Retail and consumer goods industry news

16 May 2013
Leading retail buying consortium for the independent sector, Nisa Retail has announced the appointment of Ian Bishop to the newly created role of marketing director, as the group seeks to bring focus to the development of Nisa as a consumer brand. Commenting on the appointment Neil Turton, Nisa CEO said: "The newly created role of marketing director represents a significant milestone in Ni...
16 May 2013
Leading Chinese grocery retailer Sun Art reports revenue growth of 12.9% to RMB 25.4bn (USD 4.1bn) and net profit growth of 16% to RMB 1.06bn (USD 17m) in the first quarter of the year. Performance on track for the year Sun Art is a joint venture between French retailer Auchan and the Taiwanese Ruentex Group and operates hypermarkets under both Auchan and RT Mart banners. Same store sales o...
16 May 2013
Over 300 delegates attended the Symbol Conference this year to hear briefings from Nisa, SPAR UK, Premier and Costcutter. We've summarised some of the key take outs from the day here. On the look out for value IGD's latest ShopperVista research demonstrates the challenges facing British customers, highlighting 76% of those shoppers interviewed are still concerned about the cost of livin...
16 May 2013
The importance of quality account management skills Quality account management skills are an important trading priority, according to both the retailers and suppliers that participated in the IGD 2013 Customer Engagement survey. This year we asked 36 international retailers and 96 branded suppliers, including 30 multinational, about their current trading relationship priorities. Amongs...
16 May 2013
Australia's market leading grocery retailer has installed a convenient Click & Collect location at Australia's second busiest airport. Walk-in or drive through service available The concept is located outside the airport next to a new public pick up lane.  Woolworths hopes that passengers returning from trips will be able to order fridge and pantry essentials up to a week in advance of their ...
16 May 2013
Turkey-based Migros Ticaret has announced first quarter results saying that consolidated sales rose by 10.4% to TRY1,591 million (€677.6 million). Store growth drives sales The retailer said that the addition of 41 stores – made up of 40 supermarkets and one hypermarket – during the first quarter had helped drive growth. The addition of new stores meant that Migros operated 907 by the end of ...
16 May 2013
Supermarket News has reported that Belgium-based Delhaize has completed the renovation of 178 Food Lion stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Design incorporates a number of improvements The retailer has previously said that the new stores will provide an improved quality and variety in fresh fruits and vegetables – as part of its ‘Fresh from the Field’ initi...
16 May 2013
Fixed price discounter, Poundland, has launched a new price point of 97p to three stores, to combat competitor activity in those areas. Undercutting rivals The 97p price point has been launched in its East Ham, Dudley and Chelmsley Wood stores and will apply to all lines in those stores. These are all stores where competitors, including 99p Stores, have just opened. Poundland has not ann...
16 May 2013
Leading delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey has become the first major UK wholesaler to launch a mobile online ordering service with the introduction of its Easy Order i-phone app. Available free from i-Tunes The P&H Easy Order app can be downloaded for free, but only existing P&H customers, registered for online ordering can make orders with it through their mobile devices. The app ...
16 May 2013
The French competition authority has given Casino the go-ahead to acquire 38 Norma discount stores, according to press reports. Stores in south-eastern France The stores are located in south-eastern France, with most of them in the region of Lyon and on the Mediterranean coast.  The transaction remains subject to "implementation of [unspecified] commitments" and the competition authority ma...