COVID-19 latest news from around the world

01 April 2020
Market growth for the 12 weeks to 22 nd March was +7.6%, the fastest rate in over a decade, according to Kantar. The rapid growth was driven by a 20.6% surge in sales over the last four weeks – equivalent to an extra £10.8bn of spending - as shoppers stocked up on groceries and switched back to retail from out-of-home consumption in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Huge increa...
01 April 2020
Many column inches and news broadcast minutes have focused on the challenge of getting food and groceries to the most vulnerable members of society, in a world where large sections of society are not allowed to leave their homes except for essential purposes, and where retailers are under increased pressure to keep essential food and grocery products in stock. A quarter need outside help ...
01 April 2020
Carrefour and Uber Eats are due to start a new grocery delivery service in Paris, amid the nationwide lockdown in the country more widely. Starting on 6 April The new delivery service will be operational from 6 April. Shoppers will be able to pick one of 15 Carrefour stores around Paris on the Uber Eats app or website, or alternatively, order their products, which include everyday essential...
01 April 2020
A round-up of the latest developments from UK food-to-go and out-of-home operators this week. Switching channels A national initiative to enable pubs to trade as food shops offering essential items such as bread, eggs and milk has been set up. mypubshop.com is a partnership between Brakes, Coca-Cola European Partners and Use Your Local, and is powered by ecommerce trading platform ...
01 April 2020
We look at the actions and responses of retailers across France as they look to support the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Tuesday 17 March, France’s president Emmanuel Macron took the unprecedented decision of putting the country into complete lockdown to try to slow down the spread of the virus. It made France the third European country to take this step nationally, af...
31 March 2020
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) three months ago, retailers in China have responded with urgency and empathy as the situation evolves - we will continue to update this article with the latest developments... Contactless delivery Remote drop off : customers of all major retailers, including Walmart, Carrefour, Alibaba and JD.com,  can have their orders delivered touch-...
31 March 2020
Spar Switzerland has launched a free home delivery service for high-risk shoppers, in view of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Partnership with Zämädihei To implement the new service, which has been launched on 18 March, the retailer has partnered with Zämädihei, a platform that offers support services to groups of population that are most susceptible to suffer from being infected by co...
31 March 2020
Tesco adds more home delivery and Click & Collect slots to cope with the increasing demand that resulted from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 780,000 slots this week The number of slots has been increased to 780,000 this week, up from 660,000 slots two weeks ago, with the aim of increasing this figure by an additional 100,000 in the next few weeks. To do so, Tesco plans to add more tha...
31 March 2020
Amazon is offering its own warehouse employees higher pay to pick and pack Whole Foods Market groceries, as reported by Reuters. Rising demand and worker shortage According to the report, Amazon is reallocating its workforce in response to an increasingly high demand and a worker shortage. Selected workers are due to see a $2 increase in pay per hour, to $19, on top of the pay increase Amaz...
31 March 2020
UK schools have been closed to limit the spread of Coronavirus. This creates a challenge for families that are entitled to free school meals and that rely on these meals for food security. The government has issued new guidance to schools and local authorities to assist them in continuing to feed these important clients. Schools are advised to work with existing catering providers to create...
30 March 2020
Improved hygiene – meaning more frequent hand washing and sanitising – is a key part of the response to Coronavirus. As a result, supplies of soap and sanitising gel have come under pressure. Several UK drinks companies have responded to this need by re-purposing their equipment to produce alcoholic gels and washes. Alternatively, some are supplying high-strength alcohol to specialist companie...
30 March 2020
The UK government has developed a range of activities to support businesses through the turmoil associated with Coronavirus, focusing especially on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is likely, however, that some businesses will still become insolvent as a result of Coronavirus. Plans for reforming insolvency laws have therefore been brought forward as part of the government respon...
30 March 2020
The Competition Act (1998) provides for the Secretary of State for Business to allow certain practices that would otherwise be prohibited, where there is compelling public benefit. The UK government has therefore laid before Parliament a new Statutory Instrument (SI), allowing for temporary relaxation of the competition rules for the grocery supply chain LINK . The Competition Act 199...
30 March 2020
We look at the latest initiatives from Walmart in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including contact-free payment and contact-free pickup and delivery. Contact free payment The retailer is introducing no contact payment for customers using the Walmart Pay app. Walmart developed the payment service four years ago as part of its goal to transform the shopping experience in its...
30 March 2020
Aldi is fast tracking its payments to over 200 of its smallest suppliers in Ireland, thanks to a new five-day payment regime that has been put in place. Up to €1million worth of goods annually The new payment terms, which will become effective by the end of March, will remain in place throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They will apply to businesses that supply the retailer with...
30 March 2020
Businesses in the UK are being supported through the Coronavirus outbreak via three main mechanisms: Financial / monetary Fiscal Legislative Financial and monetary support is provided by the Bank of England, in co-ordination with other central banks globally. The aim is to keep the international financial system working and ensure capital remains available to businesses. Key m...
30 March 2020
Colombian discount retailer D1 has formed alliances with two online delivery platforms, Mi Aguila and Picap, to offer customers home delivery during the coronavirus epidemic. Initially 2,000 motorcyclists from Picap’s Pimarket service will be used and close to 2,000 drivers from Mi Aguila (My Eagle). The alliances were launched in Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá, on Saturday 28 March and will ...
30 March 2020
Asda has announced that it is extending support for colleagues who need to self isolate because of Coronavirus COVID-19. Full paid leave for vulnerable colleagues Asda is now offering fully paid leave to vulnerable colleagues, including pregnant colleagues and those aged 70+, as well as the carers of extremely vulnerable people. This is in addition to offering full pay to colleagues identif...
29 March 2020
Major UK national wholesaler, Bestway has put in place clear social-distancing measures across its self-service cash & carry network, to safely manage the high levels of footfall seen during the current pandemic emergency. One-in one-out to limit customers in-depot Bestway has set limits on the number of customers in each of its depots at any one time.  Depending on depot size, this restricts...
28 March 2020
In this video series, we look at how the retail trading environment is starting to evolve in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and what these changes may mean. Key themes include: The normalising of demand Becoming a more manageable crisis A change in strategy in foodservice The relaxation of competition laws Subscribers click here to view the video For more on ...