Retail and consumer goods industry news

29 September 2021
Woolworths has been testing its new marketplace platform on the Central Coast in NSW since July and has now rolled out the service across Australia. Ambition is to offer tens of thousands of products via the new platform The retailer  announced that it would launch a new online marketplace  in April this year. Pilots of the new service called, Everyday Market, initially saw the platform off...
29 September 2021
Casey’s, headquartered in Iowa, is the third largest convenience chain by network in the U.S. It trades more than 2,300 stores and posted annual sales of US$8.7bn last year. We highlight what you need to know about Casey's... Sales mainly come from fuel… growing in-store retail business an opportunity Source: IGD Research 27.1% total gross profit margin in 2021 Fuel = 15.8% ...
29 September 2021
Watsons, the flagship health and beauty banner of the A.S. Watson Group, has announced a partnership with Plastic Bank in the Philippines to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans.  The Philippines is one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution Plastic waste is a big problem for the environment. Experts have predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans in the n...
28 September 2021
The UK food and drink market continues to face a period of unprecedented change.  As we all learn to live with coronavirus there is a general movement back to pre-pandemic patterns, but not for everything – some behaviours will have changed fundamentally for the long term. And it’s not only the pandemic that is stimulating these changes.   Companies are also learning how to operate in a pos...
28 September 2021
Retailers globally are looking for ways to elevate their fresh food offer to help them differentiate and gain shopper loyalty. These initiatives need to deliver against three needs for the retailer; they need to be scalable to large store estates, cost effective, and have the shopper at the heart of their development. Fresh food will be elevated in the ‘Store of the Future’ Fresh is a key c...
28 September 2021
As the retailer continued to invest in its operations, Aldi UK and Ireland has reported a fall in profits in its 2020 financial year, ahead of the publication of its full accounts at Companies House. Sales rise strongly, but profits drop Aldi reported sales rose 10.2% in its 2020 financial year, to £13.5 bn, up from the 8.3% sales increase it reported in 2019. Despite the increase in sales,...
28 September 2021
AEON Wellness, the health and beauty division of the AEON Group, has recently announced new initiatives as part of its digital transformation to cope with the impact of the pandemic. Focus on digitisation, convenience and safety COVID-19 may have disrupted AEON Wellness’ operations in the past year, but it has also served as a catalyst for the retailer to accelerate its digital transformation...
27 September 2021
We look at Albertsons’ plans to improve the online shopping experience through introducing livestreaming and shoppable videos, plus its new partnership with Pinterest. Helping shoppers to discover new products Albertsons is partnering with Firework, the short-form video platform designed to bring a shoppable, livestream video experience to any website. This type of model can help transform ...
27 September 2021
Responding to the new opportunities in the UK’s post-pandemic ‘from-home’ workforce, Sainsbury’s has launched a new lunchtime sub-category focus in the chilled aisle of some 300 of its stores.   Curating a range of for-one products, the retailer has brought together a selection of branded retail lines from key on-trend high street food-to-go players (Leon, Itsu and Wasabi) along with an eponymous...
27 September 2021
As part of its partnership with Too Good To Go, which was announced in December 2020 , SPAR has said it has been able to save one million meals globally in the last nine months. Milestone highlights impact of SPAR collaboration The partnership with Too Good To Go has seen it work with SPAR across 13 markets, or 1,850 SPAR retailers, in Europe. The impact of this partnership, which saw To...