Retail and consumer goods industry news

18 January 2022
The Kroger Co. and Nuro have announced an expanded collaboration to ramp up the use of third-generation autonomous vehicles for grocery deliveries. A partnership that dates back to 2018 Back in 2018,  Kroger and Nuro have launched their first delivery pilot  using all-electric, autonomous vehicles. According to Nuro, its third-generation model has double the cargo volume of its secon...
18 January 2022
McDonald’s has opened a new restaurant in the UK that is its testing ground for sustainable initiatives. The restaurant is its first restaurant in the UK and Ireland certified to the UKGBC Net Zero Standard. Where is the store? McDonald’s launched its zero-carbon store in Market Drayton, Shropshire, in December 2021. Source: Google maps What makes this McDonald’s restaurant diff...
18 January 2022
Morrisons continues to increase its sustainability initiatives to reduce food waste. To help with this the retailer plans to eliminate the ‘use by’ date and switch to best before only on 90% of its own brand milk, from 31 January 2022. About the development Morrisons claims to be the first UK supermarket to only use best before dates on its milk. Packaging will continue to show ‘best before’ ...
18 January 2022
As Zabka looks to stay ahead of its competitors in the country, we look at five innovations the retailer is employing to attract new shoppers in new locations and drive footfall to its existing estate. Zabka trials vending machine solution in a private hospital Zabka has added its first branded vending machine in a private hospital in Warsaw as part of a trial, which is being run with Maczf...
18 January 2022
Meituan, China's largest platform for lifestyle services and products, has added Starbuck onto its platform. Starbucks extends reach to more consumers The partnership with Meituan will allow Chinese customers to order cofee delivery and make reservations on the mobile app. It will also launch a service to let Meituan users make private bookings to taste and learn to make coffees at Starbuck...
17 January 2022
As the leading on-demand delivery service, or quick commerce provider, in North America develops a new ready meals hub, we look at why Instacart is aiming to tap into different delivery segments. Changing competitive landscape Instacart is the most established on-demand delivery service in the US, with over 700 retail partners, including most of the leading grocers. It initially established i...
17 January 2022
2022 will be a year of continued innovation, concept development and new ways of doing business, as the market moves forward to adapt to the changing needs of the consumer.  Our 2021 UK market forecasts showed that while the UK food-to-go market looks set to recover quicker than first expected, it will not reach its pre-Covid value until the second half of 2022. The faster-than-expected reco...
15 January 2022
Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer, and Scott McCall, chief merchandising officer, are leaving their roles at Walmart US. Customer-centric approach The departure of these two key executives was announced in an internal memo, as reported by Talk Business and Politics. Janey Whiteside joined the business in 2018 as the retailer’s first chief customer officer. Over the last four years she...
14 January 2022
Sainsbury’s has announced several changes to its senior team to accelerate the delivery of its Food First strategy. Graham Biggart appointed as Chief Transformation Officer Graham Biggart, currently Business Unit Director of Fresh Food and Food Service, has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Transformation Officer and will join Sainsbury’s Operating Board in March 2022. In his...
14 January 2022
Pepco, owner of PEPCO, Poundland and Dealz, has announced its Q1 trading results. Poundland’s continued evolution drives sales Key numbers for Q1 (ending 31 st December): +12% total group revenue year-on-year (led by PEPCO at +20%) +1.5% like-for-like growth for Poundland Poundland’s results follow a positive FY2021 for the retailer, when it saw like-for-like sales of +...