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Convenience news

08 August 2022
Dairy Farm International reported total revenue of USD 18,511mn, increased by 1%, and operating profit of USD 76mn, decreased by 37%, year-over-year in H1. It should keep improving sales and profitability, especially in food grocery retail, which suffered the most from COVID-19 impacts in the region. Sales normalizing in supermarket   Excluding the sales from non-grocery, associates and j...
22 July 2022
Tesco is about to open another cashierless store in London. The Tesco Express store in Chiswell Street is fitted out with Trigo’s cashierless technology, which is a combination of check-in gates, ceiling cameras and shelf scales to enable shoppers to purchase goods without needing to pay at a cash register. What makes this store even more interesting is that it looks like the store will off...
20 July 2022
National convenience retailer, Co-op along with Starship Technologies have announced a partnership with North Northamptonshire Council to operate an autonomous vehicle delivery service in three towns in its district. The service, launched on 14 July, now makes delivery via Starship’s ‘robot’ vehicles from local Co-op stores available to 45,000 residents across Wellingborough, Rushden and Higham F...
14 July 2022
Korean convenience operator GS Retail has partnered with the KK Group to expand its operations in Malaysia. Master franchise deal The first store is on target to open next year, where KK Group will act as a franchisee for GS25 stores in Southeast Asia. Other Korean retailers entering the Malaysian market have signed similar agreements, supporting localisation and in-depth understanding of...
08 July 2022
This Tuesday (5 July), FEMSA, a Mexican Coca-Cola bottler and convenience store operator, announced its all-cash offer to acquire Swiss convenience and foodservice retailer Valora. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but if approved, FEMSA has agreed to purchase all the publicly held shares of Valora Holding AG for 260 Swiss francs per share, totaling CHF1.1 bn (€1.1 billion). It expect...
28 June 2022
I made a quick stop at the Co-op store while at Glastonbury Festival to see how it has adapted its offer to attendees’ specific needs. The retailer has a long-standing presence at festivals since opening its first in 2018 as part of a partnership with event organiser Live Nation , with subsequent versions, including the one I visited, taking learnings from previous versions. Strong adaptati...
23 June 2022
7-Eleven opens its first ever beachfront store in Singapore, in partnership with Tiger- Beer to reimagine convenience shopping with a refreshing twist.   Source: (7-Eleven Singapore Facebook) Beachfront Store in Singapore The new store, in partnership with Tiger Beer, will be a beachfront store at Palawan Beach, Sentosa. Apart from eye-catching aesthetics that would make for a gre...
22 June 2022
As Auchan Hungary and Portugal focus on sustainability initiatives, Auchan Romania focuses on its new MyAuchan shopping experience at petrol stations. Auchan Portugal improves private label packaging   Auchan claims in 2021 it reached its target of using 90% of reusable, recyclable/ compostable on private label packaging and developed 10 eco-design projects for product packaging. Auchan ...
21 June 2022
Meeting in person for the first time since 2019, the annual Blakemore Trade Partners trade show and conference at the Telford International Centre took the title ‘New World: New Opportunities’; flagging the changed realities of UK grocery retailing in the post-pandemic era. On the conference platform we heard from a line-up of speakers spanning independent SPAR retailers, AF Blakemore itself, SPA...
10 June 2022
OXXO, a Mexican convenience retailer owned by FEMSA, opened its first store in 1978 and has since accumulated 20,172 stores in Mexico (Q1 2022). Throughout the pandemic, government restrictions on mobility created some of OXXOs toughest trading challenges in its history. The retailer showed impressive agility, quickly adapting its proposition to meet changing consumer needs and to tackle the d...