EuroCommerce welcomes report on tackling non-tariff barriers
EuroCommerce has welcomed the decision of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumers Committee (IMCO) to endorse an own-initiative report by Kosma Złotowski MEP on tackling non-tariff barriers in the single market.
Aldi opens its 100th store in Scotland
Aldi reached a significant milestone in the Scottish grocery market with the opening of its 100th store. The latest opening on Edinburgh’s Hermiston Gait Retail Park comes 27 years after the discounter entered Scotland with its 1st store in Kilmarnock.
Spending at Japan's shops rises in October as economy reopens, outlook murky
Sales at Japan's supermarket and department stores rose in October as the end to coronavirus curbs lifted consumption, industry data showed, but the modest rebound suggested a full recovery will take time. Sales at chain stores, which include supermarkets such as Aeon and furniture stores such as Nitori Holdings, grew 3.7% in October from a year earlier, data from the Japan Chain Stores Association showed.
South Africa: Checkers unveils smaller-format store concept
South African grocer Checkers, which is part of the Shoprite Group, has unveiled a smaller-format 'neighbourhood store' concept, Checkers Foods. The 1st Checkers Foods outlet opened at the Weltevreden Park Shopping Centre in Roodepoort, Gauteng, set across a sales area of 186 square metres.
Croatian retailer NTL to test ScanShop application
Croatian supermarket chain Narodni Trgovački Lanac (NTL) will test a new application - ScanShop - that simplifies shopping experience of customers, according to media reports. Developed by Croatian start-up ITalk, ScanShop allows customers to independently scan desired items in the store via their own mobile phone and thus skip the queues for the cash register, according to daily Poslovni Dnevnik.
SEVEN FRESH expands presence in China’s Greater Bay Area
JD.com opened the 5th SEVEN FRESH store in Shenzhen with an area of 2,000 square meters, followed by the 2nd one recently opened in the southern city of Foshan in Guangdong province on November 20. With opening 3 new stores in a month, SEVEN FRESH has been expanding its presence rapidly in the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area.
UK retailers report strong pre-Xmas demand, biggest price rises since 1990
British retailers reported the strongest pre-Christmas demand since 2015 this month but also the biggest price rises since 1990, as fears of shortages led shoppers to buy gifts early, figures from the Confederation of British Industry showed.
Amazon opens 8th Fresh store
Amid speculation that Amazon is planning to significantly accelerate the rollout of its Fresh grocery stores in the UK, the online giant has opened its 8th site on Chancery Lane in Holborn, London. The hi-tech ‘just walk out’ store is located close to Tesco’s new GetGo checkout-free Express store. The latest site offers the ‘by Amazon’ own label range alongside branded items, as well as on-the-go meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Australian retail sales surge in October as economy revives
Australian retail sales rebounded with a bang in October as the lifting of many stay-at-home restrictions unleashed a wave of pent-up shopping, further evidence the economy is recovering rapidly from a pandemic-induced slump. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed retail sales jumped 4.9% in October to A$31.1bln ($22.31bln), extending September's already strong 1.7% bounce.
China: Dada announces unaudited 3rd quarter 2021 financial results
Dada Nexus Limited (“Dada” or the “Company”), China’s leading local on-demand delivery and retail platform, announced its unaudited financial results for the 3rd quarter ended September 30, 2021. 3rd quarter 2021 highlights: Total net revenues were RMB1,686.8mln. Total Gross Merchandise Volume (“GMV”) of JDDJ for the 12 months ended September 30, 2021 was RMB37.2bln, an increase of 74.6% year over year from RMB21.3bln in the same period ended September 30, 2020. Number of active consumers for the 12 months ended September 30, 2021 was 57.1mln, as compared with 37.3mln in the same period ended September 30, 2020.
Greece: Grocery shopping goes online
8 in every 9 Greeks (89%) say they have ordered groceries online, with 74% considering it a time-saver and 57% planning to purchase food for Christmas this way, according to a survey conducted in mid-September on behalf of PayPal by Maru/Matchbox. Some 2 in every 5 Greeks (40%) say they use PayPal.
Italy: Carrefour confirms shuttering of stores
Carrefour Italia has confirmed to unions that it is to close 106 directly-owned stores, comprising 82 Carrefour Express and 24 Carrefour Market stores, according to media reports. The retailer has also formalised the procedure that will see around 769 redundancies across 9 regions of Italy as part of its 2022 Business Plan. The most affected regions will be Lombardy, with 300 redundancies and Lazio with around 100. According to daily Corriere della Sera, Carrefour Italia took the decision after a decline in turnover and customers and increasing labour costs. The retailer stressed that the changes will enable it to breakeven in 2022.
Aldi France achieves 'milestone' in terms of Leader Price integration
Aldi France has announced the integration of the 500th former Leader Price store into its portfolio, 1 year on from its acquisition of the former Casino Group-owned chain. The discounter's distribution network has been expanded to more than 1,300 stores with the integration of the outlets, while some 5,000 employees have been integrated into its workforce.
US: Uber donated 100,000 meals to Albertsons Companies' Nourishing Neighbors program for Thanksgiving season
Uber Technologies, Inc. announced their support of grocery partner Albertsons Companies, Inc.'s Nourishing Neighbors program to give 100,000 meals to families in need this Thanksgiving.
Canada: Ministers want progress in December, concrete elements of a grocery code by March
10 leaders representing a cross section of Canada’s grocery industry continue meeting weekly to hammer out a Code of Conduct for the industry, though Ottawa is not expecting “concrete elements of a proposal” until March. The negotiation of a Code of Conduct was back in the news recently after the working group of federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers (FPT) focused on reforming the industry, released a statement saying it only needed an update in December as opposed to a finished proposal.
Sitting out the season: A record number of Americans say they won’t be buying holiday gifts this year
Predictions for holiday retail sales are rosy, with the National Retail Federation calling for record gains of 8.5% to 10.5% from year-ago levels. But a record-high amount of people, or 11.5% of Americans, aren’t buying any gifts this holiday season, according to a survey by Deloitte. Wealthy consumers are planning to spend more, which will mask the fact that many others are sitting out the season. Higher-income households in the U.S. plan to spend five-times that of lower-income households this holiday season, said Deloitte.