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23 October 2020
We look at the initiatives Target is putting in place to ensure the safety of its customers and associates this holiday season. 1. Enabling pre-trip shopping reservations Shoppers can visit Target.com/line to see if there’s a lone outside their local store due to limitations on customer numbers. If so, they can reserve a spot, with the retailer sending a text to notify them when it is their...
23 October 2020
We look at The Coca-Cola Company’s third quarter performance and its plans to discontinue around 200 brands globally. Away-from-home remains under pressure Net revenues declined by 9% to $8.7bn, reflecting the pressures it continues to face within the away-from-home segment. However, over the quarter, global unit case volume trends have improved from the volume decline of 25% in April, driv...
23 October 2020
7-Eleven Inc. is expanding on-demand delivery to more than 90% of its stores in the U.S. 7-Eleven available on nine different platforms  Customers can get products delivered directly from 7-Eleven via nine different platforms: 7-Eleven’s 7NOW delivery app Postmates DoorDash Google Favor (Texas-only) Amazon Uber Eats GrubHub Instacart Users of these platfor...
23 October 2020
Pick n Pay has released interim results for the 26 weeks ending 30 August 2020. Turnover rises in H1… Pick n Pay reported comparable turnover rose 2.6% to ZAR44.2 bn (US$2.7 bn) at a total company level, with like-for-like sales rising by 1.0%. Its performance in South Africa drove its results, with comparable turnover in its home market rising by 3.4% to ZAR42.7 bn (US$2.6 bn), with like-f...
23 October 2020
Free one-hour pickup is now available at all Whole Foods Market locations across the US for Amazon Prime members. Available at all US locations The service is available from the Amazon app or Amazon.com. Categories include fresh produce, meat and seafood, seasonal products, everyday items, and locally sourced products. Free one-hour pickup is available on orders of $35 or more. Prime member...
22 October 2020
DIA has launched Al Punto a private label range of ready meals. Furthermore, Carrefour has partnered with IKEA to enable the collection of products at Carrefour collection points. Meanwhile, Mercadona declared its recent investment has been dedicated to two of its strategic pillars and Ahorramás invoiced a record breaking €1.543 bn in 2019. DIA adds Al Punto ready meal range DIA has laun...
22 October 2020
Co-op has partnered with same-day home delivery specialists, Gophr, to further expand the roll-out of its online shop in Scotland and increase the number of slots available for shoppers. The new partnership will initially go live with six Co-op stores in Glasgow this month, before rolling out to more than 50 stores in towns and cities across Scotland over the coming weeks, making thousands mor...
22 October 2020
The drugstore operator is again launching its live open house, but this year goes virtual, aiming to secure the next best upcoming health and beauty brands. Bringing new and innovative offerings to the high street Superdrug is offering suppliers the opportunity to pitch their brands and products to its senior commercial team, with the opportunity to learn more about Superdrug and potentiall...
22 October 2020
Co-op is investing £50m in lowering prices of everyday products and introducing a value range to help customers shopping on a budget.   The news comes two weeks after Co-op relaunched its membership offering through which top spending customers can save 150% more than the previous scheme according to Co-op calculations. Lower prices on everyday essentials From this week, prices on o...
22 October 2020
Waitrose launches its latest price cuts on everyday purchases. New lower prices offer "affordable quality" More than 200 everyday products are included in the campaign, with a strong emphasis on the essentials entry tier private label range, which Waitrose reports has experienced a double digit sales boost since lockdown. Only a handful of branded products are included in the activity. T...
22 October 2020
The retailer is launching a new virtual shopping experience based on an iconic movie home. The familiarity of a known location The retailer has adopted a creative approach to launch this initiative, creating the Sam’s Club National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation holiday shopping experience. This enables its members to visit a reimagined Christmas vacation home that was a key part of a Christm...
21 October 2020
As we head into the key trading season, we highlight the five priorities for food retailers as they balance managing the pandemic and maximising the sales opportunity. Shifting priorities Over the course of the pandemic, retailer priorities have continued to change. These have been related to the nature of the pandemic, its duration and the various phases that individual countries have expe...
21 October 2020
The Tencent-backed retail services platform opened its first AI-powered shop in Beijing, China, on 14 October. Integration of unmanned store and unmanned delivery Situated in the Shougang business pilot zone in Beijing, Meituan’s MAI shop integrates an unmanned store with unmanned delivery using AI technology and robots. The store sells a range of food from snacks and beverages to dai...
21 October 2020
FairPrice Finest opens a new Finest store at Artra, the first to have a Fresh Ambassador in-store. Fresh Ambassador The new store is right next to a subway station near several new condominiums. About half of the 1,000 sq.m. store space is filled with fresh food. The Fresh Ambassador is available in-store to provide tips on how to pick fresh produce. Source: IG...
21 October 2020
We highlight recent developments from Belgium, where retailers are pivoting their food-to-go and online offers to meet shopper needs. 1. Delhaize discontinues Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept Delhaize has discontinued the Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept, which it originally launched in Brussels in 2018. At the time, the retailer saw the potential for 200 of these sites. Delhaize now pla...
21 October 2020
Lidl US announced its stores’ upgraded ventilation system will add a new layer of protection for customers and employees. The discounter will install hospital grade air filters in all its US stores by the end of 2020 to help it attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Providing a safer in-store environment Following the announcement issued by the US’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tha...
21 October 2020
MyNews Holdings Bhd, which operates about 570 MyNews outlets, plans to open CU convenience stores from South Korea. Early 2021 launch The licensing agreement with CU’s owner, BGF Retail Co Ltd, is for 10 years with an additional 10-year renewal term. The group will open 30 to 50 CU stores in Klang Valley next year to monitor their performance. MyNews will be spending US$7.2m to US$9.6m in c...
20 October 2020
Following a strong first quarter performance, P&G has increased its full year guidance for sales growth, helping to reset expectations for the year ahead. Strongest performance since the start of the pandemic First quarter organic sales growth of 9% was driven by volume growth of 7% and supported by pricing (1%) and mix (1%) improvements. This was the strongest quarterly growth delivered by...
20 October 2020
Albertsons, the third-largest food retailer in the US, has rolled-out a new contactless payment tool across its store network. Contactless payment Albertsons Pay has been launched within the retailer’s just for U loyalty app. It provides shoppers with a safe, secure and contactless way for shoppers to pay in-store. They can also apply discounts and earn rewards within the app. It has been r...
20 October 2020
Nisa, the wholesale subsidiary of the Co-op Group, is the latest symbol group operator to add a further variant to its portfolio of store packages available to independent retailers.  Launched at the virtual Nisa 2020 Expo, Nisa Express will sit alongside the established Nisa Local fascia to offer a package targeted to smaller stores that have historically been considered below the qualifying siz...