USA news

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...
31 May 2021
Speaking at its first Force for Good investor event, General Mills’ chief financial officer, Kofi Bruce, outlined how its force for good mission is being integrated across the organisation and plays an important role in driving long-term shareholder returns. Accelerate Strategy Being a force for good is a central pillar of General Mill’s ‘Accelerate Strategy’, along with boldly building bra...
28 May 2021
Despite facing tough comparables from last year, Costco’s third quarter revenue increased over 20%. We look at what continues to drive an outstanding performance from the leading warehouse club operator. Costco Q3 key numbers Total revenue up 21.5% to $45.3bn Net sales up 21.7% to $44.4bn Comparable sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) up 15.1% Comparable sales up 15.2% in the U...
27 May 2021
As Instacart launches a new 30-minute delivery service in the US, we consider the prospects for shorter delivery times in the market. Service initially available in 15 cities Instacart is rolling-out the new ‘Priority Delivery’ service to customers in more than 15 of the largest cities in the US, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. It will initially...
27 May 2021
CVS Health released positive first quarter results and announced plans for its Beauty Mark initiative, which is aimed at boosting positive self-image and beauty inclusivity. Subdued growth for Retail/LTC segment compared to other segments Total revenue across all segments increased by 3.5% to US$69.1 bn (Q1 2020: US$66.8 bn). Operating income and adjusted operating income increased by 3.4% ...
25 May 2021
In April, Lidl US announced its CEO, Johannes Fieber, will be leaving and will be replaced by Michal Lagunionek, a board member at Lidl International, in early June. It was also announced that Lidl Denmark’s CEO Dirk Fust will be moving over to the US to help with network expansion. We look at the background of the new duo and what it could mean for the future of the discounter in the US. Mich...
25 May 2021
As Ahold Delhaize’s operations globally look to build on their impressive recent performance we look at five innovations across Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and US. Delhaize adds Payconiq digital payment option at its stores In Belgium, Delhaize is enabling shoppers to pay using the mobile payment application Payconiq in its stores. The retailer said the initiative had been driven ...
24 May 2021
We look inside 7-Eleven’s x Heineken concept store in the Philippines, plus review what the retailer is doing in Singapore, Malaysia, USA and Denmark. Philippines: 7-Eleven x Heineken 7-Eleven Philippines has opened two-storey Heineken concept store in Quezon City. In addition to the typical products found at a 7-Eleven store, it features Heineken-branded posts, shelves and chillers, a walk...