Retail and consumer goods industry news

03 April 2020
In reaction to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Australian retailers have started implementing a number of measures to ensure that everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need - we will continue to update this article with the latest measures... Foodservice supporting the effort McDonald's has closed all of its restuarants for dine-in, but continues to operate...
03 April 2020
Asda has announced the addition of 300,000 slots to its online delivery operation, as demand for home deliveries increases due to the coronavirus pandemic. 700,000 slots a week As a result of the move, the number of delivery slots available on a weekly basis has now risen to 700,000, split evenly daily. Roger Burnley, Asda’s CEO, commented: “ We have been working around the clock to expa...
03 April 2020
We look at how retailers across Italy are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to products as they respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to update this article with the latest measures. Technological developments Students at Milan’s polytechnic university has developed an app that indicates the average waiting time per store. It can be accessed at ...
03 April 2020
Following the move of other foodservice wholesalers to target retail sales, as the emergency shut down cuts off their core market amongst out-of-home businesses, Brakes has launched a call & collect service to sell to the general public. Initially made available from three of its distribution depots earlier this week, it has now been extended to eight sites across England. Browse online, order...
03 April 2020
This article looks at three ways supply chains have been flexible in overcoming some of the challenges that COVID-19 has introduced. 1.    Relaxing of legislation and regulation We have seen governments around the world temporarily relax legislation to increase the velocity of essential supplies (food and health-related items) through the supply chain. One of the first areas of legislati...
03 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Market update: GB grocery market sees fastest growth on record. Market growth for the 12 weeks to 22 March was +7.6%, the fastest rate in over a decade, according to Kantar. The rapid growth was driven by a 20.6% surge in sales over the last four weeks. . More details h...
03 April 2020
Netherlands-based Jumbo’s chief executive, Frits van Eerd, has outlined the retailer’s plans to expand the brand further into Europe. Expanding in Belgium… Van Eerd would like to further expand the brand’s presence in Belgium and, then, eventually introduce it in France. Jumbo currently operates two stores in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium. The main challenge of expan...
03 April 2020
We look at what retailers in Ireland are doing to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Aldi Rolling out new social distancing measures, including posters in-store and clear markings on the floor for queuing It is also commencing the installation of protective screens at every till to safeguard its colleagues and customers  Priority hours for the el...
03 April 2020
Don Don Donki has opened a 4,000 sq. m. discount store at The Market Mall with more than 130,000 items, including fresh products and essentials. Its private label products under Jonetsu Kakaku will also be featured. In-store dining space Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the retailer will only provide take-away services for cooked food although the store has a dining area. The government has li...
03 April 2020
In this article we look at what UK variety discounters are doing to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Temporary store closures B&M will be closing 49 stores as a response to the current trading conditions. The retailer has not announced what stores these will be, but has said it is likely they will be small format stores Poundland will be closing 1...