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Sainsbury’s opened first new supermarket this year

Monoprix has ambitious plans for expansion throughout Europe

Russian retailer X5 considers IPO for online businessRussia’s largest food retailer X5 is discussing plans for an initial public offering (IPO) for its online business, a company official said, honouring a pledge to place online expansion at the heart of its latest strategy. The group’s food delivery…

Inabuggy has partnered with McEwan on 3D shopping experience

Shipt: First-of-its-kind partnership with Midtown Global Market

US: Meijer surprises more than 200 customers with free grocery pickup orderBusy customers picking up groceries at their local Meijer stores were welcomed with a pleasant holiday surprise. While parked at their designated Pickup spot, Meijer team members rolled out their orders and - from a socially-safe…

Couche-Tard: Profits increased

Quicklly announces its first expansion city

US: Dollar Tree, Inc. reports results for the third quarter fiscal 2020Dollar Tree, Inc. reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 31, 2020: Consolidated net sales increased 7.5% to $6.18bln from $5.75bln in the prior year’s third quarter. Enterprise same-store sales increased 5.1%.…

Aldi France purchases 554 Leader Price stores

Co-op is expanding robot delivery

Online shopping boosts Israel's Shufersal Q3 profit, revenueShufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, reported a 76% increase in quarterly net profit, boosted by record revenue due to a jump in online shopping resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Shufersal said it earned 97mln shekels ($29mln)…

Saladworks has now arrived at Kroger

iFresh: Fiscal second quarter 2020 financial results

US: Kroger sets new fulfillment goalsKroger has expanded its partnership with Ocado, and will build a customer fulfillment center (CFC) in the U.S. southern region while also collaborating with Ocado on in-store fulfilment capabilities with a planned rollout across Kroger stores, beginning in 2021.…

Deliveroo UAE launches Deliveroo Express Mart

Deal between Tata Group and Bigbasket is on the last lap

SPAR Georgia continues to expand brand and offer premium shopping experienceWith its high-quality products and services, SPAR Georgia has achieved exceptional growth over the last two years. Reaching a total portfolio of 246 stores across the country, SPAR has become one of Georgia’s market leaders.…

Loblaw plans to roll out its first autonomous delivery service in December

HelloFresh acquires Factor75, Inc.

US: Walmart reopens Chicago Supercenters with focus on communityAs part of its commitment to the city of Chicago after a turbulent year of unrest that led to the closing of area Supercenters, Walmart reopened two remodeled sites that include adjacent new Walmart Health centers. “Since a wave of civil…

South Africa-based Woolworths: 20-week trading update

Yandex: Further expansion in Israel

UK: Ocado Retail CEO to be City Food lecturer 2021Organisers of the City Food Lecture have announced that the 2021 lecture will be given by Mel Smith, CEO of Ocado Retail, the world’s largest dedicated online supermarket. Formed in August 2019, Ocado Retail is a 50-50 joint venture between M&S and Ocado…

Shoprite Holdings: slower first-quarter revenue growth

Albert Heijn has extended home delivery service in the Flanders region

India: Reliance says retail venture completes fundraising, rakes in $6.4blnIndia’s Reliance Industries Ltd said its retail arm had completed its fundraising exercise as more than half a dozen investors poured 472.65bln rupees ($6.37bln) into a 10.09% stake in the company in two months.Source: reuters.com…

Walmart plans JoyRun deal

Walmart Canada is expanding partnership with Focal Systems

US: Online grocery retailers have more opportunity than ever before to win and retain customersThe global pandemic has accelerated digital shopping and e-commerce among nearly every retail category. Grocery shopping is no exception, and appears to be preferred for the long run, according to a survey on…

Bestway has partnered with Jisp

Morrisons: New 'Market Kitchen'

China: Dada Group net revenue up 85.5% in Q3Dada Group, China's leading local on-demand delivery and retail platform reported its net revenue reached 1.3bln yuan ($197.6mln) in the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 85.5% year-on-year. The orders delivered through Dada Now for the 12 months ending September 30 were 1.0bln,…

Schnuck Markets: Supplier diversity initiative

BJ's: "Remarkable" Q3 performance

Amazon lays off staff at Prime Air drone projectAmazon.com Inc said it had laid off dozens of staff working on the e-commerce giant’s delivery drone project as part of a reorganization of the team. The U.S. retailer has been working on a plan to deliver goods to millions of its customers by using a fleet…

M&S Food launches the Innovation Hub

Spar Group: Strong performance in Ireland and Switzerland

UK: New fresh taste for Sainsbury’s Hempstead Valley storeShoppers in Hempstead Valley will be the first to sample Sainsbury’s new “Fresh Food Market” with the retailer unveiling a new look and feel shopping experience. The new format is brought to life with a market-style presentation of fresh fruit and…

Farmstead raises $7.9mln

Hy-Vee will be hiring 10,000 new employees

US: Target’s grocery and online growth help drive Q3 gainsFood and beverage sales, along with e-commerce, helped drive year-over-year sales growth of 21.3% for Target in the third quarter of 2020. Food and beverage sales growth was in the “high teens”, the retailer said, while digital comparable sales…

Asda: Q3 sales rise 2.7% on strong e-commerce

7-Eleven is set to enter Israel

China's JD Q3 2020 earnings: A great potential for fresh produce on JD“JD has long paid high attention to the fresh produce category”, Lei Xu, CEO of JD Retail, explained on JD’s third quarter 2020 earnings call. Xu explained that JD’s fresh produce category is divided into 5 business models: online B2C, SEVEN FRESH (JD’s…

Farmstead has opened the waitlist for its expansion to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Walmart: Solid sales gains in Q3

US: Kroger has nearly 400 open positions for holiday season in VirginiaKroger Mid-Atlantic announced it is hiring to support seasonal holiday business at its Virginia stores and across e-commerce channels. Across the state, there are nearly 400 open positions. Since the start of the public health crisis, the grocer has hired…

Supermarket group Cactus continues to expand

ICA: Sales up 8.9% in October 2020

Thailand: Central Retail Corporation Q3 revenue decreased 11% year-on-yearCentral Retail Corporation (CRC) has achieved V-shaped recovery in the third quarter of 2020, 87% Q1 sales level. The retailer reports Q3 revenue of THB47,573mln (US$1,577mln) and a net profit of THB746mln (US$24.7mln). Vietnam…

Walmart: Cookshop

Forager has added to its network several independent grocers in new markets

Canada: FoodX partners with Meridian to meet online grocery demandA grocery e-commerce software provider, which works with the world’s largest retailers and boasts Whole Foods Markets’ co-CEO on its advisory board, recently added another grocer to its growing portfolio. FoodX Technologies has partnered…

Report: Amazon more popular among people who use food stamps for online grocery orders

Dollar General is constructing a first-of-its-kind dual-purpose distribution center

US: Instacart taps Goldman Sachs to lead IPO at $30bln valuation - sourcesInstacart has picked Goldman Sachs Group Inc to lead its initial public offering (IPO), which could come early next year and value the U.S. grocery delivery app at around $30bln, people familiar with the matter said. Instacart was…

Pinduoduo: Better-than-expected quarterly revenue

Walmart is selling a majority stake in Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu

Croatia: Studenac grows through acquisitionsCroatian supermarket chain Studenac has rebranded the first 15 stores it took over as part of its acquisition of grocery retailer Sonik Market in December 2019. The rebranding of Sonik Market, which has 88 stores mostly along the Adriatic coast, should be…

Amazon expands In-Garage Delivery service

SpartanNash: 3.1% Q3 revenue gain

Canada: Loblaw posts 6.9% rise in quarterly revenueCanadian retailer Loblaw Cos Ltd reported a 6.9% rise in quarterly revenue, boosted by online sales as stuck-at home consumers spend more on groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Net earnings attributable to shareholders rose to C$345mln ($264mln), or…

Solar push for Tesco

Sonae eked out a 1.6% rise in Q3 net profit on robust sales

Ireland: Aldi on-demand Deliveroo service reaching 1.5mln shoppers Supermarket retailer Aldi is expanding its on-demand home delivery partnership with Deliveroo to more than 1.5mln shoppers in the Republic. The supermarket chain said given the success of the service it has been expanded to shoppers from…

EPA: Meijer fleet regarded nationally as industry leader for sustainability

Amazon plans to open its first fulfillment center in Republic, Missouri

US: Meijer fleet regarded nationally as industry leader for sustainability by EPAFor the third consecutive year, Meijer is recognized as a SmartWay® Excellence Award winner as a mixed carrier by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer's fleet is…

JD.com is aiming for a network of 5mln physical stores in the next 3 years

Poundland: 10 new stores in the UK and Ireland before Christmas

Russia: O'Key Group’s board approves GDR listing on Moscow exchangeRussian food retailer O'Key Group has announced that its board of directors has approved the its plan to apply for a listing of O'Key’s global depositary receipts (GDRs) on the Moscow Exchange. The company expects to commence trading in…

Second legal claim over patents for Ocado by robotics company AutoStore

The European Union charges Amazon with damaging retail competition

Montenegro: Voli denies sale to Lidl, plans regional expansionMontenegro-based supermarket chain Voli has rejected speculation that it is to be sold to German discounter Lidl. Speaking to local daily Vijesti, a company spokesperson rejected all rumours and speculations about the sale, stressing that Voli…

Food Lion: Early termination granted of the HSR waiting period to acquire 62 stores from Southeastern Grocers

Walmart and self-driving car company Cruise pilot grocery deliveries in Arizona

US: UNFI reaches labor accords with Teamsters in New York, CaliforniaUnited Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) and Teamsters union locals in New York and California have agreed to new long-term contracts for drivers and frontline workers at four distribution centers. UNFI said that the collective bargaining…

Flipkart announced the launch of its first grocery fulfilment centre in Lucknow

Nestlé takes a majority stake in Mindful Chef

UK: Aldi to ramp-up click and collect trialAldi UK, the British arm of the German supermarket discounter, will extend its trial of a click and collect grocery service by up to an additional 200 stores by Christmas, it said. Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket group, with 900 stores and an 8% market…

PriceSmart: October net merchandise sales

First Whole Foods Market coming to Montana

US: Food retailers can no longer avoid mobileMost U.S. grocery shoppers are comfortable using digital and online tools as they shop at food retailers, according to a new report from sales and marketing agency Acosta. The findings underscore how much grocery shopping is changing, and the upcoming…

Amazon: First regional hub in Europe to handle air shipments

Thailand’s antitrust regulator approved CP Group’s deal to buy Tesco stores in the country

AWS announces plans to launch a second region in IndiaAmazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the expansion of its services to include a second infrastructure region in India by mid-2022. The new AWS Asia Region, which will consist of 3 Availability Zones at launch, will join…

NBIC has named Food Lion “Best-of-the-Best corporations for inclusion”

Walmart to sell its retail operations in Argentina

US: Uber’s food delivery business outshines core rides serviceUber’s food delivery business brought in more money during the third quarter than its signature rides business, showing just how much consumer behaviour has changed - and how far the company has adapted - since the pandemic struck. The San…

Woolworths Group’s Primary Connect: New Melbourne Fresh Distribution Centre

Alibaba again exceeded expectations

SPAR UK retail show spotlights novel opportunities to excel in growing convenience marketEvolving consumer demands for better value, better choice and better quality are presenting convenience retailers with a fresh opportunity to improve their offering and continue serving their communities. At this…

Save Mart: chef programme pilot

Kroger Houston has announced details of its recent investment in associates

Teamsters: Strike threatens to disrupt Whole Foods and other major grocers in New York, New Jersey & ConnecticutFrontline workers at grocery supplier UNFI in New York are urging supermarket chains and online retailers to prepare for possible prolonged disruptions to food supplies because UNFI is not…

Sainsbury's: 3,500 job cuts and about 420 standalone Argos stores to close

M&S: First loss in 94 years

Delhaize has growth ambitions in LuxembourgDelhaize, already number two in the market, sees growth potential in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Today, the supermarket group has 55 points of sale and 1,100 employees there, slightly less than market leader Cactus with its 60 or so branches. In 2021, however, the number is expected…

Couche-Tard: Entry into Asia with acquisition of Hong Kong c-store network

Costco: October sales results

US: Nielsen IDs new spending groups for holidaysAs travel constraints and health rules force smaller gatherings this holiday season, spending patterns will no doubt be different compared with years past. With this in mind, Chicago-based Nielsen has identified 5 groups of shoppers that will emerge during the 2020 holidays. The 5…

Rouses: New loss prevention tech

HelloFresh expands capacity to keep up with surge in demand for its products in U.S.

US: Nielsen Global Connect has a new name and a new ownerOne of the most well-known shopper and retail data companies in the industry is getting a new name and a new owner. Just days after announcing Nielsen Global Connect was being rebranded as NielsenIQ, parent company Nielsen Holdings revealed the…

Woolworths: Q1 sales surged 12%

Ahold Delhaize: Strong Q3 results

Spain: DIA launches its 'Express Service' for home deliveries in 1 hourDIA launches its 'Express Delivery' service to offer its customers the opportunity to shop online and receive home-delivery orders in 1 hour, thus meeting their immediate food supply requirements. In this first phase, more than 60% of…

Ocado said it would buy two robotics companies

Carrefour buys Bio C'Bon

Germany: Metro’s food start-up hub NX-Food is now an independent companyGerman wholesaler Metro has announced that it has spun off its food start-up hub NX-Food as an independent company. The move aims to enable NX-Food to offer its services to clients outside of Metro and position itself as a leading boutique consultancy for…

Weis Markets: Q3 results

Publix Super Markets: 18.3% increase in Q3 sales

US: Walmart ends contract with robotics company, opts for human workers instead, report saysWalmart has cut ties with Bossa Nova Robotics, which made robots that scanned shelves for inventory, according to The Wall Street Journal. The retailer has come up with other simple and cost-effective ways to…

The largest Aldi in the world opened in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Q3 record results for Kesko

Ireland: Aldi offering finder's fee in a bid to source new store sitesAldi is offering to pay a finders’ fees to people who identify new supermarket sites to the grocery chain. The German supermarket chain said it will pay a fee of 1.5% “for suitable referrals”. It comes as Aldi is looking for new sites for potential future…

99 Ranch Market has signed on with Instacart

Nestlé USA has acquired meal delivery service 'Freshly'

US: BJ’s Wholesale freshens BOPIS offeringA Northeast wholesale club retailer is adding to the assortment available for chainwide buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS) and curbside pickup orders. BJ’s Wholesale Club now allows members to order fresh and frozen grocery products on its e-commerce site or…

Blue Apron: Q3 revenue increased 13%

Amazon: 37% year-over-year increase in Q3 net sales

Canada: Empire’s Michael Medline weighs in on supplier feesMichael Medline, president & CEO of Empire Company and Sobeys Inc., says he does not think government legislation of grocery relationships with suppliers would be helpful because of the complexity of the relationships. But he is open to an…

Uber Eats delivers groceries for Carrefour Belgium

Coviran has increased its market share in Portugal

Ireland: Tesco to create 450 permanent jobs nationwide in lead-up to ChristmasTesco Ireland has announced that it is to create 450 permanent jobs across the country, 120 of them to be based in Cork. The supermarket chain is also generating 700 temporary positions for the Christmas trading period and is…

Forager has partnered with Roche Bros. Supermarkets

Sprouts Farmers Market: Q3 results

US: Publix expands distribution center project in Greensboro, North CarolinaPublix Super Markets plans to add a dry grocery warehouse to a new distribution center being built in Greensboro, North Carolina. Publix said that the grocery warehouse will bring another 1.2mln square feet of space to the DC. In…

Amazon.se has officially launched

Whole Foods Market partners with Infarm

Dutch ecommerce top 6 remain unchangedThe 6 biggest online stores in the Netherlands in 2019 are still the same 6 as in the year before. Bol.com remains the biggest ecommerce player, with a revenue of 2.17bln euros. It’s followed by fellow Dutch companies Coolblue and Albert Heijn. Every year, Dutch…

FreshToHome has raised $121mln in a new financing round

Carrefour: Strongest underlying sales growth for at least 20 years

Romania: Supermarket chain Mega Image deploys self-checkout facility in 10% of its local storesSupermarket chain Mega Image, part of Dutch-Belgian group AholdDelhaize, has installed self-checkout cash registers where customers scan their products themselves and then pay in 80 stores or about 10% of its…

E-commerce boost for Piggly Wiggly

Amazon plans to open its first fulfillment center in Nebraska

US: Online grocery sees 18% more users versus pre-COVID-19A new grocery consumer research study finds there are 18% more online grocery users now compared with pre-COVID times. The survey of 615 American shoppers was released by New York-based digital shopper marketing platform Chicory and has a margin…

Majid Al Futtaim opens largest Carrefour online fulfilment centre in Saudi Arabia

Lidl intends to open its first store in Bosnia in 2022

Ireland: SuperValu expands drive-throughMusgrave's SuperValu is rolling out its drive-through service to 135 stores, according to the Business Post. SuperValu launched its first drive-through store in 2014 in Cork and will now roll this service out to 135 stores, with operational improvements. The…

Kroger has released its new diversity plan

Food Lion expands To-Go services

US: Eataly now part of Mercato’s digital platformMercato, the online e-commerce platform for independent grocery and specialty food stores, has revealed a new partnership with experiential retailer Eataly that will enable same-day delivery of food to consumers in four U.S. markets: downtown New York City, Boston, Chicago and…

Ahorramás: Profit record broken

Amazon secures relief in its dispute with Future Group

UK: Retail sales recovery continues but consumer confidence tumblesRetail sales rose again in September, leading to the biggest quarterly leap on record as the sector defies the economic gloom and battles back from the coronavirus lockdown amid renewed restrictions. Data from the Office for National…

Buffalo Market: Nation's first hyper local mission-driven digital grocer in San Francisco

7-Eleven is expanding on-demand delivery to more than 90% of its stores in the U.S.

US: H-E-B to pay $500 ‘thank you’ bonus to all employeesTexas grocer H-E-B plans to pay its 120,000-plus employees a $500 bonus as a “thank you” for their extra efforts during the coronavirus crisis. The San Antonio-based supermarket chain said all full-time and part-time hourly and salaried staff…

Carrefour partnered with Insider

Aldi opened its 900th UK store

Poland: Groszek rebrands with new logoPolish franchise store chain Groszek, a subsidiary of Eurocash, has rebranded with a new logo and visual identity. The initiative also includes the renovation of store interiors as the chain celebrates its 20th anniversary. Groszek operates more than 1,920 branches across the country.…

Amazon has invested $100mln in opening new warehouses in Mexico

Instacart is launching EBT SNAP integration in partnership with Aldi

US: Meijer receives gold award for disability inclusion from state of OhioMeijer was recently named a Gold Level winner of the 2020 Employer Partners of Inclusion Awards in recognition of its ongoing commitment to providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The award is…

Amazon Fresh is now hiring in the Chicago area

Whole Foods Market: Free one-hour grocery pickup now available at all US stores

Amazon Fresh readies to open Chicagoland storesWith 4 Amazon Fresh grocery stores under construction in the Chicago area, the Seattle-based e-tailer is now hiring approximately 1,500 full- and part-time positions, including managerial roles, for its new stores opening in Naperville, Bloomingdale, Oak…

Iceland: Swift trademark registration for same-day delivery

Co-op: Partnership with Gophr to further expand online home delivery in Scotland

UK: Simply Fresh on Sainsbury’s model acquisition trailSimply Fresh has set out its acquisition goals for new retailers as part of the extension of the Sainsbury’s supply deal. The Sainsbury’s trial which started in January 2020 at its Willesden store in London was well-received by the retailer and…

Ocado: Minority stake in robotics startup Myrmex

Metro AG: Acquisition in Portugal

South Africa's Pick n Pay ventures into difficult Nigerian marketSouth African supermarket chain Pick n Pay will soon open its first store in Nigeria through a partnership with A.G. Leventis (Nigeria) in an effort to tap the West African nation’s “underserved” consumer market. The push into Nigeria comes…

Amazon announces plans to open two new fulfillment centers in Kansas

First Arizona stores for ALDI

US: Southeastern Grocers makes IPO filing public over two years after bankruptcySoutheastern Grocers Inc, the Florida-based operator of supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, made its filing for an initial public offering public, more than two years after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Last month, the company…

7-Eleven and Marks & Spencer have partnered Deliveroo in Hong Kong

Asda launches its first sustainability trial store

Norway: REMA extends Carrier’s turnkey refrigeration dealCarrier Commercial Refrigeration has signed a two-year contract extension with Norwegian discount supermarket chain REMA to continue supplying turnkey commercial refrigeration equipment, installation and service. The latest contract, which builds…

Shipt has formed a 12-state partnership with H Mart

Albertsons is piloting pickup lockers

US: Whole Foods predicts 2021 food trendsEach year, a trends council of more than 50 Whole Food Market team members narrows down everything going on in the industry to the top 10 anticipated food trends for the coming year. For 2021, retailers can expect hard kombucha, upcycled foods, leveled-up…

John Lewis Partnership: $1.3bln recovery plan

Alibaba will invest $3.6bln to acquire a controlling stake in hypermarket operator Sun Art

Alibaba Group and Israeli shipper Zim partner on sea freightAlibaba Group Holdings and Israeli shipping group Zim have entered a strategic cooperation agreement for the direct purchase of sea freight, which will improve logistic services to merchants selling on Alibaba, Zim said. Zim will provide sea…

Canadians regard Walmart as the country’s biggest champion of diversity and inclusion

Farmstead coming to the East Coast

US: J.C. Penney sale talks stall - Bloomberg NewsTalks between J.C. Penney Co's lenders and the would-be buyers, Simon Property Group Inc and Brookfield Property Partners LP, broke down in recent days, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the negotiations. Simon Property and…

Avocado gives locally-based independent grocers power to offer online shopping with same day delivery

Meijer: Free pickup service

US: Top 5 supermarkets for customer servicePublix has taken the No. 1 supermarket spot on Newsweek's Best Customer Service 2021 list. The news magazine partnered with global data research firm Statista to identify the stores that consistently provide the best customer service by surveying more than 25,000 U.S. customers. 5…

Metro Group: Strong recovery in Q4

Carrefour: New grocery delivery service in Poland

Lithuania: Maxima Grupė appoints new CEO and board chairmanLithuanian retailer Maxima has announced the appointment of Mantas Kuncaitis as the CEO of Maxima Grupė UAB and Franmax UAB, effective immediately. He will also take up the role of the chairman of the board of Maxima Grupė, the retailer added.…

Tata Group is looking to acquire a 20% stake in BigBasket

Carrefour: Acquisition of Bioazur

Botswana supermarket chain Choppies hits PwC with US$39.5mln lawsuitChoppies Enterprises’ Senior Executives, CEO Ramachandran Ottapathu and founding member Ismail Farouk have served former auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with papers, suing them for R653mln (US$39.5mln) for not signing off on the…

ShopRite is rolling out an innovative “Fresh to Table” concept at 3 stores

Acme Markets plans to acquire 27 Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Markets

US: Earth Fare has opened 13 stores in less than 4 monthsOrganic grocer Earth Fare opened its first Charlotte, North Carolina, store last week, the company’s director of grocery announced on LinkedIn. The store is the 13th location the supermarket chain has opened across 6 states since late June. The…

Amazon workers in Germany strike

Monoprix: First unstaffed store

India: FreshToHome in talks for $130mln funding from Raed Ventures, DFC, othersBengaluru-based online marketplace for perishable goods FreshToHome is finalising a $130mln funding round from investors including Investcorp, Saudi corporate venture capital firm Raed Ventures, Middle East Oils and Grains, and US International…

Consumers are making fewer trips to the grocery story but are spending more

Smart & Final: Store planning and workforce management improvement

US: C&S names Bob Palmer CEOC&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States, has appointed Bob Palmer CEO, succeeding Michael A. Duffy in the role. “C&S has been a leader in the rapidly changing grocery industry for over 102 years”, said Rick Cohen, chairman…

Flipkart and Walmart: Additional investment in fresh produce supply startup Ninjacart

Waitrose & Partners: First e-commerce platform launched outside of the UK

UK: Aldi doubles size of Deliveroo trialAldi is to double the size of its trial of on-demand grocery deliveries with Deliveroo this week. The trial, which has been ongoing out of 20 stores across London, Greater Manchester, Cambridge and the Midlands since early summer, is now being extended to a further…

Kroger introduces Chefbot

Florida gets 4 new Winn-Dixie stores

Walmart Canada hiring 10,000 more workersAs the second wave of the pandemic hits, Walmart Canada has announced plans to immediately hire 10,000 new workers for a variety of different roles. The new staff to be hired include e-commerce store associates (people who pick items for online orders and prepare…

Sainsbury’s: Partnership with Kibsons

Tesco will be recruiting more than 11,000 temporary colleagues

UK: Which? names Waitrose supermarket of the yearWaitrose has been awarded the “supermarket of the year” title by consumer group Which?, beating competition from shortlisted rivals Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Iceland. The upmarket grocer was recognised for its handling of trade during the Covid-19…

Shipt plans to hire another 100,000 personal shoppers

Amazon: Stake in SpartanNash

US: Grocery strike averted!Teamster unions representing more than 4,000 warehouse workers and truck drivers who deliver food and supplies to So. California's largest grocery stores, Albertsons (includes Vons and Pavilions) and Kroger (includes Ralphs and Food4Less), reached a Tentative Agreement that avoids a strike by…

Asda: First supermarket to trial Electric Assisted Vehicle

Mercadona plans to open four more supermarkets in Portugal

Australia: Woolworths rolls out high-tech 'eStore' built to handle online ordersWoolworths has become the first retailer in Australia to launch a "dark" automated e-commerce store designed to pick and pack online orders faster than ever before. Largely automated, the store uses a network of conveyor…

Instacart: New service to support seniors with shopping online

Dollar General has rolled out its newest retail store concept

Canada: Goodfood announces launch of Goodfood WOW, a new unlimited same-day grocery delivery serviceGoodfood Market Corp. (“Goodfood” or “the Company”), a leading online grocery company in Canada, is proud to announce the launch of Goodfood WOW, its new unlimited same-day grocery delivery service, in the…

Ahold Delhaize USA: Collaboration with PHA

Southeastern Grocers plans to expand Fresco y Más into Southwest Florida

US: Good Food Holdings names Neil Stern CEOGood Food Holdings (GFH), the Los Angeles-based holding company for upscale food retailers Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres Natural Market, Metropolitan Market, New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Market, has appointed Neil Stern its new CEO. Stern, a GFH board…

Japan’s biggest supermarket chain has seen strong food sales since the coronavirus outbreak

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is to invest in Reliance Retail Ventures

UK: New Tesco boss says Christmas 2020 can still be a merry oneThe new boss of Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket group, said he expected the country to celebrate Christmas in a big way this year despite a recession and government curbs on socialising to stem the spread of COVID-19. Ken Murphy, who…

Sources: PIF in early discussions to buy stake in supermarket chain Lulu Group International

Woolworths has formed a partnership with Spoon Guru

India: Grofers to invest US$15mln in ‘own brands’ over the next yearGrofers, one of India’s largest low price online supermarkets in the grocery space, uses its in-house technology platform to manage a network of over 5,000 partner stores that enable the company to run a fast and lean supply chain - from…

Dollar Tree plans to hire over 25,000 workers this holiday season

UNFI has reached a long-term supply agreement with Key Food Stores

US: Weis Markets launches new personalization toolDigital customer engagement solution provider Birdzi has launched Visper, a personalization capability proven to increase customer sales, visits and retention for regional supermarket retailers. Weis Markets is the first retailer to use the new…

Virtual nutrition program debut for Natural Grocers

Recognitions from Environmental Protection Agency for ALDI U.S.

US: Natural Grocers debuts virtual nutrition programNatural Grocers is expanding its free nutrition education program, which is customarily in-person, to include a virtual guest presenter series and online personalized coaching sessions with the company's nutritional health coaches (NHCs). NHCs will…

Casino and Intermarché: Partial EU antitrust victory

Aldi Nord is planning to boost its position in Portugal

Spain: Eroski reports profit of €48mln in first half of 2020Spanish retailer Eroski has posted a profit of €48mln in the first half of its financial year ended 31 July 2020. The retailer reported a 7.2% year-on-year growth in sales to €2.4bln in this period, driven by an increase in activity in the food…

Vingroup: New service

GIC and TPG will invest in Reliance Retail

Vietnam: Vingroup launches a new serviceVinshop, developed by Vingroup, is a new platform that connects traditional shop owners with supplier partners. Vingroup has sold Vincommerce retail, which operates a chain of supermarkets and convenience stores, to Masan at the end of last year. It also closed…

Uber Freight: $500mln in funding from Greenbriar Equity Group

KeHE Distributors has signed a deal with National Co+op Grocers

US: Fareway Stores eyes more agile sourcing via RangeMeMidwestern grocer Fareway Stores aims to optimize sourcing and enliven its product mix through a new partnership with RangeMe. Under the collaboration Fareway will use RangeMe’s online product discovery platform to streamline sourcing, communicate…

Dollar General has added fresh produce to 6 of its Cleveland stores

eMeals: Online grocery integrations expands to Albertsons & Safeway

Amazon bringing grocery to PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia reportedly is about to gain its first Amazon grocery store - part of an effort by the company to bring more food retail to that general area, and the latest development in Amazon’s ongoing push to capture more grocery spending from consumers. A new…

Ocado sued over patent infringement

Mubadala confirms deal with India's Reliance Retail

UK: Asda bought by billionaire Issa brothers in £6.8bln dealTwo billionaire brothers from Blackburn have won the battle to buy Asda from Walmart of the US, in a deal valuing the supermarket chain at £6.8bln. A consortium of Zuber and Mohsin Issa and private equity firm TDR Capital will take a majority…

Alibaba Freshippo: First wholesale store

Carrefour Italia and Gruppo VéGé: Agreement to set up a new purchasing alliance

UK: Morrisons creates 1,000 jobs to process Amazon ordersBritish supermarket group Morrisons is creating more than 1,000 jobs to pick and pack orders for its services on Amazon. Morrisons said it was recruiting the additional workers to process customer orders from over 50 stores, covering most of the…

Del Monte Fresh Produce: First e-commerce website with same-day delivery in Dallas market

Walmart is getting inspiration from the airport terminal

US: FMI’s ‘Power of Foodservice at Retail’ shows category’s resilienceFMI - The Food Industry Association has issued its “2020 Power of Foodservice at Retail” analysis, which found that, despite COVID-19’s adverse effect on sales in this traditionally profitable area, grocers are still able to…

CB4 and Eroski are announcing a partnership

Walmart is in talks with Tata Group for investment in Indian conglomerate's "super app"

UK: Lewis checks out at Britain's Tesco, leaving challenges for new CEODave Lewis stepped down after 6 years as Tesco chief executive, during which he got Britain’s biggest retailer back on track after an accounting crisis, leaving new challenges for his successor Ken Murphy. Murphy, 53, who was formerly…

Contactless robotic grocery delivery debut for Save Mart

Amazon One: Pay via hand wave

US: Southeastern Grocers again mulls going publicFor the second time in seven years, Southeastern Grocers is exploring a public offering. The Jacksonville, Florida-based supermarket retailer - parent of the Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harveys Supermarkets and Fresco y Más chains - said that it has confidentially filed an S-1 draft…

Carrefour is set to invest in Egypt

Pole position for billionaire brothers to buy Asda

Lidl and Intermarché only chains to increase market share in PortugalLidl and Intermarché are the only food retail brands in Portugal to gain market share in the period from January to August 2020, a new study has found. According to the Kantar study, Lidl's market share increased by 0.6 percentage…

Amazon will hire 3,500 Canadians

Kroger and Ocado: Location of Customer Fulfillment Center announced

US: Kenny Family Stores of Delaware launch new food product competition & web series 'Aisle Trials'Kenny Family Stores of Delaware announces the launch of their new competition and web series, Aisle Trials. Local businesses in the Delaware area are invited to submit their food products to Aisle Trials…

International expansion for Picnic in alliance with Edeka

Aldi pledges record £1.3bln investment as sales soar

Discounters & online the main retail growth drivers in Italy, says CoopDiscounters and the online channel were the top performers in the Italian large-scale retail distribution sector this summer, at the expense of hypermarkets, a new study has shown. In its annual report, Coop Italia highlighted 63%…

Meijer: EPA GreenChill award

Vallarta Supermarkets: Northernmost store opened

US: How independent grocers are offering free DeliveryE-commerce solution provider Rosie has partnered with DoorDash to offer free delivery from hundreds of Rosie’s independent grocers who are currently offering delivery powered by DoorDash. Effective immediately, this special offer is available on…

Ocado is proposing to move more than 200 jobs to Sunderland

Amazon Fresh service soon available in Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford

Saudi Arabia: BinDawood Holding to delay IPO retail offerSaudi Arabia’s BinDawood Holding said a development relating to the supermarket retailer that requires disclosure in a supplementary prospectus would delay the retail part of an initial public offering (IPO) planned for this month. BinDawood…

Inabuggy is now available in Winnipeg

Walmart plans largest e-commerce fulfillment center in the country

US: Costco boom shows no signs of slowingCostco Wholesale obviously doesn't need curbside pickup to generate impressive sales and profit. The club retailer has reported fourth-quarter and year-end results showing that plenty of American consumers are regularly shopping the fresh produce, appliances,…

Pinduoduo: Strategic cooperation with China Post

Morrisons: New home delivery measures to feed the nation

Russia: Lenta expands presence in Saint Petersburg with 2 new hypermarketsRussian retailer Lenta has announced that it has opened 2 new hypermarkets in Saint-Petersburg. The new openings take the total number of Lenta hypermarkets across Russia to 250. The retailer also operates 135 supermarkets in…

Giant Eagle has partnered with FlyBuy Pickup by Radius Networks

Southeastern Grocers has teamed up with Uber

Amazon Fresh ‘built to outlast’ other grocery retailers, says Brick Meets ClickAmazon Fresh may look like a conventional grocery store, but other qualities indicate the concept can more than hold its own with traditional brick-and-mortar supermarkets, according to Brick Meets Click co-founder and chief…

Apollo Global Management leads race to buy Asda

Countdown is testing out a contactless Scan&Go service

Kenya: Carrefour to open branches on the CoastFrench based retailer carrefour supermarket plans to enter the Kenyan coast following the exit of South African chain Shoprite. Located in Mombasa, the first store will officially open their doors in November 2020 at City Mall Nyali formerly occupied by…

Pandemic surge seeding new growth for FreshDirect

The Fresh Market is looking to add 1,500 team members for the holiday season

US: FreshDirect sees pandemic surge seeding new growthThe coronavirus crisis provided a second opportunity for FreshDirect to exercise dormant advantages of a two-decade head start on competitors in grocery e-commerce, with the momentum generated by that event not only optimizing its revamped capacity…

Walmart is reaffirming its commitment to battle climate change

Mercato has been selected by the City of New York

US: How Wegmans keeps winningRochester, New York-based Wegmans Food Markets, which operates 104 stores and is led by the family of Colleen, Danny and Nicole Wegman, has achieved growth over its 104 years in business by opening huge stores in East Coast suburbs. Today, its locations span 80,000 to nearly…

Conad has rolled out a new large format store concept

Amazon and Samara Capital are investing into MORE

DIA plans to boost Portuguese operationSpanish retailer DIA is working on a new store concept for Portugal, home to its Minipreço banner. The retailer plans to roll out a number of renovations, relocations and new store openings, as part of its strategic plan for the period running to 2023. Speaking to…

Profi to test its new strategy

Asda enters the convenience market through a trial

Australia: Foodland stores eliminate fruit and veg plasticsPasadena and Frewville Foodland are making massive strides when it comes to sustainability and encouraging eco-friendly shopping. The supermarkets are the first in Australia to eliminate single-use plastic fruit & veg packaging throughout their…

Whole Foods Market: Shop and Deliver recruiting by Amazon

Kroger has teamed with Everseen

Walmart now approaches innovation in terms of 'days or weeks or months', US CEO saysWalmart's decision to merge grocery pickup into its main shopping app earlier this year is allowing the company to use data and customer insights collected by its in-store and e-commerce supply chains to benefit both grocery and general…

Daily low prices on bananas and three-pound bag of onions in Amazon Fresh supermarket

Walmart is increasing pay for workers

US: Whole Foods dethrones Trader Joe's as best workplace for gradsForbes has teamed up with market research company Statista to identify America's best employers for new graduates. Surveys of 20,000 Americans with less than 10 years' professional experience were conducted from March to June, and the 2020…

Waitrose's revenue grew 8.3%

Novus: 100% stake in the charter capital of Billa-Ukraine

Czech billionaire Kretinsky ups bet on retail with Sainsbury's stakeCzech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky has built a 3.05% stake in J. Sainsbury to become the UK supermarket group's fourth-largest shareholder, expanding a portfolio of retail investments that also includes France's Casino and Germany's…

Illinois expansion plans accelerated by Jet Foods

Big Y: New Fresh & Local Distribution Center

US: The Giant Company aims to hire 4,000 more associatesRegional grocer The Giant Company plans to add 4,000 new part- and full-time workers to meet ongoing strong consumer demand for groceries heading into the holiday season. Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based Giant said it aims to fill both front- and…

Coop Lombardia has opened a first of its kind store in Italy

Waitrose plans to close four stores

Prisma expanding in Tallinn, plans for provincial Estonia tooFinnish supermarket chain Prisma plans to expand in Estonia, with three new stores planned for the next year. The chain, which already operates in Tallinn, Narva and Tartu, will be adding to its roster in the capital, the company says. Its…

Migros is cutting prices on 600 products

Bach Hoa Xanh will partner farmers to grow clean vegetables for sale at its stores

UK: Eat Out scheme takes bite out of grocery sales growthBritain’s grocery sales growth slowed to 8.0% year-on-year in August, the lowest since April, hurt by a state-funded scheme designed to get people to return to pubs, cafes and restaurants during the COVID crisis, industry data showed. Market…

H-E-B is installing automated micro-fulfillment centers

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Fresh Tex Produce

US: Weis Markets expands Low, Low Price Program to produceWeis Markets announced the expansion of its Low, Low Price Program to its produce department, reducing prices on 60 of its best-selling items, including bananas, potatoes, apples and bagged salads. Launched in January 2019, when prices were…

Alibaba is said to be on the brink of investing into Grab Holdings

Iceland is partnering with UberEats

Saudi Arabia: BinDawood Holding sets IPO price range, aims to raise up to 2.2bln riyalsSaudi Arabian supermarket retailer BinDawood Holding set an indicative price for its initial public offering, seeking to raise as much as 2.19bln riyals ($585mln) in a Riyadh listing. The company plans to offer…

Walmart is teaming up with Zipline

First Amazon Fresh outside California

US: Kroger Dallas division associates ratify new contractThe Kroger Co. announced that associates working at 98 stores across Kroger's Dallas division ratified a new labor agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1000. "Across the Kroger family of companies, we are proud…

Inabuggy has launched Inabuggy-Mart

Kroger’s second quarter sales climbed $30.49bln

Bigger customer base portends more growth for U.S. online grocery marketDespite a drop-off from a June peak, U.S. online grocery sales are nearly five times what they were a year ago, according to the Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey. Sales from online grocery delivery and pickup…

Spar Hungary: 200th independent retailer store

Aldi is trialling its first UK click-and-collect services

Australia: Woolies CEO worried over impact of Vic restrictions on Christmas supplySupermarket giant Woolworths has raised concerns that tight Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria could hamper the distribution of groceries to its stores in the lead up to Christmas. Woolworths and Coles were among 100+…

Spar is expanding its warehouses around Budapest

Morrisons: Sales surged but profits drop after Covid costs

India's Ambani and Amazon's Bezos could strike a $20bln dealIndian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries is offering to sell a roughly $20bln stake in its retail business to Amazon.com Inc. Amazon has held discussions about investing in the conglomerate's Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd. unit and…

Amazon is strengthening its delivery network in Ontario

Empire: First-quarter profit rose nearly 50%

US: Publix takes No.1 spot on People magazine’s 50 Companies that Care list6 retailers have been recognized for succeeding in business while also showing outstanding respect, care and concern for their employees, their communities and the environment - especially during the pandemic. Publix took the top…

New team to develop Amazon Scout in the UK

Tesco: Drone deliveries trial for groceries in Ireland

UK: Tesco launches the ‘Tesco Red Door’; invites innovators to share ideasTesco has launched the ‘Tesco Red Door’, a new approach to disruptive innovation. At a virtual event for international innovators and technology start-ups, Tesco announced it was inviting innovators with new products, ideas or…

Whole Foods Market plans to offer grocery pickup from 480 stores by end of month

Walmart tests drone delivery

US: Walmart to hear from 850 entrepreneurs in the October virtual Open CallWalmart has narrowed the field of prospective suppliers down to 850 participants for this year’s virtually conducted Open Call slated for October 1. The retailer sifted through more than 4,800 product pitches this year, a 44% increase from the number of…

Iceland: 3000 new jobs

Carrefour: Click & collect robot

Investcorp, China Resources to acquire majority stake in Hong Kong's high-end retailerBahrain-based Investcorp and China Resources Capital Management Limited (CR Capital Management) will acquire a majority stake in City Super Group, a Hong Kong-based high-end supermarket chain. CR Capital Management is the alternative…

ALDI U.S. has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact

Metro Canada is accelerating the roll-out of the FoodHero app

US: PriceSmart announces August net merchandise sales and earnings releasePriceSmart, Inc. announced that for the month of August 2020 net merchandise sales increased 0.9% to $262.4mln from $260.0mln in August a year earlier. Foreign currency exchange fluctuations impacted net merchandise sales…

Amazon plans to bring 10,000 more jobs to Bellevue

Walmart: New Supplier Quality Excellence Program

US: How the coronavirus pandemic helped convince grocery chains to experiment with new techThe rapid shift to online grocery ordering has been labeled as the next phase of grocery shopping, but legacy grocers and retail heavyweights are both investing in technology in their brick-and-mortar stores. Price…

Morrisons is hiring thousands more permanent staff

Harris Farm Markets uses AI to get the right amount of fresh produce on its shelves

Shoprite ends Kenya expansion, plans retreat from the countrySouth Africa’s Shoprite Holdings said it expected to close or dispose of its remaining two stores in Kenya in the year ahead, leaving the East African country after opening its first store there more than two years ago. The supermarket chain…

Online supermarket Farmy: €9.2mln for further expansion

Carrefour has started a test in Paris

Carrefour Pakistan responds with ‘Click and Collect’Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim in Pakistan is introducing Click and Collect, a new service that will give online shoppers added flexibility and convenience with their order. Carrefour online customers now have the option to collect their orders…

Albertsons expands partnership with Takeoff Technologies

Amazon is expanding its partnership with Kohl's in a big, new way

US: Albertsons embraces micro-fulfillment to power e-commerceTo support e-commerce growth, Albertsons Cos. has expanded its partnership with automation specialist Takeoff Technologies to deploy micro-fulfillment centers (MFCs) to fill online grocery orders. Currently, Albertsons has two Takeoff-powered…

Amazon will create a further 7,000 permanent UK jobs in 2020

Co-op will launch over 65 new and extended stores

New online initiative from South KoreaWeMakePrice, a South Korean ecommerce platform, announced this week that grocery shoppers can now receive a full refund for perishable goods if the products are not up to their standards. The new initiative comes after the online retailer trialed a similar service…

Target: Good & Gather Signature

Biggest food retailer deal yet for Instacart

US: Costco Wholesale Corporation reports August sales resultsCostco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) reported net sales of $13.56bln for the retail month of August, the four weeks ended August 30, 2020, an increase of 15.0% from $11.79bln last year. For the 16-week fourth quarter ended…

Colruyt has launched its own fresh food delivery service

Auchan has sold its Lillapois chain

Italy: Fratelli Ibba receives €10mln loan to open new storesItalian regional retailer Gruppo Fratelli Ibba has received €10mln in financing to support new store expansion in the period 2020-2022. The loan agreement was signed with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP). It has a duration of 72 months and is…

Amazon distribution center acquired for $32.63mln

Giant Eagle: First own version of Amazon Go

US: Online retailer Boxed explores $1bln sale - sourcesOnline wholesale retailer Boxed is exploring strategic options, including a sale or going public through a merger with a blank-check acquisition company that could value it at around $1bln, according to people familiar with the matter. Referred to by…

Bumpy start for Ocado’s partnership with M&S: Customer orders cancelled

Supermarket chain Seiyu will expand its capacity to meet surging online orders

Turkey’s online supermarket grows 434% in H1, reaching TL1.8blnFueled by the COVID-19 pandemic that brought stay-at-home orders across the world, Turkey’s online market grew by 434% during the first half of the year, reaching TL1.8bln ($244.90mln). These figures, which were shared in an article in…

T&T Supermarkets is expanding its Western Canada footprint

Southeastern Grocers has sold an additional 23 Bi-Lo stores

Amazon's Whole Foods opens first delivery-only store in BrooklynAmazon.com Inc owned Whole Foods Market opened its first delivery-only store in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, as the e-commerce giant looks to take greater advantage of a coronavirus-induced surge in online grocery shopping. Amazon said it…

BinDawood announced its intention to list on the Saudi bourse

Aldi Denmark will sell fruit and vegetables at lower prices across all stores

China: Supermarket chain Yonghui's net profit up 35% in H1Chinese supermarket chain operator Yonghui Superstores Co., Ltd. posted year-on-year net profit growth of 35.36% in the first half of 2020. Net profit for the January-June period reached 1.85bln yuan (about USD270mln), Yonghui Superstores said in…

HelloFresh is boosting its distribution power

Amazon: U.S. regulatory approval to start drone delivery trials

US: Tops introduces Shop + Scan appRecognizing that customers are increasingly seeking contactless shopping options, Tops Markets LLC has begun piloting the Tops Shop + Scan app at a location in Amherst, New York. With the app, customers can use their phone to scan their selected groceries, and then they…


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