Hypermarkets and supermarkets news

12 December 2013
Asda has said that it is likely to bring Black Friday back to the UK in 2014 following an enthusiastic response to this year's event from shoppers. However it commented that overall sales in the run-up to Christmas are behind where they were last year. Food benefits from Black Friday Commenting on Asda's first Walmart Black Friday event, CEO Andy Clarke said that he had been surprised by shopp...
12 December 2013
In an interview with US-based Supermarket News, Ahold’s chief executive, Dick Boer, said that the retailer’s ‘Reshaping retail’ strategy was ‘progressing as planned’ despite economic headwinds. Online growing in importance Boer said that ‘ Connecting the customer is the most important thing supermarkets can do ’ and highlighted how Ahold was investing in online shopping, through its Peapod su...
12 December 2013
China's fastest growing grocery retailer is preparing to open its first two stores in Shanghai by the end of December. Completing tier one city coverage Yonghui has been building its regional coverage from its base in Fujian province, where it built its reputation for excellence in fresh produce. In November the retailer opened its first store in Guangzhou, ahead of the double store o...
09 December 2013
Having increased its spend on technology to £500m in 2013/14, we examine how Tesco has started to roll out a number of innovative initiatives in-store and what we can expect in 2014. 1. Updated Hudl - coming soon! Following the success of its own brand tablet, the Hudl, Tesco plans to launch an updated and enhanced version in 2014. Tesco has sold over 300,000 Hudl tablets since it launche...
09 December 2013
Coles and Woolworths have agreed to voluntarily cap the level of discounts they offer on fuel. More level playing field for the competition The agreement means that the retailers will only offer discounts that are solely funded from their fuel and associated convenience businesses, plus see them cap the discounts available from supermarket dockets at 4¢ off per litre. Independent retailer...
09 December 2013
As part of its ongoing strategic review, Metcash has announced that it is to break its food and grocery business into separate supermarket and convenience operations. Dedicated resource for both supermarkets and convenience Having last year merged the wholesaling / convenience and supermarket parts of its business together, Metcash has taken the decision to once again run these functions as ...
09 December 2013
Speaking to the trade press, Carrefour France's executive director Noel Prioux has said that investments in people and in renovating stores have driven improved performance in recent months. 'October and November are good' Mr Prioux said more than half the hypermarket estate has been revamped in 2013, with the remainder to be completed next year. Investments have also been made in aroun...
05 December 2013
Coles has officially launched three more 'next generation' stores at Broadway, Bondi Junction and Balgowlah in Sydney. Next exciting phase of store renewal plan The newly remodelled stores follow on from the first 'next generation' store that the retailer opened in Southlands, Melbourne in December 2012 and are the first stores to be launched in this new format in Sydney. The three developmen...
04 December 2013
Tesco has reported its Q3 trading results with group sales +0.2% (inc VAT exc. fuel) at constant exchange rates and +0.6% at actual exchange rates, for the 13 weeks until 23 November 2013. Ongoing pressures in the UK In the UK sales grew 0.9% (inc. VAT, exc. fuel) with LFL growth recorded at -1.5% (exc. VAT exc. fuel), a worsening performance versus the first two quarters of the yea...
04 December 2013
Morrisons has opened a new warehouse style store designed to inject more theatre in-store experience and speed up the weekly shop. New technologies introduced Key features of the 39,000 sq ft store include: Tunnel scanners on each till to speed up the checkout process TV screens advertising brands and an on-screen recipe adviser in the produce department A produce wateri...