Retail and consumer goods industry news

15 July 2013
Aldi Nord has started to advertise the new branded listings that have appeared in its stores over the last few months. A break from traditional advertising Aldi Nord is drawing shopper attention to the recent branded additions to its range. In its weekly merchandising leaflets in France and Portugal, a double page spread is dedicated to “brands of choice”, including Coca-Cola and Mars. Thi...
15 July 2013
Singapore's leading grocery retailer NTUC FairPrice has introduced Visa payWave to 116 of its supermarket outlets. Singapore's shoppers converting to cashless payments Following a successful trial of contactless payment in February 2013,  FairPrice embarked on a programme to extend the service to its wider store network. Retailers in Singapore are rapidly installing contactless payme...
15 July 2013
Sales at Swedish retailer Axfood totalled SEK 18.5bn (US $2.8bn) for the first half of the year, ending June 2013, up 2.8% compared to the previous year. Growth in the first half Sales for Q2 – April to June – grew 2.9% to SEK 9.6bn (US $1.4bn) with like-for-like sales increasing 1.3%. Axfood’s sales for the first half were SEK 18.5bn (US $2.8bn), which represents a 1.7% like-for-like sal...
15 July 2013
Loblaw has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Canada’s leading drugstore chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, for $12.4bn. Accelerating Loblaw’s health and wellness and small format initiatives This deal brings together Canada’s leading operators in the grocery and drugstore sectors to create a retailing power-house that will be uniquely positioned to captialise on key growth trends...
15 July 2013
Valora and Lekkerland have established a 50-50 joint venture called Emere AG, to combine their purchasing activities. Will negotiate joint basic purchasing terms Emere AG will negotiate joint basic purchasing terms for a defined product range, from a defined list of suppliers in Switzerland. It will not be responsible for purchasing cigarettes or private label products for either Valora ...
15 July 2013
Waitrose has announced that it will launch an in-store restaurant concept following the success of its cafes. Family oriented dining The restaurant will be a relaxed family concept with items such as pizza, beef burgers and steaks offered, and will be waiter service. The menu will also provide an opportunity for Waitrose to showcase some of the products it sells in store and leveraging its re...
12 July 2013
Waitrose is trialling temperature controlled click & collect lockers at its head office as it looks to step up its online development. Staff trial The lockers are currently being trialled by staff at Waitrose head office in Bracknell, before finalising the rollout to stores next year. Shoppers who place an online order with Waitrose will be sent a text with a PIN for the lockers. The...
12 July 2013
The Russian cosmetics and household convenience chain, Ulybka Radugi, has announced it is piloting facial recognition technology at its checkouts. Facial recognition and detecting emotions The retailer said that cameras will be installed at checkouts that will recognise shoppers’ gender, age and emotions to determine their mood. Combining this recognition with purchase records, taken from ...
12 July 2013
O’Key, a leading Russian grocery retailer, has announced its unaudited results for H1 and Q2, ending June 2013. Sales grow 19.3% in H1 O’Key recorded sales worth RUB 64bn (US$ 2.0bn) for the first half of 2013, representing a 19.3% increase compared to the same period in 2012. Q2 sales grew 21.5% year-on-year in 2013, reaching RUB 33.1bn (US$ 1.0mn). Like-for-like sales grew 7.5% for the...
12 July 2013
Unaudited results show that sales have grown by 7.9% at X5 Retail Group in the six months to the end of June, reaching RUB259.4 billion (US$7.9 billion). Convenience stores growing fastest In the first half of 2013 X5’s sales were driven by its Perekrestok Express and Kopeyka convenience store chains, which achieved sales growth of 83%. Supermarkets and hypermarkets recorded sales incr...