United States: fruit stars in the fruit and vegetable category
Although demand for organic produce has been a boon for supermarkets over the past year, fruit – both conventional and organic – has stood out. “The gaps between conventional and organic fruit have really narrowed dramatically,” said Jay Schneider, produce buying manager for Gorillas US, a Berlin-based startup that offers grocery delivery in New York. “More than ever, we are seeing the popularity of clean, healthy eating.”
bp expands ampm convenience brand to US east coast
BP opened its first APM convenience store in New York, expanding the seventh-largest convenience store chain from its West Coast roots. The store, located at 824 Allerton Avenue in the Bronx, is the convenience brand’s first opening on the East Coast. The store will feature the bp brand throughout the ampm fuel experience and food menu, including a hot deli and deli with fresh fruit and many dry goods. The entire customer-centric experience is inspired by Thorntons, the renowned Kentucky-based fuel and convenience retailer, which bp took full ownership of in 2021.
United States: Bakkal receives financing to accelerate its growth
Bakkal Corporation announced a seed investment of $3 million from new and existing investors. Founded in 2021, Bakkal is a B2B2C marketplace and last mile delivery platform for ethnic products. The company aims to reshape local convenience stores by providing strategic business tools and services.
United States: Stop & Shop intensifies donations of fresh produce
In an effort to stem hunger in its communities, Stop & Shop is launching a new seasonal program that provides fresh, locally grown vegetables to families in need. This month, the retailer will host giveaway events at stores across its multistate footprint. Food-insecure consumers in these areas can access locally grown produce such as corn, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers. Stop & Shop works with regional and local food banks to coordinate donations in New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York.
United States: HEB continues its breakthrough in DFW Metroplex
HEB is expected to open its newest addition to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex early next year. The Texas-based retailer, which already serves the region with its Central Market format, will bring its first HEB store to Tarrant County with a planned opening in Mansfield, about 30 miles from Dallas. The Mansfield store will be located at the corner of US 287 and Broad Street. HEB owns approximately 28 acres on the site.
US: QuikTrip leverages Amazon Just Walk Out technology for a no-pay-first store
Convenience retailer QuikTrip has opened a store in Tulsa powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology. This is its first foray into the cashless space. People visiting the new location (in the BOK Tower at One Williams Center) will be able to insert their credit card at the front door to enter, shop as usual, and then leave.
Convenience store sales rise in Asia-Pacific in first quarter, study finds
Convenience store sales increased in thirteen countries in the first quarter of 2022, while ten countries saw a decline, a new report from NielsenIQ and NACS has revealed. The global convenience store industry report includes 23 countries in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
UK: Aldi raises wages for warehouse co-workers and increases night bonus payments
Aldi is continuing its recent market-leading pay rise for its store colleagues by increasing the hourly rate of pay for thousands of people working in its regional distribution centers across the UK. Starting in September, all hourly-paid colleagues in its warehouses will receive wage increases of up to 9% over their previous January 2022 hourly rates. The majority of fulfillment center roles are pickers warehouse workers, who will receive a new minimum rate of £12.66 per hour.
SPAR opens its first supermarket in Latvia
Retail giant SPAR has opened its first supermarket in Latvia in the town of Saldus, 120 kilometers west of Riga. In 2021, SPAR International granted a license to operate the brand in Latvia to S&P Logistics. The 720 square meter store includes an in-store bakery, as well as groceries and fresh produce.
Saudi Arabia-based Purity invests in online grocery startup Appetito
Based in Cairo and operating in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, online grocery store Appetito has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Purity, the leading information technology company based in Riyadh. Under the agreement, Purity will partner Appetito in the Saudi market and provide the necessary financing for Appetito to expand its operations across the Kingdom and the MENA region.
UK: Tesco set to scrap basic functionality due to ‘lack of customer demand’
Tesco appears to be moving away from staffed checkouts and putting more emphasis on self-service in the future. The big four supermarkets have announced they will be scrapping traditional staffed checkouts due to “lack of customer demand”. Tesco said larger self-service checkout areas have been successful and its largest self-service checkout areas for trolleys are three times longer than standard sizes, meaning six bags can be accommodated packed at a time.
Too Good To Go available in all 107 SPAR Scotland owned stores
In December 2020, SPAR International entered into a partnership agreement with Too Good To Go, the objective being to offer customers an innovative digital solution to reduce food waste. CJ Lang & Son, wholesaler for SPAR Scotland, continues this movement with Too Good To Go, hoping to inspire and inspire Scottish customers to take action in the fight against food waste.
Cyprus: Supermarkets, delivery platforms on the rise
Delivery companies and supermarkets are adapting their business model by introducing new services, including own operations for online and door-to-door shoppers. AlphaMega Hypermarkets has steadily gained traction in the retail market in the year and a half since launching its own online delivery service, confirming that Cypriot consumers are on board with a trend that is growing across Europe. Delivery platforms are also convincing supermarkets to come on board while changing their operating model to include their own online grocery stores. Finnish delivery platform Wolt is looking to expand its in-house grocery store, Wolt Market, and is looking to hire administrative staff, initially in Nicosia.
India: Fraazo closes its doors in several cities; in talks for the acquisition
Trouble seems to be brewing at one of the companies in the fast delivery space. Fraazo, a fast-trading startup focused on fresh agricultural produce, is potentially considering a full shutdown as the company only has a few months of trail left, three people familiar with the company’s internal details said. “Fraazo has closed its operations in all cities [excluding Mumbai]”, said one of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Even in its main market (Mumbai), the company has reduced its operations by 50-60%”. Previously, the company was operational in seven cities, including Delhi (NCR), Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, but sources say ‘most of the local teams in these cities have been laid off and dark shops have been closed’.