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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…

Spar China: focus on supply chain strengthening

El Corte Ingles: global distribution deal with Alibaba

UK: Booths trialling John Lewis click & collect Booths, the north-west based regional UK supermarket operator, is trialling John Lewis click & collect in five of its stores. John Lewis shoppers can now place orders on johnlewis.com by 8pm and their orders will be ready for collection at the…

Sears: court approval for additional $350mln loan

Couche-Tard: Q2 earnings beat expectations

Thanksgiving weekend shoppers in US top 165mln More than 165mln Americans shopped either in stores or online over Thanksgiving weekend (from November 22 to 26), surpassing the 164mln that said that they were planning on shopping in advance of the holiday. The average shopper spent $313.29 (€277.69) on…

Franprix: European first robot shopping helpers

Auchan: blockchain traceability

Bio-Planet to open first outlet in Verviers in Belgium Colruyt’s organic supermarket chain Bio-Planet has announced the launch of its first store in Verviers, in the province of Liège. It is also the retailer’s twenty-ninth Bio-Planet outlet in Belgium. The new supermarket is located in a brand-new, 100% fossil fuel-free…

Albertsons: AI-powered health care clinics debut in Phoenix

Amazon: advanced stage of talks to buy Future Retail stake

U.S. retailers with higher reputation scores see higher store sales: Report Reputation.com, a cloud-based enterprise reputation management platform, has found a direct correlation between Reputation Score - a comprehensive index of a company’s digital presence and on-site customer experience - and store…

Albert Heijn stops delivery service Rappie

OnCost Cash and Carry: acquisition of supermarket chain Gulfmart completed

China: Food delivery startup Plum lays off all staff Food delivery startup Plum has laid off its entire staff, casting doubt on its continued operations in Singapore and its home market of Hong Kong. According to a report in the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Plum co-founder Desmond Clinton…

New research: What Canadians really want to buy online

Ahold: retail brands brought to the forefront by new digital platform

New research reveals what Canadians are really buying online New research by Environics Analytics and J.C. Williams Group reveals what Canadians really want to buy online. Although the dollar value of what Canadians spend online is consistent across the country, the composition of those purchases can…

Mercadona: 1st store in Portugal to open next July

Robinsons Retail: acquisition of Rustan Supercenters completed

Slovenia: Mercator emerges from loss to post Jan-Sep profit of EUR 9mln Mercator, Slovenia's largest retailer, posted a group net profit of EUR 9mln for the first nine months of 2018, which compares to a EUR 10.5mln loss in the same period last year, as sales rose by 1.6% to EUR 1.62bln. Profit before…

Sobeys: Ocado partnership enhances capabilities

H-E-B: construction started on largest warehouse facility

Canada's Sobeys: building capabilities with Ocado partnership At Sobeys, works has begun on its first Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) which is being developed in partnership with UK-based Ocado. The retailer expects to launch its grocery ecommerce solution into the Ontario market in the spring of 2020.…

Metro's German hypermarket chain Real: Nationwide strike

Albert Heijn: smart door locks experiment

Italian retailers launch initiatives to limit food waste Penny Market Italia has developed the first private label line of Italian organic fruit and vegetables designed to limit food waste. MyBio Bellezze Naturali consists of six aesthetically-imperfect seasonal references - courgettes, lemons, tomatoes,…

Lidl: 1st sustainability report

Loblaw: new self-serve technology

Canada: Loblaw lets shoppers scan as they go Loblaw began testing new self-serve technology that effectively turns smartphones into checkout scanners, allowing people to scan their groceries as they shop. “This is just one way we’re looking to make the in-store experience as convenient and easy as…

Albert Heijn: 1st ‘circular economy’ supermarket opened

Co-op: 12 new London stores in 4 weeks

France: Auchan rolls out AR Christmas app Auchan France has created a new app, ‘Auchan Kids’, in collaboration with start-up Vertical. The app uses augmented reality (AR) and focuses on children’s demand for video content. Through the app, children can earn points by throwing snowballs at ‘Wishmiz’…

BJ’s plans to enter a new state next year

Amazon: U.S. store re-opens to Australian shoppers after backlash

US: BJ’s expands into Michigan BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to enter a new state next year with the opening of two stores in eastern Michigan. BJ’s reported fiscal 2018 third-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street’s projections, fueled in part by revenue and same-store sales gains. The Westborough,…

BWG: robust results

Coles: up to 7% rise on trading debut as broader market wilts

UK: Co-op rolls out compostable carrier bags in more than 1,000 outlets In an attempt to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags, more than 1,000 Co-op food stores in the UK have introduced home-compostable carrier bags. The bags are priced at 5p each, and will be initially available in Co-op food…

7-Eleven: 1st convenience retailer chain in Canada to accept Alipay and WeChat Pay

Metro Canada fourth quarter: positive outlook for the year ahead

US: Lidl to open first Pennsylvania store in Delaware County Lidl, a global discount supermarket chain, just announced a store opening in Folsom. The new location, at 420 MacDade Blvd., is Lidl’s first store in the state. It’ll join a network of more than 50 American Lidl stores in Delaware, Georgia, New…

Glovo: rapid global expansion

Casino: 5% stake bought in fintech firm Lyf Pay

India: Bigbasket in talks to raise $150-200mln in next few months India’s largest online grocer Bigbasket, which raised $300mln from Alibaba earlier this year, is gearing up for a fresh round of fundraising in the next few months. The company is in last-stage talks to raise $150-200mln, according to Hari…

SpartanNash: plans to acquire Martin's Super Markets

Tops: successful completion of its financial restructuring

US: Fairway Market officially debuts mobile self-scanning checkout New York-area grocer Fairway Market has officially launched mobile self-scanning checkout in all of its stores, reportedly making it the first grocer with such an option in the region. Partnering with FutureProof Retail to introduce the…

Coviran: new stores opened in Portugal

Metcash: deal signed to construct new South Australian DC

Taiwan: Supermarket revenue and store numbers hit record Supermarkets in Taiwan reported NT$165.4bln (US$5.36bln) in combined revenue for the first nine months of the year at 2,201 stores, both numbers being records, a report released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed. From January to September,…

Natural Grocers: positive Q4, FY2018

Kroger: location revealed of first Ocado-powered fulfillment center

US: Lucky's Market launches same-day grocery delivery in 6 states Lucky's Market has launched same-day grocery delivery in 18 metropolitan areas across six states. Available through the Lucky's Market Delivers mobile app, the grocery ecommerce platform brings delivery to shoppers to Boulder/Longmont and…

Migros: grocery delivery service Miacar launched

Ocado: deal opportunities in Europe, Asia & Australia

Portugal: Sonae MC sees turnover up 7.0% in first nine months of year Sonae MC, the division of Portuguese conglomerate Sonae, which operates the Continente chain, saw its turnover rise by 7.0% in the first nine months of the year, the company has announced. Turnover at the division stood at €3.01bln,…

Smart & Final: lift in Q3

Lidl to buy up 27 Best Market stores

Strong U.S. economy boosts Walmart's third-quarter sales Walmart Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly U.S. comparable sales and raised its full year outlook as a strong economy boosted customer store visits and e-commerce purchases grew as it sold more groceries online. The retailer’s profits,…

Hema Supermarket: new retail concept

Wesfarmers: Coles spin-off approved by shareholders

UK is the third largest mcommerce market in the world The United Kingdom is the third largest mobile commerce market in the world. Mcommerce in the UK is worth 55.9bln euros. With this mobile sales figure, the European country ranks third world wide, with only China (652.6bln euros) and the US (183.2bln…

Walmart: Latin American delivery app Cornershop plans to expand into Canada and U.S.

Ahold Delhaize is looking for acquisitions in the United States

Canada: 7-Eleven spearheads convenience industry's largest restoration initiative 7-Eleven Canada took a step towards a more sustainable future, partnering with local restoration groups within each province to help rehabilitate damaged landscapes and offset their carbon footprint, one hot beverage cup at…

Carrefour Belgium and Provera Belux form purchasing alliance

Rewe Group: the most technologically sophisticated online-shopping facility in Europe

Belgium: Liège officially becomes Alibaba's first European hub Alibaba has chosen the Belgian city of Liège as the home of its logistics hub. Despite a late diplomatic challenge by the Netherlands, the first flights from China have arrived in Belgium just after the major sales event of Singles' Day.…

Loblaw: 2018 third quarter results

Amazon: new headquarters selected

US: Ford and Walmart collaborate to design automated-vehicle delivery Ford Motor, Walmart and delivery service Postmates will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said. The project is the…

E.Leclerc: ecommerce platform launched in Spain

Qoo10: package collection at 7-Eleven enabled by end of 2018

India: Flipkart boss resigns after misconduct investigation Binny Bansal, chief executive of India's biggest online retailer, Flipkart, has resigned following an investigation into his conduct. Flipkart and its owner, Walmart, launched the investigation after a complaint of "serious personal misconduct"…

Blue Apron will reduce workforce by 4% to become profitable in 2019

Ahold Delhaize: Leading Together strategy focuses on 3-year growth

US: Blue Apron to reduce workforce by 4% in push to reach profitability in 2019 Blue Apron will reduce its workforce by 4% as it aims to become profitable in 2019, the meal kit company announced. In a release outlining the company's strategic goals for profitability, it said the reduction is aimed at…

Ahold Delhaize expands AIRLab into robotics research

Amazon France: producers’ boutique launched

Australia: Coles reveals new ‘specialty’ store Coles has opened the first of its small-format "local neighbourhood supermarkets" in Melbourne's Surrey Hills. Dubbed Coles Local, the new store is about half the size of a full supermarket at 1280sq m, and features gourmet local produce, specialty ranges,…

Walmart to open in-store Intelligent Retail Lab

H-E-B: frictionless checkout expanded

US: Stater Bros. Markets expands to Pasadena, California Stater Bros. Markets is debuting its first store in Pasadena, California. The grand-opening ceremony will take place on November 14 at 8 a.m. This is the company's 14th store in the San Gabriel Valley and 26th location in Los Angeles County. The…

Carrefour Brazil has purchased digital platform E-Media

Spar to develop its digital strategy

Lithuania: Maxima Grupė acknowledged for investments in Polish market Maxima Grupė won a prize for successful acquisition of retail chain Stokrotka and further growth of the company during one of the biggest retail events “Food Market and Retail Forum” (Forum Rynku Spożywczego i Handlu) that was held on…

SpartanNash: mixed results for Q3

Tops Markets LLC prepares for Chapter 11 exit

Metro Canada partners with UberEats Metro Canada is piloting hot food delivery in downtown Montreal in partnership with UberEats. Metro has established a strong food-to-go program within the business over several years. It has become an area of strength for the retailer, with its ‘Wow’ innovation stores…

Co-op: £45mln distribution centre planned

Carrefour Brasil beats Q3 profit estimates

Romania: Metro consolidates distribution operations in new 58,000 sqm warehouse near Bucharest Metro Cash&Carry, one of the biggest modern commerce groups on the Romanian market, has consolidated its distribution operations in a new warehouse in Stefanestii de Jos, North of Bucharest. The group…

Sears: 40 more stores to close early next year

Costco: October sales results

US: Ahold ups Albert Heijn grocery ecommerce manager to Peapod president International grocer Ahold Delhaize has named Selma Postma president of its U.S. online grocer, Peapod, effective January 1, 2019. Currently, Postma is general manager of Albert Heijn Online, the grocery ecommerce arm of Ahold Delhaize Dutch banner Albert…

Aldi: biggest Belgian marketing campaign launched

Sainsbury’s: like-for-like retail sales marginally up in first half

Belarus food retailer Eurotorg delays London IPO Eurotorg Holdings Plc, the biggest food retailer in Belarus, delayed its plans to list its shares in London, blaming current market conditions. Eurotorg, which was expected to raise around $200mln in primary proceeds through an offering of global…

Instacart: national expansion of new "Instacart Pickup" grocery service

Kroger: voice-assistant ordering for grocery ecommerce

Ahold Delhaize CEO says robots to speed up U.S. deliveries Ahold Delhaize’s chief executive confirmed the Dutch retailer will partner with start-up Takeoff to build small, automated warehouses to speed order picking and cut delivery times from its U.S. stores. In as push to compete with online…

FamilyMart UNY: deeper partnership with Don Quijote confirmed

Morrisons: sales growth slows over last 3 months

China: Alibaba promises US$200bln global sourcing plan Alibaba has committed to help import US$200bln worth of goods from more than 120 countries over the next five years. The company says the move underscores its long-term commitment to globalisation and boosting its efforts to meet the rising demand of…

Giant Food Stores to purchase five Shop ‘n Save locations

Lucky’s Market: store expansion in Florida

US: Harris Teeter grows partnership with Shipt Harris Teeter has broadened same-day grocery delivery with Shipt in three states and the District of Columbia. The Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern supermarket chain has launched or expanded Shipt online grocery delivery in the metropolitan markets of Millsboro…

Musgrave Group: sole control acquired of Donnybrook Fair

Amazon set to acquire 9.5% stake in Future Retail

Italy: Aldi announces strategy to minimise packaging waste Aldi Italia has announced a new strategy - Aldi, Mission Im-Ballo! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - for the reduction and reuse of packaging waste. In line with its social responsibility commitments, the retail giant has designed a series of initiatives…

Peapod expands e-grocery service on Long Island

Weis Markets: net income surges in Q3

US: Kroger seeing payoff from employee investment Investments behind The Kroger Co.'s workforce are having an outsized impact on employee retention, which is in turn improving customer experience in stores and the company’s costs to serve, Tim Massa, the company’s chief people officer, said in a…

Co-op: new 'On the go' concept store

Alibaba: Q2 revenue rises 54%

UAE supermarket retailer Grandiose appoints new CEO Supermarket retailer Grandiose, which operates stores across Abu Dhabi and Dubai, has announced the appointment of a new CEO. Ghassan Aboud Group’s retail arm - Grandiose Supermarkets - said it has hired Franck Rouquet, who has served as vice president of Carrefour…

Walmart: Ochsner Health Network

Sprouts: Q3 double-digit revenue growth

US: Shipt expands same-day delivery with Lowes Foods in the Carolinas Shipt, a leading same-day delivery marketplace, announced it will expand same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and household essentials with Lowes Foods across the following North and South Carolina markets starting November…

Walmart: Bring Your Own Device program

Publix triumphs over hurricanes Florence and Michael: Q3 sales rise

US: Shipt and Target expand same-day delivery in Pennsylvania and Maryland Shipt, a leading same-day delivery marketplace, and Target Corporation announced delivery of more than 55,000 groceries, electronics, toys and other household essentials to select Maryland and Pennsylvania metros. Beginning…

Shoprite: 0.4% growth in operational update

Walmart India: USD 500mln investment to open 47 more stores by 2022

Owners of Italy's Esselunga seek investors to bankroll buyout plan - sources The majority owners of Italian supermarket chain Esselunga are seeking to team up with long-term investors to take full control of the business and squeeze out two of the family heirs, three sources familiar with the matter…

CJ Lang to sell 8 company-owned Spar stores in Scotland

Ahold Delhaize now part of initiative to eradicate plastic waste

Philippines: Robinsons Retail boosts income by nearly 10% Robinsons Retail Holdings has boosted net income by 9.8% in the first nine months of this year, to PHP 3.8bln (US$70.97mln). The improvement followed on from a 13.1% increase in sales for the period, to PHP 91.8bln ($1.71bln) which the company…

99 Ranch Market: new format launched

Albertsons Companies: 1st national grocer to implement AI-driven micro-fulfillment eCommerce solution

US: Inside the Sam’s Club ‘living-lab’ Sam’s Club is launching a new club concept, developed to enable the retailer to test the latest tech-led initiatives and adapt the in-store layout. Located in Dallas, the new club will trade under the Sam’s Cub Now banner. Developed as a technology lab, this will…

LuLu: US$500mln expansion planned in Egypt

DIA supermarkets: spending cut and focus on domestic market

Saudi Arabia: Al Raya enters a new digital phase, partners with Asia’s leading Saas company - Capillary Technologies Al Raya, one of the leading supermarket chains in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is entering a new digital phase by tapping into solutions of Capillary Technologies, Asia’s leading Software…

Albertsons to close 4 stores in Dallas-Fort Worth region

Kroger set to place warehouse order with partner Ocado

US: Schnucks deploying inventory robots at 15 stores Schnuck Markets is rolling out a robot it calls Tally that will autonomously scan shelves for inventory and price accuracy at 15 stores. Speaking at the Grocery Shop conference in Las Vegas, David Steck, VP of IT infrastructure for the St. Louis based…

X5 Retail Group: 17.6% revenue growth in third quarter

Asda to consult with staff: up to 2,500 possible job losses

Finland: Kesko posts operating profit of €113mln in third quarter Finnish retail giant Kesko has reported an all-time-high comparable operating profit of €113mln in the third quarter of its financial year. This performance was driven by improved results in its grocery, building and technical trade…

Wakefern: fiscal year closed on an up note

Amazon: Q3 sales jump, but not at physical stores

US: Publix eyes its first East Nashville Market Florida-based grocer Publix may be gearing up to enter a new market in the coming months. According to reports by the Nashville Business Journal, the retailer has its eye on the Athens of the South—and will soon expand into Nashville, Tennessee. According…

Rakuten and Seiyu: online grocery store

Co-op: in-store radio station with regional content

Germany: Metro reports 1.3% sales growth Metro Group has posted its annual results, recording sales of €36.5bln for FY2017/18. The company also reported an increase in LFL sales of +0.7% compared with last year. Metro achieved LFL sales growth in Asia (+4.0%), Eastern Europe excluding Russia (6.1%) and…

Walmart: radical Supercenter reinvention

Meijer: store pick-up option added

Canada: Longo’s tests self-checkout in Toronto Ontario-based independent grocery retailer Longo’s has started testing self-checkout at one of its stores in downtown Toronto. The six terminals were introduced earlier this month on a trial basis at the Maple Leaf Square store. The intent of the…

Bilka commits to halve its total food waste

Bosnia & Herzegovina: new supermarket chain

UK: Aldi launches two-hour delivery in London Aldi has rolled out two-hour delivery for its entire range of groceries to 20,000 postcodes across London. It’s the first time the German grocery discounter has enabled customers to order groceries online and then get them delivered at their homes. Aldi won’t…

Walmart: shopping and returns eased through 3rd-party online vendors

Publix to build new prototype grocery store

US: DeCicco & Sons joins movement against single-use plastic bags DeCicco & Sons, a chain of family-owned supermarkets in New York’s Hudson Valley, will fully eliminate single-use plastic bags in all seven of its stores within the next 30 days, joining a growing number of retailers launching…

Debenhams: record annual loss, up to 50 store closures planned

Carrefour Group and U Enseigne: purchasing partnership with “Envergure” for a 5-year period

Rewe Group awards mindshare media budget in Austria Following the completion of a long-term cooperation with media agency OMD, Rewe Group has completed a multistage tender process for its bundled media budget in Austria, which includes the media spend for Billa, Merkur, Penny, Bipa, Adeg, Rewe Austria…

ARO shuts down Honey Bee Produce Co. and rebanners store as Macey’s

Walmart: renewable energy deal with SunPower

US: RangeMe platform shows suppliers what grocers want RangeMe has rolled out a platform that it said streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers by providing exclusive retail buying trends before the products come to market. Industry Insights helps match up suppliers with retail…

Lotte Group will invest $44bln over 5 years

Sligro Food Group: Q3 trading update

UK: Targeted discounting can have 'substantial effect' on consumer spend New research from Go Inspire Group has revealed that targeted discounting, in the form of personalised pricing, can have a substantial effect on where people focus their supermarket shopping. The research revealed that approximately…

Publix: set to reopen Safeway stores

Sprouts plans to launch 30 new stores in 2019

US: Publix sets Safeway reopenings Publix Super Markets is set to reopen the three Safeway stores it acquired from Albertsons Cos. under the Publix banner on November 1. The three stores were the last vestige of Albertsons’ 43-year stay in the Sunshine State. Publix a decade ago bought the vast majority…

B&M has acquired French discounter

Cloud helps the Spar Group streamline operations

China: Alibaba looks to take this year's $25bln Singles Day sales event international Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said that its upcoming mega-shopping event will be the largest-ever in terms of "scale and reach" as it looks to continue growing what has become a multibillion-dollar sales day. The…

Raley's: shopper experience enhanced with new website

UNFI: transformative acquisition of Supervalu completed

US: Publix to promote Kevin Murphy to president Kevin Murphy will take on the role as president of Publix Super Markets effective January 1, the Lakeland, Florida-based retailer said. Murphy currently is Publix’s SVP of retail operations; he will be taking the president role from Todd Jones, who will…

Groupe Casino: 2018 Q3 sales

Amazon: set to open another UK office

South Africa: Pick n Pay H1 profit jumps 19% as price cuts lure buyers South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay Stores has said half-year profit before tax jumped 19.1% as price cuts attracted more shoppers to its stores. The country's second-biggest grocery store chain reported profit before tax of…

Walmex: Q3 profit driven by solid sales

Lucky Supermarkets: plant-based foods promo launched

Mexico's Walmex third-quarter profit driven by solid sales Mexico’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart de Mexico reported a 7.9% rise in third-quarter revenue, capitalizing on sales traffic in Mexico that compensated for slow growth in Central America and a tough comparison base. The company, known as Walmex,…

Lotte Mart to exit Chinese market

Aldi: new pointless points campaign

UK: Half of online shoppers are willing to pay more for within-the-hour grocery deliveries Nearly half (48%) of online grocery shoppers say they are willing to pay for rapid delivery of their groceries to receive within one hour of placing their order, research from IGD reveals. The findings, discussed…

Sam’s Club: Instacart delivery nationwide expanded

Walmart: new high-tech distribution center in Shafter

US: Online natural and organic grocery Thrive aims to fill niche Thrive Market, a four-year-old online membership-based natural and organic food retailer, has successfully filled a niche modelled after Costco but just for healthy items. CEO Nick Green, along with his two co-founders Gunnar Lovelace and…

Dada-JD Daojia and Carrefour: online collaboration

Coop: virtual shopping chatbot launched

France: Carrefour 2018 3rd quarter sales Carrefour reported an acceleration in sales growth to +2.1% like-for-like in the third quarter (vs +0.7% in H1), notably in France (+1.6%) and in Brazil (+5.1%), reflecting a better momentum in France, driven by an improved commercial performance in all formats…

Albertsons: online marketplace launched for food, wellness and household products

Smart & Final: milestone with extra banner

US: Instacart announces $600mln in new funding led by D1 Capital Partners Instacart, the North American leader in online groceries, announced it has raised $600mln as part of a financing round led by D1 Capital Partners. The investment from D1 Capital comes after a year of tremendous growth for Instacart…

Leclerc: negotiating takeover of Géant Casino hypermarkets

UK regulator: Sainsbury's-Asda probe will include Aldi, Lidl and Amazon

Poland: Carrefour extends scan and go service Carrefour Poland introduced scan and go in five stores in Warsaw in 2017. The retailer will now roll it out to over 30 new stores across 28 cities, including Bialystok, Kraków and Lublin, among others. Grzegorz Wazowicz, Carrefour Polska’s financial services…

Supervalu's Q2: higher sales & bigger loss

Walmart expects fastest sales growth this decade

US: Supervalu posts higher sales & bigger loss for Q2 Just days after getting the green light to be acquired by United Natural Foods Inc., Supervalu Inc. reported an uptick in sales and a larger net loss for its fiscal 2019 second quarter. In a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission,…

Mercator: 10 shopping malls in Slovenia sold to Supernova

12 supermarkets and hypermarkets operated by the Quattrucci family join the Casino Group

Croatia: Agrokor continues turnaround, posts operating profit gains Croatian retail and food conglomerate Agrokor is continuing its turnaround, with the latest monthly report from the group's extraordinary administration noting an increase in operating profits in its Food and Retail & Wholesale…

Greencore: To exit US market

Albertsons: For 3rd consecutive quarter ID sales grow while ecommerce soars

US: Schnucks prepares to complete Shop 'n Save takeover Schnucks Markets has revealed its plans to revamp the 10 remaining stores that it purchased from now-defunct Shop 'n Save as it completes the rebranding of the first nine supermarkets. The St. Louis-based retailer, which purchased 19 of the 36 Shop…

Netto: first Swedish 100% R290 store

Aldi and Dachser: UK and Irish partnership extended with 5-year deal

Italy: Gruppo VéGé gets two new partners Italian retailer cooperative Gruppo VéGé will expand its company structure with the incorporation of two new members on 1 January 2019, the company has announced. Vega Società Cooperativa is a cooperative based in Northeast Italy (Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia)…

King Kullen: website now offers improved customer engagement for brands

Amazon: $80mln distribution center

US: Walmart to invest $250mln in joint venture with content firm Eko: source Walmart Inc has signed a joint venture with Eko, a developer of interactive video content, to attract shoppers and boost customer engagement, and will invest $250mln in the venture as well as a funding round, a source with…

Monoprix: grocery alliance with Amazon Prime tops expectations

Asda: EAS refresh continues with Tyco Retail Solutions

Jumbo to mainly open Foodmarkt-style stores in Belgium: reports Dutch retailer Jumbo is going to focus on opening Foodmarkt-style outlets in Belgium, according to local trade publication Gondola. According to Jumbo CEO Frits Van Eerd, the retailer will be seeking to make a "good start" in the country…

Schnucks: opening dates and updates for 9 acquired stores

7-Eleven joins forces with foodora for convenient Canadian delivery

Canada: Walmart investing $175mln to improve stores Walmart Canada says it will spend $175mln to help upgrade its stores across the country and improve the integration between its e-commerce business and physical locations. The company plans to renovate 23 stores by February 2019 in a move that it says…

FamilyMart considers to sell all of Uny unit to Don Quijote: Nikkei Business

ICA: September sales figures

Russia: X5 opens lab store to boost efficiency of innovation pipeline X5 Retail Group ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer, has launched a lab store in order to fast-track testing of new technologies. Located in Moscow's Central administrative district, the lab shares a building with a Pyaterochka store. "We…

Village Super Market: Q4 sales up, comps dip

Meijer: sustainability moves awarded as both supplier and carrier

US: Grocery co-op’s big plans for expansion GreenStar Natural Foods Market co-op in Ithaca, New York State, is offering its members the chance to invest in its future as it plans a huge expansion that will create 40 jobs and offer customers a more culturally diverse product line, with more local,…

BWG plans to add 45 new Spar and Eurospar stores over the next 2 years

Carrefour has acquired Planeta Huerto

Belgium: Lidl launches home delivery by bicycle in Ghent Lidl Belgium has announced the launch of Lidl Simpl - a pop-up webshop that will allow users to order fresh products online and have them delivered to their homes on a bicycle. Filip Watteeuw of Vessels of Mobility and Public Works in Ghent said,…

First-of-its-kind supermarket in Canada: near net-zero

7-Eleven: 1st location at Texas Motor Speedway

US: Sears reportedly preparing for bankruptcy filing as soon as this week Sears Holdings is readying a bankruptcy filing that could come as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the situation. The Journal reported that the company has hired M-III Partners to help…

Oxxo: 1st store in Peru

Vietnamese supermarket chain acquired by Vingroup retail arm

Scottish fund Baillie Gifford cuts stake in Spain's DIA Baillie Gifford has cut its stake in Spanish supermarket group DIA from 8.5% to 5.6%, the third time in less than a month that the Scottish fund has reduced its holding. A long economic crisis helped boost discount retailer DIA's market share, but…

Walmart partners with MGM

Target: new private label

US: Walmart partners with MGM to boost its video-on-demand service Walmart said it would partner with U.S. movie studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer to create content for its video-on-demand service, Vudu, which the retailer bought eight years ago. Walmart has been looking to prop up Vudu's monthly viewership that remains well below…

Wesfarmers: no hurry for deals after Coles spinoff

Casino Group: new ‘Le 4 Casino’ concept store in Paris

Russian food retailer X5 Retail opens distribution centre in Yaroslavl Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group has opened a new 34,000ft² distribution centre (DC) in Yaroslavl. The facility will serve more than 500 Pyaterochka stores of the company located in Yaroslavl, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Ivanovo and…

Giant: new urban format Heirloom Market

Costco: Q4 income rises

US: Omnichannel retail sales for FMCG hits $1tln Through a new, exclusive agreement using Rakuten Intelligence’s consumer sourced panel - the largest e-commerce panel in the world, with 5.5mln consumers - Nielsen revealed data yesterday showing that total omnichannel sales for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) products alone…

Waitrose & Partners to become UK’s 1st supermarket to deliver and put away your shopping while you’re out

Alibaba and Kroger ally to deliver China’s groceries

Australia: Drakes Supermarkets deploys Dematic’s robotic picking system Australia-based independent grocery retailer Drakes Supermarkets has selected integrated automated technology supplier Dematic to deploy robotic piece picking system at its distribution centre (DC) in South Australia. The supermarket…

Publix: 1st GreenWise Market store opened

Walmart selects Nielsen Brandbank for connected content partner program

US: Shipt and Target expand same-day delivery to the Inland Empire Shipt, a leading same-day delivery marketplace, and Target Corporation announced it will begin same-day delivery of more than 55,000 groceries, essentials, home, electronics, toys and other products in eight inland Southern California…

Auchan France: urban farms

Albert Heijn: new service for post-vacation customers

Greece: Sklavenitis to focus on fresh, local produce Sklavenitis, the leading Greek supermarket chain, is planning to open a number of stores where the emphasis will be on fresh products while another project foresees the showcasing of small Greek producers. The vehicle for the former will be small…

Walmart to acquire online retailer Eloquii

Kroger to trial grocery pick-up program at Walgreens stores

Ahold Delhaize USA to sell Italian grocery brand products This fall, Ahold Delhaize USA supermarkets plan to offer a selection of Fior Fiore brand products from Italian grocery chain COOP Italia. Under a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA’s Retail Business Services unit and COOP Italia, the Fior…

Jerónimo Martins acquires 5 Piotr i Pawel stores in Poland

Tesco: 11th consecutive quarter of rising sales

Eco-merger in Holland: Ekoplaza buys Natuurwinkel Dutch Udea, parent company of eco-store chain Ekoplaza, has acquired competitor Natuurwinkel for an undisclosed amount. When both organic chains join forces, they will have more than 100 stores. Natuurwinkel will add a 30mln turnover to Ekoplaza's 120mln,…

Grocery chain Treasure Island closes for good

World’s first robotic supermarket launched

Amazon ups minimum wage to $15 for all U.S. employees Amazon has revealed that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, temporary - including those hired by agencies - and seasonal employees across the United States, effective November 1. The move will benefit more than 250,000…

Biggest shareholder in Spain's DIA raises stake

Indebted retailer Casino: 565mln euros in property sales

JD Central launched in Thailand JD.com and Central Group have officially launched a new website under JD Central in Thailand. JD Central offers both direct sales and marketplace models. Online orders has exceeded expectations by 15 times since it was first opened for testing in June. About 80% of…

Price Rite: pilot program to raise shopping experience

Walmart: platform to ease ecommerce content management

US: Weis Markets store gets platinum GreenChill certification Weis Markets Inc.’s Randolph, New Jersey store, which opened this past July, has received platinum-level GreenChill certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for reducing in-store refrigerant usage. This is the Mid-Atlantic…

Woolworths supports new sustainability targets

Aeon: partnership with Vietnam grocer Fivimart ends

Aldi sales exceed £10bln for first time in UK and Ireland Aldi gained more than 1mln new customers last year, helping push sales at the discount grocer through £10bln for the first time. Profits at the UK and Irish arm of the German chain jumped by almost 30% to £265mln in 2017 as sales rose by 16.4% to…

Kroger: click-and-collect service name changed to avoid confusion

Publix: expansion of HQ planned to help fuel growth

US: Banner Wholesale opens new facility Banner Wholesale Grocers, a Chicago institution for 90 years, has opened a new 75,000-square-foot facility only a few blocks away from its previous location. While the new warehouse, which the company built from the ground up, isn't much larger than the previous…


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