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International news: strong growth expected for Asian big-box retailers

Asia’s leading large-format grocery retailers are forecast to grow on average 3.5 per cent a year between 2016 and 2021, according to figures from international grocery research organisation IGD. Although growth in large grocery formats varies significantly across the region and – as in other markets around the world – …

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International news: Tesco rolls out contactless loyalty card

Thames Card Technology has completed a project with Tesco to launch the UK’s first contactless loyalty-card program. Several million cards are now in the hands of customers and many more will be issued over the coming months. With 66 per cent of global shoppers enrolled in loyalty programmes (Nielsen) and cardholders …

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Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market

Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at about $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said: “Millions of …

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Unveiling the SIAL Innovation 2017 Finalists

SIAL China has announced the 10 finalists for the SIAL Innovation2017 Award. President and founder of XTC World Innovation (SIAL Innovation’s partner) Xavier Terlet announced the selection of the 10 finalists on Tuesday. They were chosen from 212 excellent and innovative products by jury preselection. The 10 prize-winning products all …

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Tesco aims to improve customers’ shopping trip

The UK retailer has made changes to the way it runs some of its stores, as it looks to improve further the service it gives customers. Last year, Tesco announced changes to help simplify how its stores are operated with the aim of improving customers’ shopping trips. Tesco claims the …

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Tesco appoints new CEOs for Asia and Europe

Tesco’s UK Chief Operating Officer, Tony Hoggett, will become Tesco Asia’s new CEO on April 1, with Group Food Sourcing Director Matt Simister becoming Central Europe CEO on the same date. The current CEO of Tesco International, Trevor Masters, will leave the business at the end of May, following 38 …

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International news: UK’s Sainsbury’s designs first baby-friendly wheelchair trolley

Sainsbury’s has designed a prototype baby-friendly wheelchair trolley that aims to make it easier for parents with disabilities to shop at the UK supermarket chain. A working mother with disabilities tested the prototype trolley at her local Sainsbury’s in Devon and gave feedback to the manufacturer, Wanzl. Sainsbury’s Head of …

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International news: NZ supermarket trials electric delivery vans

New Zealand retail giant Foodstuffs will trial a fleet of 28 zero-emission electric delivery vans across its New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets in 2017. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is providing funding to trial the Nissan e-NV 200 delivery vans from Europe. Once charged, the vans are said …

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Amazon takes ‘grab and go’ to new level

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Amazon will launch its first grocery store, Amazon Go, in Seattle next year and has released a video showcasing its unique ‘Just Walk Out’ shopping experience. The online-turned-bricks-and-mortar retailer is offering a checkout-free shopping experience that is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer …

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Sainsbury’s opens dialogue with deaf customers

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has created a short film for its staff on how to communicate with deaf customers, particularly those who use British sign language. The film was created as part of Sainsbury’s ‘non-visible disabilities awareness week’, after staff expressed a lack of confidence in communicating with customers who are …

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