USA news

03 February 2023
We review Amazon’s fourth quarter and full year results and pick out six things shaping its medium-term strategy. Q4 and full year key numbers Q4 total revenue up 9% to $149.2 bn, with full year up 9% to $514 bn North America segment increased 13% to $93.4 bn in Q4 and 13% to $315.9 bn for 2022 International segment decreased 8% to $34.5 billion in Q4 and a -8% (to $118 bn) for...
31 January 2023
Cooler Screens, which has created one of the world’s largest in-store digital media and merchandising platforms for retail, is taking its technology beyond chilled aisles to other areas of the store in a major expansion drive. Initial focus on chilled drinks Cooler Screens has been able to transform doors on chilled units in stores into digital IoT smart screens, enabling the delivery of re...
27 January 2023
Walmart plans to open around 30 new Sam’s Club warehouses across the US over the coming five years. The decision, which represents its most aggressive expansion in years, was made following record same-store sales growth and an all-time high in memberships. Most aggressive expansion in years Walmart operates close to 600 Sam’s Club stores across the US. Its most recent opening was in Hanove...
26 January 2023
Following a succesful soft launch in September, Walmart has launched Walmart Business, a standalone B2B ecommerce platform tailored to the needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs), as well as non-profit organisations.  What is it? Walmart Business is a new online delivery service targeted at SMBs. The platform offers a curated assortment consisting of more than 100,000 products, which ar...
23 January 2023
Circle K is testing a new loyalty programme in Western Canada. VIP Premium Pass provides subscribers with access to excusive promotions. Sign-up required to access promotional details Customers can join the program by visiting a dedicated website or scanning a QR code in-store. The sign-up process is simple, only requiring a phone number and a confirmation text. After joining, members can tak...
23 January 2023
In January, retailers aim to tap into consumers making resolutions to adopt healthier lifestyles. Health and wellness provides retailers with access to a new sales and profit stream and an opportunity to engage more deeply with their shoppers. Here we highlight some initiatives we’ve seen this month from retailers and food-to-go operators across the US. Supporting lifestyle changes Maint...
19 January 2023
For an event that’s often associated with showcasing new retail technologies, there was a different feel to this year’s NRF show in New York. The heavy lifting has been done, there’s no major breakthroughs on the horizon. Now it’s time for technologies such as AI, machine learning, computer vision and IoT to meet their promise and help retailers drive efficiencies and reimagine the customer exper...
11 January 2023
We review Albertsons third quarter performance as the retailer continues to progress its planned merger with Kroger. Identical sales growth driven by inflation Albertsons announced its net sales and other revenue increased 9% year-on-year (YoY) to $18.2 bn. The sales increase was driven by the retailer’s 7.9% increase in identical sales and higher fuel sales. Retail price inflation was stat...
06 January 2023
Walmart first announced its plans for drone delivery back in 2021. Last year, it opened its first drone delivery hub in the home of its headquarters, Bentonville, Arkansas and it announced plans to expand its delivery network to 34 sites by the end of the year. The retailer has successfully surpassed this target, closing the year with 36 delivery hubs spread across seven states: Arizona, Arkan...
22 December 2022
It was another year of investment and innovation for Walmart. We share our pick of the best new initiatives from the retailer in its largest market, the USA, and consider what its focus will be in 2023. Testing the Metaverse The Metaverse was big news this year, with several retailers starting to dip their toes into the water. Walmart was leading the way, launching two different experienc...