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Tesco and Carrefour ‘strategic alliance’ gives suppliers the jitters

Retail giants Tesco and Carrefour have announced a “long-term, strategic alliance” that is causing nervousness among some suppliers. The alliance will cover the strategic relationship with global suppliers, the joint purchasing of own-brand products and goods not for resale. The move is widely seen as a response to the growing …

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International news: Sainsbury’s and Asda amalgamation agreement

Supermarket chains Asda and Sainsbury’s have agreed to merge in a deal that will create Britain’s biggest supermarket chain. According to GlobalData, the combined retailer would have a 23.3 per cent market share of food and grocery compared to Tesco’s 22 per cent (2018 est). ‘‘Overall, we see this as …

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Sainsbury’s trials electric cargo bikes for delivery

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has launched a trial of the country’s first grocery-delivery service involving electric cargo bikes. A fleet of five bikes began delivering up to 100 orders a day across south London from Sainsbury’s Streatham Common store to customers who have shopped on the retailer’s website Sainsbury’s has launched …

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New Zealand retailer to trial AI shopping solution

A Four Square store in Auckland will trial SmartCart, a computer-vision technology retrofitted to shopping baskets and carts that recognises products as soon as they are placed inside – eliminating the need for barcode scanning, checkouts and queuing. Behind the technology is New Zealand-based artificial-intelligence (AI) company IMAGR, which announced …

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Tesco to cut 800 jobs in reducing hierarchy

Giant retailer Tesco has eliminated three management roles within its UK business structure, which it says will involve a net 800 job losses. The role of people manager has been removed from 757 large stores, including all Extra and Superstores outlets and some larger Metro stores. The role of compliance …

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NZ grocer’s ‘mega-efficient’ waste-minimisation program

New Zealand grocery chain Foodstuffs diverted 27.1 tonnes of waste from landfill per store in August with its audited waste-minimisation program. More than 120 stores have signed up to the program, which has increased the average waste-diversion rate from 64 per cent to 84 per cent and led to the …

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It’s time for the grocery industry to seize the moment

Global grocery retailing is undergoing a period of momentous change, according to IGD Chief Executive Joanne Denney-Finch, giving the industry an unprecedented opportunity to deliver an inspirational, exciting future for shoppers. Speaking to delegates at the Asia-Pacific Retailers Convention & Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ms Denney-Finch said there’s a …

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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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International news: UK online grocery sales set to surpass $18.6 billion

The value of virtual shopping baskets is growing at a faster rate than physical ones, in the UK, with Mintel forecasting 12 per cent growth in 2017. The growth in the market comes as an increasing number of shoppers are choosing to forgo their trip to the supermarket. Almost 29 …

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