Retail and consumer goods industry news

28 March 2013
Belgian-based Delhaize Group has sold the Euromax supermarket chain in Albania to Carrefour's Greek Marinopoulos franchise arm. Accelerates CEE growth plan Euromax consists of 23 stores in Albania , mostly located in the capital, Tirana. Carrefour currently has just one hypermarket in Albania so the move will significantly advance its presence in the market. Albania will become Carrefour...
28 March 2013
In its first year as a consolidated company, Brazilian drugstore operator RaiaDrogasil has reported same store sales growth of 11.6%, and gross revenues up 18.3%. Gaining market share across Brazil RaiaDrogasil was formed at the end of 2011 and, although much work has been done, full integration is still underway. The group opened 101 new stores during the year, ending 2012 with 864. Almost h...
27 March 2013
Sainsbury's has announced that the remit of its director of online, Jon Rudoe has been extended to cover all the retailer's digital activities. Responsibility for total digital experience In his new role as director of online, digital and cross channel development Jon Rudoe will be responsible for Sainsbury's digital strategy, online channels and mobile offering. He joins Sainsbury's grou...
27 March 2013
Carrefour has revealed a reorganisation of its French business today, which sees a return to the system of segmenting hypermarkets on a regional basis, rather than by size, and major management changes. French hypermarkets to be divided into four zones Eric Bourgeois will head up the Carrefour Hypermarkets France division, supported by Sylvain Ferry, under the overall control of executi...
27 March 2013
Reporting sales growth of 5.3% to RMB 28.99bn alongside a decline in profit of -0.7% to RMB 3.9bn, domestic Chinese retailer Lianhua outlines its strategy for an improved performance in 2013. Competing in an increasingly challenging market Announcing its results for the financial year ending December 2012, Lianhua reported pressures from an unfavourable business environment impacted per...
27 March 2013
We’ve been in-store at three different Sainsbury’s stores to assess how it is implementing its strategy. King's Lynn, Norfolk is one of Sainsbury's newest large format stores while in London the Sainsbury's Locals in Clapham Common and Earlsfield demonstrate a more flexible and shopper centric approach to convenience. Driving non-food King's Lynn is now Sainsbury's 'flagship' st...
27 March 2013
Walmart has announced plans to test in-store lockers for products ordered online in the US. This was among a number of new initiatives highlighted at its e-commerce media day held at its global e-commerce head office in San Bruno, California. Lockers offer added convenience The test of the lockers forms part of a broader plan by Walmart to integrate its physical stores with its online ...
27 March 2013
Last week we examined how retailers in Australia are creating formats that are strengthening multi-channel competition. However, moving from the macro environment and drilling down further, retailers and suppliers are progressively starting to evolve their strategies to become shopper and insight led, with differentiation a word that we are increasingly hearing. An area we are likely to see i...
27 March 2013
DinoSol has opened a HiperDino store in the Canary Islands, incorporating the latest technologies, which will serve as a pilot for store openings and remodellings in 2013. Technology will include wifi The 1,300 sq m store in Las Palmas incorporates electronic labelling, 32 in-store screens featuring advertising for brands, and wifi.  It will soon introduce an app which will allow shoppers...
27 March 2013
Spanish supermarket operators Condis and Caprabo are both looking to drive growth by opening franchised stores in 2013. Condis starts 2013 at a fast pace Condis has already opened a dozen new franchised stores, covering some 3,670 sq m, over the first quarter of this year.  Nine are in Cataluña, two in Girona and one in Guadalajara.  Caprabo targets 100 franchised stores by 2015 Ca...