Australia: Woolworths fails to impress with April showing on Coles
Australia’s biggest supermarket chain, Woolworths Group, offered a less optimistic reading of sales so far in April than rival Coles Group, as shopping habits return to pre-pandemic levels, dragging down its shares. Coles, Australia’s No.2 grocer, had said in a quarterly trade update that grocery sales since early April had risen 4%, but Woolworths called conditions “volatile” and sales “overall stable”.
UK: Asked about Kretinsky, Sainsbury’s says it talks to all major shareholders
Sainsbury’s chief executive Simon Roberts said the supermarket group spoke to all of its major investors regularly and Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky was no different. Asked by Reuters if there had been any contact with Kretinsky since he increased his stake in Sainsbury’s to just under 10% earlier this month, Roberts said: “We meet and talk regularly with all our major shareholders. and so on with all of our shareholders, we would also do that with Vesa,” he said Vesa Equity Investment is Kretinsky’s vehicle.
Germany: Aldi Süd saw its organic offer grow in 2020
Aldi Süd expanded its organic assortment in 2020 to around 450 products amid the coronavirus pandemic. The discounter added around 100 new products to its assortment last year, he said. The company recorded a 20% growth in sales in the organic segment during this period. Top sellers in the organic category at Aldi Süd include eggs, carrots, lemons, ground beef and whole milk.
Russia: Magnit sees like-for-like sales increase in the first quarter
Russian retailer Magnit reported a 4.1% like-for-like rise in sake in the first quarter of its fiscal year, with average basket sizes 14.9% higher than the same period last year, the report said. band. Like-for-like traffic to its stores, however, was down 9.4%, continuing the trend seen in recent quarters in which shoppers visited stores less but bought more.
Organic food and drink popular with UK shoppers
Waitrose reported: “New research revealed by Waitrose this week has shown that after a year of closures there has been a surge in the number of shoppers turning to organic food and drink. A quarter of those surveyed increased the number of organic items in their basket or bought organic for the first time in the last 12 months.The OnePoll study, commissioned for our weekly in-store newspaper, Waitrose Weekend, also found that 61% of people would like to buy more organic products in the future Growing interest and demand for organic food and drink is also reflected in the sales of our organic range, Waitrose Duchy Organic, over 35% and organic fruit on the rise of 15%”.
South Korea: What is Shinsegae e-money?
Emart, the grocery store chain owned by the Shinsegae Group in South Korea, has announced that it will give customers “electronic money”. Emart recently announced that if customers find the same products sold elsewhere at a lower price, they will make up the difference by giving customers online credit points known as e-money. The new policy applies to both its physical stores and its mobile app. Shoppers can save up to 3,000 points to use within 30 days.
Australia: Harris Farm Markets announces its first Gold Coast store
Family-owned Harris Farm Markets has announced that its first store for the Gold Coast will be located in Capri on Via Roma, with 10 local staff already recruited from outgoing tenant, The Greener Grocer. The famous local produce and grocery market opened its first Queensland store in Brisbane’s Clayfield in November last year and will open its flagship West Village store in the West End in the middle of this year. When the Isle of Capri store opens later this year, over 300 locals will be employed at the 3 Queensland stores, and the stores will feature fruit and vegetables from over 320 Queensland growers.
Mexico City’s Walmart Quarterly Revenue Drops on Weak Sales in Central America
Walmart’s Mexican unit said its first-quarter revenue was down slightly from a year ago, hit by lower sales in Central America where economies have suffered from lockdown measures in the event of pandemic. Walmart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex, generated revenue of 170.76 billion pesos ($8.36 billion) in the January-March period, down 0.3% from to a year ago. While total sales in its main Mexican market rose 0.5%, sales in Central America, home to around a quarter of the retailer’s stores, fell 2.7%.
Canada: PlantX extends its reach with Hudson’s Bay Marketplace
E-commerce retailer PlantX Life moves into Canada’s oldest retailer, Hudson’s Bay. The Vancouver-based company, whose PlantX e-commerce platform is dedicated to herbal products from hundreds of brands, is now a seller on Hudson’s Bay Marketplace.
United States: In-store shopping will make a comeback in 2021 according to the new Inmar Intelligence survey
Inmar Intelligence, a data-driven technology services company, has released the results of a new survey, which shows that more than a quarter (27%) of consumers plan to do most of their shopping in-store once will be fully immunized and more than a third (38%) will shop both online and in-store.