Coop offer business development, procurement and marketing advice.…

Peapod: Exclusive partnership with Nurture Life

Albertsons: 7th straight quarter of ID growth

German discount stores disrupt US grocery spaceWith simpler stores that offer fewer products at lower prices, German discount chains Aldi and Lidl have increased their sales. They are taking a bigger share of U.S. grocery bills and pressuring retailers in the U.S. to respond, with grocers in the U.S.…

Alibaba Group is the target of some 300mln attempted cyber attacks per day

Flipkart: Fresh groceries via Farmermart

India looks into Flipkart & Amazon festive discounts after retailer complaintsThe Indian government is looking into whether hefty discounts offered on Walmart-owned Flipkart and Amazon.com during their online festive sales, violate foreign investment rules, a commerce ministry official told Reuters.…

Report: FreshDirect is looking for a buyer

Walmart: ‘InHome’ delivery service

US: Lidl to open 2nd wave of stores on New York’s Long IslandLidl US will roll out a second wave of stores across New York’s Long Island by next summer. East Meadow, Oakdale, Patchogue and Lake Grove have been added to the list of the communities that will get stores, following locations planned for…

Pingo Doce: New digital store concept

Aldi: China expansion

UK: Costcutter unveils Co-op franchise packageCostcutter Supermarkets Group has officially launched its offer to independent retailers interested in taking on a Co-op franchise. The package, which operates exclusively through Costcutter for retailers with 10 stores or fewer, was unveiled at the National Franchise Exhibition in…

GreenWay Markets: Debut

Giant Food: Giant Delivers

US: Schnucks closes 3 locationsSchnuck Markets Inc. is closing three of its St. Louis metro-area stores on November 10. According to the grocer, these locations are shutting their doors due to poor sales, and their proximity to other Schnucks stores. The stores have approximately 190 employees in total, who will be offered…

CU is preparing to accept payments in cryptocurrency

Metro: In advanced talks with Wumart to buy China business

Introducing Mygroser, Malaysia’s first independent full-range online GroceryMygroser has begun allowing sign ups for accounts at www.mygroser.com. The service allows consumers to save money on transport and parking, save time by avoiding busy stores, avoid multiple trips for products that are out of…

Food Lion To-Go grocery pickup service is rolling out to 50 more stores

Whole Foods Market will install a robotic barista

US: FreshDirect surpasses job creation promise to New York CityOver the past three years, online grocer FreshDirect has hired more than 1,500 employees from the Bronx, going above and beyond a commitment it made to New York City that it would hire at least 1,000 employees from the borough as part of the…

Delhaize: Shop for sailors

Aldi: Operations expansion planned in Italy and Switzerland

Romania: Carrefour to sell the former Billa headquarters in Bucharest for EUR15-18mln French retail group Carrefour is seeking a buyer for the former headquarters of supermarket chain Billa Romania, on Barbu Văcărescu Boulevard in northwestern Bucharest, and has set an asking price of between EUR15mln…

The Fresh Market has teamed with Service Management Group

Walmart Canada: Cornershop's first official partner outside of Latin America

Walmart U.S. CEO Foran to exit and be replaced by Sam's Club boss FurnerWalmart Inc said its chief executive for U.S. operations, Greg Foran, will leave the company early next year and be replaced by the head of its Sam’s Club warehouse chain unit, John Furner. Foran’s departure is likely to be…

Edeka expands online offer of its discount banner Netto

Carrefour Brasil: Deal signed with Super Nosso supermarket chain

Germany: Kaufland partners with 'Too Good To Go' to fight food wasteGerman retailer Kaufland has announced a partnership with the food waste prevention app 'Too Good To Go'. Presently, the service is available in five Kaufland outlets in Aachen, Bad Durrheim, Bad Kreuznach, Heidelberg-Rohrbach and…

Raley’s is using a remodel of its Bel Air Market to test new foodservice concepts

Smart & Final has become the first-ever grocery partner of the California State PTA

US: Google redesigns its Shopping serviceGoogle has launched a redesigned version of its Google Shopping service in the US. The upgraded Google Shopping service is now available in mobile and desktop format in the US. The redesign is intended to bring together shopping information across the internet and…

Amazon has launched Amazon.sg

Thailand’s retailing giant Big C has opened its first supermarket in Cambodia

Singapore: RedMart celebrates 8th anniversaryLazada’s online grocery supermarket, RedMart, is celebrating its 8th birthday. The retailer tied up with five banks to give away vouchers from SGD8 (US$6) to SGD30 (US$22). These vouchers can be redeemed for purchases on RedMart when used in conjunction with…

Meijer installs micro-fulfillment center in partnership with supply chain company Dematic

Lidl US: Medical benefits to all part-time employees

US: Wegmans to test eliminating plastic grocery bagsWegmans is testing out getting rid of single-use plastic bags. The grocery store chain - which just opened a location in Raleigh and has plans to open locations in Cary, Chapel Hill and Wake Forest - announced it would be removing plastic bags from two…

World’s largest FamilyMart is to open in Manila

Lidl plans to open ten new stores across Greater Manchester

UK: Tesco invests in checkout-free startup TrigoBritish supermarket chain Tesco has made an undisclosed investment in checkout-free technology company Trigo Vision, according to the retailer's latest earnings report. A spokesman for Trigo told Grocery Dive it has installed its AI-powered system, which…

Canada’s Olympic team has an official grocer for the first time ever

Amazon warehouse worker wage appeal rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

US: Online grocers dive deeper into personalizationSubscription-based online grocer Hungryroot has revamped its website and onboarding survey to offer more personalized service to its members, according to a press release. The company, which delivers weekly orders along with tailored recipes, builds a…

Tesco Asia: Major boost in profit

AI for Retail (AIR) Lab in Delft, the Netherlands: Official launch

Etruria Retail CEO discusses tie up with Carrefour ItalyIn an interview in Distribuzione Moderna, Etruria Retail’s managing director, Graziano Costantini, discussed why the organisation has aligned itself with Carrefour, following Auchan’s exit from the market. Costantini highlighted that Etruria will…

The Save Mart Cos. and KeHE Distributors have renewed and expanded their partnership

Costco: Q4 and fiscal year 2019 operating results

US: Walmart waives grocery delivery fees through OctoberWalmart is waiving its grocery delivery fees nationwide for customer orders of $50 or more through October 31, a company spokesperson confirmed to Grocery Dive. To secure the deal, customers type in a special promo code ("HOMEFREE") when checking…

Central Retail Corporation Plc: IPO

Tesco joins National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour

Australia: Coles looks beyond price with first in-store food hallSupermarket giant Coles is leveraging the power of independent foodie destinations to provide its very first in-store food hall experience. The retailer’s Tooronga Village store, in Melbourne’s south-east, has welcomed CBD-based café Earl…

Kum & Go has joined Partnership for a Healthier America

UNFI makes progress on effort to divest former Supervalu Inc. supermarket chains Shoppers and Cub Foods

US: Costco eyes Michigan for new storeAccording to reports circling the newswires, Costco could be laying down a new location in the state of Michigan. The Midland Daily News claims the retailer has submitted an application for a new 157,000-square-foot facility in Midland, Michigan; the only thing…

Walmart said it will begin several healthcare pilot programs for its U.S. employees

Kroger is laying off hundreds of employees

US: Save Mart to feature fast-casual restaurant in new flagship storeThe Save Mart Cos.’ flagship Save Mart store, which opened October 2 in the grocer’s hometown of Modesto, includes a fast-casual restaurant, The Tipping Point. “We have a strong identification with how good food brings people together -…

South African Bidcorp to sell Best Food Logistics unit in Britain to Booker Group

Sainsbury's: Google Cloud Platform

UK: Booths FY2018: return to growthBooths reports 0.5% growth in sales to £259.33mln in the year ending 30 March 2019, in a report filed to Companies House. The business experienced a trading loss of £1.2mln, an improvement on last years result of £2.2mln. Booths reports 0.5% growth in sales to…

Tesco chief executive has announced his surprise departure

Carrefour Brasil buys 49% stake in Ewally Tecnologia e Serviços S.A.

Switzerland: Lidl announces management changesLidl Switzerland has announced the appointment of Alessandro Wolf as its new chief real estate officer, effective 1 October 2019. Most recently, Wolf served as the chief operating officer of the retail group in the country. He is an experienced professional…

UNFI: Q4 fiscal 2019 results

Amazon reportedly is moving forward with opening of grocery stores in U.S.

US: Fresh departments draw consumers into stores, report saysFresh departments including deli, bakery, meat, seafood and produce are retailers’ key to luring shoppers into stores, according a recent report from Nielsen. Top-performing retailers in fresh categories generated 43% of sales from perishable…

Weis Markets has entered into asset purchase agreement with TCD Realty Inc.

Kroger: Foodservice concept expanded

US: Pacific Northwest Grocers & Union reach tentative agreementFollowing two days of negotiations, four grocery store operators reached a tentative agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 this past weekend, averting a potential strike at Fred Meyer, one of the banners involved…

A Coles supermarket has become the first Australian supermarket to trial zero waste to landfill

Kaufland announces opening of its first stores in the Republic of Moldova

Georgia: 150th SPAR store openingSince its expansion into the market in 2014, SPAR Georgia has grown its store presence at a fast rate. Between 2017 and 2018, the retailer’s store count doubled. There have also already been 51 stores openings in 2019. Most recently, SPAR has announced the opening of its…

Amazon has launched Amazon Care

Possible buyers have shown interest in Walmart’s JetBlack

US: First Supply Chain Training Academy at Walmart Distribution Center in SangerThe Walmart Distribution Center in Sanger, TX, became home to the first-of-its-kind Walmart Supply Chain Academy, created specifically to train the retailer’s supply chain associates and provide them with a clear path to…

Coles bolsters its partnership with eBay

"Give Jumbo a warm welcome" says Colruyt

Spain: Mercadona expands its market shareMercadona has expanded its market share in Spain to 25.8%, 0.6 points more than a year ago. By contrast, in Catalonia, the best-selling supermarket was Bon Preu, according to a report on the supermarket sector published by the Kantar consultancy. In this way,…

Drakes Supermarkets are leaving Foodland retail group after 45 years

Asda: Food waste data

UK: Morrisons to bring back string shopping bags to fight plastic wasteMorrisons is bringing back a trusted old-school shopping bag to fight plastic waste. The supermarket will start stocking £1 recycled cotton string bags for customers filling up on fresh fruit and vegetables in the greengrocers aisle. It follows Morrisons'…

Amazon is developing a longer-range wireless network for IoT devices

Wakefern Food Corp. plans a 50-store test of shelf camera

US: Meijer launches Retail Management Certificate programMeijer is joining Walmart and other retailers in looking for ways to keep employees happy in a tight labor market. The retailer has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to create a new Retail Management Certificate program that will…

Alibaba Group aims to serve more than 1bln consumers by 2024

Jeronimo Martins Polska: Under investigation for unfair dealings with suppliers to Biedronka

7-Eleven Philippines sells BitcoinThe cryptocurrency can now be bought at all 7-Eleven stores across the country. Abra has formed a partnership with ECPay to sell Bitcoin for cash in the Philippines. Abra is a well-known cryptocurrency investment app company and ECPay a payment processor firm. The…

Natural Grocers: First Louisiana store planned to open

Kroger: Urban format store in downtown Cincinnati with first-ever food hall

US: C&S brings retailers more supply-chain visibilityC&S Wholesale Grocers is giving supermarkets and other customers a real-time view of incoming deliveries via a new predictive supply-chain platform. Through a partnership with Chicago-based FourKites, C&S sends retailers logic-based messages - called…

Alibaba and Starbucks announce collaboration to launch voice ordering in China

Ahold Delhaize extends its commitment to cut food waste in half by 2030

Basket.jo conquering Jordan in partnership with CarrefourBasket.jo, the leading on-demand delivery retail application in Jordan, has announced the advancement of its partnership and collaboration agreements with Carrefour Jordan, joining forces with four Carrefour branches, it aims to further enhance…

Amazon has bought technology startup INLT

Aldi: Leading grocery retailer with most GreenChill store certifications in past year

US: Fairway Market invites shoppers to ‘Eat Like A Greek’Fairway Market has teamed with Greek specialty food-sourcing company Olive Roots to bring to the grocer’s stores authentic Mediterranean products from Greece and Cyprus. To mark the occasion, Fairway will host Eat Like A Greek, a three-week…

Co-op: Exclusive deal with the National Union of Students

Aldi closes founding store

China to send state officials to 100 private firms including AlibabaChina’s top technology hub Hangzhou plans to assign government officials to work with 100 private companies including e-commerce giant Alibaba, according to state media reports, in a move likely to raise concerns over the growing role of the state. The step…

Honeywell and KE2 Therm: Agreement aimed to deliver lower refrigeration energy costs for grocery stores

John Catsimatidis takes controlling ownership of the D’Agostino chain of supermarkets

US: Fresh foods are where it’s at for brick-and-mortarBrick-and-mortar stores still rule when it comes to fresh foods, including with online shoppers, according to market research giant Nielsen. Grocery retailers can keep customers coming to their physical stores with strong fresh departments -…

Rakuten and Seiyu have agreed to road test autonomous delivery robots service

JD has launched a social e-commerce platform

Hungary: Ministry of Agriculture award for Penny MarketThe local unit of German discount supermarket chain Penny Market has been presented with an award by Zsolt Feldman, state secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, for the distribution of the highest number of its own bands labeled "Magyar Termék”…

Trader Joe's: North Carolina and Kansas expansion

Fairway Market: Up for sale again

US: Is time the new currency in grocery?Katherine Black started her presentation with what she called the most boring and predictable insight Groceryshop attendees would hear during the three-day conference in Las Vegas: “Consumers value price above other attributes when shopping for grocery”. It’s the…

Kuwait supermarket is open to selling Brazilian brands

Groupe Casino is in talks to sell its discount store chain Leader Price to low-cost rival Aldi

Online supermarkets & DIY stores increasingly popular in The NetherlandsMore and more Dutch consumers are buying their groceries and tools for home projects online. Web stores like Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Picnic are seeing their turnover grow with double digits every year, and DIY stores are also showing…

Macey’s grocery store is the first ever to be licensed by Associated Food Stores

Amazon pledges: Net carbon neutral by 2040 and to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans

Ahold Delhaize USA brands announce commitment to sustainable chemistry, transparent products and packagingIn its latest move to make products and packaging more sustainable, Ahold Delhaize USA announced that each of its local brands - Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN’S, Hannaford, Peapod and Stop &…

Ocado Retail: Growth of 11.4% in Q3

French retailer Carrefour expands its presence in central and southern Italy

Israel: Trigo raises $22mln 'A' Round to enable more grocery retailers to battle Amazon GoTrigo, a computer-vision company providing checkout-free systems to grocery retailers, announced that it raised $22mln in an A Round. The round was led by growth fund Red Dot Capital with the participation of…

Albertsons, Safeway, Southeastern Grocers and Weis Markets slated to pilot in-store digital media network

Walmart and Capital One are teaming up

US: Grocery chains to test in-store digital media networkAlbertsons, Safeway, Southeastern Grocers and Weis Markets supermarkets are slated to pilot an in-store digital media network from News Corp. subsidiary News America Marketing (NAM). In the test, due to launch this winter, large-format screens…

Ocado could start home deliveries of the full M&S range before next September

Suning.com plans to open more than 200 in-Carrefour stores across China

Germany: Metro says talks on Real chain sale taking longerTalks to sell Metro's loss-making Real hypermarket chain to real estate investor Redos could take longer than expected after other parties showed interest in the properties, the German wholesaler said. A Metro spokesman said talks with Redos,…

Tops has enrolled in the 2019 Clean Up the World program

Meijer: Shop & Scan technology expands to all stores

Amazon tests a one-tap review system for product feedbackAmazon is testing an easier way for people to leave product feedback with the launch of one-tap ratings. The change is meant to encourage those who don’t have the time, energy or interest in writing reviews to still share their opinion about the…

Netto: Sale of fruit and vegetables is up by more than 10% across its newly-reformatted stores

DIA: 7% fall in first-half sales

UK: Asda Group Limited publishes annual statutory accountsSupermarket Asda has published its annual Statutory Accounts for the financial year to 31st December 2018 through Companies House. The accounts for Asda Group Limited, which includes the financial activities of all Asda stores, distribution centres and online operations…

Associated Wholesale Grocers: Partnership with Retail Software Solutions Group

Walmart: First-ever Walmart Health center

US: FutureProof Retail and Halla provide personalized recommendations for mobile self-scanning and checkoutDuring the premier event for grocery innovation, Groceryshop, FutureProof Retail (FPR), the leading provider of line-free mobile checkout and service counter solutions, and Halla, the only software…

Penny Market has increased minimum net wage for its employees in Romania

Aldi: A new supermarket planned to open in the UK each week

Ahold Delhaize and Hanshow Technology announce partnership to enhance digital customer experienceAhold Delhaize announced a strategic partnership with Hanshow Technology to introduce digital in-store applications for its European brands. As a first step in this collaboration, the brands will deploy…

Online US grocery sales have grown more than 15% on a year-over-year basis

Stop & Shop: A fresh new look at 21 Suffolk County stores on Long Island

Canada: Dollarama raises full-year comparable-store sales forecastCanadian discount retailer Dollarama Inc's raised its full-year comparable-store sales forecast, after reporting better-than-expected quarterly sales, benefiting from investments in its online business and higher demand for its products.…

Sainsbury’s: Ambitious new commitment to reduce plastic packaging by 50% by 2025

Waitrose: TDP eCommerce partnership ends

Lidl Romania boasts 130 local suppliers for fresh produce sectionGerman retailer Lidl has over 130 Romanian suppliers for its fresh produce section and up to 70% of the produce it sells in summer is local, a company official said. “Over 130 of our fruit and vegetable suppliers are Romanian and their…

Kroger: Quarterly same-store sales growth beat analysts’ estimates

Walmart: Delivery Unlimited expands nationwide

US: Stop & Shop to help customers answer “What’s for dinner?” during National Family Meals MonthTo celebrate National Family Meals Month, Stop & Shop is offering thousands of customers free access to The Dinner Daily, an award-winning meal planning service. Up to 30,000 Stop & Shop customers can join and…

Netto is testing new digital platform Fillop

Rewe: Same-day delivery in eight major cities across Germany

UK: Morrisons says talk of firm as takeover target 'pure speculation'Talk that Morrisons, Britain’s No. 4 grocer, could be subject to a takeover bid is “pure speculation”, its chief executive David Potts said. Industry analysts have suggested that Morrisons could be a candidate for a potential takeover,…

Target plans to hire more than 130,000 store employees for the holiday season

Nearly 950 Amazon employees plan to strike

US: The future of food retail points to fresh formats and dollar storesSales for traditional grocers fell 1.1% to $547.6bln in 2018 and market share dropped to about 44% of overall grocery sales, according to Inmar Analytics' new 2019 Future of Food Retailing Report. Store count for super warehouses fell…

Central Group and JD.com launch app Dolfin

AmazonFresh: On demand delivery option launched in the UK

France: Carrefour denies weighing bid for French retail rival CasinoCarrefour denied it was examining a potential bid for debt-laden Casino, after BFM TV reported the French retailer was weighing up an all-share offer for its rival. “There is no offer, or any draft of an offer, on the table”, a…

FutureProof Retail: New partnership with IT Retail

Whole Foods survey: When grocery shopping, millennials willing to pay top dollar

US: Caper announces $10mln in Series A funding to scale AI checkoutCaper, the first AI-powered shopping cart that uses computer vision to enable a seamless grab-and-go retail experience, announces that it has closed a $10mln Series A round of funding led by Lux Capital. Following Caper's Seed funding,…

Eurospin: Malta expansion

Alibaba: New era as founder Jack Ma departs

Denmark: Coop encourages responsible consumptionCoop’s Food Pyramid has been redesigned for its new climate-friendly campaign. It was originally used to show how to eat a healthy and balanced meal. Now, under the heading 'Grønt i front' ('Green in front'), the campaign inspires Danes to buy vegetables…

SoCal grocery workers: Tentative deal with Kroger, Albertsons banners

Dollar General: Massive expansion planned

US: Shopify to buy warehouse technology provider for $450mlnShopify Inc said it would buy warehouse technology provider 6 River Systems Inc for about $450mln, as it looks to accelerate growth of its fulfillment network. Shopify unveiled plans in June to spend $1bln to run a warehousing network in the…

Asda: Wage growth hits 11-year high

Alibaba eyes Indian e-commerce market and plans to launch a fully-owned business through UCWeb

Switzerland: Aldi to introduce Nutri-ScoreAldi will become the first retailer in the market to introduce the Nutri-Score label system, helping customers to understand which are healthier choices and make buying decisions easier. The retailer has been reducing the sugar, fat and calorie content of its…

Walmart: 21 pollinator gardens

Costco: 7.9% growth in net sales in FY 2019

US: 47,000 grocery workers threaten strikeTalks of a private-sector strike have recently arisen, headed primarily by grocery employees at two retail chains. If carried out, the strike will be the largest since a General Motors strike in 2007. CNN Business reports that there are nearly 47,000 workers…

DoorDash: Australia is first move outside North America

Albert Heijn tests fully digital, 14 m² (150 sq. ft.) AH to go store

Innovative marketing campaign for Lidl SwedenLidl Sweden has launched a brand new marketing campaign involving its shoppers. Existing customers will become brand ambassadors and help Lidl promote its products to their friends and families who do not shop at the discounter. The retailer takes a fun and…

Natural Grocers: Organic Harvest Month

Walmart: Produce 2.0

US: How grocers can leverage the $13bln foodservice opportunityA new report from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) looks at the challenges and opportunities for grocers when it comes the $13bln category of foodservice. According to FMI’s fourth annual Power of Foodservice at Retail report, foodservice is growing annually at…

Sainsbury's has ended its till-free store experiment

Fast growing Russian supermarket chain VkusVill plans IPO in New York

Costco plans second China storeFollowing the huge wave of success with its first store opening in Shanghai, Costco plans on opening its second location “as soon as possible,” according to news source China Knowledge. While there were already high expectations, the turnout to Costco’s first store in the…

Raley's: Home delivery for ecommerce orders through Instacart

Hy-Vee: Free heart health screenings

US: AmazonFresh kicks off in IndianapolisAmazon’s same-day delivery service for fresh foods, AmazonFresh, has launched in Indianapolis. The e-tail giant said that members of the Amazon Prime customer benefits program in Indianapolis can now shop tens of thousands of products - from fresh produce, meat…

M&S will be relegated from FTSE 100

Carrefour has launched a new “transformation” plan

Foreign supermarkets find competition tough in ChinaForeign supermarket chains are struggling to compete on the mainland and should expand their online sales platforms to boost their revenues, industry insiders say. Against a backdrop of declining sales last year as the mainland economy slowed and…

Colorado’s largest single rooftop solar-power array installed at Amazon

Aldi: Florida expansion

US: Lidl is opening two new Montco grocery stores in PennsylvaniaLidl is expanding its grocery stores in Pennsylvania this month by opening two new stores in Montgomery County. The first store opened on Wednesday, September 4, at 1831 E. Ridge Pike in Upper Providence - a 15,000-square-foot location. The second store scheduled…

Coop Sweden: Same-day grocery delivery service for online purchases launched in Greater Stockholm

Vingroup has acquired supermarket chain Queenland Mart

Norway: NorgesGruppen announces 2.5% sales growth in H1 2019Norway-based NorgesGruppen has announced its H1 2019 results, posting a 2.5% increase in sales to €4.37bln (US$4.83bln). Operating profit was €182mln (US$201mln) for the period, compared with €160mln (US$177mln) in H1 2018. The retailer said the…

Gelson’s Local Discoveries pitch event

Kroger: New kind of high-tech shopping experience

US: Consumer spending increases solidly, income tepidUS consumer spending increased solidly in July as households bought a range of goods and services, which could further allay financial market fears of a recession, but the pace of growth in consumption is unlikely to be sustained amid tepid income…

HelloFresh has launched in Sweden

Groupe Casino’s Franprix has joined forces with Hema

Holland: Albert Heijn cuts 150 managerial postsDutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn wants to simplify its organisation and cuts 150 managers' posts. They are redirected to other jobs in the company, that emphasises it does not want to lay off anyone. The Ahold Delhaize subsidiary wants to shorten its…

Whole Foods prices have dropped an average of 2.5% compared to last year

IGA will accept reusable containers for bulk food purchases and fruits and vegetables

US: Brookshire’s announces home delivery through Instacart in Commerce and Sulphur SpringsBrookshire Grocery Co. has introduced same-day home delivery through Instacart at the Brookshire’s Food Stores located at 1603 Culver St. in Commerce and 809 Gilmer Rd. in Sulphur Springs. Customers can use the…


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