Retail and consumer goods industry news

16 August 2021
Watsons, the flagship health and beauty banner of the A.S. Watson Group, has recently launched its Foundation Finder to help customers identify the perfect foundation shade that suits their skin tone.  Growing the foundation market through technology Foundation Finder has been developed as part of A.S. Watson’s strategy to enhance the O+O (Offline plus Online) customer experience.  The reta...
16 August 2021
Australia’s largest grocery retailer continues to accelerate the growth of its online business, with three significant developments over the past few months. Second micro fulfilment store opens in Australia, fourth in total for the group Woolworths has opened its second micro fulfilment-enabled eStore in Australia. the first store launched in Carrum Downs in Victoria in October 2020, with t...
16 August 2021
Alongside the usual “buy-one-get-one-free” or “buy-two-get-one-free” deals, convenience operators are coming up with new multi-buy deals in South Korea. New ways to entice shoppers Emart24 has launched a 1+4 deal for facial masks in July. Shoppers can get five masks for the price of one at KRW150 (US$0.13) 7-Eleven has a 1+2 deal for 77 selected products, including beverages and ready...
16 August 2021
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven (managed by Lotte Shopping) has unveiled a future-proof store using next-generation digital technology in Seoul, South Korea. A place to test future operations The new store is called “DT Lab Store”, located in Lotte Data Communication Co.’s headquarters. As the name suggests, it is a place to test the digital technologies that the retailer plans to roll out...
16 August 2021
Chilean startup Algramo, which translates to ‘by the gram’, was established in 2013. In its first years the business installed vending-style machines in neighbourhood supermarkets, which sold bulk products such as cleaning detergents and commodities like rice and beans. This unique initiative enabled customers to buy these products in bulk in reusable containers, saving them money on the cost of ...
16 August 2021
The COVID-19 situation in Thailand has deteriorated and impacted sales in Q2 2021. As the third wave is more difficult to control, retailers expect that further restrictions in July will dampen results in Q3 2021.  Consolidated revenue for Berli Jucker (BJC) dropped -3.9%, driven mainly by retail sales decline BJC has reported a drop of THB3,296m (US$98.7m) or -12.8% for its Q2 retail sales...
13 August 2021
The retailer has opened a high-tech omnichannel supermarket with new concept design in Shenzhen, China. Highlights of the store are summarized below. Seamless O2O shopping experience empowered by technology This includes: Digital screens strategically placed to increase awareness of its online channel Interactive in-store digital screens that allow shoppes to place online orders ...
13 August 2021
Despite a decline in total revenue of 5.3%, driven by planned store closures, major convenience retailer McColl’s has reported like-for-like sales up 1.0% in the six months to 30 May 2021. Benefiting from continuing lockdown impacts favouring local shopping McColl’s, has achieved growth-on-growth through the two pandemic years, with 2021 sales 7.4% higher than the equivalent period in 2019, on a ...
12 August 2021
We review Metro’s Q3 performance in Canada as it lapped last year’s pandemic-driven surge in demand. Third quarter key numbers Total sales fell 2.0% to $5.7bn, up 9.4% vs 2019 Food same-store sales down 3.6%, up 11.4% vs 2019 Pharmacy same-store sales up 7.6%, and up 8.6% vs 2019 Ecommerce sales increased 19% Net earnings down 4.2% to $252.4m COVID-19 related expenses of $...
12 August 2021
Leading independent food and grocery wholesaler, Bestway has appointed Tim Fairs, as Director of Marketing with responsibility for marketing across its stable of retail symbol group fascias that includes Bargain Booze, Best-One, Costcutter and Wine Rack. He joins from convenience retail multiple McColl’s where he was Customer Director from 2018. Role to support major retailer recruitment drive...