USA news

05 March 2021
We review Costco’s second quarter results as it starts to lap last year's surge in demand driven by the Covid-19 pandemic. Key numbers Q2: Net sales increased 14.7% to $43.9bn Comparable store sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) increased 12.9% across the company, and by 12.6% in the US, 10.6% in Canada and 17.7% in other international markets Ecommerce sales increased 74.8% Op...
04 March 2021
As Ahold Delhaize investigates opportunities for acquisitions in the US and sets out its new health and sustainability goals, we round up news from the retailer. Ahold Delhaize looking for acquisition targets… In an interview in the Financial Times, Ahold Delhaize’s chief executive, Frans Muller, has discussed the opportunities for the retailer to act as a consolidating force in the fragmen...
03 March 2021
As part of its five-year $3.5bn investment plan, Walmart Canada is set to open its first store featuring automated micro-fulfillment and automated pickup kiosk for grocery ecommerce. Investing in stores, supply chain and technology Walmart Canada outlined its investment plan last year, with a focus on its stores, supply chain and technology. Several of the new elements came to life at...
03 March 2021
We look at Target’s latest results and its strategic update which included details of its investment programme for the next few years. This includes a $4bn annual investment plan in digital commerce, new stores and remodels and its supply chain. Q4 key numbers Total revenue up 21.1% to $28.3bn Fourth quarter comparable sales increased 20.5%, with traffic up 6.5% and average ticket up ...
02 March 2021
Instacart has raised $265m in new funding led by its existing investors to drive further growth and development of the business. This values the company at US$39bn. Rapid expansion in 2020 Instacart is the leading on-demand grocery fulfillment company in North America, working with over 600 retail partners, including over 200 added in the last year. This has enabled it to expand its reach t...
01 March 2021
Walmart has removed the $35 minimum order requirement for its Express delivery programme, bringing in a new $10 additional flat fee for the service. Available at over 3,000 stores Walmart launched the Express delivery service last May, enabling customers to receive their orders in as little as two hours. Over the last nine months, this has been expanded to almost 3,000 stores, reaching 70% ...
01 March 2021
Last September, Albertsons opened the latest iteration of what it refers to internally as Pavilions 2.0, which features a new décor package for its upscale banner. We look at how fresh foods are being executed across three departments. Remodeled store The store, located in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, is an expanded version of an older Pavilions. This banner forms part of t...
26 February 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how convenience retail and technology are connecting further. Edeka opens automated store in Germany Edeka has opened a 24/7 automated convenience store at Renningens train station. ‘E 24/7 Karow & Sommer’ stocks 300 SKUs items and will gra...
26 February 2021
Walmart has expanded its shoppable interactive video hub, Walmart Cookshop, adding twenty-two new episodes, including celebrity collaborations. Builds on existing strategic partnership Walmart and eko initially formed a strategic partnership in 2018, to develop original, interactive content to help the retailer develop more frequent and deeper engagement with its customers. The technology e...
25 February 2021
We review how the growth in online shopping has led drugstore operators, such as Walgreens, to partner with last milers. These partnerships are enabling retailers to offer same-day delivery services and are providing new opportunities because of the collaborations. New partnership with Instacart Walgreens has teamed up with delivery company Instacart to offer ‘customers nationwide an unmatc...