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Possible Metro takeover by Czech investor Kretinsky cleared by Watchdog

JD and Rakuten: collaboration on unmanned delivery solutions in Japan

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

Publix: 3 more GreenWise Market locations

SpartanNash: Q4 and fiscal year 2018 financial results

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

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

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

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

Albertsons Companies: partnership renewed with KeHE

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

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

Penny Market: investment in organic private label

Albert Heijn pilots zero-emission delivery trucks for city supermarkets

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

Amazon plans to cut its carbon footprint

Walmart: Q4 results

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

Lulu Group: to open 8 hypermarkets by 2020

Majid Al Futtaim: AI-powered platform

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

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

Farmstead: compostable produce bags for fruit and vegetable delivery

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

Spar Netherlands: 100th Spar Express store

Groupe Casino: agreement to sell 33 stores to Lidl

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

Amazon Air: rapidly expanding fleet

Tops Markets expands grocery delivery program

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

Carrefour Italia: easy online shopping with Auto-Add

The Casino Group signs agreement to sell R2C

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

Hy-Vee: more locations for Fast & Fresh

Amazon: plans for New York HQ2 cancelled

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

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

Co-op: first ever franchise stores

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

Amazon: live-streamed shopping videos

Kroger: mobile payment solution

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

Albert Heijn and HEMA: pilot stores

Spar Group: 8.2% rise in 17-week sales

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

Driverless delivery startup Nuro: $940mln SoftBank investment

Walmart and Deliv: online grocery partnership ends

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

Carrefour: solar on 36 superstores in France

Iceland considers bid for Sainsbury’s-Asda stores

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

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

Los Altos Ranch Market expands into Tucson

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

Kaufland: 121 stores in Romania

Colruyt: voice commerce in Belgium

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

Amazon: public transport as parcel carrier

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

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

Ingles: strong Q1 results

Costco: January sales results

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

Online grocery spend in US peaks at 3%

Kroger: grants to food waste innovators

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

Coop: 300-store milestone

Russian tycoon: bid for Spanish supermarket chain Dia

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

Farm Boy: Toronto expansion with east end location

Saladworks: more locations inside ShopRites

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

First fresh food digital marketplace in Canada

Hy-Vee: new pilot program to reduce food waste

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

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

Online grocery store KadaiRuncit: same day delivery

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

Jumbo City: delivery in 45 minutes

Plus has reduced the price of everyday fruit and vegetables

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

Farmstead: automatic replenishment program

Amazon: Sales up 20% in Q4

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

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

Majid Al Futtaim: 2018 year-end results

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

Peapod Digital Labs is partnering with Deliv

Grocery Outlet: new platform

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

Alibaba Group: December quarter 2018 results

Conad: private label sales reach €3.5bln

UK: Central England Co-op to open 10 new food stores Central England Co-op is to open more than 10 new food stores and revamp dozens more throughout 2019. New stores are planned for Stafford, Lichfield, Nottingham, Norfolk, Suffolk, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Derbyshire. The new and revamped food…

Sobeys: set to convert 10 Safeway stores in British Columbia

Trader Joe’s: New York City grocery delivery ends

Sobeys outlines plans for FreshCo stores in western Canada Sobeys is set to convert 10 Safeway stores in British Columbia to support the launch of the FreshCo banner in western Canada. This will build on the launch of the concept in the spring with two stores in Manitoba. Sobeys announced last year that…

Carrefour Polska: 'Little Farmer' zones

Spar: new mobile payment service

Belgium: Carrefour tests a new, highly automated store concept Carrefour has announced the launch of a new pilot project in Brussels, near the Central Station. This is a new concept of a robot store that opens every day, 24 hours a day, combining a withdrawal point for online shopping with a large distributor offering all kinds…

Giant Food Stores: Giant Direct, powered by Peapod will debut in Lancaster

Metro: first-quarter profit of $203.1mln

US: The Wally Shop is bringing zero-waste grocery delivery to Brooklyn Zero-waste grocery delivery has made its way to Brooklyn. The Wally Shop is attempting to change the grocery game by delivering local, organic produce from farmers markets and bulk stores to customers. The food is placed in packaging…

Tesco confirmed: up to 9,000 staff jobs at risk as it closes fresh food counters

Gruppo Abate: 35 stores sold

Italy: Pam acquires 16 Arimondo Stores Pam has acquired 16 stores in Genoa, Savona and Imperia from regional retailer Arimondo. The acquisition follows a commercial partnership agreement signed between the companies in November 2018. The partnership aims to offer customers “a richer and more innovative range, at always…

Amazon: more companies to create exclusive brands

Walmart: Spark City staff training app

Amazon pushes for more companies to create exclusive brands Amazon is pushing for more manufacturers to create exclusive, private label products to sell only on its site, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies making everything from mattresses to artificial sweeteners to coffee have already…

Sligro tripled its profits

Carrefour tests model to eliminate disposable packaging

UK: Spar Scotland unveils new truck livery Spar Scotland has introduced a new livery on 20 lorries to mark the symbol group’s continued sponsorship of athletics. The livery features the European Athletics Indoor Championship branding and promotes the event which takes place in Glasgow from 1-3 March. The…

iFresh seeks taste of ‘Hema’

Walmart is testing new payments approach to up online conversions

US: Big Y makes executive changes to support ambitious growth plans Massachusetts-based Big Y Foods announced a series of leadership changes, including a new CEO, better positioning the family-owned company to support its strategic growth plans. Charles L. D’Amour has been appointed CEO and will continue…

METRO: Zilliant Price IQ platform in Turkey

JD.com completed a breakthrough for drone delivery in Southeast Asia

Russia: Lenta sees like-for-like sales up 2.1% in Q4 Russian retailer Lenta has posted a 2.1% increase in like-for-like sales in the fourth quarter of its financial year, with the business posting sales of RUB 119.5bln (€1.59bln) for the period. The like-for-like sales increase was driven by a 2.1% gain…

Albertsons partners with Microsoft

Walmart: wage increase for Illinois truck drivers

US: Grocers rank among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies Publix Super Markets has once again been named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine, ranking No. 2 in the food and drug stores industry category - the highest of any mainstream supermarket operator. The Lakeland,…

Competition and Markets Authority: ruling on Sainsbury's-Asda merger now due at 30 April

Alibaba: new technology to help the blind shop online

UK’s largest independent Co-operative set to expand its food stores in the Cotswolds The Midcounties Co-operative, the UK’s largest independent Co-operative, has agreed a deal to purchase 4 of the Cotswolds-based Warner’s Budgens food stores, a deal that will complete this summer. Midcounties…

Earth Fare plans to double its locations in 5 years

Amazon debuts delivery robot Scout

US: New Seasons Market appoints CEO Forrest Hoffmaster has been named chief executive officer at New Seasons Market under a new leadership structure. With the move, New Seasons’ top management shifts from dual-president setup. Hoffmaster had served as co-president along with Kristi McFarland, who now…

Carrefour: Solid Q4 sales growth in 2018

Ahold Delhaize: trading statement Q4 and full year 2018

Holland: Ahold Delhaize appoints Marit van Egmond as Brand President & CEO at Albert Heijn Ahold Delhaize announces the appointment of Marit van Egmond as Brand President & CEO of Albert Heijn as of February 1, 2019. She will succeed Wouter Kolk, who will fully focus on his duties as CEO Ahold…

Amazon: partnership with Ministry of Trade in Vietnam

Walmart plans to hire 2,000 employees for Technology Department

Amazon signs partnership with Ministry of Trade in Vietnam Merchants in Vietnam will be able to sell to wholesale buyers in US, Japan and Europe. This is Amazon’s first ecommerce operation in the country. Amazon has a partnership with VECOM, Vietnam E-commerce Association, which brings together a…

Casino to sell 26 stores worth 501mln euros

Kaufland to take over around 100 Real stores

UAE: Safestway supermarket brand sold The supermarket chain Safestway has been sold to rival brand West Zone, the retailer’s parent company The Giant Group said. Employing over 700 people, Safestway describes itself as an importer and distributor of consumer goods, food and grocery products. It also…

Dollarama: online store launched

Tops Markets LLC to deploy Itasca Magic computer-generated ordering & direct store delivery

Canada: Dollarama launches online store Canada’s leading dollar store chain, Dollarama, has launched a new online store, offering products in case quantities. The national launch of the store follows on from a five-week pilot in Quebec. The store offers around 1,000 products across consumable and general…

Asda and Wincanton: supply chain partnership renewed

Casino Group to sell 6 stores to rival Leclerc

India: Flipkart secures more funding for Amazon battle Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart has received US$201mln funding for its wholesale business from its Singapore-incorporated parent. The investment comes during a period of intensifying competition between the firm and its Amazon-backed competitor in a…

Weis Markets: Low, Low Price program on more than 7,000 products

CEO: Supervalu ‘puts UNFI in a position to win’

US: Weis Markets slashes prices on 7K-plus items Weis Markets has introduced its Low, Low Price program, which cuts prices on more than 7,000 products across the Mid-Atlantic grocer’s stores. Described by Weis as “the company’s most ambitious price reduction program to date”, the initiative aims for the…

Coop Italia: customers optimistic about the year ahead

Groupe Casino: sales up in France, despite 'gilets jaunes' protests

Spain: Bon Preu upgrades its online offer Catalonia-based Bon Preu has launched a mobile application, allowing shoppers to order from the BonpreuEsclat online supermarket using their mobiles. Its online store has been available since November 2018 and offers a full range of 11,000 products. The…

Stop & Shop to pilot ‘self-driving grocery stores’

Report: Amazon's online grocery sales growth slowed in 2018

US: Save-A-Lot laying off staff at new corporate headquarters Save-a-Lot, which moved into new corporate headquarters in St. Ann, Missouri, last month, is laying off up to 100 people in its corporate office, or about 1% of its 10,000-strong workforce, local news reports have revealed. “We can confirm…

Drakes Supermarkets: data analytics integrated into state-of-the-art warehouse

Marks & Spencer: next 17 stores to close

France: Cora launches digital screens instore Louis Delhaize-owned Cora is investing in digital screens to broadcast commercials instore at its hypermarkets in France. Cora will use 560 screens across the 60 hypermarkets it operates. Screens will be suspended above store entrances and central aisles to…

Ahold Delhaize: in-store robot use expands to 500 Giant/Martin's and Stop & Shop locations

Walmart: high-tech consolidation center debut

Canada: Loblaw goes without a CEO Loblaw Cos. no longer has the position of chief executive officer. Canada’s largest grocery retailer said that Chairman and CEO Galen Weston has become executive chairman, and Sarah Davis has taken on additional duties in her role as president. With the move, Davis now…

Alibaba: ‘A100’ initiative

Carrefour: first French retailer to use artificial intelligence to optimise supply chain

In Russian supermarkets, consumers can settle purchases with their fingerprint In what could be a world’s first, Azbuka Vkusa, a major grocery chain with more than 170 outlets across Russia, and its partner Sberbank, the state-owned banking giant, have launched what they call a “perfect fingerprint…

Shaw’s Supermarkets: 4 store closures in Massachusetts & New Hampshire

Albertsons: Q3 results

Amazon testing free product samples Amazon is planning to send free samples right to the doors of customers, raising some privacy concerns in the age of data mining and detailed digital user profiles, according to CNBC. “Amazon surprises select customers with samples that we think will be delightful and helpful”, the company…

Kroger: pilot with OneView Commerce

Whole Foods Market plans to discontinue the 365 store format

US: OneView Commerce announces pilot with Kroger OneView Commerce, Inc., a subsidiary of OneView Group Ltd and the retail industry's only SaaS-based headless and serverless digital store platform, announced that they have reached an agreement with Kroger to develop a next-generation point-of-sale…

Ahold Delhaize: update on brand strategy in Belgium

Amazon Germany: to stop Dash

Italy: Despar responds to rise in obesity According to the World Health Organisation and the Italian Ministry of Health, child obesity is rising across Europe. In response, Despar Italia is working to improve the nutritional value of its private label products. Despar has partnered with the University of Parma to analyse 300…

JD.com: European entrance delayed

Intermarché: 50th anniversary

France: Monoprix bans paper flyer French supermarket chain Monoprix announces that from now on its paper flyers belong to the past. The retailer wants to reduce its ecological footprint and therefore focuses on digital communication. Every year, retail chains in France distribute more than 20bln paper catalogues, brochures and…

Sprouts Farmers Market is opening 4 stores on January 16

Albertsons: $660mln through sale-leaseback of 5 distribution centers

US: Caper rolls out AI-powered shopping carts that let customers skip checkout Grocery store customers want speed and convenience, but grocery stores often have long checkout lines which hurt the shopping experience. As they seek to maintain competitiveness in a world where groceries can be ordered…

Carrefour pilots automatic product recognition

Tesco: like-for-like group sales up 0.5% in Q3

Switzerland: Aldi opens a store to target on-the-go shoppers Aldi Suisse has opened its first ever store in a train station, in Lausanne. This is a new concept and location for Aldi Suisse. It shows how the retailer is becoming more flexible with its formats and locations. With an area of only 240 sq m…

Target: record ecommerce sales growth continues

Costco: December sales results

US: Roche Bros. upgrades POS systems to increase speed, efficiency Massachusetts grocer Roche Bros. is modernizing its stores by implementing point-of-sale (POS) systems that improve speed and efficiency at the front end. The retailer has teamed with Durham, North Carolina-based Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions to adopt the…

Tesco: robot grocery delivery in Milton Keynes

Sainsbury’s: like-for-like sales down 1.1% in Q3

Crai outperforms Italian retail market in 2018: Mediobanca Italian retailer Crai outperformed its competitors in terms of growth last year, seeing sales rise 14.2% year-on-year, according to a Mediobanca report on the Italian grocery retail sector. Discounter chain Eurospin posted growth of 11.1%,…

Kroger: $1.2bln debt offering planned

Sprouts: expansion to 3 more states

US: UNFI reveals new branding Characterizing its merger with Supervalu as an opportunity to “transform the world of food,” United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has unveiled a new mission, a new logo and a new corporate slogan. The logo and new slogan: "Better Food. Better Future," arrived on social media…

Jan Linders: turnover increased by 5.4% to €431mln

Alibaba has taken over streaming analytics startup Data Artisans

Hungary: Spar invests €13mln in store modernisation programme Spar Hungary has announced that it has invested around €13mln in a store modernisation programme to create a 21st-century shopping experience for customers. As a part of the programme, the retailer has renovated five existing Spar stores,…

Wegmans hiring for New York City debut

Walmart is piloting grocery delivery via autonomous vehicles

US: Publix planning additional 'deli-centric' locations Publix Supermarkets will launch more stores prominently featuring its deli department, but the Lakeland, Florida-based grocer isn’t quite ready to provide full details on where and when the latest locations featuring the new format will open. “Most…

Coop Switzerland: record sales in 2018

Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd launch campaign to promote conscious nutrition

France: Leclerc reduces the prices of 4,600 products France-based trade publication LSA has reported that Leclerc has decided to lower the prices of 4,600 products within its Marque Repère range. It will maintain the price decreases throughout 2019, giving its private label products a competitive…

Amazon: the most valuable public company in the world

Kroger and Microsoft collaborating to develop a connected store pilot

US retail employment rises by 37,600 in December: NRF The US-based National Retail Federation has said that retail employment grew by 37,600 unadjusted year-on-year in December, in what was a bumper holiday shopping period in the States. Some 4,000 jobs were created at food and beverage stores, the NRF…

JD.com: live mainland test for driverless delivery vehicles

Kaufland Poland to modernise stores and expand own-brand range

Japan: Changes to FamilyMart UNY and Don Quijote deal FamilyMart UNY has failed to secure enough shares to make Don Quijote an affiliate. The discount operator, however, will proceed with its plan to make UNY a fully owned subsidiary. In the deal announced in October, FamilyMart UNY was to purchase a…

Western Supermarkets is closing after 70 years in operation

Ahold Delhaize acquires supermarket pioneer King Kullen

US: DoorDash eyes driverless vehicles for grocery delivery DoorDash is looking to autonomous vehicles to help grow its online grocery delivery business. The food delivery company said that it has teamed up with Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based developer of driverless cars, to test food deliveries…

Agrokor to be renamed by the end of January

Co-op: 100 new stores planned to open in 2019

Biedronka plans extensive expansion in Poland Portuguese retail group Jerónimo Martins plans to open around 100 to 150 Biedronka supermarkets, each year, in Poland in the coming years. The target was announced by Jerónimo Martins CEO Pedro Soares dos Santos in an interview with Business Insider Polska.…

Walmart successfully recruits drivers amid shortage

Whole Foods Market: new tool assists online grocery shoppers with dietary restrictions

US: Walmart successfully recruits drivers amid shortage The driver shortage within the trucking industry continues, despite many companies seeking out talent. While many are struggling to recruit and retain talent, Walmart hired 1,400 new drivers in 2018. Yahoo reports that the retailer added 696 new…

Ahold Delhaize: €1bln share buyback program commences

Sligro: 9.6% turnover growth

Jumbo releases 2018 results and plans to open new stores in Belgium Jumbo has announced strong growth and an increase in market share. Online has performed particularly well, with Jumbo’s share of total online revenue increasing to 4% at the end of 2018. Jumbo will focus on a move “from food retail to food experience” says CEO…

Hannaford Supermarkets is testing new grocery technology

SpartanNash has completed the acquisition of Martin’s Super Markets

US: Hannaford tests technology for more interactive in-store grocery shopping Northeastern chain Hannaford Supermarkets is testing new grocery technology at a store in Portland, Maine, to provide shoppers with a more interactive in-store experience, the Portland Press Herald has reported. The…

Carrefour Italia: new hypermarket format

Franprix: First store in the UAE

France: retail confidence at lowest level since January 2015 French business confidence plunged to a more than two-year low in December after violent anti-government protests as the economy closes the year on a rough note, official data showed. The confidence slump implies the economy has slowed since growth peaked in 2018 in…

Amazon is planning a Whole Foods expansion in the U.S.

Costco: How2Recycle label program

Report: Amazon is planning a Whole Foods expansion to benefit Prime Now Amazon is planning a Whole Foods expansion in the U.S., according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The goal is to put more customers within the range of Amazon’s two-hour Prime Now delivery service, including those in suburban…

Takeaway has acquired Delivery Hero and Foodora in Germany

Aldi plans to open 8 new stores in Scotland

Portugal: Continente tests delivery service with Glovo Portugal-based, Sonae-owned Continente has partnered with Spain-based food delivery Glovo. Following the collaboration, shoppers will be able to enjoy a fast-paced home delivery service, fulfilled by Glovo. Continente and Glovo have started trialling…

Many shoppers will continue to shop right up until Christmas Eve

Offering both delivery and pickup could double online grocers 2019 ecommerce success

US shoppers to continue shopping right up to Christmas Eve: NRF While more than 40% of US shoppers have completed their Christmas gift purchasing already, many will continue to shop right up until Christmas Eve, according to a survey carried out by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights…

Supermarket chain Magasin Général acquires ecommerce startup Founa

Groupe Casino: partnership with Qarnot Computing

UK: Spar expands social media coverage Spar UK is set to increase its social media presence through new partnership with social media agency, We Are Social. We Are Social will manage Spar’s social brand strategy and content development in the UK, and will work with the in-house digital team on producing…

Hy-Vee: real estate turnarounds in the Twin Cities

Target: conveyor belt advertising at 1,000th store

US: Hy-Vee bets on real estate turnarounds in the Twin Cities Hy-Vee has set its Minnesota expansion sights on underappreciated real estate vacated by other retailers, according to the Pioneer Press. The Iowa-based chain has opened 3 such stores in the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities, revitalizing…

Carrefour partners with Supermercato24

JD.com will join hands with Thai government to boost cross-border trade

Australia: Organic supermarket About Life collapses after numerous legal disputes Organic food retailer About Life has fallen into voluntary administration after a series of legal disputes with suppliers over the last 18 months. The independent grocer is understood to have closed all of its eight stores…

Target: same-day delivery through Shipt expands to all major product categories

Amazon and Orange combine voice assistant technology

US: Sears to take $443mln in charges arising from store closures Bankrupt U.S. retailer Sears Holdings Corp will take a charge of about $443mln arising from store closures, a regulatory filing showed. The company said some of the charges have already been incurred in the third quarter, while the…

Alfamart Philippines: 200 new stores in 2019

Casino: 1st supermarket accessible 24 hours a day

Male grocery shopping surges after cutback in workweek hours in Korea The sharp cutback in workweek hour that went into incremental force in the second half has led to increase in grocery shopping by Korean males, said South Korea’s GS Retail Co., supermarket and convenience store operating unit of GS…

UNFI to list stock on the New York Stock Exchange

Kroger and Nuro: first-ever unmanned delivery service for the general public

Canada: Amazon expands tech hub in Toronto, creates 600 new jobs Amazon is firmly planting its foot in Toronto by opening a 113,000-square-foot office in the city’s downtown core to accommodate the expansion of its tech hub. The tech giant said the new location at Scotia Plaza on King Street West will…

Auchan introduces home delivery

Strike at Amazon warehouses

Carrefour launches its webstore in Jordan Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia recently announced the launch of Carrefour’s new online store in Jordan. The store will serve all the Jordanian provinces except for Aqaba. The webstore can be…

Stop & Shop: 1st smaller-format store in Massachusetts

Sobeys Q2: sales and profits grow as Project Sunrise gains momentum

US: Stop & Shop debuts smaller-format store in Massachusetts The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC’s new small-format store which opened December 14 in Newton, Massachusetts, is the first in the chain’s home state to feature its new logo and updated design, which debuted earlier this year at 21…

Google has launched shopping service in India

Aeon has acquired stake in French organic food supermarket

Germany: Metro AG anticipating 1% to 3% sales rise in 2018/19 German wholesaler Metro said it expects eastern Europe and Asia to drive a rise in sales in the 2018/19 financial year, although it sees profits falling due to its challenging Russian business and investments in digitalisation. Metro's shares,…

Postmates: robot to speed up and automate its deliveries

Deliv: 20 new U.S. retailers signed up for same-day delivery

US: Mercato introduces Order Management and Delivery Dispatching Service Mercato Inc., the online ordering and delivery platform for independent grocers, announced general availability of its Order Management and Delivery Dispatching Service. The software service is designed for independent grocers to…

ICA Gruppen steps up investment

Ocado: confident about prospects for 2019

Kenya: Retail chain Tumaini sells majority stake to Sokoni Emerging retail chain Tumaini Self Service Limited has sold a majority stake to Sokoni Retail Kenya, marking the latest acquisition in the supermarket business. It adds to the buyout of Ukwala Supermarkets by Choppies of Botswana in 2015. Tumaini…

Instacart and Whole Foods: "winding down" their relationship

Costco: Q1 results reveal strong start to its new financial year

US: New stores, remodels boost Village Super Market in Q1 The new ShopRite store that opened in the Bronx this summer helped to raise sales for owner Village Super Market in its fiscal first quarter, while recently remodeled and expanded stores drove an increase in comps. Village, a 30-store operator…

Amazon Web Services: new region in Sweden

Sainsbury's and Asda asked for a delay in the competition inquiry

Australia: Woolworths reveals organic supermarket concept in Double Bay Supermarket Woolworths has unveiled a fresh-food-focused concept store, known as ‘The Kitchen’, in the Sydney suburb of Double Bay on Wednesday 12. The store features a range of organic fruit and vegetables, partially sourced from…

EPA honored Sprouts Farmers Market for reducing food waste

Walmart: Flippy the robot

US: Sprouts honored by EPA for reducing food waste The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of a Sprouts Farmers Market store and 13 other businesses and organizations participating in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge (FRC), part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing…

JD.com and Intel: new research lab for smart retail

Walmart: 1st e-commerce store in Japan

Italy: Supermarket chain Conad to deploy Tracxpoint AiC solution in 2019 Israel-based self-checkout solutions provider Tracxpoint is to deploy its new Artificial Intelligence Cart (AiC) at supermarket chain Conad’s stores in Italy. The solution will be deployed at Conad Del Tirreno that is one of the…

Harris Teeter debuts with 1st of its former Farm Fresh conversion stores

Hy-Vee: innovative new concept store

US: SpartanNash introduces mobile self-checkout technology in 2 Michigan Family Fare stores SpartanNash has launched a mobile app that speeds up grocery shopping trips by allowing patrons to use their mobile devices for scanning, bagging and paying for groceries. Currently available at two Michigan…

Supermarket chain Iceland: world’s 1st instore ice rink

Crai Secom and D.IT launch new retail distribution group

Russia: Sberbank sees interest from potential buyers of its Agrokor stake: Sberbank CEO aide Russia’s Sberbank, a key stakeholder in Croatian food producer and retailer Agrokor, has started to receive proposals to sell its share in the firm which is emerging from a debt crisis, an aide to Sberbank’s CEO…

Empire finalizes acquisition of Farm Boy chain

Amazon targets airports for checkout-free store expansion

US: Farmstead raises $2.2mln to fuel nationwide expansion Digital micro-grocer Farmstead has raised an additional $2.2mln venture round to help accelerate its nationwide expansion. The funding comes from ARTIS Ventures, Resolute Ventures, Y Combinator, Red Dog Capital and other investors, bringing the…

Leclerc has partnered with Shopopop

Carrefour launches new store concept

Germany: Netto Marken-Discount adds PayPal as a mode of payment German supermarket chain Netto Marken-Discount has announced that customers can now pay for their purchases through PayPal across all its 4,200 outlets. Netto app users can avail the free service by connecting their PayPal accounts to the…

Costco: November sales results

E-mart US buys supermarket operator in 1st acquisition of an overseas firm

Canada: Dollarama’s Q4 profit inches up Dollarama Inc. will focus more of its attention on its lowest priced products in a bid to keep its comparable store sales growth from slowing. Chief executive officer Neil Rossy said the Montreal-based dollar store chain saw its third-quarter comparable store sales…

Maxima Grupė's Stokrotka has acquired Polish retail chain Sano

Carrefour ends Easy chain

Australia: Kaufland applies for six stores in Melbourne According to reports in Australia, Kaufland has applied to build six stores in Victoria. Kaufland has applied for planning permission for six stores in Melbourne, which if approved will be the first stores to open in the market. Construction could start early next year on…

Kroger: Q3 sales dip by transformation moves

C&S Wholesale Grocers to acquire Olean Wholesale

US: Albertsons implements Okta for customer identity The leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise Okta, Inc. announced that Albertsons Companies successfully implemented the Okta Identity Cloud to support its digital transformation. Albertsons, one of the largest U.S. grocery…

Netto: 500th store in Denmark

Carrefour: world’s first sail-thru supermarket in Dubai

France: Carrefour to open its own registerless store French distributor Carrefour will be testing its own registerless store concept next year. Just like pioneer Amazon Go, Carrefour will rely on cameras and facial recognition to achieve a fully automated checkout system. According to French trade…

Frank’s Supermarkets to sell 3 stores to Rouses Markets

Dollar General: fresh produce planned in more stores in 2019

US: Harris Teeter opens its biggest store yet Harris Teeter officially opened the doors for its largest store to date. The Matthews, North Carolina-based supermarket chain, part of The Kroger Co., held a grand opening event for its nearly 100,000-square-foot store in New Bern, a community on the North…

Strike action planned for 2 Tesco stores

Colruyt is testing in-store vertical farming cultivation

Kaufland Romania’s first single-use-plastic-free store The flagship store in Bucharest, Barbu Vacarescu, is the first to implement its strategy on reducing single-use plastics. It replaced more than 90% of disposable plastic materials with recyclable ones, introduced bags made of compostable materials at…

Giant Eagle completes acquisition of Ricker’s

Walmart and Brain: self-driving floor-cleaning robots in stores

US: Shortage of truck drivers lifts grocery prices The lingering shortage of long-distance truck drivers is raising grocery prices as major food companies grapple with increased shipping costs. In an analysis John Kearney, CEO of St. Petersburg, Florida-based Advanced Training Systems (ATS), which makes…

Metcash: modest earnings bump in challenging conditions

Target partners with Metro AG on startup accelerator programme

Lithuania: Maxima Grupė establishes International Sourcing arm Lithuania-based Maxima Grupė has established a new procurement arm, Maxima International Sourcing, which will concentrate centralised purchasing competencies at the group. The business will provide agency services to the group’s operations in…

Albertsons will close unprofitable Texas stores in 2019

Coborn's to buy Hornbacher's supermarkets from UNFI/Supervalu

US: Wegmans breaks ground on first-ever Washington DC store After first revealing plans to enter Washington, DC, May of last year, Wegmans officially broke ground December 1, making headway on its first-ever store in the market. The retailer is setting up shop at former Fannie Mae headquarters, where…

Sainsbury's: wellness hubs in key stores

Tesco and VW: free electric car charging points planned

Poland: Carrefour forms coalition to promote sustainable food production Carrefour Polska has joined forces with the Polish Chamber of Organic Food, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and the EKOŁAN association to form a coalition that will promote organic farming in the country. The measure is…

Dollar Tree: same-store sales miss estimates

Albertsons' Safeway repurchased notes to end default claim

US: Walmart's NYC delivery push suffers loss of Division Chief The chief executive officer of Parcel, the New York City delivery company owned by Walmart Inc., has departed, dealing a potential blow to the retailer’s push into the grocery business in the Big Apple. Jesse Kaplan, who sold his last-mile…


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