Retail and consumer goods industry news

18 October 2021
FairPrice announced launch of community fridges to sponsor a year’s worth of fresh food like fruit, vegetables, milk and meat. Weekly food distribution FairPrice (FairPrice) today announced the launch of the Food for Good Community Fridge @ Marine Terrace. The initiative will conduct food distributions via community fridges to provide free food to residents in the area. Mr Seah Kian Peng...
18 October 2021
Tops, the leading supermarket banner in Thailand, and Watsons, the leader in health and beauty stores, are partnering to strengthen their competitiveness in the market. 200 best selling Watsons products available This is the first time Watsons products will be available outside its own stores. Five well-known brands, namely Watsons, Arome by Watsons, Bella by Watsons, Naturals by Watsons an...
17 October 2021
The lunch! trade show returned on 23rd September at London’s ExCeL to bring together the food-to-go industry. Here’s what we learned: 1.  The outlook is optimistic but uncertain The future of food-to-go looks optimistic – the industry is recovering from the pandemic and the larger players are focusing on growth strategies. Guy Meakin from Pret spoke of Pret’s ambitions to open 200 stores ov...
17 October 2021
Through its Store No8 incubation arm, Walmart is testing a text to shop service. This forms part of its braoder plans for conversational commerce. Conversational commerce Walmart’s Store No8 and Global Tech teams are testing a beta experience which enables customers to add products to their online shopping list by text. Available in selected areas, the retailer is aiming to make this more w...
15 October 2021
Join the webinar: 19 October, 11:00 – 11:45 am Simon Mayhew, Head of Online Insight shares his views on how the sector can meet continued demand while turning a profit. In this unique webinar, hosted by Grocer Vision, Simon Mayhew, shares his views on the challenges the sector faces, the innovations that are improving efficiency and what the future is likely to hold. The panelists exa...
14 October 2021
Format innovation continues to be high on the agenda for regional retailers in the US as they aim to differentiate versus their larger, national competitors. On the path to the store of the future Over the last month, three new formats have launched in the US, with a focus on creating stores with destination status. With a goal of creating exciting and experiential formats, these stores ali...
13 October 2021
Circle K has retrofitted a store with Standard AI’s autonomous checkout technology in Tempe, Arizona, U.S. The launch follows a successful pilot last year. Our view One of the major benefits of Standard AI’s platform is that it is designed to work without using facial recognition. This will widen the scope of customer adoption, especially those that have data privacy concerns. Biometric a...
13 October 2021
As the Mulliez family confirms Auchan is not for sale, its operations in France launch trials for a ‘just walk out’ technology-driven store and a quick commerce solution. Mulliez confirms Auchan is not for sale… Following speculation about a possible merger with Carrefour, the Mulliez family has confirmed that ‘ we will never sell Auchan ’. The president of the Association Familiale Mulliez...
13 October 2021
The retailer has been actively opening community-based stores recently. Following the Nangang store, it has opened Taoyuan Qingpu outlet this week. The first hypermarket that connects with Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Taoyuan Qingpu store is in a building that connects with MRT stations. The store’s "quick pick-up" service is designed to meet the consumption patterns of commuters. Sho...
13 October 2021
Chilean multichannel grocer SMU is the third largest grocer in Chile (in revenue terms) but operates the largest number of stores. At its annual SMU Day, held on September 30, 2021, it provided an update to its strategy, which has a strong focus on developing its omnichannel capabilities.  Its strategy is centred on four pillars: customer experience, omnichannel growth, efficiency and producti...