Retail and consumer goods industry news

07 June 2021
Sainsbury's has announced that two more Neighbourhood Hub stores have now opened as it presses ahead with the rollout of its new format, designed to support more substantial convenience missions. Seven stores now open The latest store openings are upgrades to existing stores at Whitstable High Street and at Penwortham, Preston, where Tesco opened a new format compact supermarket earlier t...
07 June 2021
With unstaffed stores one of eight trends currently driving format development in North America, we look at how licensing deals could catapult their growth further. In our new report, 25 stores shaping the future of retail in North America , we’ve identified eight trends underpinning their development. While several stores have opened in the last 12 months reflecting these trends, we have...
07 June 2021
Continuing the changes seen amongst European buying alliances, Tesco and Carrefour have announced they have decided ‘ not to extend their Purchasing Alliance beyond the three-year operational framework agreed in 2021 ’. Focus to now switch to working on their own opportunities The retailers said ‘ over the last three years, [we] have benefited from a number of joint buying opportunities acr...
07 June 2021
On Tuesday 1 June 2021, GPA (Brazil’s second largest grocery retailer) announced its partnership with Latin American ecommerce giant Mercado Libre. This news comes less than six weeks since Soriana (Mexico’s number two) partnered with the business. Who are Mercado Libre? Argentine ecommerce business Mercado Libre (Free Market) was founded in 1999 and is now the largest online buying and sel...
07 June 2021
Lidl has become the first retailer to test the Eco-Score in the Netherlands and Germany. The Eco-Score measures the environmental impact of food products and while it is still at an early stage it could have a direct impact on future product development for retailers and suppliers. What is the Eco-Score? The Eco-Score is a five-level product label, classifying products from A (low) to E (hi...
04 June 2021
The UK is set for a K-shaped recovery, which will not benefit everyone equally. This creates challenges and opportunities for retailers and private label suppliers. I look at some of the ways retailers are innovating, extending ranges, targeting value, and highlighting sustainability.     The recovery from COVID-19 will not benefit everyone equally The full economic impact of the pande...
04 June 2021
Sales in the Irish market declined 5.2% in the 12 weeks to 16 May, according to the latest results from Kantar. The period reflects the retailers’ performance against last year’s record-breaking sales, when the country went into its first lockdown. Sales over the most recent four weeks were down 6.9% versus 2020. Shopper behaviour remains disrupted Despite the decline in sales compared to 2...
04 June 2021
French retailer Group Casino and Amazon have announced the launch of a new click and collect service in France. Initially available in Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand The new click and collect service will be rolled out initially in Annecy and Clearmont-Ferrand, before expanding into a dozen Casino stores by the end of summer. Amazon prime members will be able to order from a selection of mo...
03 June 2021
We look at why Walmart is distributing 740,000 smartphones to its store associates and the features they’ll be able to access. Access to the latest technology Over recent years, Walmart has developed a suite of apps for its store teams, accessible either through their own devices or handheld units in-store. However, to enable its associates to have access to the latest technology, it will b...
03 June 2021
We’ve seen the huge acceleration of businesses delivering food and consumer goods to shoppers quickly as a result of COVID-19 and the take-up for online shopping. There has been enormous investments in these players and the expansion of these has provided a dramatic change to how we shop. Quick commerce has emerged as a new route to market, adding a new channel of operations for retailers and ...