Holland: Ahold Delhaize plans to list online retailer Bol.com next year
Supermarket group Ahold Delhaize said it wanted to spin off its 5.5bln euro ($6.3bln) Dutch online retail business Bol.com, which is competing with Amazon.com, and to list its shares in the second half of next year.
Kenya: Retail chain Mulleys shuts half of its outlets
Retail chain Mulleys Supermarket has announced the closure of 5 of its 10 branches, in a shock downsizing plan that has seen hundreds of staff laid off. The supermarket which had presence in 4 counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kitui and Makueni shut down half of its branch network as it struggled to stay afloat amid mounting debts and empty shelves.
Denmark: Coop tests cashierless format
Coop Denmark is testing a cashierless option in a convenience store to allow shoppers to use the store after closing hours. Coop members can now visit the Dagli´Brugsen store in Sengeløse outside normal opening hours and shop for groceries using the new cashierless option. The store, usually staffed and open from 7:00 hours to 21:00hours, is currently testing the new format at various times throughout the day.
Amazon launches online grocery store Amazon Fresh in India
Leading e-commerce brand Amazon said that it has integrated the grocery stores Fresh and Pantry into a single unified store called Amazon Fresh in India. The new grocery delivery service of Amazon will offer the customers unbeatable savings and a wide range of products to choose from, said the e-commerce giant. It also added that Amazon Fresh services will be available in more than 300 cities across India with fast and convenient delivery options.
UAE retailer to add 30 hypermarket outlets in Indonesia
An investor from Abu Dhabi, Lulu Group, has planned to add 30 more hypermarkets in the country including Bali in an effort to strengthen its presence in the Indonesian retail sector. The retail led by Yusuff Ali MA had previously owned 5 hypermarkets in various cities in Indonesia. In addition to the retail business, Lulu Group also sources and exports various food and non-food products from Indonesia. "This includes textiles, fruit and vegetables, fresh and frozen fish, pre-packaged food products, handicrafts, accessories, fashion, and household goods to various countries throughout all Lulu Group retail outlets," Yusuff Ali said.
Belgium: Carrefour to start selling holidays
In Belgium, Carrefour will soon start to offer holidays as well. The retailer already expanded its traditional offer earlier with its own mobile phone plans, loans and payment cards. According to retail expert Jorg Snoeck, this trend will further intensify, also at other supermarkets.
India's Future discloses new documents to bolster case against Amazon deal
Independent directors at India's Future Retail have disclosed new documents in a letter to the country's antitrust watchdog aiming to bolster their case against Amazon.com Inc as they seek to revoke a 2019 deal between the 2 companies.
Holland: Ahold Delhaize maintains its position as a world leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
Ahold Delhaize announced that it has maintained its position as a world leader in the Food and Staples Retailing sector in the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World).
Amazon confirms locations of 2 new UK fresh stores
Amazon is gearing up to open 2 new Amazon Fresh checkout-free stores in Chingford and East Sheen, London. Opening hours are from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, 7 days a week customers are able to use their Amazon apps to enter and put their phone away and shop for what they need. At the end of their visit, they can head for the exit, with no need to stand in a queue or check out.
Israel: A2Z Smart Technologies announces collaboration with Edgify to enhance the Cust2Mate shopping experience
A2Z Smart Technologies Corp. ("A2Z" or the "Company") announced it will integrate AI-based software from Edgify into Cust2Mate shopping carts, to enhance the smart cart's capabilities for automatic detection of non-barcoded items (fruits and vegetables). Edgify's software provides a 99.98% accuracy. Cust2Mate will use Edgify in all of its carts outside of Israel. Cust2Mate and Edgify will exhibit the combined solution at NRF Retail's Big Show in New York in January 2022.
Turkey's Getir signs non-binding deal to buy shares in Sok
Reuters reported: "Turkish fast grocery-delivery company Getir has signed a non-binding deal to buy shares of Sok supermarket chain, a statement from Sok said. "In order to create synergy in the digital field, a non-binding letter of intent was signed (...) for the sale of some of the shares owned by Yildiz Holding and its subsidiaries in Sok to Getir," the statement, made to Bourse Istanbul, said.
Amazon worker group in New York withdraws petition for union vote
A group of Amazon.com Inc workers in New York City's Staten Island have withdrawn a petition to hold a union election, marking a setback in a growing push by organized labor to bring the online retailer's staff into the fold.
US: New Acosta report explores the current and future growth of online grocery shopping
Acosta, a global integrated sales and marketing services provider in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, released its latest research report: The Growth of Online Grocery Shopping Shows No Signs of Slowing Down. The report details consumers' growing preference for online grocery shopping, largely resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and shares future predictions for the U.S. grocery market. According to Acosta's research, nearly 25% of all online grocery shoppers plan to do more within the next year.
US: Dollar General kicks off DoorDash delivery
Dollar General has jumped into the on-demand delivery arena via a national partnership with DoorDash. More than 9,000 Dollar General stores now offer DoorDash same-day service, with the average delivery taking less than an hour, the Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based deep discount retailer said. Plans call for DoorDash delivery to become available at over 10,000 Dollar General stores by December.
US: Peapod Digital Labs grants stipends to 11 diverse-owned suppliers
Peapod Digital Labs, the digital, e-commerce and commercial engine for the brands of Ahold Delhaize USA, awarded 11 diverse-owned suppliers that took part in its 1st accelerator program with $10,000 stipends to support their further business development and growth. Additionally, Peapod Digital Labs and leaders at other Ahold Delhaize USA companies chose Harbar, a National Minority Supplier Development Council-certified, Hispanic-owned business, as the participating supplier with the freshest perspective and awarded it an enhanced stipend of $20,000.