The fight for grocery delivery dominance in the US is in full swing with both Walmart and Amazon expanding the service, the latter even offering to put packages into parked cars. Some major mergers in Canada and Europe have been given the green light, and in Singapore, the first zero-waste grocery store is about to open. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 25 April 2018





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The fight for grocery delivery dominance in the US is in full swing with both Walmart and Amazon expanding the service, the latter even offering to put packages into parked cars. Some major mergers in Canada and Europe have been given the green light, and in Singapore, the first zero-waste grocery store is about to open. Enjoy the read!




US & Canada


Delivery expansions ▪ Walmart and Amazon continue to grow their grocery delivery footprints, with the former bringing the option to the Atlanta area through a partnership with delivery firm DoorDash, and Amazon increasing its service in California. The e-tailer has also launched free in-car delivery for its members.



Metro merger ▪ Montreal-based retailer Metro has received approval to complete the CAD 4.5 billion acquisition of Quebec pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group. The companies will form a CAD 16 billion food and drug retail empire with more than 1,300 stores. Metro has also revealed its second-quarter results.



More pharma moves ▪ To help customers better manage their blood pressure, St. Louis-based supermarket chain Schnuck Markets is deploying cardiovascular health kiosks from PharmaSmart. The interoperable digital health platform will be rolled out to the grocer's 95 pharmacy locations.



Coke thinks ahead ▪ Although Coca-Cola posted sales that beat analysts’ estimates in Q1, helped by refreshed versions of its core diet brands, the beverage giant warned that it would take a hit in the second quarter from the introduction of a British sugar tax on soft drinks and rising freight costs in the United States.




Europe


Takeover approved ▪ Britain's competition watchdog has given the green light to Co-Op Group's GBP 137.5 million acquisition of wholesaler Nisa after finding that the merger does not give rise to competition concerns. The Group became the exclusive bidder for Nisa after Sainsbury’s dropped out.



Toy solutions ▪ Irish group Smyths Toys has signed a deal to take over and rebrand all Toys 'R' Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Meanwhile, the fate of the iconic brand in its home country remains uncertain. A US$ 156 million fund has reportedly been set up for trade claims.



Italian ventures ▪ Grocer Conad's regional cooperatives Adriatico and Centro Nord have announced plans to open some 58 new stores in 2018. In Sicily, Spar Italy partner Ergon has launched four new outlets over the past few weeks, and Gruppo Pam has agreed to acquire 61 stores from Dico-Tuodi group (in Italian).




Asia


Fighting waste ▪ UnPackt is the name of an eco-friendly grocery store that is about to be launched in Singapore. Its products, offered in self-serve gravity bins, will be sold without any packaging and customers will be encouraged to bring their own containers.



Thai commitment ▪ Tesco Lotus continues its investment in Thailand, especially in the development of omnichannel retailing. CEO Sompong Rungnirattisai plans to add 55,740 square metres of retail space this year. This comes as the country's economy is improving and the government is set to support mega projects.




Africa


Thinking small ▪ South African grocer Pick n Pay will avoid building "huge stores", as consumers are becoming less inclined to do large weekly purchases, says CEO Richard Brasher. The retailer opened 124 new stores last year. None of them were hypermarkets.



Turnaround strategy ▪ Struggling to compete in the highly competitive fashion retail market, Johannesburg-based retailer Edcon is rebranding its department store chain Edgars and stationery banner CNA. The facelifts are part of the company's strategy to reconfigure its offerings.