Retail and consumer goods industry news

16 September 2021
The company sees slowing growth of its hypermarket sales amid ecommerce shift, whilst demand for its premium goods at Sam’s Club is growing. Growth of hypermarket sales slows in China According to Bloomberg, sales in China’s supermarket and hypermarket sector fell more than 7% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a year ago, as more Chinese shoppers shift online. Walmart has also flagg...
16 September 2021
Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has added a new format to its portfolio with the opening of its first 24-hour self-serve, cashless Micro Market. Located at the head office of British cleaning appliances manufacturer Numatic, the outlet offers the 1,000 staff access to Co-op own-label products such as food-to-go meal deals, breakfast items, milk, bread, ready meals as well drinks on the g...
16 September 2021
Leading national co-operative retailer, Co-op has reported its interim results for the first half of 2021 (26 weeks to 3 July) with sales in its convenience-led Food division (excluding fuel) down 2.8%. This expected decline comes amid a more normalized trading pattern in 2021, compared to the extraordinary surge in consumer demand seen in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic from March in 2...
16 September 2021
In its first half results John Lewis Partnership has reported that Waitrose’s sales increased by 2.3% and by 3.5% like-for-like in the 26 weeks to July 31 st , largely driven by a surge in online sales. The retailer also set out how it plans to bring a John Lewis offer into more Waitrose stores. Investing in online Following its split from Ocado, Waitrose has been building its own online ca...
16 September 2021
Kroger and Instacart partnered to launch a new rapid delivery solution, Kroger Delivery Now. This service powered by a virtual convenience store aims at providing nationwide 30-minute home delivery. Redefining convenience through a comprehensive delivery solution Through Kroger Delivery Now both companies seek to offer a relevant range of quality products at affordable prices combined with ...
16 September 2021
As Carrefour receives sign off for its acquisition of Bio c’Bon in France, expands its presence in the convenience channel and enjoys strong growth in Spain, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour required to sell eight stores to complete Bio c’Bon acquisition Following its announcement to purchase Bio c’Bon and notification of the Competition Authority, Carrefour has received si...
16 September 2021
PepsiCo has launched pep+ (pep Positive), a strategic end-to-end transformation, placing sustainability at the centre of how it will create growth and value. We review the key elements. Changing how products are made and go to market This initiative will guide how the company will transform its business operations as it aims to operate within planetary boundaries and drive change for the pl...
15 September 2021
With a challenging summer in 2020 and fewer COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, retailers and brands in the UK have looked to capture the pent-up demand for summer products and activities and to inspire shoppers. In our report we explore six key trends we spotted this summer in the UK. Below we highlight three of these: 1. Innovating key categories: cocktail inspiration Sainsbury's offere...
15 September 2021
As Ahold Delhaize looks to continue to drive its sales growth in 2022 and roll out healthy options and sustainable initiatives, we round up news from the retailer. Delhaize launches ‘healthy subscription’ service Delhaize is launching a new subscription service, which enables companies to offer their employees a 20% discount on healthy food products. The service is in line with the retailer...
15 September 2021
Walmex (Walmart Mexico) is the leading grocery retailer in Mexico, where it operates close to 2,700 stores. In November 2020, it launched its new Walmart Express supermarket banner and announced plans to convert all stores under its premium Superama banner to the new format, in addition to opening new stores. During the pandemic, shoppers have been seeking value and they increasingly wan...