COVID-19 latest news from around the world

15 June 2020
We round up ecommerce initiatives from Jumia, Fresh Dairy and Choppies. Nigeria: Jumia partnering for safer transactions… Jumia has partnered with International Breweries and Unilever to provide products during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership is in line with Jumia’s ‘Stay Safe’ campaign , which provides hygiene products at low prices, due to it waiving commissions. It...
11 June 2020
IGD analysts share their thoughts. “We are not facing Credit Crunch 2.0” James Walton, Chief Economist The amplitude of the downturn we’re expecting to face in the UK is expected to exceed anything we’ve seen in the last century. However, with a biological rather than banking crisis at the epicentre, there are some important differences in how this will impact businesses and households...
11 June 2020
We round up ecommerce initiatives from Pick n Pay, Massmart-owned Game, JamboPay, and Sokowatch. Game partners with Uber Eats for essential products South Africa-based, Massmart-owned Game has partnered with Uber Eats to deliver groceries and essential products through its app. The service will be available at 21 Game locations in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, with further ...
11 June 2020
New initiatives from Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), which operates the Carrefour brand in the Middle East and Africa, in the UAE and Bahrain, including click and collect, new partnerships and digital initiatives. UAE: Carrefour to launch click and collect solution Carrefour UAE will introduce a click and collect service for its online shoppers, which it says will add flexibility and convenience. T...
11 June 2020
The group delivered 16.5% revenue growth to £3.8bn in its latest annual results. However, it anticipates slower store openings and ongoing impact of social distancing in the year ahead. Results in brief (52 weeks to 28th March 2020) B&M: Revenue +12.6%. LFL +3.3% (Q4 +6.6%) Heron: Revenue +10.1%. Positive LFL growth Babou: £154m revenue COVID-19 disruption slowing store openi...
10 June 2020
Maxima has set out plans to invest heavily in the digitalisation of its Latvia operations, while adding structural changes to its real estate. Maxima Latvia to invest in digitalisation Maxima Latvia will invest over €1m (US$1.12m) in new digitalisation initiatives in 2020. These will help the retailer to automate processes and introduce new and user-friendly tools, which are important in li...
10 June 2020
China was the first country to be hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Now with all eyes are on the recovery, we continue to update this article with the latest developments... June 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival: Alibaba and JD.com kicked off China’s largest sales event post COVID. Read the details here First 7-Eleven store in Hunan : after postponing the opening twice due to t...
10 June 2020
Speaking at the dbAccess Global Consumer Virtual Conference in New York, Colgate-Palmolive’s chairman, president and CEO, Noel Wallace, outlined what it will take to win in the current trading environment. Having outlined the company’s five key growth drivers, Wallace concluded the session by outlining the three critical success factors for the company as it trades through the next phase of th...
09 June 2020
In our recent report, 10 trading priorities for CPG suppliers, we highlighted how companies are adjusting their marketing approach as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. We look at how this is being put into practice by two leading operators, The Campbell Soup Company and J.M. Smucker Company. Initial cut-back on marketing spend During the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, many suppliers c...
05 June 2020
Nearly 11 weeks since the UK’s biggest food-to-go chains closed their doors for lockdown, plans to reopen are well underway. Here’s a round-up of what the leading players are doing: Greggs Reopening 800 sites on 18 June , including 150 franchise stores (c40% of estate) Aims to reopen entire estate of 2,050 stores by 1 July Offering a reduced range Test stores near its no...
04 June 2020
Netherlands-based SPAR International reported global sales growth of 4.35% to €37.1 bn (US $41.6 bn). The retailer stated its entry into two new markets, an additional 208 stores and the consistent expansion over the past four years has been a key growth driver, although the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought challenges. 2019 ‘has again delivered exceptional results’ Commenting o...
04 June 2020
In reaction to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Australian retailers have implemented lots of measures to ensure that everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need - we will continue to update this article with the latest measures... Saying thank you Woolworths has announced that it will reward over 100,000 staff with over AU$50m of free company shares and gift...
04 June 2020
In its latest annual report M&S shares further thinking on coronavirus, its impact on the business including sharpening focus on priorities. M&S Chairman Archie Norman hails 2020/21 as a "lost year" In terms of results, Norman highlights the challenges of depressed demand and trading limitations amid social distancing, forecast to hit its clothing and home business much more severely than i...
04 June 2020
We review Costco’s May performance as trading evolves into a more normalised pattern and retailers start to adjust their strategies to win the one big shop. Asia recovery underpinning bounce-back Following a decline of 1.8% in April, including a fall of 0.5% in comparable club sales, the retailer’s performance bounced back in May. Net sales increased 7.5% to $12.6bn. Comparable club sales, ...
03 June 2020
Waitrose & Partners has launched a series of virtual health workshops. This news follows the  pivoting of its at-home wine tasting service to become virtual events. Holistic health solutions, accessible from home Waitrose and John Lewis have launched the new initiative in partnership with health and life insurer Vitality. A series of virtual health workshops will cover topics including nutr...
02 June 2020
Two of the UK’s leading food-to-go operators, Pret and Leon, are in discussions with landlords over new rent agreements as part of a focus on reducing their cost bases.  Like many hospitality businesses, the companies are under substantial financial pressure resulting from a sharp decline in footfall since the start of the UK’s coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.  Pret’s ‘comprehensive transforma...
02 June 2020
Co-op is rolling out robot deliveries to further communities across Milton Keynes and surrounding towns and villages in response to increased demand for convenient delivery services during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.  The convenience retailer was the first to trial same-day autonomous robot deliveries in the UK when it teamed-up with Starship Technologies in April 2018 , extendin...
01 June 2020
Lidl Spain has announced a collaboration with Spanish designer, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, to produce hygienic face masks in Spain. The partnership supports the Spanish textiles and fashion industry while contributing to a charity helping vulnerable families affected by COVID-19. Supporting Spain’s economy Lidl Spain has partnered with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada to offer three different designer...
01 June 2020
Carrefour Spain revealed expansion plans for its Carrefour Express banner. Meanwhile, Amazon has extended its collaboration with DIA to expand its Prime service to more regions. Finally, Auchan highlighted the knowledge gained during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Carrefour Express continues expansion Carrefour announced the expansion of its Carrefour Express banner. It will focus on ...
29 May 2020
B&M has released an unscheduled trading update for the 13 weeks ending 28th March (Q4) and the first eight weeks of the 2020/21 financial year to 23rd May 2020. The retailer saw strong like-for-like sales growth across this period, according to Retail Gazette. Performance driven by grocery, gardening and DIY +6.6% B&M UK like-for-like sales in Q4 +22.7% B&M UK like-for-like sales in t...