United States: ‘HEB Guy’ Scott McClelland confirms resignation as store chain president soon
Scott McClelland, the charismatic and lovable “HEB Guy,” has confirmed to KPRC 2 that he is resigning as president of the store chain. McClelland made it clear that his status would change with his retirement. “I am stepping down as president of HEB Food and Drug and will be working part-time in 2022 to help HE-B enter Dallas,” McClelland told KPRC 2’s digital team.
USA: Kroger releases 10 food trend forecasts for 2022
Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, has announced its 2022 Food Trends Report, which forecasts emerging food trends, consumer behavior and popular items for the coming year. This 4th annual report addresses the continuing dominance of home-cooked meals driven by the desire for comfort, affordability, social gatherings, and sustainable and nutritious foods. To download the graphics for the Kroger 2022 Food Trends Report, visit here.
USA: PCC Community Markets has appointed Krishnan Srinivasant as President and CEO
PCC Community Markets (PCC), a Seattle-based community-owned food market, has announced that Krishnan (“Krish”) Srinivasan has become the new president and CEO of a chain of 15 stores. With his appointment, Suzy Monford, who will leave the company in August 2021, will fill the vacancy.
United States: Online grocery stores pay off in double receipt and delivery
In the case of supermarkets, it is worth offering both pick-up and drop-off at the online grocery store. According to the Brick Meets Click eGrocery Performance Benchmarking 2021 Wave, weekly online grocery sales from order-taking and home delivery stores were 44% higher than home delivery-only stores and 55% higher than pick-up stores.
Canada: M&M Food Market is acquired by Parkland
Parkland Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire M&M Food Market for $ 322 million. As part of the deal, Parkland, a convenience store and fuel retailer, has acquired M & M’s nationwide network of more than 300 M&M stores, more than 2,000 M&M Express locations and nearly 500 specialty frozen products.
China: JD.com and Shopify Ink Strategic Partnership to Facilitate Cross-Border E-Commerce
JD.com and Shopify have announced a strategic partnership to provide easy and reliable access to Chinese consumers for independent brands in the United States, while giving Shopify merchants worldwide access to JD’s network of quality suppliers. The partnership connects millions of Shopify merchants worldwide with 550 million active JD.com customers in China who use the platform to find authentic, high-quality products.
Poland: Żabka Nano AiFi’s stand-alone stores outperform the industry by 25 habitats
The Żabka Group is now the largest independent retail chain in Europe, having launched 25 AI stores under the name Żabka Nano. The innovative concept allows you to make quick purchases without cashiers, queuing or cash to sell products exactly to your location and customer demographics. Stores operate in a variety of formats, such as stand-alone shipping container-inspired stores, traditional brick-and-mortar, and in-store outlets; each uses AI-based computer vision technology developed in close collaboration with the American technology company AiFi.
Omicron has an impact on Christmas shopping in the UK: IGD
Christmas shopping took a different turn in the UK amid growing uncertainty over the Omicron version, according to a recent study by IGD ShopperVista. Less than a third (32%) of shoppers said Omicron’s reputation had an impact on their holidays, and 27% said they had completely avoided planning because of last-minute restrictions.
Is the subway selling Belgian shops?
Metro, a German retailer, has been looking for a buyer for its bleeding Belgian branch for years. The Metro Group has 2 chains in Belgium: the naming catering supply chain has 11 stores in the UK, while the Makro wholesaler has 6. The Belgian business newspaper De Tijd reports that Metro has asked Rothschild to look into sales opportunities. and the news has already been discussed with interested buyers. The Dutch Sligro Group could be one – after all, the group has already made several acquisitions in Belgium. Moreover, you may be interested in the Jumbo supermarket chain, although the huge Macro stores are too big to only house a supermarket.
SPAR Ireland is at the forefront of AI-compliant technology to create a smart ordering platform
SPAR operator BWG Foods became the first grocery retailer in Ireland to lead an intelligent ordering platform, ShopLink Pro, as part of a new pilot program in its retail network. The platform was developed by R4 Technologies, a leading American AI.
Russia: X5 appoints Vladimir Kurbatov to head Pyaterotsk
X5 Retail Group NV (“X5” or “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer operating the retail chains Pjaterochka, Perekrestok and Chizhik, has announced changes in its top management team. Vladislav Kurbatov, formerly CEO of Perekrestok supermarkets, has been appointed to replace Sergei Goncharov, CEO of Pyaterochka proximity stores, who has decided to leave the company. Sergei will continue to advise the CEO of X5 to ensure a smooth transition.
Reliance joins calls for India to tighten market rules – sources
Reliance, an Indian retailer, has called for stricter regulation of e-commerce platforms in the market to ensure that such sites treat all sellers equally, 4 sources told Reuters.
Australia: Canstar Blue tops Aldit list of best fruits, vegetables and organic food
Australians seem to prefer the fruit and vegetable offerings of a huge German grocery store. Aldi has won the 2021 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customer Award in the Supermarket Fruits and Vegetables category. He also accepted the award for his organic products.
Alibaba presents promising export opportunities for Vietnamese SMEs
Alibaba.com recently released a report on the 2022 Digital Transformation in Vietnam, which shows promising export sectors for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam. Accordingly, there are promising export opportunities in 3 areas that Vietnamese SMEs need to seize in order to expand their business on the Alibaba platform: agricultural products, personal care and beauty products, and housing and horticulture.
India: Pluckk Foodtech platform raises $ 5 million in start-up capital from Exponentia Ventures
Freshwater food technology company Pluckk, a brand owned by Fruveggiie Tech Pvt Limited, has raised $ 5 million in start-up capital from Exponentia Ventures, a fund focused on emerging business ideas in both B2C and B2B. Founded in 2021 by Pratik Gupta, Pluckk aims to build India’s first digital trading business to meet the growing demand for lifestyle-oriented fresh products.
UK: Once ‘diet obsessed’ set up ‘affordable’ nutrition company
A fitness fanatic who admitted to becoming unhealthily obsessed with counting calories was a co-founder of a new online grocery store to help others. Sonny Drinkwater reduced his daily intake to about 1,000 calories while training 20 times a week until he realized something was wrong. He said it “severely affected” his mental health during his university studies. After learning about nutrition, he is a co-founder of WellEasy to help make healthy food affordable for anyone.