UK’s first Amazon Fresh checkout-free store situated outside of London has opened

Spar UK has signed a new partnership deal with Deliveroo

Amazon to add 2,000 jobs to its Spanish payroll in 2022
U.S. online retailer Amazon plans to add 2,000 new jobs to its Spanish payroll in 2022, the company's local unit said, a move that will take the total number of employees in Spain to 20,000 by the end of the year.

UK: SPAR launches new partnership with Deliveroo
SPAR UK has signed a new partnership deal with Deliveroo covering all 2,160 SPAR stores in England, Scotland, and Wales. This new strategic partnership will give shoppers more choice and access to essential items from SPAR stores nationwide, delivered to their door by Deliveroo in as little as 20 minutes.

UK: Retail sales fall as shoppers in Great Britain cut back on food spending
Britons are spending less on food as rising prices force them to cut back on their weekly supermarket shop, the latest official figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said smaller grocery bills were the main factor behind a 0.5% drop in retail sales in Great Britain last month.

UK retailers report falling sales, more weakness ahead - CBI
British retailers reported a year-on-year fall in sales in June and expect sales next month to be well below normal for the time of year as the surging cost of living erodes shoppers' disposable income, a survey showed. The Confederation of British Industry said the balance of retailers reporting sales below normal, rather than above normal, fell to -19 in June from zero in May, and was expected to decline further to -25 in July.

Irish grocery group Musgrave sees 'perfect storm' brewing for consumers
Irish grocery group Musgrave said consumers could soon run out of savings built up when they stayed at home during the pandemic and face a "perfect storm" of surging energy bills and accelerating inflation driving up living costs.

Philippines: MerryMart opens eco-friendly marts
Supermarket chain MerryMart has signed a 15-year long-term lease contract with real estate firm Ayala Land Inc. to build two stand-alone, full-sized, eco-friendly supermarkets in two Ayala residential developments, namely Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna and Cresendo in Tarlac.

Nigeria: From a corner shop to a fast-growing retail chain
In 1982, newlywed Sola Sun-Basorun decided to chase her lifelong dream of setting up a supermarket. With the humble proceeds from her wedding and the support of her husband, Adegbenga Sun-Basorun, she quit her job as a university librarian and expanded her fresh fruits and vegetable side- business into a proper supermarket, albeit a small one. Today, 40 years after taking the plunge, Sun-Basorun’s venture, FoodCo, has grown to become one of the largest supermarket brands in south-west Nigeria, outside of Lagos, and is ranked among the top five supermarket chains in the country. From one store, the company has expanded its portfolio to become an omnichannel retailer with interests in supermarkets, quick service restaurants, manufacturing and entertainment.

Australia: Milkrun CEO Dany Milham apologies to customers for ‘late’ deliveries and ‘poor’ experiences
The CEO of an Australian company that promised to deliver groceries in under 10 minutes has sent out an astonishing email to customers apologising if they feel “let down” by its service. Young Rich Lister, Dany Milham is the CEO of the start-up Milkrun called, which raised $11mln alone before its launch in September last year and another $75mln this year.

New owners of Belgian Metro and Makro allow themselves time for study
The Belgian Metro and Makro stores will continue under their current brand names for at least another year. A major restructuring is not for immediate effect: the new owners Bronze Properties are taking their time to work out a strategy.

Norway: Coop sees revenue, market share up in FY 2021
Coop Norway has reported growth in revenue and market share in its financial year 2021, a year that saw tough competition and increased costs erode its profit margin. Revenue at the group, which also operates building materials, real estate and finance businesses, amounted to NOK72.2bln, up from NOK71.1bln in 2020. The company’s operating profit (EBIT) reached NOK2.1bln, while profit before tax expense (EBT) was NOK2.6bln.

UK: Amazon Fresh store opened in Sevenoaks, Kent, powered by Just Walk Out tech
The UK’s first Amazon Fresh checkout-free store situated outside of London has opened in Sevenoaks, Kent. Located in the former Baby Gap outlet in Bligh's Meadow, this will be open 7am-11pm, Monday-Sunday. Like its London counterparts, it is powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology.

US: Cardenas Markets offers cryptocurrency capabilities
Cardenas Markets, one of the largest Hispanic grocery chains in the country, has partnered with Coin Cloud to offer digital currency machines in the retailer’s 59 stores. Customers will have access to buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum and more than 40 other digital currencies with cash.

GTA Walmart Canada customers can now receive online orders in as little as 30 minutes
Walmart Canada customers in the Greater Toronto Area can receive their online orders in as fast as 30 minutes through Walmart Now, a new virtual convenience offering featuring Walmart‘s quickest delivery speeds. Walmart Canada is offering delivery in as fast as 30 minutes to its customers through this pilot, powered by Instacart and facilitated directly through existing Walmart stores.

US: Publix breaks ground on first Kentucky location
Publix Super Markets has broken ground on its first store in Kentucky and unveiled plans for a third location in the state. Announced last September, the 55,701-square-foot Publix supermarket at 2500 Terra Crossing Blvd. in the Terra Crossing Shopping Center in Louisville, Kentucky, is expected to be completed in the 2023 fourth quarter, Publix said. The store will bring the Lakeland, Florida-based grocer into its eighth state.

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