Africa & Middle East news & analysis

16 October 2019
As Checkers relaunches its loyalty card, third party logistics firm Glovo continues to expand its presence in Kenya and CFAO adds new stores in Cameroon, we round up news from the region. Shoprite’s Checkers relaunches loyalty programme Checkers has relaunched its Xtra Savings loyalty programme, following a short-lived trial of the solution in 2016. The programme enables shoppers to save up...
25 September 2019
UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim has grown its online presence for the Carrefour brand, which will enable shoppers in more countries to buy from the retailer’s grocery offer. Carrefour and Talabat tie up for service in Bahrain and Oman… Carrefour and the food app Talabat are collaborating to enable shoppers in Bahrain and Oman to buy from the former’s grocery range. Customers will be able to bene...
12 September 2019
As international retailers continue to expand, local companies are coming under pressure. We look at developments from a range of retailers in the country that underline the changes being seen in the country. Quickmart and Tumaini plan merger… In a statement signed by the managing directors of Quickmart, Duncan Kinuthia and Tumaini, Moses Nditika, the two retailers have said they plan to me...
09 September 2019
As Souq.com launches a same day delivery service in Saudi Arabia and Uber Eats appoints a new general manager for the country, we round up news from the country. Souq.com adds same day delivery offer Amazon-owned Souq.com has launched the Fulfilled by Souq service, which will enable shoppers in Riyadh and Jeddah who purchase goods before midday to receive their orders on the same day. The c...
09 September 2019
UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim Retail, a subsidiary within the wider Holding Group, reported ‘ flat revenue growth ’ during the first half of its financial year. Revenue growth driven by new stores Majid Al Futtaim Retail said it generated revenue of AED14.6 bn (US$4.0 bn) in the first six months of the year. It said revenue growth had been driven by the opening of new stores, especially in Egy...
09 September 2019
UAE-based LuLu has announced plans to invest in Egypt as it opens its latest store in the UAE, in Ajman. LuLu to invest US$500m in Egypt… LuLu has signed an agreement with Egypt’s Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade of Egypt and the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities to open new hypermarkets in and around Cairo. The contract will see Egypt’s Urban Communities Authority b...
15 August 2019
After a challenging period that has been shrouded in speculation, Botswana-based Choppies has announced contrasting developments for its operations in Kenya and South Africa. Choppies enjoys positive outcome in Kenya… According to reports, Choppies has signed an agreement with the Association of Kenya Suppliers (AKS) that will see it clear outstanding supplier payments worth an estimated KE...
22 May 2019
Netherlands-based SPAR International reported sales rose 5.4% globally to €35.8bn. The organisation said entry into four new markets, the addition of 335 new stores and the continued focus on its ‘Better Together’ strategy had underpinned the pace of its growth. 2018 ‘an exceptionally strong year for SPAR’ Discussing the results, SPAR International’s managing director, Tobias Wasmuht, descr...
10 April 2019
As Majid Al Futtaim targets further expansion in Kenya and BinDawood continues to add new stores, we round up news from the region and its largest retailers. Majid Al Futtaim targets second place in Kenya for 2019 Carrefour’s franchisee for the Middle East and specific countries in Africa, Majid Al Futtaim, has said it is aiming to become the second largest retailer in Kenya by the end of 2...
10 April 2019
South Africa-based Pick n Pay has published a full year trading statement saying the Group enjoyed turnover growth of 9.6% in the 53-week period ending 3 March 2019. On a 52-week basis the retailer said turnover rose 7.1% Sustained strategy pays off for Pick n Pay Pick n Pay said the performance was driven by like-for-like growth of 4.8% in value terms, with like-for-like volume sales risin...