Retail and consumer goods industry news

12 June 2013
GPA's chief executive, Eneas Pestana, has revealed plans to invest BRL2bn (USD930m) in 2013, compared to BRL1.5bn last year, as it looks to grow in the channels of online, wholesale and neighbourhood stores. Targets market leadership in online Following the launch of Extra Marketplace in March, GPA wants to increase the number of products from 100,000 now to one million in 2014. A chang...
12 June 2013
Just weeks after Woolworths launched its new Every Day Value price offensive, the retailer has unveiled a re-launch of its Extra Special savings scheme for Everyday Rewards loyalty card holders. Over 1,000 new Extra Special savings on popular products Woolworths has moved to strengthen the communication of its Extra Special in-store savings scheme, which it launched in May 2012 . From Wedne...
12 June 2013
Sobeys has reached an agreement to acquire all the assets of Safeway Canada in a deal worth $5.8bn. Solidifying Sobeys’ market position This deal represents an excellent strategic fit for Sobeys , strengthening its presence in Western Canada where the majority of Safeway’s stores are located. It also solidifies Sobeys’ number two position in the Canadian market, with the deal lifting the r...
11 June 2013
Lidl has been chosen as the European retail partner by Warner Bros. Consumer Products for Man of Steel movie merchandise. New partnership Lidl will stock a comprehensive range of official merchandise in around 10,000 stores across 24 markets this June. The range will cover a variety of categories including apparel, health & beauty, toys, publishing and food. Of the new collaboration, P...
11 June 2013
Dow Jones Newswires has reported that Netherlands-based Albert Heijn will begin charging shoppers to use its grocery pick-up points. Charge to depend on time of day of pick-up From mid June, Albert Heijn will charge shoppers between €1 and €2.50 to use a pick-up point, while for orders over €70 the retailer will give a €1 discount. The fee charged will depend on the time of the day the orde...
11 June 2013
The UAE-based franchisee of Casino’s Géant banner, Fucom, has announced that it has launched an online store selling both grocery and non-grocery items in the market. Géant Online offers shoppers full product range Fucom say that Géant Online – www.geantonline.ae – is the first time that a retailer has enabled shoppers to purchase both grocery and non-grocery ranges online in the UAE and ad...
11 June 2013
Celesio has appointed Martin Fisher to join its management board in October this year. Integration of retail and wholesale activities Fisher will join Celesio in October 2013 and will be running the company’s operations divisions, responsible for procurement, supply chain management, quality management and regulation as well as IT. Fisher previously worked as Head of Global Supply Chain a...
11 June 2013
The Eroski Cooking range comprises fish, meat and pasta dishes which are quick to prepare and which can be combined with different sauces and garnishes. Range to be extended to more stores this year The range was designed at the Basque Culinary Centre and, in line with  Eroski's principles, is free from preservatives and artificial colours. Initially available at nine stores in the Bas...
11 June 2013
Walmart Canada and P&G have launched 50 mobile stores, located in bus shelters, across Toronto, to enable commuters to purchase a range of baby and beauty products. Raising awareness of Walmart’s online offer Running for four weeks, this initiative will help to raise awareness of Walmart Canada’s e-commerce proposition as it continues to expand the ranges which are offered online . Commut...
11 June 2013
As the retailer continues to streamline its digital services for future growth, Tesco has appointed Michael Cornish to a newly created position of group digital officer. Creating continuity under the Blinkbox brand Michael Cornish is the founder of Tesco's video-on-demand service Blinkbox that Tesco acquired a majority stake in back in April 2011. The newly created role shows the signi...