Retail and consumer goods industry news

22 March 2013
Casino's non-food website, CDiscount, has launched its grocery offer. Time-limited promotions introduce urgency The grocery section of the site offers a wide range of brands at low prices.  There are currently over 100 promotions available on-site, and CDiscount aims to introduce a sense of urgency with the use of a 'ticker' which counts down the seconds until the promotion ends.  Free del...
22 March 2013
Carrefour has opened its first store dedicated entirely to organic products, at 29 boulevard Diderot, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Range includes brands and own label The 170 sq m test store stocks a specially tailored offer of more than 2,000 private label and branded organic products, in fresh produce and ambient grocery.  Open from 08:00 - 21:00, and on Sunday mornings, its ai...
22 March 2013
Speaking at IGD's Health & Beauty conference yesterday Ruth Spencer, Director of Loyalty and Multichannel for Boots, announced the launch of 'Give it a go Friday', a new in-store initiative, which breaks today. New Spring campaign to inspire shoppers The 'Give it a go Friday' initiative will take place in 30 of Boots' largest stores. The new in-store initiative is as a result of Boots' own...
22 March 2013
Rewe Group has acquired a 51% stake in Wasgau AG, operator of supermarkets, hypermarkets and cash & carries in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, Germany. 'Many parallels' between Rewe and Wasgau Rewe CEO Alain Caparros said Wasgau had a strong local and regional position in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, and a wide range of expertise in the areas of freshness and regionality.  The aim ...
21 March 2013
Supervalu has completed the divestment of its Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market stores and related Osco and Sav-on in-store pharmacies to AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management. Cerberus taking an equity stake in Supervalu With the deal initially announced in January, both business have moved quickly to close this transaction which sees almost...
21 March 2013
Ukrainian retailer Fozzy Group is set to open its first store in Kiev First store in the region Fozzy Group , the largest retail chain in Ukraine , has leased 10,000sqm from a shopping centre being built in Kiev in order to open its first Cash & Carry in the region and its eighth in the country. The site is due to open in May 2013. Favourable location Alex DeLuca, Marketing Direct...
21 March 2013
SPAR Austria has launched an online platform allowing customers to submit ideas on various topics relating to the non-food ranges in its hypermarkets. Best ideas could end up on-shelf The platform, called "Red' mit...", also works on smartphones and allows customers to submit ideas and suggestions along particular themes which will change every five weeks. The project begins with the child...
21 March 2013
With the changing dynamics of an increasingly competitive and unique grocery market, Australian retailers continue to drive strong growth, relative to their counterparts in other developed nations. However, despite a highly concentrated network of supermarkets, there remains much headroom to sweat more from existing bricks and mortar assets across all channels. International retailers creati...
21 March 2013
China Resources Enterprise (CRE) has reported consolidated group sales growth of 14.6% for 2012, with retail division turnover up 19.1%.  Growth at retail division, food division sales down In the retail division, same store sales growth was up 4.1% year-on-year, driven by rising prices of consumer goods, new store openings and a contribution from the acquired Jiangxi Honkelong Department ...
21 March 2013
Speaking at the World Retail Congress in Singapore this week, Tesco CEO Philip Clarke announced that Tesco is to launch a paperless Clubcard in China later this year. Shift from postal to electronic communication China will be the first country in which Tesco will launch a fully digital Clubcard. The move will see an end to the retailer's postal mailings, with vouchers and loyalty i...