Retail and consumer goods industry news

25 August 2021
One of our key food-to-go trends for 2021 is format diversity . Accelerated by the pandemic and the sudden change in shopper lifestyles and habits, food-to-go operators and retailers have had to come up with new solutions to meet changing shopper needs. With many changes likely to be long-term, such as working from home or hybrid working, the need to create convenient, accessible food-to-go solu...
25 August 2021
We visited frozen food specialist discounter Oops in Preston to see what it had to offer. About Oops The first Oops opened in October 2020 in Bolton. Since then, it has opened a further three stores. The retailer originally sold surplus food from major manufacturers struggling to export to Europe following Brexit. Now, this makes up around 25% of its stock. Oops repackages some of the...
24 August 2021
As part of its plan to develop alternative revenue streams and commercialise its ecommerce and technology investments, Walmart is launching a new delivery service, GoLocal. Utilising retail experience to create a relevant service Walmart will launch the new service over the next few months, having signed up several retail partners. Walmart plans to optimise its existing suite of fulfillment...
24 August 2021
After a period of comparative inactivity, loyalty programmes are coming back into focus as retailers look to collect data to support long-term growth. However, short-term demands are coming increasingly into focus as retailers look to keep the new shoppers they gained during the pandemic. In this article we look at three schemes that standout and where programmes could go in future. Loyalty sc...
24 August 2021
JD.com reported net revenues of CNY253.8 bn (US$39.3 bn) for the quarter ended 30  June, 2021 , an increase of 26.2% year-on-year (YoY). Record new users in Q2 Highlights of 2021Q2 KPIs (key performance indicators) are: Net revenues: CNY253.8 bn (US$39.3 bn), +26.2%YoY Net service revenues: CNY34.1 bn (US$5.3 bn), +49.2%YoY Annual active customer: 531.9m in the twelve months end...
24 August 2021
Tesco announced it has completed the roll out of its soft plastic recycling scheme, available in all large Tesco stores. Shoppers can recycle their soft plastics, which are not commonly collected by local councils for recycling.   What can shoppers recycle? The soft plastic recycling scheme allows shoppers to recycle: Clear film used to wrap packaged meat and fish Crisps packets ...
24 August 2021
Boots UK announced its new partnership with last mile delivery company, Deliveroo to offer more than 400 health and beauty products, delivered in as little as 20 minutes. Piloting on-demand delivery The partnership will allow customers on Deliveroo to access a wide range of Boots’s health and beauty products including food and drinks options, medicines for minor ailments, toiletries, skinca...
24 August 2021
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Hong Kong has released its latest ‘Scorecard on Key Areas in Sustainable Seafood Procurement Policy.’  Based on this year’s update, A.S. Watson which operates the PARKnSHOP supermarket chain, tops the rankings among Hong Kong’s retailers based on their sustainability efforts with the seafood selection they are selling. Working with supermarkets for a sustain...
23 August 2021
Target and Disney are rolling-out their store-in-store concept to more than 160 locations, building on the 50+ stores currently featuring the collection. Disney closing standalone stores Target and Disney initially partnered to launch the store-in-store concept in 2019, with over fifty locations open. The expansion will triple the number of Target stores featuring the Disney range, which of...
23 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to employees being advised to self-isolate. Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is some impact on availability of ...