USA news

25 February 2021
With Apple becoming the latest partner for Target as it builds a differentiated store experience, we look at what this means for the retailer. Enhanced in-store and online experience Target is partnering with Apple to offer customers an enhanced shopping experience in store, and online. The roll-out will start in 17 locations initially across the US this month, with further sites to be laun...
24 February 2021
Mars Wrigley has partnered with US-based retailer, Wakefern, to pilot a robotic kiosk in-store to offer a range of its impulse products for sale. Designed to engage and entertain shoppers Deployed at Wakefern’s ShopRite store in Monroe, New York, the robot has been developed to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase products which can be found within the checkout zone. Mars Wrigley is par...
23 February 2021
We review CVS Health’s performance for its fourth quarter and 2020 financial year for the year ending 31 December 2020. FY2020 and Q4 key numbers Total revenue for full year 2020 increased by 4.6% to US$268.7 bn (2019: US$256.8 bn) In the fourth quarter, revenue increased by 4% to US$69.6 bn (2019: US$66.9 bn) In the Retail / Long-Term Care segment, revenue increased by 6.6% to US$24.1 ...
21 February 2021
We look at how suppliers are evolving their approach and increasing their investments in a different set of capabilities as they look to build on the momentum of 2020. Competing against tough comparables from 2020 Over 20 global CPG companies participated in the annual CAGNY (Consumer Analyst Group of New York) event this year, sharing updates to their commercial frameworks, investmen...
19 February 2021
In an update for analysts, Walmart has outlined its capital expenditure plans for the year ahead and the continued transformation of its business. Uniquely Walmart Walmart’s president and CEO, Doug McMillon, struck an upbeat tone in outlining his vision for the company. Building on the momentum of 2020 , the retailer plans to accelerate its strategy to deliver long term growth. It’s ai...
18 February 2021
We review Walmart's fourth quarter and full year results, as it outlines the next phase of its growth and development. Walmart's key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q4 increased by 7.3% to $152.1bn, representing an additional $10.4bn Sales in its US stores increased by 7.9%, with Sam’s Club's sales up 8.1% US ecommerce sales increased 69% US comp store sales increased by 8.6%...
18 February 2021
With Aldi US expanding click and collect to more stores and Family Dollar announcing a nationwide partnership with Instacart, we look at four ecommerce developments from North American discounters. Aldi US to add click and collect to another 500 stores. With the fast rise of ecommerce and the success of its curbside service (click and collect in partnership with Instacart), Aldi will add th...
18 February 2021
Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize reported net sales growth of 18.0%, to €19.6 bn (US$23.8 bn) in its fourth quarter. Group comparable sales rose 11.0%, excluding gasoline. Underlining the positive result of recent investment in its online operations, Ahold Delhaize reported net consumer online sales grew by 84.2% in the fourth quarter, aided by growth of 128.5% in the US alone. US: comparable ...
17 February 2021
The Giant Company is partnering with Swisslog to provide automation technology featuring AutoStore at its new GIANT Direct ecommerce fulfillment centre in Philadelphia, USA. Building an omnichannel supply chain This pilot comes as Ahold Delhaize continues to expand its ecommerce fulfilment capabilities as part of building a stronger omnichannel supply chain. Following the significant growth...
16 February 2021
Target has made a series of changes to its leadership including appointing its first chief food and beverage officer and its first chief growth officer. Positioning for growth The changes are being made to position Target for further growth. The appointments are internal promotions, reflecting the strength of the bench at the retailer. Target has emerged as one of the key winners in retail ...