US: UNFI revamps leadership structure
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has unveiled a new leadership and organizational structure comprised of four growth platforms – services, wholesale, retail and corporate/business transformation – linked to the grocery distributor’s strategic priorities. Providence, Rhode Island-based UNFI said that President Chris Testa and four other C-suite executives will take on leading roles in the revamped organization.
US: 1st Amazon Fresh opens in New York
The Amazon Fresh banner is growing in new and established metro markets. The latest physical stores are welcoming shoppers in Oceanside, New York, and Norridge, Illinois, communities that are within a half hour drive to New York City and Chicago, respectively. The Oceanside Amazon Fresh at 3620 Long Beach Road spans about 47,000 square feet and is the first store location in New York, according to Amazon. The new store in Norridge at 4211 N. Harlem Ave. occupies a 50,000-square-foot space and is the ninth store in the Chicagoland area.
US: Kroger fulfillment network expands to Greater Nashville Region and Chicago Metro Area
The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of spoke facilities in Nashville, Tennessee and Maywood, Illinois. Working in conjunction with nearby fulfillment centers, Kroger Delivery will now reach customers in Greater Nashville and the Chicago Metro Area.
US: Stor.ai announces partnership with Vallarta Supermarkets
Stor.ai, the end-to-end digital commerce solution for grocers, announced that it has partnered with Vallarta Supermarkets, a chain of grocery stores located across Southern California, to implement its platform in Vallarta stores. Vallarta will use stor.ai’s ecommerce and picking platform to support their stores in deploying advanced online shopping, delivery and fulfillment solutions.
US: Kroger announces participation in National Convening to Inform the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, announced its participation in the National Convening to Inform the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. This one-day event serves to bring together critical viewpoints to identify and discuss solutions for the crises the nation faces around hunger, nutrition and diet-related chronic disease.
India: B2B ecommerce unicorn Udaan joins the race to acquire Metro Cash & Carry
B2B ecommerce unicorn Udaan has reportedly expressed interest in buying Metro AG’s India wholesale unit. With this, the startup joins the likes of deep-pocketed suitors such as Tata, Amazon, DMart and Reliance.
Amazon to create more than 4,000 jobs in UK
Amazon is creating more than 4,000 permanent jobs across the UK this year, the online company has announced. The US firm said the recruitment drive would bring its permanent workforce in the UK to 75,000, having created 40,000 new jobs in the past three years. Amazon said it had invested £1bln across the UK and was set to be one of the 10 largest private sector employers in the country.
Glovo delivers for Carrefour Romania
European fast delivery giant Glovo has begun deliveries from all 15 Carrefour hypermarket stores in Romania. Customers can order from a range of 20,000 products from the Supermarket section of the Glovo app and have them delivered within an hour. Goods offered include fresh vegetables and fruit, drinks, cleaning products and pet food as well as alcohol.
China: Missfresh announces strategic partnership and RMB200mln equity investment from Shanxi Donghui
Missfresh Limited (“Missfresh” or the “Company”), an innovator and leader in China’s neighborhood retail industry, announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Shanxi Donghui Group (“Shanxi Donghui”), a multinational conglomerate with diversified businesses including energy, nonferrous metals, cultural tourism and modern agriculture. Pursuant to the strategic investment agreement dated as of July 14, 2022 (the “Agreement”), Shanxi Donghui will make an RMB200mln equity investment in Missfresh.
UK: Co-op and Starship expand robot delivery service to Wellingborough, Higham Ferrers and Rushden (Northamptonshire)
Co-op and Starship Technologies have partnered with North Northamptonshire Council to roll-out autonomous grocery delivery to local residents across Wellingborough, Higham Ferrers and Rushden.
Spain: First half of 2022 a ‘turning point’ in DIA’s recovery, retailer says
The first half of 2022 marked a ‘turning point’ in the transformation of Spanish retailer DIA, the group said in a statement, as it reported a 8.5% increase in sales, to €3.46bln.
eGrocery specialist Picnic counts on TGW
Dutch online supermarket Picnic trusts in the expertise and experience of intralogistics specialist TGW once more. In the German town of Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, a powerful fulfilment centre will be built by summer 2024, securing Picnic’s further growth on the German market. Both companies are linked by a close collaboration: only months ago, their first jointly planned and implemented project, a logistics centre in Utrecht, celebrated its go-live.
GMG opens French retail brand Monoprix’s first store in the UAE
Retail giant GMG has opened the UAE’s first Monoprix store. GMG acquired the Middle East operations of the French retailing giant Groupe Casino’s brands – Géant, Franprix, and Monoprix – in April this year from Urban Foods by Dubai Holding.
UK: New Sainsbury’s Local opens its doors to community in Carshalton
Sainsbury’s Carshalton Green Wrythe Lane Local invited customers in Sutton to sample their new store for the first time. Conveniently located on the popular shopping parade on the southern end of Green Wrythe Lane, the 2,842 sq. ft. store will serve and help customers between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. Customers will have the chance to sample Sainsbury’s latest convenience range, from fresh fruit and veg, healthy snacks and food-to-go to sweet, savoury and frozen staples.