USA news

19 April 2021
Having delivered a strong first quarter, we highlight 10 key facts we learnt from PepsiCo’s results and what they indicate about the post-pandemic environment. What we learnt? 1. Pandemic trends persist - large formats and ecommerce are continuing to perform well, benefitting from at-home consumption trends, supported by consumer-centric innovation. This aligns with the experiences of oth...
19 April 2021
This month Kroger officially launched its new grocery delivery service via its first Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) powered by Ocado. With this new automated warehouse, Kroger has taken a different approach compared to most other major retailers in the US. But can this unique strategy enable Kroger to win in the competitive online channel? The Kroger and Ocado fulfilment model Back in Ma...
16 April 2021
Walmart is partnering with Texas-based French bakery and café chain, la Madeleine, to test a new Express prototype at stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. 10 pilot locations to open The partnership will see 10 test la Madeleine Express locations open with Walmart Supercenters, its hypermarket format. The first is expected to launch in Garland this July, with the remainder opening in the ...
16 April 2021
CVS Pharmacy is expanding its frozen food and healthy snack offering at selected stores in the US as it looks to drive footfall and encourage greater shopper frequency. 74% of adults said their meal and/or snacking habits have changed during the pandemic CVS is looking to make mealtimes ‘quick and simple’ by expanding its convenient meal range to include more frozen meals and healthy snacks...
15 April 2021
Walmart has participated in the latest funding round for Cruise, a self-driving, electric vehicle startup. Builds on existing relationship Walmart initially partnered with Cruise last year to develop a delivery pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona. This area been a major focus for the retailer, undertaking several different pilots over recent years. These include programmes with Nuro in Houston, Ga...
13 April 2021
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said group sales increased in its second quarter by 4.6%, 3.5% on a constant exchange basis, to US$32.8 bn. Performance by division   Retail Pharmacy USA Sales increased by 0.4% to US$27.3 bn compared to Q2 2020 Comparable sales increased by 2%, with comparable pharmacy sales up by 4.5%, while comparable retail sales declined by 3.5% Retail sale...
13 April 2021
In our latest report, we look at the initiatives retailers are putting in place as they strive to improve online grocery profitability following a year of accelerated growth. Five areas of focus for improved profitability  Following rapid growth last year, which saw grocery ecommerce sales almost double in the US to just under $70bn, in 2021 retailers are laser-focused on improving channel ...
09 April 2021
Conagra Brands delivered a strong third quarter performance with net sales up 8.5% to $2.8bn and net income up 37.8% to $281.4m. Although the outlook for COVID-19 is improving in many regions, including enhanced mobility, the company expects demand for food-at-home to remain elevated, underpinning future growth. Four years’ worth of incremental new buyers Given the unprecedented trialling o...
07 April 2021
Walmart has appointed Jean Batthany as senior vice president, chief creative officer, further bolstering its US marketing team. Building a new marketing organisation This appointment follows on from the recruitment earlier this year of Courtney Carlson as senior vice president of marketing, joining the retailer from Under Arrmour where she held the role of head of marketing. Batthany joins ...
07 April 2021
2020 marked the end of the three year strategic plan, Restock Kroger. It enabled Kroger to reduce operating costs and strengthen its competitive moats including digital, shopper data, fresh and affordable food.  The retailer has now outlined how it plans to win by leading with fresh and accelerating with digital as part of its new future-focused strategy. Leading with fresh One of Kroger’s ...