Amazon workers’ union victory upheld by U.S. labor board director
A U.S. labor board director has upheld Amazon.com Inc workers’ landmark union victory at a warehouse in New York, according to a decision, bringing the online retailer closer to having to bargain with staff on a contract.
US: Lowes Foods announces continued growth with five new stores
Lowes Foods, a Carolinas based grocer, is continuing to grow in the Carolinas. In addition to the site in Pittsboro, North Carolina that is scheduled to open later this year, there are four new locations: Concord and Kannapolis in North Carolina and Indian Land and Aiken in South Carolina.
iTradeNetwork & Big Wheelbarrow unveil partnership to enable grocery stores to fill shelves with local food and products
iTradeNetwork, the leading global provider of end-to-end supply chain management and intelligence solutions for the perishable food industry, and local food platform Big Wheelbarrow have partnered to offer fresh products from small and mid-size producers to thousands of grocery stores in the United States and Canada.
US: Wakefern announces its Own Brands Supplier Summit will be held in June
Wakefern Food Corp. will host its Own Brands Supplier Diversity Summit in June, the country’s largest retailer-owned cooperative said. Through January 23, certified diverse private-label manufacturers and suppliers interested in participating in Wakefern’s Own Brands Supplier Diversity Summit can submit their application through RangeMe.
Brazil’s Americanas CEO, CFO resign as $3.88bln accounting inconsistencies discovered
Brazilian retailer Americanas SA said its chief executive and chief financial officer resigned after the discovery of around 20bln reais ($3.88bln) in accounting “inconsistencies”.
More than half of consumers concerned about financial situation, study finds
A new report by Capgemini has unveiled that around 61% of consumers are concerned about their financial situation, with millennials (66%) and gen X (64%) the most worried and boomers (55%) the least. The second edition of Capgemini Research Institute’s annual consumer trends report, What Matters to Today’s Consumer, reveals the the impact of an increased cost of living on consumer spending habits and preferences.
7-Eleven opens first store in Israel
Electra Consumer Products Ltd., a Master Franchisee of 7-Eleven International LLC (“7IN”) – a joint-venture of 7-Eleven, Inc. (SEI) and Seven-Eleven Japan (SEJ) – opened its first 7-Eleven® store in Israel. Located in Tel Aviv at the Dizengoff Center Mall, the store will serve the country’s second largest city and largest metropolitan area.
BigBasket’s move to enter into offline retail to widen its customer base in India, says GlobalData
Tata Group-owned BigBasket, an online grocery platform, forayed into offline retail to expand its retail footprint in India. With this move, the company aims to bridge the gap between the offline and online experiences, as well as support its ambitious expansion plans amid rising competition in the grocery retail space. This move comes at a time when consumers in India continue to opt for offline stores for their grocery needs and will allow the digital-first retailer to expand its customer base in the country, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
UK: Tesco and M&S see sales soar over Christmas
Tesco and Marks & Spencer both saw strong trading over Christmas as higher prices boosted their sales. Tesco said like-for-like sales at its UK stores rose by 5.3% while M&S’s grew by 7.2%. The UK’s largest supermarket said there had been strong demand for its budget items though shoppers had also been treating themselves to Tesco’s Finest range. Meanwhile, M&S said it had performed well across food, clothing and home. While Tesco reported a rise in sales for the 19 weeks to 7 January, growth was driven by the pace of rising prices – or inflation – rather than people buying more items. Marks & Spencer saw a 6.3% rise in like-for-like sales across its food halls in the 13 weeks to 31 December, seeing record Christmas sales of more than £80mln on 23 December.
Belgium: Colruyt projects promotions on the shop floor
In Halle, Colruyt is testing a new technology to improve the shopping experience: the retailer projects promotions and mood images on the shop floor to inspire shoppers and increase sales.
Italy’s D.IT Cooperative posts 3% growth in FY 2022
Italian retail cooperative and purchasing group D.IT – Distribuzione Italiana has closed its financial year 2022 with a 3% increase in turnover, which it says exceeded initial forecasts. The group’s private-label arm saw growth of approximately 20%. D.IT’s operations include the Sigma and Sisa retail chains and brands, such as Gusto & Passione, VerdeMio and Equilibrio & Piacere. D.IT noted that even its entry-level brand, Primo, has responded positively to increased consumer demand for convenience.
UK: Higgidy becomes first non-vegan brand to sponsor Veganuary
Fresh food manufacturer Higgidy has become the first ever non-vegan brand to sponsor Veganuary. The collaboration comes as Higgidy looks to showcase its growing plant-based portfolio as over 75% of its pies, quiches, rolls and muffins are vegetarian or vegan.
Kenyan online grocery: Juliet turns Greenspoon into a multimillion store
Greenspoon is an online grocery shop that connects consumers with pre-vetted organic food producers. Juliet Kennedy started Greenspoon from a 20-foot cargo container and later opened up shop in Hardy, in Karen. Greenspoon began with 15 suppliers and today has 90 and counting.
India: Bigbasket goes omnichannel, opens supermart in Hyderabad
Bigbasket, an online grocery supermarket chain, has launched its first full-fledged supermarket in Hyderabad. This large format brick-and-mortar store is spread across 5000 sq ft and stocks about 4,000 SKUs of fruits and vegetable products as well as dry groceries. “This is not a normal supermarket as there will be no tellers to do the billing, technology will enable self-billing by customers”, said V S Sudhakar, one of the co-founders of Bigbasket while inaugurating the store.
UK: Pukpip launches range of new frozen fruit products to disrupt ice cream category
Pukpip is launching a range of new frozen fruit with frozen bananas dipped in a choice of milk, dark and white chocolate. New for 2023, Pukpip is set to transform the ice cream category by tapping into the rise of indulgent frozen snacking and desserts. The frozen snacking brand is releasing the first product of its kind in UK retail, after sister company Diana’s has proven to be successful in the USA.
How Zomato plans to achieve a balance in profitability and growth?
Zomato’s platform currently has three major offerings – food delivery, Hyperpure, and quick commerce. Its second-biggest business segment, Hyperpure, supplies fruits, vegetables, poultry and dairy sourced from farmers, mills, producers and processors to restaurants.
Author: Rogier Peterse
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