Retail and consumer goods industry news

07 June 2021
Speaking at the DbAccess Global Consumer Conference, Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International, outlined how Walmart adopts best practice technologies between various markets to activate its ‘Strong local businesses, powered by Walmart’ strategy. Refining its global footprint Over the last year, Walmart  has continued to refine its international operations, ensuring a st...
07 June 2021
Between its opening of a ‘supermarket of the future’ and its partnership with quick commerce company Flink, Germany-based Rewe is implementing strategies to help it continue to win in the long term. Rewe opens sustainability-focused supermarket… Rewe has opened a sustainable, 1,500 sq. m ‘supermarket of the future’ in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim as part of a pilot project for its new generation of ...
07 June 2021
As it looks to expand online and meet a greater range of shopper missions, Carrefour has established new partnerships in France, Italy and Spain to help it win. Carrefour and La Post collaborate for the Pickup Drive in France… Carrefour and La Poste have announced plans to work together to offer shoppers better and easier access to further services. Carrefour is working with La Poste’s subs...
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...