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    Target: Good & Gather Plant Based label

    Kroger has launched Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator

    US: Why Grocery Outlet is focused on freshGrocery Outlet says its value proposition focused on fresh food, value and the treasure hunt remains strong despite a mixed first quarter earnings report. The company says it expects to open as many as 38 new stores in fiscal 2021. 3 to 5 of these stores will be…

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    Delivery Hero plans to re-enter the German market under its brand foodpanda

    Just Eat Takeaway would launch a supermarket delivery service in Germany

    Amazon does not have to pay back Luxembourg tax advantageThe tax advantage that the European branch of Amazon enjoys in Luxembourg is legitimate, according to the EU’s General Court. The e-commerce giant therefore does not have to pay back 250mln euros in back taxes.Source: retaildetail.eu? Sonae MC to accelerate…

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    Dingdong Maicai has raised $330mln

    Ahold Delhaize has reported better than expected Q1 sales

    Sweden: ICA sees sales decline of 1.7% in AprilSwedish retailer ICA Gruppen has reported a sales decline of 1.7% in April 2021 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores decreased by 2.0% year-on-year, the retailer added. In April 2021, total sales in ICA stores…

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    Empire announced the next 3 locations for FreshCo in Alberta

    The Giant Company plans to add 4 more locations in Philadelphia

    Amazon issues $1bln sustainability bondAmazon is backing up its environmental initiatives with a new $1bln bond focused on funding projects in 5 key sustainability areas. The e-tail giant will use proceeds from the bond to build on investments it has made over the years in renewable energy, clean…

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    Dino Polska: 24.3% year-on-year growth in revenue in Q1

    Morrisons has reported a sharp slowdown in quarterly sales growth

    India: Zomato to invest $100mln in Grofers to back grocery delivery ambitionsFood delivery giant Zomato may invest $100mln in online grocery startup Grofers after talks of a possible merger between the two fell through last year. IPO-bound Zomato’s investment is likely part of a larger financing round…

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    Uber and Gopuff have announced a strategic partnership

    Giant Tiger plans to increase its store count to 300 across the country

    US: Sprouts sticks to game plan in lapping Q1 pandemic impactCycling COVID-fueled gains from a year ago, Sprouts Farmers Market posted decreased sales and earnings for its fiscal 2021 first quarter but topped Wall Street’s per-share projections. For the quarter ended April 4, net sales declined 4.3% to…

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    REWE Group is testing a new 'Pick & Go' technology in Cologne

    Edeka has increased its stake in Picnic

    UK: Asda is trialling ‘secure boxes’ so your food can be delivered when you are outAsda is testing out secure “delivery boxes” outside customer homes so drivers can leave your shopping even if you’re not in. It works by the delivery driver entering a code on the box so they can open it and put the goods…

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    Costco April sales growth surpassed 30%

    HelloFresh plans to open a new distribution center in Phoenix

    Gopuff acquires U.K. platform to expand internationallyGopuff?is going global. The Philadelphia-based delivery platform is expanding beyond the U.S. for the first time with the acquisition of a delivery platform in the UK. By bringing?Fancy?into its company infrastructure, Gopuff will enter a new market…

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    Casino: Weak quarterly sales

    Carrefour International Partnership and Nordic Coops: New commercial Partnership

    Saudi grocer Othaim sales dip a year on from panic buying supermarket sweepSaudi supermarket chain Abdullah Al Othaim Markets reported a 42% drop in first quarter profit, a year on from the early panic-buying days of the pandemic. Net profit fell to SR57.7mln ($15.4mln) for the first 3 months of the year…

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    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage: Q2 fiscal 2021 results

    Walmart is collaborating with PHA and Higher Ground Productions

    US: How online natural retailer Thrive Market is going climate-positiveThrive Market has always been an eco-conscious enterprise, offering foods made of real ingredients that are safe for the environment, delicious and fairly priced. Already, the e-retailer has committed to a no-air-shipping policy and…

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    SPAR Hungary has expanded the e-grocery catchment area

    Co-op Group has announced a 10-point action plan to hit zero-carbon by 2040

    UK: Asda launches first ESG reportAsda has published its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report which sets out its commitments to a sustainable business strategy and outlines how the supermarket will make it easier and affordable for customers to shop sustainably. In launching its first…

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    UNFI is adding 53 all-electric transport refrigerated trailer units to its fleet

    Loblaw beat market estimates for quarterly revenue

    US: David McInerney steps down as FreshDirect CEODavid McInerney, the onetime chef who co-founded the iconic New York e-grocery retailer FreshDirect 20 years ago, is departing as its CEO. McInerney is to be succeeded on an interim basis by Farhan Siddiqi, chief digital officer of Ahold Delhaize, the…

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    Metro has reported a 11.9% drop in sales in Q2

    Carrefour and Uber Eats continue to bolster their partnership

    Germany: REWE introduces cargo bike deliveryGerman retailer REWE Group has added cargo bikes to its delivery fleet for grocery delivery in Cologne, Berlin, and Hamburg. The German retailer has spent a year testing the concept in its pilot scheme in Cologne, racking up 40,000 kilometres during testing…

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    Harps Food Stores has kicked off Produce for Kids Fridays

    GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Vaccaro & Sons

    US: Shaw’s, Star Market truck drivers who deliver to Massachusetts stores go on strikeTruckers who crisscross New England delivering food and other essentials to more than 100 Shaw’s and Star Market locations have gone on strike as they fight for a new contract. The 65 truck drivers and mechanics walking…

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    Despar Italia: 8.4% increase in turnover in full-year 2020

    Competition authority has approved of ?abka to acquire Maczfit

    Aldi promises zero waste to landfill in Australia by 2025Aldi has announced plans to send zero waste to landfill by 2025 and the move could mean additions to its popular Special Buys. Aldi has also launched a new range called Market Buy, which will feature seasonal fruits and vegetables that have minor…

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    Publix: Q1 sales growth moderates

    Kroger and Drone Express: Pilot to offer grocery delivery via autonomous drones

    US: Quest Proganics comes to retailDillons Food Stores, a division of The Kroger Co., has rolled out Quest Proganics, a newly developed process designed to deliver significant diversion levels of organic waste away from landfills, at its stores, with the solution set to expand to other Kroger banners.…

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    Nationwide store rollout continues for Spar Ukraine

    Strong growth for Edeka in pandemic year

    China: JD opens first Seven Fresh in ShenzhenJD opened the first Shenzhen branch of its omni-channel fresh produce supermarket SEVEN FRESH. The supermarket is located in Wankeli, a property developed by Vanke, the giant real estate developer in China, in the Shenzhen’s central Futian district. It covers…

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    Weis Markets: Rollout of a $135mln cap ex program

    Farmstead expands to Texas

    US: Instacart announces expansion of EBT SNAP payment to 3 new retailers for same-day grocery delivery and pickupInstacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, announced an expansion of its EBT SNAP payment integration to include 3 new retailers - Publix, The Save Mart Companies and Price Chopper/Market 32 -…

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    Mixed performance in first quarter for ICA Gruppen

    JD will open its first distribution center in the Netherlands

    Portugal: Jeronimo Martins quarterly profit jumps 66% amid COVID lockdownsPortuguese retailer Jeronimo Martins said first-quarter net profit jumped by two-thirds to 58mln euros as key market Poland drove a modest rise in sales during pandemic-related lockdowns there and at home. However, Portugal’s…

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    Empire and Second Harvest have formed a national partnership

    Q1 results for Amazon

    US: eBay achieves strongest growth in 16 yearsAuction site eBay has had an exceptional quarter: its turnover rose by 42% - the biggest growth in 16 years - following a year in which it was already growing strongly, thanks to the Covid-19 crisis. In the first 3 months of the year, eBay's turnover rose by 42% to 3bln dollars…

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    Walmart de Mexico: Q1 revenue fell slightly from a year ago

    PlantX Life is now a seller on Hudson’s Bay Marketplace

    US: In-store shopping will make a comeback in 2021 according to new Inmar Intelligence surveyInmar Intelligence, a data-driven, technology-enabled services company, released findings from a new survey, which shows that over a quarter (27%) of consumers plan on doing most of their grocery shopping…

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    Magnit: Like-for-like sales up in Q1

    Harris Farm Markets: First store for the Gold Coast

    Australia: Woolworths fails to impress with April showing over ColesAustralia’s biggest supermarket chain Woolworths Group offered a less upbeat reading of sales so far in April than rival Coles Group as shopping patterns return to pre-pandemic levels, sending its shares lower. Coles, Australia’s No. 2…

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    Full Circle Home announced its partnership with Farmbox Direct

    Amazon is expanding garage grocery delivery

    Canada: Organic Garage finalizes its transition to a decentralized distribution model; anticipates savings of $1mln annuallyOrganic Garage Ltd. (“Organic Garage” or the “Company”), one of Canada’s leading independent organic grocers, announced that it has finalized the closing of its distribution and…

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    Delhaize is becoming "Belhaize"

    Waitrose will expand its Deliveroo service

    Russia: Lenta sees sales and gross margin up in Q1 2021Russian retailer Lenta has reported a 2.4% year-on-year growth in gross profit to RUB23.4bln (€260mln) in the first quarter of its financial year, with gross margin increasing 26 basis points year-on-year to 21.8%. EBITDA amounted to RUB6.7bln…

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    Hannaford Supermarkets has joined forces with PBFA

    Almost 11mln more households in 2020 and record sales year for Albertsons

    US: Consumers' preferences for produce often don't match up with their behavior, report findsMany consumers' purchasing behavior around produce conflicts with their beliefs around food waste, nutrition and local shopping, according to The American Food Journey report from Lettuce Grow and The Farm…

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    Dada Group and Miss Fresh collaborate

    Mercadona generates almost 4% of all jobs in Spain

    Turkey: Alibaba raises stake in TrendyolAlibaba is raising its stake in Trendyol to 86.5%. The major ecommerce platform from Turkey received an additional 330mln dollars (273mln euros) investment from Alibaba, which was already one of its existing partners. The capital increase means that the value of…

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    S Group: Sales in supermarket division up 6.1% in Q1

    MD: 47 new supermarkets to open this year

    Belarus: Eurotorg sees full-year revenue up 6.8%, despite 'challenging environment'Eutororg, Belarus's biggest retailer, has reported a 6.8% increase in revenue in full-year 2020, supported by a 3.6% increase in like-for-like sales, and new store openings. Revenue at the group totalled BYN5.1bln…

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    3 CT Stop & Shop supermarkets among a group of 11 sold for $295mln

    iFresh has established a partnership with HungryPanda

    The Fresh Market voted the best supermarket in AmericaUSA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has recognized The Fresh Market as the "Best Supermarket in America" for 2021. A panel of 10Best local experts and contributors nominated their favorite American supermarkets based on value, selection and…

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    Big Y has launched myPicks online ordering

    Misfits Market has raised $200mln in Series C funding

    US: Cardenas Markets grows in the digital ageChanges in shopping habits driven by the COVID-19 pandemic are transforming the operating systems of supermarket chains. Cardenas Markets, for example, partnered with Instacart to respond to the growing demand for online grocery shopping and home delivery…

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    Jerónimo Martins: €11mln worth of bonuses for Portuguese employees

    CEO Richard Brasher: Pick n Pay is open to buying Massmart’s Cambridge Food chain

    ‘One Family, One Vision’: SPAR Scotland announces second virtual tradeshowSPAR Scotland is to host a virtual tradeshow on 23 September 2021. During the event, SPAR Scotland will update suppliers, retailers, and colleagues on their plans to develop their business in a post-pandemic world further. The…

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    Mercadona has posted a year-on-year consolidated sales growth of 5.5%

    Uber Eats launches its food delivery service in Germany

    UK: Southern Co-op stores join food waste initiative11 co-operative stores in Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire have been selected to take part in a trial selling selected products past their ‘best before’ date. An initial trial of the ‘Reducing our Foodprint’ took place at 2 Hampshire stores…

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    Metro: Q2 profit and sales up from year ago

    Stop & Shop has launched a pilot Flashfood program

    US: Amazon is bringing palm-scanning payment system to Whole Foods storesAmazon is bringing its palm-scanning payment system to a Whole Foods store in Seattle, the company announced, with rollout planned for other locations. Previously, the technology was available only at a dozen of Amazon’s physical…

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    Woolworths takes controlling stake in Quantium

    Carrefour: Solid first quarter

    UK regulator says Issa's purchase of Asda raises some competition concernsBritain’s competition regulator said it was concerned the Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital’s 6.8bln pound ($9.5bln) takeover of the Asda supermarket chain could lead to higher fuel prices for UK motorists. The Competition and Markets…

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    Raley’s: First O-N-E Market store conversion

    HelloFresh: New partnership with Pratt Industries

    Lidl US names new CEOLidl US has named a new CEO after its current CEO announced on April 20 that he is resigning in order to spend more time with his family. Lidl US President and CEO Johannes Fieber is leaving at the end of May, and Michal Laguionek, a longtime Lidl executive based in Germany, will be…

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    Food Lion: Major new sustainability commitments

    Saladworks and Frutta Bowls team up with Combo Kitchen

    US: New Seasons/New Leaf names new CEOGrocers New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets, independent operators within the Good Food Holdings family of brands, have named veteran grocery executive Nancy Lebold CEO. She joins the banners from?Food4Less, a division of The Kroger Co., where her most…

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    Yandex is set to launch its e-grocery delivery service in Europe

    DIA: 7.3% decline in net sales in Q1 2021

    Auchan to put greater focus on organic ranges in France in 2021As part of an interview in local trade publication Lineaires, Auchan Retail’s manager for organic, health, self-discount, and bulk goods, José Da Silva Neves, discussed how the retailer was looking to boost sales of its organic ranges. He…

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    Weezy now available in Manchester

    Amazon is building a computer vision-based grading solution for fruits and vegetables

    UK: Deliveroo processes double the amount of orders during first quarterIn the first 3 months of the year, Deliveroo received more than double the number of orders compared to the same period last year. The company does expect the growth to slow down as the Covid measures will be phasing out. For the 4th…

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    The Save Mart Companies and Simbe: Robot Tally pilot

    ShopRite: Fresh to Table store-within-a-store concept debut

    US: Imperfect Foods delivery workers unionizeFood delivery workers at San Francisco-based Imperfect Foods have voted to unionize, according to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, which represents 30,000 California food and retail workers across the Bay Area. Reasons that the union cited…

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    US Foods announced the launch of the company’s 2020 CSR Report

    Walmart invests in Cruise

    Amazon must ‘do a better job’ for its workers, says Jeff BezosAmazon needs to “do a better job” for its employees, Jeff Bezos told shareholders in?his final letter?as chief executive of the online giant, but he also pushed back against criticism of the company’s work practices. Bezos, who reclaimed his title as the world’s…

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    Oddbox is expanding its operations to South Wales and southwest England

    Belgium's first online supermarket starts on Monday

    SPAR multi-format strategy driving rapid expansion in PolandSPAR Poland is rapidly expanding thanks to its multi-format strategy encompassing company-owned and independent retailer operated stores. Focusing on local entrepreneurship and suppliers, the new SPAR stores offer customers a great range of…

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    Dollar General plans to hire up to 20,000 new employees this spring

    Kroger is launching America's first Customer Fulfillment Center

    Donita Rose is new corporate chef of Filipino supermarket chain in USDonita Rose has found a new place to showcase her culinary skills - a Filipino supermarket chain in the United States. The chef and former MTV VJ took to Instagram to announce that she is now the corporate research and development chef…

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    Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky has unexpectedly increased his stake in Sainsbury's

    Grab is going public in world’s largest SPAC merger

    Aldi Nord opens its five thousandth supermarketOn the Spanish island of Mallorca, Aldi Nord has reached a small milestone: the discounter has just opened its five thousandth supermarket in Europe. The new store - the 336th in Spain - is located in Cala Millor. The store opening is part of the…

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    Groupe Casino is exploring fundraising plans for its Cdiscount and GreenYellow subsidiaries

    Sainsbury’s expands rapid grocery delivery trials with Deliveroo and Uber Eats

    UK: Tesco reports £2bln profit after 'exceptionally strong' salesTesco, Britain's biggest retailer, beat its guidance by reporting total adjusted retail operating profit of £1.99bln (€2.29bln) after seeing "exceptionally strong" sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. The retailer reported a 6.3% rise in…

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    SpartanNash is implementing a “Vendor Code of Conduct”

    Farmstead has partnered with DoorDash

    Canadian retail titan W. Galen Weston dies at 80W. Galen Weston, patriarch of one of Canada’s wealthiest families and retail titan, has died at age 80, according to a statement by the family. Weston was the third generation of his family to lead George Weston Limited, an already-prosperous retail empire…

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    Aldi Nord is testing a delivery service in Spain and Portugal

    Fresh produce retailer Banco Fresco plans to open 16 stores in Italy by 2022

    Chinese grocery start-up MissFresh privately submitted prospectus to SECMissFresh, a Chinese e-commerce grocery platform, privately submitted its prospectus to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a few days ago. The company is expected to go public in mid-June this year, for which it aims to…

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    HelloFresh: Launch of @TheTable

    Food City: Alabama debut

    Aldi, Costco among world's most reputable companiesAldi, Costco and Amazon are among the top 100 most reputable companies in the world, according to RepTrak. The company announced its annual ranking after surveying more than 68,000 respondents across the world’s 15 largest economies to gauge perception regarding a brand’s…

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    M&S is reaffirming its commitment to British farming

    China slapped a record fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd

    Aldi, Asda attracted most new shoppers during most recent UK lockdownAldi and Asda have come up trumps in terms of attracting new shoppers to their stores during the most recent UK lockdown period, new data from Shoppercentric has found. When asked which grocery retailer they had used for the first time…

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    Amazon defeats activists hoping to establish the company's first unionised warehouse in the US

    Meijer reveals some of the most surprising shopping trends

    US: BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Lee Delaney dies at age 49Lee Delaney, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club died unexpectedly at age 49. Westborough, Massachusetts-based BJ’s said that Delaney’s death was “due to presumed natural causes”. He had served as president and CEO since February 2, 2019, taking…

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    Costco Wholesale upholds comp-sales momentum in March

    Mixed responses to Amazon Fresh’s automated grocery storeQueuing up at the grocery store is probably one of the most dreaded things about doing errands. While companies have come up with self check-out and delivery options for their customers, Amazon Fresh is introducing an entirely automated system with…

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    Carrefour opens its first autonomous convenience stores in Brazil

    Israel: Retail data startup Trax raises $640 million in funding roundTrax, a startup that develops computer vision technology for retailers, said Wednesday it has secured $640 million in funding from investors including SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and technology-focused funds managed by existing investor…

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    Target, Instacart and Amazon rank high for online shopping

    Whole Foods Market turns spotlight on responsible sourcingWhole Foods Market is making responsible sourcing stand out at the shelf. The Amazon-owned specialty grocer on Wednesday launched Sourced for Good, an exclusive third-party certification program through which customers can identify responsibly…

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    Walmart rolls out Covid-19 vaccines in 48 states

    7-Eleven aims to be force for good, growthBeing an essential business amid the COVID-19 pandemic is something 7-Eleven convenience-store employees take to heart. “It’s a very important responsibility that people feel the weight of at 7-Eleven,” Marissa Jarratt, 7-Eleven’s CMO, told CSP Daily News. The…

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    Carrefour expands express grocery delivery partnership with Deliveroo

    Jumbo to expand to Belgian coastDutch supermarket chain Jumbo has applied for a permit for the construction of a shop in Middelkerke, its first location on the Belgian shoreline. The coastal municipality is becoming a true battlefield, with many other supermarkets already active in the immediate…

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    New report launched by McKinsey & Company and EuroCommerce

    O'Key Group has reported a 5.6% year-on-year growth in revenue

    Network International reports shift in supermarket shopping trends among UAE residents during 2020In 2020, UAE residents spent more when they did their supermarket shopping online compared to when they made their purchases at an outlet, according to Network International, the leading enabler of digital…

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    Amazon illegally fired employees critical of work conditions, labor board finds

    Online grocery shopping quadruples since 2017

    Kroger CEO says no one has the ‘data and insights’ that it has Kroger is coming off a record year. The grocer grew its same-store sales, excluding fuel, by 14.1 percent last year, aided by a 116 percent jump in online sales. Kroger’s growing private label business was up 13.6 percent during a year when it posted an operating profit of $2.8 billion. The supermarket giant also found alt…

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    Sobeys store pickup will be expanded to other locations in Alberta over the next few months

    Walmart announced plans to bring its in-home delivery service to parts of Northwest Arkansas

    Canada: Sobeys expands store pickup through Ocado partnershipSobeys has launched a grocery pickup service, Voilà by Safeway Curbside Pickup, at Safeway locations in Calgary and Edmonton. This will be expanded to other locations in Alberta over the next few months and builds on the launch of a similar…

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    Vote count in pivotal Amazon union election likely to start next week

    Kroger will keep honing its fresh assortment to drive market share gains

    Vote count in pivotal Amazon union election likely to start next weekWorkers at an Amazon.com Inc warehouse in Alabama will likely have to wait until next week for a vote count that could result in the online retailer’s first unionized facility in the United States and mark a watershed moment for…

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    Magnit is in the middle of a business transformation programme

    Everli has raised €85mln to expand across Europe

    25.5% of ecommerce in Europe is cross-borderThe online cross-border market in Europe was worth 146bln euros in 2020. This is an increase of 35% compared to the situation 1 year before. The cross-border share represents 25.5% of total online sales in Europe. The cross-border share is slowly increasing. In…

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    Ozon: 144% jump in 2020 gross merchandise volume

    Gruppo VéGé: Home delivery service with Glovo

    Switzerland: Migros gains market share in 2020, strengthens online positionSwiss retailer Migros increased its market share by 1.2 percentage points to 23.3% in 2020 and strengthened its leadership in the online retail segment. The retailer attributed the gain in market share to expanded,…

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    Dollarama plans to have 2,000 stores in Canada within the next decade

    Kroger will double its digital sales by the end of 2023

    US: New FMI report finds grocers invested $24bln to meet increased consumer demands and operate safely amid Covid-19One year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, FMI-The Food Industry Association released a new report,?Receipts from the Pandemic: Grocery Store…

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    H Mart has tapped robotics specialist AutoStore to power a MFC

    Albertsons Companies and Google announced a multi-year partnership

    H Mart plans micro-fulfillment center to fuel online groceryAsian-American supermarket chain H Mart has tapped robotics specialist AutoStore to power a micro-fulfillment center (MFC) to process online grocery orders. Norway-based AutoStore said that it’s working with integrator Bastian Solutions to…

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    Japanese retail sales fell for the third straight month

    Basic AG has acquired 6 biomammut stores

    Russia's Sberbank increases share in Fortenova Group to around 44%Sberbank, Russia’s largest lender, said it had increased its stake in Fortenova Group to around 44% by swapping its shares in Slovenian food retailer Mercator. In the cash-free transaction, Sberbank raised its stake in Fortenova Group,…

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    New OSR unit at Countdown Moorhouse

    Dagrofa: 400th store in Denmark

    Saudi retail major BinDawood reports bumper sales as Danube outperformsA sharp rise in sales at the Danube supermarket chain helped to lift profits at Saudi retail group BinDawood. Net profit rose 6.8% to SR447.7mln ($119.2mln) last year as overall sales rose by about 6.5% to SR5.2bln, the company said in a stock exchange…

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    Walmart is opening 60 Saladworks kitchens and eateries

    A new format for Natural Grocers

    US: Farmstead starts delivering in Raleigh-Durham, North CarolinaPioneering e-grocer Farmstead has now begun delivering groceries in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The company?opened its 1,000-person waitlist?for the area last November, and the list reached capacity in less than a week, indicating high interest in the new…

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    Ahold Delhaize USA is undergoing a companywide transformation

    H-E-B: Expansion into DFW Metroplex

    Ahold Delhaize USA eyes the ‘connected customer’, CEO Kevin Holt saysBecoming a successful omnichannel grocery retailer goes well beyond enabling customers to order online and have their purchases available for pickup or delivery, according to Kevin Holt, CEO of Ahold Delhaize USA. In a session during…

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    SPAR: Opening of the first EUROSPAR Supermarket in France

    Key victory win for Asda workers in equal pay dispute

    Germany: Edeka says goodbye to retail alliance AgecoreEdeka, the German market leader and by far the largest member of AgeCore, is pulling out of the retail alliance which it founded 5 years ago together with Colruyt (Belgium), Coop (Switzerland), Intermarché (France), Conad (Italy) and Eroski (Spain).…

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    DIA: 1.028bln euro plan to convert debt into equity and issue new shares

    Albert Heijn plans to phase out plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetables

    Amazon calls on India not to alter e-commerce investment rules - sourcesAmazon asked the Indian government not to change e-commerce foreign investment rules until investigations into its business practices had been concluded, 2 sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters. The commerce ministry met…

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    First proposal of its kind in Canada

    Whole Foods Market and Headspace have combined their expertise

    Canada: 'Grocery Supply Code of Practice' to improve retailer-supplier relationsAfter 2 decades of complaints of unfair practices, Canadian grocery retailer Empire Co. Ltd. and Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP), the voice of Canada's food manufacturing sector, have agreed to a…

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    Market share in grocery trade strengthened by Kesko

    Spar Hungary has reported a very positive year

    Ecommerce in Belgium: €10.26bln in 2020Ecommerce in Belgium was worth 10.26bln euros in 2020. That’s a decrease of 10% compared to the situation 1 year before. Of course, the decline has everything to do with the coronavirus outbreak. Belgians bought far fewer services online, but ordered more products.…

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    Former Empire president Donald Sobey has passed away

    Imperfect Foods: Grocery delivery service launched in Denver

    Amazon picks former executive Adam Selipsky to lead cloud unitAmazon.com Inc appointed Salesforce.com Inc executive Adam Selipsky to lead its high-margin cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services. The move comes as AWS’ current lead Andy Jassy is vacating the role to become the chief executive officer of…

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    Costco is reported to be entering Sweden in autumn 2022

    French supermarket retailer Carrefour has agreed to buy Brazil's Grupo Big

    French Union calls for strike action at Carrefour over EasterFrench union CFDT has called for Carrefour workers to down tools over Easter weekend, over what it said was a worsening of the working conditions of the retailer's employees, despite the group's 'exceptional' 2020 results. In a statement, CFDT,…

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    Bashas’ has teamed with Forager

    First Fresh grocery store in New York to be opened by Amazon

    US: Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran: Digital could become 20% of businessAlbertsons Cos. could see online grocery potentially reach 20% of sales, driven by stepped-up e-commerce investment and greater consumer affinities for digital shopping and eating at home following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to…

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    Groupe Casino: A new refinancing plan

    JD.Com to invest $800mln in on-demand delivery platform Dada Group

    Amazon loses market share in FranceEven though Amazon saw its sales in France increase significantly, the e-commerce giant could not fully benefit from the Covid-19 pandemic. In relation to the market, the company lost ground. Through its French website, Amazon realised a turnover of 8.3bln euros last…

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    Couche-Tard has signed a deal to sell 49 stores in Oklahoma

    Produce distribution center opened by Sprouts Farmers Market

    US: Douglas Hacker to succeed Dennis Eidson as SpartanNash chairmanSpartanNash Chairman Dennis Eidson plans to retire after nearly 5 years in the post, and Lead Independent Director Douglas Hacker has been nominated as his successor. Grand Rapids, Michigan-based SpartanNash said that Eidson is slated to…

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    Central Retail Vietnam has launched Tops Market

    Supermarket chain Lenta intends to double in size in the next 5 years

    Russia: X5 Retail Group reports revenue growth of 14.1% in FY 2020Russian retailer X5 Retail Group has reported a 14.1% year-on-year growth in revenue, to RUB1,978bln (€22.5bln), in full-year 2020 from RUB1,734bln (€19.7bln) in 2019. Net retail sales grew by 14.2% year-on-year, driven by a 5.5% increase…

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    DoorDash takes on drivers' Walmart gripes

    The Giant Co. has unveiled a stunning new format in Philadelphia

    US: Kroger customers rewarded in stock spend more at grocerFintech company Bumped has released data from its two-year pilot showing that turning grocery customers into owners can boost visits and spend. Bumped users who received fractional shares of stock for their spending with The Kroger Co. banners…

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    Spar partners with Gander

    Spar Belgium: New convenience store concept

    UK: Asda leadership updateAsda has announced that CEO and President Roger Burnley has decided to leave the business next year, after the supermarket has transitioned fully to new ownership and once his long-term successor is in place. Having brought Asda back into British ownership, the Issa brothers and…

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    Dollar General: Fourth quarter same store sales increased 12.7%

    E-grocer Weee plans to use new funding to accelerate expansion across North America

    E-grocer Weee raises $315mln to fuel North America expansionWeee, an e-grocer offering Asian and Hispanic groceries, has raised $315mln in Series D funding, the company?announced. Weee said it plans to use the new funding to accelerate expansion across North America, hire additional personnel, build its…

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    Sonae said its fourth-quarter net profit fell 3.4%

    Netto has completed its acquisition of Tesco Poland

    Inside Amazon Australia’s mammoth warehouse that will be operated by high-tech robots and humansE-commerce giant Amazon is set to complete its mammoth Sydney warehouse - the largest in the southern hemisphere - by the end of 2021. With more steel than the Sydney Olympic stadium and more space than…

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    Save Mart Companies: One-year mark of offering frontline workers weekly hazard pay

    Imperfect Foods is applying its sustainability mission inward to its operating model

    US: Smaller shopper base pulls down February online grocery salesU.S. online grocery sales in February fell from a prior-month peak due to a decline in participating households and fewer orders, the latest Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey found. For February, online grocery sales…

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    Empire has signed a deal to buy a majority stake in Longo’s

    GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of RJ Produce

    US: Fridge No More closes $15.4mln Series AFridge No More, an instant grocery delivery service in the U.S., announces the closing of a $15.4mln Series A funding round. This will both enable the "cloud grocer" to expand operations across New York City and the East Coast, and to establish its leadership…

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    Supermarket group Shoprite Holdings reported a 10.4% rise in half-year earnings

    Picnic has teamed up with Belgian hypermarket chain Cora to conquer France

    Italy: SPAR expands its retail footprint in SardiniaFratelli Ibba Group, a well-established retail organisation, has joined SPAR in Italy, growing the brand’s presence in the Italian region of Sardinia. Fratelli Ibba has acquired all the shares of Supermercati Gieffe and thereby also a stake in SCS,…

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    Dino Polska has reported a 12.6% topline sales growth

    Carrefour has completed the acquisition of Supersol proximity stores and supermarkets in Spain

    Russia: Magnit reports revenue growth of 13.5% in FY 2020Russian retailer Magnit has reported a 13.5% year-on-year growth in revenue to RUB1,553.8bln (€17.8bln) in its financial year ended 31 December 2020. The company’s net retail sales increased by 13.3% in this period, to RUB1,510.1bln (€17.3bln),…

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    Walmart Canada is investing $500mln this year to modernize its stores

    Schnuck Markets is planning to open a new grocery store format

    US: 1010data releases its 2021 State of Grocery Report1010data, a leading provider of analytical intelligence and consumer transaction data, has released its in-depth?State of Grocery Report: How Omnichannel Became A Reality In 2020. This study examines the changes catalyzed by pandemic shopping patterns…

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    Schwarz Group is testing till-less stores in Germany

    Eurocash to acquire 49% share in Arhelan supermarket chain

    France: Carrefour fined 1.75mln euros for unfairly squeezing suppliers on priceFrench retailer Carrefour has been fined 1.75mln euros ($2.1mln) for unfairly pressing suppliers for discounts during annual contract negotiations, the finance ministry said. The ruling by the Paris Commerce Court follows a…

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    Brazilian retail sales fell in January for a 3rd consecutive month

    SpartanNash: Finance team transitions

    Brazil retail sales fall in January for third month in a rowBrazilian retail sales fell in January for a third consecutive month, official figures showed, largely in line with expectations and led by declining supermarket, food and drink sales, as well as weakness in the clothing and footwear sector.…

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    FairPrice is testing the use of autonomous robots

    Jumbo is testing a smart shopping cart

    Unions call strike at Amazon's logistic operations in Italy on March 22Unions in Italy said they had called on workers at Amazon’s logistics operations in the country to go on a 24-hour strike on March 22 after talks with a business lobby group over working conditions of delivery service suppliers broke…

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    FTLC is bringing suppliers and food retailers together

    Startup Quicklly announced the completion of pre-seed funding round

    US: Changed shopper habits will spur consumer packaged goods demand after COVID-19The Consumer Brands Association has issued a new report discussing 5 trends that will shape the future of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. According to “The CPG Post-Pandemic Outlook: Five Trends Emerging from…

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    Halving of annual profit for Morrisons

    Edeka is selling its delivery service Bringmeister

    X5, Sber and VISA roll out pay-with-a-glance technology at Perekrestok and Pyaterochka storesX5 Retail Group ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer, Sber and Visa have launched an innovative pay-with-a glance service at self-checkouts in X5 stores. Now available at 52 Perekrestok…

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    UNFI: Second quarter fiscal 2021 results

    Korean grocer H Mart will open its first Florida location in Orlando

    US: ALDI bolsters commitment to affordable sustainability with new charterALDI announced a new sustainability charter to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the planet's resources and ecosystems with a series of initiatives that will be achieved between now and 2030. The bold approach highlights…

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    Hy-Vee: On the brink of major expansion

    Weis Markets: Results for 2020 and fourth quarter

    Canada: Giant Tiger updates its fresh offering in Ottawa storeGiant Tiger has announced a series of interior and exterior enhancements to its flagship Walkley Road store in Ottawa, including an increased emphasis on its produce and meat offering. Jason Gardiner, vice-president of grocery buying and…

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    Bestway Wholesale is to restructure Costcutter

    Mercadona is planning 9 store openings in Portugal

    Irish grocery sales reach highest level since November 2020: KantarTake-home grocery sales in Ireland grew by 17%, with shoppers spending an additional €151.1mln in the latest 4 weeks ended 21 February, new data from Kantar has revealed. It is also the highest since November 2020, when Irish consumers…

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    Auchan Portugal has joined Euromadi Portugal

    Massmart plans to sell Cambridge Food, Rhino and Fruitspot

    Serbian competition authorities clear Mercator’s transfer to Fortenova GroupFortenova Group?has announced that the Serbian commission for protection of competition has approved the intention of the group to acquire control over the company Poslovni sistem Mercator d.d., Ljubljana. The company has…

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    The Fresh Market celebrates women-owned and -operated food companies

    Target: Groundbreaking ceremony in Yonkers, New York

    US: Walmart Board of Directors adds former AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall StephensonWalmart Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Randall Stephenson, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Inc., as a new member of the company’s board, Stephenson became the 12th member of…

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    Dija has launched its 10-minute services in areas of London

    Carrefour has partnered with Deliveroo to deliver groceries to residents of Brussels

    French retailer Auchan raises cost-saving goal as profitability risesFrance’s Auchan raised its cost savings goal under its so-called Renaissance revival plan, which boosted 2020 profitability at its retail arm despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Auchan, which reduced debt sharply last year with the sale of…

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    Sprouts Farmers Market: Intention to open about 20 new stores in 2021

    Albertsons Companies and Tortoise to pilot remote-controlled delivery cart in Northern California

    US: Costco Wholesale Corporation reports second quarter and year-to-date operating results for fiscal 2021 and February sales resultsCostco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) announced its operating results for the second quarter (12 weeks) and the first 24 weeks of fiscal 2021, ended…

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    Deliveroo plans to list in London

    Jerónimo Martins has posted a 25% drop in fourth-quarter net profit

    Romania: Retailer Profi adds 31 new stores to its chain in Jan-FebRomanian supermarket and convenience store chain Profi, controlled by the investment fund Mid Europa Partners, opened 31 new stores in the first 2 months of the year, out of a full-year target of 250 stores. It opened 15 units in January…

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    Walmart Canada is accelerating its e-commerce expansion

    Kroger: Strong fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 results

    US: Trader Joe’s is No. 1 in customer satisfaction, but metrics down overallFollowing 4 years of fairly steady customer satisfaction, the supermarket industry’s rating in this area has dropped 2.6% to a score of 76 out of 100, with 17 of 20 major grocers earning lower scores year over year, according to…

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    Sale-leaseback deal involving 13 grocery stores for Harps Food Stores

    Publix tallied big sales and earnings gains

    Walmart sweetens pay for most U.S. hourly workers on the coastsMany Walmart Inc hourly workers will collect bigger paychecks on the U.S. east and west coast markets where the cost of living is higher and competition for labor among retailers is more intense, the company told Reuters. The world’s biggest…

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    Sainsbury’s plans to cut an additional 500 jobs

    Mercadona has shared profits with its entire workforce

    Online shopping, private brands boost Israel's Shufersal profitShufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, reported a 2.6% rise in quarterly profit, boosted by a jump in revenue from higher online sales mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic that kept many shoppers home. Shufersal said it earned…

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    HelloFresh: Record-breaking year

    IGA has teamed up with DoorDash in Australia

    Bulgaria: SPMI signs deal to sell 50% of supermarket chain CBABulgaria's CBA Asset Management said that its unit SPMI has signed a deal to sell its 50% interest in supermarket chain operator CBA to local CBA Invest for 1.125mln levs ($679,000/575,000 euro).?Source: seenews.com? Aldi and Lidl lose out as UK…

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    Schnucks is partnering with DoorDash in St. Louis

    GKB is teaming up with Walmart Canada

    US: Instacart now valued at $39blnSolidifying its domination in the online grocery market, Instacart has raised $265mln as part of a new financing round that increases its valuation to $39bln - more than doubling its valuation of $17.7bln from October 2020.Source:?progressivegrocer.com? Ghost Kitchens partners…

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    Ocado has opened a new mini customer fulfilment centre

    Amazon’s new Polish website goes live

    As online grocery booms in Britain, will new habits die hard?Britain’s multi-billion pound supermarket industry is placing its bets on whether big-spending older shoppers will stick with buying their groceries online when months of lockdown end. Having more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic to…

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    Kroger launches an open call to its second innovation fund to prevent food waste

    National Grocers Association has moved its office to Washington, D.C.

    1st Ahold Delhaize USA facility transitions to self-distributionAhold Delhaize USA has revealed that one of its distribution centers, Freetown Grocery in Massachusetts, became the first to transition procurement from a third-party vendor to the company’s self-managed network, resulting in direct control…

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    KKR and Rakuten DX Solution have completed Seiyu share purchase from Walmart

    Lidl has entered North Macedonia

    UK: Sainsbury's gives staff third pandemic bonusBritain’s second largest supermarket group Sainsbury’s will award its staff a third bonus for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, it said. Sainsbury’s has 172,000 workers, making it one of Britain’s biggest private sector employers. The third one-off payment will be made…

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    Walmart and Eko are expanding Walmart Cookshop

    Sprouts Farmers Markets: Sales growth of 15%

    US: DoorDash revenue jumps in first quarterly results since IPOFood delivery company DoorDash Inc reported an over three-fold rise in quarterly revenue in its first results as a public company. The company, which went public in December in one of the biggest initial public offerings of the year, said its…


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