Latin America News & Analysis

02 July 2021
Given its size and population, Brazil has comparatively few convenience stores. There are a handful of forecourt convenience operators, like ampm which operates over 2,000 stores, but leading grocery convenience store players (GPA and Carrefour) have less than 400 stores combined. OXXO, the region’s largest convenience retailer, opened its first store in Brazil in December 2020 and set out amb...
21 June 2021
Since the start of the pandemic, Brazilian retailer GPA, part of France’s Casino Group, has shown impressive agility in responding to changes in consumption habits. The surge in online shopping has accelerated its digital and omnichannel strategies, which it continues to evolve at an impressive pace. In Q1 2021, the number of GPA customers using ecommerce grew by 60% year-on-year, and the numb...
17 June 2021
The world in 2030 will look very different to today. The way people shop for their food and consumer goods is changing rapidly. Traditional store operating models are coming under significant strain. COVID-19 has both highlighted challenges and accelerated trends within our industry. We believe retailers and suppliers need to work harder to evolve store formats so they reflect these changes. I...
07 June 2021
Speaking at the DbAccess Global Consumer Conference, Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International, outlined how Walmart adopts best practice technologies between various markets to activate its ‘Strong local businesses, powered by Walmart’ strategy. Refining its global footprint Over the last year, Walmart  has continued to refine its international operations, ensuring a st...
07 June 2021
On Tuesday 1 June 2021, GPA (Brazil’s second largest grocery retailer) announced its partnership with Latin American ecommerce giant Mercado Libre. This news comes less than six weeks since Soriana (Mexico’s number two) partnered with the business. Who are Mercado Libre? Argentine ecommerce business Mercado Libre (Free Market) was founded in 1999 and is now the largest online buying and sel...
26 May 2021
Chilean-based retailer Cencosud is rolling out a 35-minute delivery service (Spid35) in all of its operating markets (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru). Rapid deliveries are made possible through the use of its own dark stores and through strategic partnerships with some of the regions’ largest last mile delivery businesses. Having launched the proposition earlier this year (Januar...
15 May 2021
Mexico’s Grupo Comercial Chedraui, through its Bodega Latina Corporation subsidiary, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire US-based operator, Smart & Final, in a $620m deal.  Unique retail model Smart & Final operates a unique concept in the US, bridging wholesale and retail models. It operates more than 250 stores under two banners: Smart & Final and Smart & Final Extra!, in C...
10 May 2021
Casino said net sales fell by €1.1 bn to €7.1 bn in Q1 2021 versus the year before. Net sales fell by €467m in France, where strong growth at Cdiscount offset challenges elsewhere, while they decreased, in euro terms, by €680m in Latin America. However, the retailer noted the sharp improvement in its profitability during the quarter, with its EBITDA rising by €22m to €429m, driven by its on-going...
07 May 2021
On Tuesday 27 April Grupo Éxito (part of the French retail group Casino) opened its latest Éxito Wow store in Colombia, following an investment of COP10 bn (US$2.6m). The new store is the retailer’s twelfth in the Wow format and is the first to open in 2021. Source: Grupo Éxito Grupo Éxito reported solid annual sales growth of 13.9% for the Wow format in 2020. The majority of the ...
23 April 2021
Retailer OXXO, owned by the FEMSA beverage and retail company, is the largest chain of convenience stores in Latin America. It ended 2020 with 19,566 stores, of which 19,295 are in its domestic market Mexico. Government restrictions on mobility throughout the pandemic has led to challenging trading conditions for the businesses, which relies heavily on sales from on-the-move and transient ...