Africa & Middle East news & analysis

04 December 2019
As South Africa-based Pick n Pay rolls out packaging-free zones, Botswana-based Choppies sells its operations in South Africa and Kenya’s Quickmart increases the pace of its expansion, we round up news from the region. Pick n Pay trials packaging-free zone Pick n Pay has added a packaging-free zone at its Constantia store in Cape Town. The zone comes after the retailer trialled ‘nude wall...
28 November 2019
As Majid Al Futtaim adds hydroponic farms, LuLu opens new stores and AliExpress adds new services, we round up news from the region. Carrefour opens hydroponic farm in Abu Dhabi Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) owned Carrefour has opened two hydroponic farms at stores in My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall. MAF said the hydroponic farms enable shoppers to buy from a select range of herbs and microgree...
11 November 2019
As LuLu discusses its expansion plans for Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim, at a corporate level, aims to remove freely distributed plastics from across its operations and Deliveroo extends its coverage in the UAE, we round up news from the region. LuLu to expand in Saudi Arabia Speaking at an event in the country, LuLu’s chairman and managing director, Yusuff Ali, discussed the retailer’s pl...
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...