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03 April 2020
In this article we round up the latest initiatives from Aldi and Lidl UK and Ireland to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Aldi Implemnted a one person, one trolley rule in a bid to encourag all customers to try and reduce the number of family members they bring with them into stores Through its partnership with Neighbourly, Aldi will be donating 5...
03 April 2020
We look at Dollarama’s Q4 results and the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the early part of its first quarter. Full year sales up to CA$3.8 bn The retailer’s fourth quarter sales increased by 0.5% to CA$1.1 bn, with the quarter one week shorter than in 2019. Comparable store sales increased by 2.0%, or by 3.8% excluding the impact of a calendar shift. Operating income incre...
03 April 2020
We are all living with daily proof of how external events can have significant impacts on all parts of our lives not least how we shop for and think about food and groceries. At IGD we remain in close contact with the food and consumer goods sector to ensure we are supporting in the best way possible. One common theme in many of these conversations has been how we can help understand what could h...
02 April 2020
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) three months ago, retailers in Singapore have responded with urgency and empathy as the situation evolves - we will continue to update this article with the latest developments... Improving efficiency for online Lazada is closing its online store for two days to implement key changes  Reducing assortment:  prioritise daily essentials s...
02 April 2020
One of the key pivots that companies have had to make quickly in response to the Coronavirus pandemic is with their marketing messages. Several companies launched eye-catching campaigns to support social distancing measures in March, with many iconic brands re-working their logos as part of similar initiatives. The new reality Beyond this, we are starting to see companies adapt their communi...
02 April 2020
With increased pressure on pharmacies and an exceptional increase in demand for health, hygiene and personal care products, Boots continues to evolve its approach to best serve customers and communities.   Donating 200,000 essential products Building on its existing relationship with the Hygiene Bank , Boots will donate essential toiletries to hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis, with t...
02 April 2020
Kroger has released a trading update and outlined its initial responses to COVID-19. Sales up 30% With the COVID-19 pandemic causing shoppers to stock up on groceries, Kroger has experienced a 30% increase in identical store sales for March (excl fuel), compared to the same period last year. Both its physical stores and its online services have seen growth and to support this, Kroger is mak...
01 April 2020
As the Coronavirus (COVD-19) affects more countries globally and impacts lives, there has been an increased focus on hygiene, as governments and health professional recommend regular hand washing.  In this article we look at three technologies already in existence that keep stores clean and could help reassure shoppers. Autonomous cleaning robots Walmart has the Auto-C – Autonomous Clean...
01 April 2020
COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the food and grocery industry, with many teams heavily involved in crisis management or supporting supply chain activities. A dichotomy is being described by many of the people we speak to, with specific teams “in the thick of it”, to ensure the country is fed, and those that for one reason or another, have a bit more time on their hands.  Durin...
01 April 2020
Lidl inaugurates a new regional distribution centre (RDC) in Cecil County, Maryland, which will serve as the cornerstone of the discounter’s regional store network and support its expansion plans in the country. 700,000 square feet facility The new facility has required an investment of $100 million, and is due to create over 200 new positions. The RDC will serve stores across five states: ...