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11 June 2021
Kroger’s second customer fulfillment centre (CFC) powered by Ocado technology is a real milestone as it marks the entry of the retailer in a new state, Florida. Accelerating with digital This month, Kroger opened its second automated CFC in Groveland, Florida. As part of its strategy to accelerate with digital, Kroger is ramping up its ecommerce development. Florida is one of the few states...
10 June 2021
Although the net sales decline of 11% was in line with company expectations, Campbell’s faced increased margin pressure in the third quarter. We review how it plans to manage the impact of higher costs. Sticky consumer behaviours As the company cycled against the surge in demand at the start of the pandemic last year, it saw a significant impact on sales in Q3. However, 75% of its portfolio...
09 June 2021
As Ahold Delhaize US’s subsidiary The Giant Company takes the Flashfood app chainwide, we look at this development and others as the company looks to embed sustainable initiatives across its banners in the country. The Giant company to expand coverage of Flashfood app The Giant Company, which includes all Giant and Martin’s stores, is to roll out the Flashfood app to all its stores after a ...
09 June 2021
With the retailer adding a new pharmacy benefit to Walmart+, we look at what this could mean for the membership programme’s progress. Suite of benefits Walmart+ launched last September offering range of benefits. For an annual fee of $98 a year, or $12.95 per month, members have access to unlimited free delivery from stores across fresh groceries, household essentials, tech and toys and, fr...
09 June 2021
With the pandemic limiting peoples’ access to dental check-ups, they have had to rely on at-home oral care products to maintain their oral health. We explore five ways of how oral care brands have evolved their responses and strategies during the pandemic to help boost sales and transform the category to strengthen its prospects. 1. Transforming oral care into a premium beauty routine In ...
09 June 2021
Following a five-week pilot programme, Albertsons is partnering with Fetch Rewards on a national roll-out, covering all 20 banners and over 2,200 stores. 7m active users Fetch Rewards is one of the fastest growing loyalty and rewards apps in the US. Since launching in 2017, it has been downloaded almost 19m times and has almost 7m active users. Through the app, shoppers have access to savin...
07 June 2021
With unstaffed stores one of eight trends currently driving format development in North America, we look at how licensing deals could catapult their growth further. In our new report, 25 stores shaping the future of retail in North America , we’ve identified eight trends underpinning their development. While several stores have opened in the last 12 months reflecting these trends, we have...
03 June 2021
We look at why Walmart is distributing 740,000 smartphones to its store associates and the features they’ll be able to access. Access to the latest technology Over recent years, Walmart has developed a suite of apps for its store teams, accessible either through their own devices or handheld units in-store. However, to enable its associates to have access to the latest technology, it will b...
02 June 2021
Walmart’s Sam’s Club operation is bringing back its sampling and demo programme, Taste & Tips. This was paused last year for health and safety reasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key element of the club model The programme will initially return in a limited way, available at weekends only and in limited quantities. New safety measures will be in place, such as sealed samples. Samp...
02 June 2021
CVS Pharmacy has launched more than 150 new products under its private label brands in the grocery, beauty, and wellness categories. Listening to customers to meet their needs in new ways The US-based drugstore operator launched more than 150 products under its Gold Emblem and Gold Emblem Abound Food brands, Live Better by CVS and a newly launched men’s skincare and grooming brand, Goodline...