COVID-19 latest news from around the world

27 May 2020
Italy-based Esselunga has announced plans to expand its La Esse proximity format. Separately, it has introduced strategies to support suppliers and shoppers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Expanding La Esse stores Esselunga revealed it intends to expand its La Esse banner after launching the first proximity store in November 2019. The retailer plans to open its La Esse ba...
26 May 2020
We look at the latest developments from SPAR International’s partners in Albania, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and Sri Lanka. SPAR Albania expands online services Responding to demand instigated by the coronavirus pandemic, SPAR Albania has launched a home delivery service of three different grocery boxes. The service has seen strong consumer uptake due to increased demand for groceries ...
22 May 2020
Alibaba has posted its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. Total revenue was up 35% to CNY509,711m (US$71,985m) YoY. Robust top line figures for the fiscal year GMV transacted in the Alibaba Digital Economy was CNY7,053bn (US$1tn), CNY6,589bn (US$945bn) of which came from China retail marketplaces Core commerce revenue up 35% YoY to CNY436,104m (US$61,130m) ...
22 May 2020
To help shoppers manage their new eating routines during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Kroger is offering a free telenutrition service. Effects of COVID-19 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Kroger has developed a customer trends report based on data from its 84.51 ° analytics business. The report found that 51% of shoppers are cooking and baking more than they were pre-crisis, wi...
21 May 2020
Canada’s leading food and drugstore retailer has outlined the adjustments it’s making in-store as emergency measures steadily loosen across the country. Reopening service counters Over the coming weeks, Loblaw will start to make several changes in-store. This will include re-opening service counters within its supermarket formats, including in meat, seafood and bakery. It also plans on reop...
21 May 2020
As the food retail sector gravitates to a more normalised trading environment, we look at the issues which are top of mind for CPG suppliers. Key workstreams Over the last few weeks, several global suppliers have provided trading updates outlining their performance through the initial phase of the pandemic and their current areas of focus. While these are not all being worked on by every co...
21 May 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from UK Co-op is rapidly accelerating its online expansion to more than double the number of stores planned. Find out mor...
21 May 2020
The drugstore operator is selling coronavirus antibody tests online, announces two new appointments, and other latest news.   Coronavirus antibody test available online Superdrug is now selling coronavirus antibody testing kits online. This test allows consumers to know if they have had coronavirus at least 14 days after the start of the symptoms. The home test kit retails for £69 with free...
21 May 2020
Gojek drivers have the option to make food deliveries to supplement their income with the new partnership. Income dropped significantly during lockdown Many drivers have reported that their incomes have dropped as much as 70% since the lockdown started. A recent change in law allows taxis and private hire cars to deliver food and groceries in this period. Gojek will strengthen Deliveroo's s...
21 May 2020
We look at ecommerce developments in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. UAE: Noon.com launches next-day delivery Online marketplace Noon.com has launched noon Daily, a next day grocery delivery service, in Dubai. The service was developed to provide shoppers with a safe and fast grocery delivery service for essential supplies during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Avail...
21 May 2020
Coop Italia has announced an increase in sales and has introduced new social distancing measures. Separately, DESPAR Italy has launched an education programme aimed at supporting a healthy lifestyle for children. Furthermore, it also revealed a turnover of €3.6 bn in 2019.  Coop Italia reveals increased sales during coronavirus period Driven by additional spending because of the coronavirus...
21 May 2020
We review Target’s first quarter performance, including the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Target’s key numbers Target’s total revenue in Q1 increased by 11.3% to $19.6bn. Comparable sales increased 10.8%. Comparable digital sales were up 141%. Operating income was down 58.7% to $468m. Source: Target 1. Shopper needs changed throughout the quarter ...
20 May 2020
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in January, retailers in China have responded with urgency and empathy as the situation evolves - we will continue to update this article with the latest developments... May updates Second lockdown: the cities of Jilin and Shulan in Jilin province, with more than five million populations, have been put on lockdown since mid May after the...
20 May 2020
Like-for-like sales up 1.9%, adjusted operating profit up 11.2% to £237m and revenue up 2.1% to £6bn marks a positive year for M&S's food division for the 52 weeks ending 28 March 2020.  Volume-driven growth Volume grew ahead of value for M&S, up 3.3% in the period, a trend which accelerated across the year. This reflects the ongoing work to improve price perceptions, part of the retailer's...
19 May 2020
Following closure in April due to a court ruling, Amazon is reopening its warehouses in the country after reaching an agreement with workers’ unions. Reopening of six warehouses In April, Amazon closed its six warehouses in France following a court order to ensure safety measures to protect workers against coronavirus (COVID-19). The retailer will now reopen its warehouses this week after r...
19 May 2020
We bring you the latest news from Rewe Group in Germany. Recycled paper packaging Rewe is trialing the use of recycled paper packaging for its basil herb pots. It is working alongside ECF Farmsystems and is currently testing the new packaging in 280 stores across Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The old version uses a pot and plastic sleeve, however the new packaging i...
19 May 2020
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) three months ago, retailers in Singapore have responded with urgency and empathy as the situation evolves - we will continue to update this article with the latest developments... Dairy Farm Group hires staff from hotels More than 150 from seven hotels have been redeployed to Cold Storage, Giant and Guardian stores under the Dairy Farm Group....
19 May 2020
Retailers in Thailand are responding quickly to shoppers’ concern at their stores, while looking after their employees. The broader context for Thailand Thailand reported its first COVID-19 case in January but had been recording low numbers in new infections. This started to change on 15 March as a few large clusters were identified in Bangkok and the number of cases increased. The Thai gov...
18 May 2020
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causing changes to shopper behaviour, we investigate the impact on private label and how ranges may be impacted going forward. Private label generally faring well In a number of markets globally, the pandemic created initial panic buying, causing demand to surge. Whilst the significance and duration of this has varied across markets, relatively simil...
15 May 2020
We look at the latest retail sales data from the US and what we can learn about the fast-changing landscape. US food and beverage stores up 12.0% Sales through US grocery stores increased 12.0% in April, year-on-year, although were down by 13.1% versus March when retailers experienced a surge in demand. The year-on-year growth is an important data point as it is one of the first indicators ...