Latin America News & Analysis

22 January 2021
Turkish on-demand rapid delivery company Getir announced it has secured $128m for international expansion in a funding round. Valued at $850m The funding round, led by venture capitalist Michael Moritz’s Crankstart Investments and Brazilian Base Partners, valued Getir at around $850m. With this investment, Getir aims to expand internationally to offer its services initially in London, Sao P...
22 January 2021
Cencosud S.A. is a Chilean-based multi-format retailer with operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. The business has announced plans to invest US$1.8 bn between 2021–2023. This will be mostly invested in renovating and constructing stores, as well as developing technology and launching a new proximity supermarket banner. Heavy investment in renovating and constructing new s...
21 January 2021
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
19 January 2021
Spain-based discounter DIA has revealed its Q4 2020 results, which showed total group sales of €1.7 bn and an increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales of 6.9%. The results were particularly positive given DIA’s store numbers fell by 457, with the retailer ending Q4 2020 with a total of 6,169.  Division sales performance DIA Spain’s sales increased by 9%, to €1.14 bn, while LFL sales grew by 10...
18 January 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the development and evolution of retailers across the world. For the discount channel, one of the biggest changes in 2020 has been the acceleration of developing online services, to catch up with other non-discounter competitors and meet shoppers’ expectations. With profitability being at the heart of the discount model and a key measure of success, the ...
11 January 2021
Mexican business FEMSA, which owns the OXXO convenience store chain, are trialling autonomous convenience stores in Mexico. The small-sized units are designed to serve customers in hospitals, apartment complexes and offices. FEMSA has launched two stores in the format, which it has named OXXO Smart. Source: FEMSA Key characteristics of OXXO Smart The stores are fully autonomous (r...
06 January 2021
Peruvian business InRetail has acquired Makro’s cash and carry stores in Peru for US$360m. Makro’s South American operations are owned by SHV Holdings, a Dutch business and one of the world’s largest private trading groups. InRetail has agreed to acquire 100% of its operations in Peru (16 stores), which will help it to bolster its multi-format strategy. "This incorporation strengthens our vis...
15 December 2020
Femsa Comercio operates over 19,000 OXXO convenience stores across Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Peru, making it the largest grocery store chain in Latin America. On December 1, Grupo Nós,  a joint venture between Raízen and Femsa Comercio, opened the first OXXO convenience store in Brazil. Source: Raízen OXXO stores are 100sq. m (on average). Femsa’s strategy for the banner was to ope...
09 December 2020
Grupo Éxito recently opened the 14 th store in its Carulla FreshMarket banner. This forward-thinking format has been certified by the Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certifications (ICONTEC) as the first carbon neutral food retailer in Colombia. The business invested COP6.5bn (US$1.9m) in renovating its Carulla 140 store, which opened at the end of November 2020 and is locate...
07 December 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most of our travel plans in 2020, there has been no shortage of new store concepts to see. In our new report, we highlight 50 new food retail and drugstore concepts that are set to inspire store developments in 2021 and beyond. Since the start of the pandemic we have seen a stronger focus on the use of technologies to support a contactless experience and t...