COVID-19 latest news from around the world

25 March 2020
Morrisons introduces a new next-day delivery service of food and essentials boxes during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Choice between a meat or vegetarian box, costing £35 The new service, called Morrisons Food Boxes, enables shoppers to choose between a meat or a vegetarian box. The boxes contain £30 worth of groceries, while an additional cost of £5 is charged for delivery to shopp...
25 March 2020
Australia’s competition watchdog has allowed major supermarket chains to work with each other to overcome supply issues, given the unprecedented demand by consumers in recent weeks during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA (Metcash) The four major supermarkets are due to sidestep competition rules for six months, to ensure consumers have a “reliable and fai...
25 March 2020
AI food technology company, Spoon Guru, has launched a new ‘Immunity Support TAG’ which is designed to appeal to an increased interest in this aspect of health during the coronavirus outbreak. Immunity Support TAG As shoppers search for health ‘shortcuts’ during the coronavirus outbreak, Spoon Guru has developed an initiative that claims to help people to identify food products that support...
25 March 2020
INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, has revealed it will build a hand sanitiser factory in Newton Aycliffe, near Middlesbrough, and another one in Germany, within ten days. One million hand sanitisers per month The new plants are due to tackle the shortage of hand sanitisers in Europe by producing one million of them per month. According to INEOS, they will be produce...
25 March 2020
The UK government has issued updated guidance on workplace canteens . Under the first version, these were shut down, with very limited exceptions permitted. The new version allows workplace canteens to stay open, where necessary: “Where there are no practical alternatives, other workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff and/or provide a space for breaks. However, ...
25 March 2020
Having previously announced it has temporarily stopped shipping non-essentials in Italy and France, Amazon has now rolled this out to India. The retailer will now focus on shipping the products customers need the most.   Limiting non-essential orders Earlier this week, Amazon temporarily stopped taking orders on non-essential products on its sites in Italy and France. The initiative has bee...
25 March 2020
Sainsbury's has unveiled a package of measures to help suppliers manage production volumes and cash flow. Support for suppliers The retailer has pledged to work collaboratively with suppliers to increase production volumes so that they can meet the current surge in demand. Support will also be available to suppliers who find themselves in distress as a result of the current uncertainty. ...
25 March 2020
Our team has been continually monitoring the latest developments from retailers and manufacturers globally over the past few weeks. In this article we highlight three ways retailers are and could further adapt their online operations to deal with the on-going effects of the pandemic. 1. Making online groceries available for those most in need We have seen retailers around the world flex the...
25 March 2020
Heathrow is due to scale up its cargo capabilities as it appeals to more airlines and freight organisations to make maximum use of the airport’s quieter schedule. Supporting the economic and social fight against COVID-19 Vital supply lines will be kept open thanks to the continuation of air freight, and will support the delivery of time-dependent and temperature sensitive goods across the c...
25 March 2020
We look at the latest developments from the John Lewis Partnership and M&S that address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes the newly introduced Five Point Plan for Waitrose stores.  Five point plan Waitrose & Partners has introduced a five point plan to keep its shoppers and partners safe; Customer numbers are limited so social distancing ca...
25 March 2020
Woolworths Australia has announced that it is to delay the demerger of its Endeavour Drinks business until 2021. Uncertainty puts demarger on hold The business was meant to be demerged in-mid 2020. However, with financial markets struggling and the business being forced to close all hotels in the wake of forced shutdown due to Coronavirus, CEO Brad Banducci has been left with no option but ...
25 March 2020
With the COVID-19 outbreak challenging supply chain teams around the world, the ECR community in Italy has developed some best practice for teams operating in affected areas. The guidance, which is aimed at reducing COVID-19 risk in logistics, has been developed by a group of companies and academics with the support of the Italian Logistics Association. The advice pulls on observations from...
25 March 2020
Target has outlined the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the business, including its sales performance and store development plans. Surge in sales and traffic Target started to see a shift in sales in the fourth week of February, with an increase in traffic and comparable store sales. Starting in mid-March, the surge in traffic and sales became stronger, concentrated in the ...
25 March 2020
FairPrice and Cold Storage in Singapore are setting up priority shopping hours for vulnerable groups to boost social distancing measures. First hour every Monday at all FairPrice stores The retailer has recently launched safe distancing measures, like floor markings at checkouts, to manage queues. It has also put a stop to food sampling activities for now too. It has also announced a Priori...
24 March 2020
Research and training charity, IGD, has been bringing the food and grocery industry together in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19), engaging with retailers, manufacturers, government, trade associations and other key stakeholders, to help ensure food is able to flow through the supply chain and reach those people most in need. Susan Barratt, CEO of IGD, said: “We all understand that this i...
24 March 2020
The retailer launched the service on 21 March to support the global efforts to limit the impact of the virus. Sharing invaluable frontline experience The service is an upgrade of its Chinese-only medical consultation platform, launched a few days earlier on 17 March, which has received more than 50,000 consultation requests and more than 3.2m visitors. The upgraded version has the follow...
24 March 2020
The UK government has taken steps to relax aspects of competition law, allowing businesses to co-operate to improve supplies of necessities to shoppers during the viral outbreak LINK . These measures are of limited effect and duration and apply primarily to retailers, allowing them to: Co-operate to keep stores open Pool staff Share information on stock levels Share transport...
24 March 2020
On 24 March, Deliveroo announced two new services that could help shoppers who are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The first is the delivery of an essentials range and the second is a collaboration with Marks & Spencer’s stores on BP forecourts. Customers can order M&S products from 120 franchised stores Customers will be able to order around 60 products from 120 Marks & S...
24 March 2020
Across the world companies are increasing their collaboration to help fight the pandemic and tackle product shortages. Global spirit manufacturers Diageo, Anheuser-Busch and Pernod Ricard are helping with the production of hand sanitisers. Diageo to enable the production of eight million bottles of hand sanitiser Distiller Diageo has pledged to make available 2 million liters of Grain Neutr...
24 March 2020
On 23 rd March 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further measures to contain Coronavirus through “social distancing” LINK . Most commercial, cultural and social premises have now been closed for a period of at least 3 weeks, after which the measures will be re-assessed. These measures are enforceable by law under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) ...