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23 June 2021
Kroger reported better than expected results at $41.3bn for its Q1 2021. These were driven by the sustained growth of digital sales growing by 16% on top of the 92% growth during the same quarter in 2020. New strategy delivering strong results Earlier this year Kroger introduced a new strategy based on two key pillars: leading with fresh and accelerating with digital. This contributed...
22 June 2021
Target has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, Target Forward, which will have an influence across all its operations and deepen collaboration with its partners, including product suppliers. Sustainable brands, waste and opportunity and equity The new strategy aims to co-create a more equitable and regenerative future for its customers, associates and the communities within which it ope...
21 June 2021
Albertsons is partnering with DoorDash, Gopuff makes two key acquisitions and Uber picks up remainder of Cornershop. We look at what these latest deals mean for the sector.  Albertsons partners with Door Dash for on-demand Albertsons is partnering on-demand delivery company, DoorDash, to offer delivery in up to one hour from almost 2,000 stores. Shoppers will be able to order from over 40,0...
17 June 2021
Building on an existing partnership with DroneUp, Walmart is investing in the company to support its work in developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution. Earlier this year, it invested in self-driving company, Cruise. Flights over people and moving vehicles Walmart and DroneUp partnered last year to launch trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. Since the launch, se...
16 June 2021
Amazon announced it has opened a new Amazon Fresh store in Bellevue, Washington which will feature the retailer’s Just Walk Out technology. First full-size grocery store to feature the tech The new Amazon Fresh store is 25,000 sq ft. It is significantly larger than Amazon’s stores that have opened to date which feature the Just Walk Out technology. For example, its Amazon Go Grocery store t...
15 June 2021
Leading online pureplay, Boxed, and Seven Oaks Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose action company, have announced a definitive agreement for a business combination that would result in Boxed becoming a public company. This will unlock new investment in the online grocery and tech company. Unique business model Boxed has developed an innovative approach to grocery ecommerce,...
11 June 2021
Kroger’s second customer fulfillment centre (CFC) powered by Ocado technology is a real milestone as it marks the entry of the retailer in a new state, Florida. Accelerating with digital This month, Kroger opened its second automated CFC in Groveland, Florida. As part of its strategy to accelerate with digital, Kroger is ramping up its ecommerce development. Florida is one of the few states...
10 June 2021
Although the net sales decline of 11% was in line with company expectations, Campbell’s faced increased margin pressure in the third quarter. We review how it plans to manage the impact of higher costs. Sticky consumer behaviours As the company cycled against the surge in demand at the start of the pandemic last year, it saw a significant impact on sales in Q3. However, 75% of its portfolio...
09 June 2021
As Ahold Delhaize US’s subsidiary The Giant Company takes the Flashfood app chainwide, we look at this development and others as the company looks to embed sustainable initiatives across its banners in the country. The Giant company to expand coverage of Flashfood app The Giant Company, which includes all Giant and Martin’s stores, is to roll out the Flashfood app to all its stores after a ...
09 June 2021
With the retailer adding a new pharmacy benefit to Walmart+, we look at what this could mean for the membership programme’s progress. Suite of benefits Walmart+ launched last September offering range of benefits. For an annual fee of $98 a year, or $12.95 per month, members have access to unlimited free delivery from stores across fresh groceries, household essentials, tech and toys and, fr...