United States: Retail sales of grocery stores climb 7.5% in September
Driven in part by inflation, grocery sales rose 7.5% year-on-year in September amid double-digit growth in overall retail sales in the United States, the US Census Bureau reported. US retail and restaurant sales in September totaled $ 625.42 billion (seasonally adjusted), up 0.7% from August and 13.9% from August, according to anticipated estimates. to September 2020. Retail sales – excluding motor vehicle and parts stores, gasoline and repair stations – rose 0.8% sequentially to $ 553.03 billion in September and increased by 12.2% compared to the previous year.
United States: Walmart Launches Text to Shop Beta Test
Walmart has started testing technology to allow busy consumers to text retailer products they want to buy. Dominique Essig, vice president of conversational commerce for the incubation arm of Walmart’s No8 store, said in a blog post that its unit and the retailer’s global tech team have launched a beta test of Walmart Text to Shop in select markets. With the solution, customers can send Walmart text messages naming products to add to their shopping list or virtual cart on Walmart.com or in the Walmart mobile app.
United States: Sprouts Farmers Market makes locally grown produce more accessible
Sprouts Farmers Market strengthens local food systems by providing communities with access to fresh and nutritious food. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation provides $ 3 million in grants to 115 nonprofit organizations to improve school garden learning and nutrition education.
United States: Dollar Tree and Family Dollar to Host 6th National Recruitment Event
Due to the growth of the business and the anticipated needs during this holiday season, Dollar Tree Inc. plans to hire thousands of associates at its Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores and the company’s 26 U.S. distribution centers during its 6th annual national recruiting event on October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.
Belgium: Carrefour’s logistical problems persist
Logistical problems at Carrefour Belgium continue, even though the strike at the Kuehne + Nagel distribution center in Nivelles ended a week ago. The unions fear that the problem is structural and point the finger at the shortage of truckers.
Russia: X5 sees like-for-like sales up 4.8% in the third quarter
Russian retail giant X5 Retail Group has reported a 4.8% increase like-for-like sales in the 3rd quarter of its financial year, largely driven by the increase in basket sizes (+ 4.7%), with a slight increase in traffic (+ 0.1%).
Morrisons UK takeover: Bradford’s retail giant in bagging area
Supermarket giant Morrisons and its 122-year history are currently in the bagging zone, having been bought out for £ 7 billion by US private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). On the eve of a shareholder vote that could endorse the deal, the BBC visited the company’s birthplace to find out what Bradford residents think.
Picnic and HelloFresh in the top 10 of Dutch e-commerce
The 6 largest online stores in the Netherlands in 2020 were the same 6 as the year before. Bol.com remains the biggest player, followed by Coolblue and Albert Heijn. However, Albert Heijn quickly bridges the gap between himself and his predecessor. Garden centers and hardware stores have seen the fastest growth, and meal delivery companies have also climbed higher on the list. As every year, the Dutch magazine Flicker ranked the 250 largest e-commerce stores in the Netherlands.
United Kingdom: Asda opens its first premium convenience store in partnership with EG Group
Asda officially opened its first upscale “Extra Special” convenience store offering motorists the opportunity to purchase the supermarket’s range of luxury goods in a convenient roadside location. The store, which is located on EG Group’s Oxford Road forecourt in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, offers 2,500 products, including a wide selection of products from Asda’s premium range. These include a wide selection of fresh and chilled “Extra Special” products, as well as ready meals and beers, wines and spirits, offering excellent value for money compared to competing grocery store formats.
India: Reliance Retail’s Freshpik debuts at Jio World Drive
Freshpik, Reliance Retail’s first experiential gourmet food store, has opened its first store at Jio World Drive in the Bandra-Kurla complex, Mumbai. With the launch of Freshpik, Reliance Retail is entering the Ultra-Premium grocery segment in India.
Hungary: SPAR supports local suppliers with the “Regional Treasures” partnership program
SPAR Hungary is creating a new regional partnership program for small domestic producers and businesses. The operator of the country SPAR is investing 4.75 million euros in the “Regional Treasures” program to integrate at least 100 suppliers and stimulate employment opportunities.
Belgium: massive strike paralyzes Lidl until Monday
Dozens of Lidl stores in Belgium are closed due to a strike for the third day and on Saturday the unions even hoped to keep the 309s closed. The problem is the workload and the fact that management has postponed reconciliation talks until Monday.
United Kingdom: John Lewis Partnership enters Race to Zero, supporting transition to a low-carbon economy
The John Lewis partnership has joined a leading group of companies that have signed up to the SBTi 1.5 ° C business ambition and also joined the UNFCCC Race to zero campaign [Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery in the run-up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November].
India: soft launch of DMart Ready in Surat and Vadodara
DMart Ready – the online service of the supermarket chain DMart – has been smoothly launched in the cities of Surat and Vadodara in the state of Gujarat, parent company Avenue Supermarts Limited said as part of its quarterly results of September. The move marks the expansion of the retailer’s online business. With the soft launch, DMart Ready is now present in 7 zones, including the Mumbai metropolitan area MMR, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Surat and Vadodara.