Sustainability and health news

02 August 2022
Leading US-based dollar store chain, Dollar General, has formed a new Healthcare Advisory Panel. This will provide it with guidance and the prioritisation of efforts in the health and wellness space. We consider why this is a strategic goal for the business. Leveraging a network of over 18,000 stores As a dollar store operator, Dollar General is not the first retailer that springs to mind w...
27 July 2022
Loop has announced that its one-year trial with Tesco is set to end. Announcing the trial’s end Loop said that ‘ Tesco has decided to end the trial to reflect on the insights collected. This means the reuse area will soon be removed from your Tesco store .’ Customers with Loop packaging have until 31 October to return their packaging to one of its return points. Loop highlights positive custom...
26 July 2022
In a month where Lidl announced opening its 12,000 th store worldwide, we look at five recent developments that help make its growth environmentally sustainable. 1. Lockers support online retailers reduce carbon footprint Lidl France has partnered with Mondial Relay to roll-out customer collection lockers at stores. The first lockers at a Lidl store, and 1,000 th for Mondial Relay, opened...
25 July 2022
Axfood had a 29.3% growth in its first half of 2022 with net sales of SEK 35.1bn. Adjusted operating profits were SEK 1.5bn which was a 20.8% increase with an operating margin of 4.2%. The retailer saw an increase of 32.8% in the second quarter with a turnover of SEK 18.4mn. Adjusted operating profits amounted to SEK 828mn with an increase of 25.3% and an operating margin of 4.5%. Acquisition ...
21 July 2022
Jumbo food released its H1 results taking a sales turnover of €5.46bn which was a growth of 1.6% against the same time period last year. Quality improvement and expansion driving success The company has been focusing on quality improvement on fresh, health and sustainability. In the Netherlands customers are looking for better, more responsible and local fresh food.  Jumbo have met these dema...
21 July 2022
Carrefour announced in Paris its trialling a new initiative to reduce food waste, while also tackling inflation. Meanwhile, in Spain Carrefour-owned Supeco celebrates the launch of it 50 th store opening in the market. We also visited Carrefour Montesson, to explore how it applies refill stations throughout different product categories. Carrefour’s approach to tackling inflation and food wast...
19 July 2022
As M&S and The Co-op look to limit food waste and Sainsbury’s adapts one of its products to reduce plastic use, we round up three initiatives from the retailers. M&S removing best before dates from fruit and vegetables range Following a successful trial M&S is to remove best before dates from more than 300 fruit and vegetables SKUs, which the retailer says is 85% of its produce offer. The i...
14 July 2022
In 2021 Kesko took €11.3bn which was +8.2% against the previous year with the grocery trade growing 3.1%. This year the retailer has already taken €5.9bn which is +5.2% vs 2021. Grocery trade reports a 3.6% growth in H1 on top of 3.1% growth in 2021 The grocery sector of the business has already taken £2.96bn (+3.6%) in H1 and from April to June the growth was 5.2% vs 2021. In the month of Ju...
12 July 2022
Walmart has signed a definitive agreement with Canoo to purchase 4,500 units of its all-electric Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle, with an option to purchase up to 10,000 units. Plans to launch in 2023 The Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV) is a US-made commercial elective vehicle (EV) which has been optimised for sustainable last mile delivery use cases. Using steer by wire technology, the design ...
08 July 2022
Spain-based Alcampo announced its full year 2021 results, during a challenge period, it recorded a decrease of 12.8% to €3,921m, compared to €4,497m in 2020. Alcampo’s investment 2021 The group highlighted during 2021 it increased its investment to €104m, an increase of 164.6%, compared to 2020. Alcampo allocated 16% of this investment to sustainability and 15% to the digitisation project, se...