Retail and consumer goods industry news

22 July 2021
As Ahold Delhaize looks to embed the gains it enjoyed online as a result of the pandemic, we look at several initiatives from its Netherlands-based subsidiary Albert Heijn. Ahold Delhaize continues to evolve Bol.com’s business model As it looks to embed its omnichannel strategy and develop new streams of revenue, Ahold Delhaize continues to evolve Bol.com’s business model to enable brands t...
22 July 2021
It has been revealed that Sainsbury’s is to stop supplying any B2B customers with a wholesaling service, as it seeks to return focus to its core supermarkets business. The most notable customer affected is the symbol group Simply Fresh, which has successfully transitioned five of its independent retailer members to its ‘supplied by Sainsbury’s’ model since it was launched in January 2020. It se...
22 July 2021
The GB grocery market declined by 5.1% on 2020 in the 12 weeks to July 11th, according to the latest results from Kantar as the whole period annualised against pandemic-elevated comparatives. Despite this impact and a less-than-expected boost from Euro 2020, sales remained £3bn higher than the same period of 2019, Limited boost from Euro 2020 With many shoppers taking advantage of newfound ...
21 July 2021
Retail partnerships have been one of the key trends in retail over the last year as companies aim to optimise the high traffic locations of leading retailers, given the challenges that shopping centres and non-essential retailers have faced during lockdowns. Originally announced last year, Target and Ulta Beauty are set to launch their store-in-store concept in August. We look at how they aim to ...
21 July 2021
Albertsons is partnering with Uber to offer on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery from 1,200 of the retailer’s stores. Greater reliance on third-party delivery partnerships This partnership builds on a deal Albertsons signed with DoorDash last month as it continues to drive its ecommerce business. Last year, the retailer saw its digital sales increase 258%. It invested over $300m to ...
21 July 2021
Recovery of the UK food-to-go market is happening faster than anticipated, according to our new UK food-to-go market 2021-2026 report .  This year the UK food-to-go channel will be worth £15.6bn, 82.5% of its 2019 value but significantly better than previous estimates.  The market will return to its pre-COVID value in H2 2022, 6-12 months earlier than anticipated. By 2026, the market will be ...
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...