Retail and consumer goods industry news

21 July 2021
As Albert Heijn progresses with its purchase of Deen stores, along with other retailers in the country, and Delhaize has signed partnership agreements with Foodmaker and Decathlon, we round up news from the retailer and its subsidiaries in Belgium and the Netherlands. Albert Heijn proceeds with acquisition of 38 Deen stores Following approval from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and...
20 July 2021
Part Two of the National Food Strategy (NFS) for England has now been published. Part One , published in 2020, dealt primarily with reducing the impact of COVID-19; it recommended a limited package of measures intended to provide food security to vulnerable households. Part Two is an in-depth and independent, review of the entire UK food and drink system , the most comprehensive...
20 July 2021
Ocado has suffered a fire at its Erith customer fulfilment centre (CFC) in south-east London this week.  Short term disruption Ocado said in a statement that the fire was caused by the collision of three robots at the CFC. The retailer announced there were no injuries and the damage was limited to a small section of less than 1% of the grid, due to the fire being successfully contained by O...
20 July 2021
We look inside SPAR Carnon Downs near Truro, Cornwall, which reopened last month following a £400,000 redevelopment. Strong focus on locality and provenance The 2,600 sq ft / 242 sq m store has a wide range of local Cornish products, as well as butchery counter branded in the Cornish ‘Goon Karnen Kigti’. Source: SPAR (UK), IGD Research Source: SPAR (UK), IGD Research Emph...
20 July 2021
The retailer has launched a new store format in May, under the code name "NB Project". After two-month trial, it is now happy with the new format’s performance and ready to roll out. It is a self-pick-up model The new store banner is called Freshippo NB, where NB stands for Neighbourhood Business. The  orders are placed one day in advance via the Freshippo app for picking up after 8:00am th...
20 July 2021
Carrefour has, to coincide with the first activity report from France’s National Pact on Plastic Packaging, reaffirmed its commitment to limiting the application of single-use plastic, among other initiatives. Carrefour has set itself ambitious targets for 2025 By 2025, Carrefour has targeted: Cutting single-use plastic packaging by 20,000 tonnes Having recycled material account fo...
19 July 2021
Having undertaken three major divestments in the last year and digital growth set to outpace sales through physical formats, a very different Walmart will emerge over the next five years. We highlight the five major changes to plan for. Business in transformation Walmart is the world's largest retailer, with activities spanning North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. It has emerged a...
19 July 2021
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on grocery shopping habits in Brazil. Social distancing has led to people spending more time at home than ever before, creating a desire for hyperlocal convenience stores. This has led to a rise in autonomous store formats, which, over the last 18 months, have been opening close to homes and inside workplaces all over Brazil. Some were around pre-COVID, ho...
19 July 2021
As Carrefour implements a big data platform across several countries, Carrefour Belgium is working with Google Cloud and, in its home market, it is rolling out parcel collection lockers, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour implements big data platform, Eagle Carrefour has announced it has implemented Eagle, which it describes as being ‘ a new big data platform that can consolidate...
19 July 2021
Reliance Retail has recently acquired a controlling stake in Indian search and discovery firm Just Dial for US$469m. B2B marketplace that is free for users, but charges a fee for listings Market leader Reliance Retail has acquired a 41% stake in Just Dial, and plans to make an open offer to acquire an additional 26% stake later.  B2B marketplace Just Dial offers local search and ecommerce s...