Latin America News & Analysis

20 May 2022
In January 2021, Cencosud announced significant new investment plans, with a projected spend of US$1.8 bn between 2021–2023. The bulk of this was to be invested in refreshing its existing estate and expanding its store network. Then in Q4 2021, Cencosud registered a request for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM), for the primary distribution of shares. Funds raised would ...
17 May 2022
Despite a solid sales performance in the first quarter, against tough comparables, Walmart saw a sharp hit on profitability due to higher costs. We look at the impact on its performance and its updated outlook for the year. Walmart's Q1 key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q1 increased by 2.4% to $141.6bn, representing an additional $3.3bn Sales in its US stores increased by 4.0%, w...
13 May 2022
Since the start of the pandemic, many Mexicans have transitioned their grocery shop to smaller formats, in stores closer to their homes. Initially, this change of habit was to reduce contact and mitigate the threat of the COVID-19 virus, but they have since become accustomed to the time and cost-saving benefits of shopping locally. Mexico has a huge informal economy, meaning large sections of ...
03 May 2022
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Couche-Tard and EG Group could potentially merge, with the latter valued at around US$16bn. Where do the two businesses overlap? The convenience market in the U.S is highly fragmented, with approx. 150,000 stores trading. Couche-Tard is the second largest operator with about 7,150 sites, while EG has approx. 1,700 stores. The merger could he...
21 April 2022
Carrefour reports its first quarter sales rose 9.0% to €20,239m with like-for-like (LFL) sales up by 3.4%, we look at three key takeaways from the results announcement. 1. Carrefour continues to gain market share in France, Spain and Brazil Carrefour announced it increased its sales across France, Europe and Latin America. We highlight the three countries where the retailer is gaining market ...
23 March 2022
Chilean retailer Cencosud, which operates grocery stores in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, is expanding its ‘Spid’ store concept across the region. This unique format comes in the form of both dark stores (therefore used for fulfilling online orders) and hybrid stores which act as both a convenience store and a hub for picking online orders.    Expanding across LATAM Cencosud ...
21 March 2022
Circle K, Lawson and AmPm are bringing virtual experiences to its customers. We share the key highlights and our view on some of the benefits. Our view Metaverse provide brands a platform to learn and create moments of engagement, e.g. opportunities for promotions and games within this new space. Content and conversations with consumers will be quite different from social media. Businesses ...
16 March 2022
The convenience channel is becoming increasingly competitive in Brazil , particularly in São Paulo. Throughout the pandemic, Brazilians have spent more time at home than ever before, which has led to a rise in new autonomous store formats.  Carrefour is the first major retailer to enter this space and accelerating the expansion of its autonomous stores underpins its convenience strategy thi...
02 March 2022
Coca-Cola bottler and c-store operator FEMSA plans to expand its OXXO convenience store estate by up to 50% across Latin America over the next decade. As of February 2022, the business operates 20,431 stores in the region, with the vast majority of these in its domestic market, Mexico (20,121 stores). If it can deliver against its long-term expansion strategy, FEMSA could surpass 30,000 sto...
01 March 2022
The effects of the pandemic led to an accelerated growth in ultra-fast delivery services in Latin America. Throughout 2021, we saw some of the regions most well-established quick commerce businesses launch dark store models, which would enable them to offer quicker deliveries. Examples include Rappi Turbo, Merqueo Ultra and PedidosYa Market. Also in 2021, US business JOKR became the first f...