U.S. workers at online grocer FreshDirect form union
Employees of online grocer FreshDirect have formed a union after voting “overwhelmingly” to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers, UFCW Local 342 reported. In addition, 7 UFCW locals from Southern and Central California ratified a new 3-year contract with Ralphs Grocery and Albertsons Cos of The Kroger Co.’ Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions supermarket chains.
Canada: Goodfood sees net sales drop in Q2 as customer base grows
Goodfood Market Corp.a Canadian online grocery company offering fresh meal solutions and grocery items, released its financial results for the 2nd quarter of fiscal 2022, ended March 5. Net sales were C$73.4 million, compared to $77.8 million in the 1st quarter of Fiscal 2022 and $100.7 million in the 2nd quarter of Fiscal 2021.
United States: Farmstead invites customers to “eat this first”
E-gross Farmstead is doing its part to reduce food waste with a new feature for its delivery orders called “Eat This First”. Farmstead, based in Burlingame, Calif., said its email receipts have been updated with “Eat This First” sections to alert customers when it makes sense to consume particular products sooner rather than later. helping them avoid having to throw food away at home.
United States: Marketplaces raise costs, sellers protest
Anyone in the United States who sells and ships their goods through Amazon will soon have to pay the platform a 5% surcharge. The e-commerce giant is increasing its rates for business partners who use its fulfillment services, i.e. whose goods are stored and delivered by Amazon. According to the company, this is not a permanent change in fees, but a temporary fuel and inflation surcharge on top of normal costs.
United States: Wegmans will eliminate plastic bags throughout the chain this year
Wegmans Food Markets plans to phase out single-use plastic bags across the company by the end of 2022. With the move, Rochester, New York-based Wegmans said it aims to make switching all customers to reusable shopping bags, which she described as “the best option”. to solve the environmental challenge of single-use grocery bags”.
United States: March retail sales increased despite higher inflation
Retail sales rose in March even as inflation rose slightly, the National Retail Federation said. “March retail sales show consumers maintained their ability to spend despite record inflation, supply chain issues and geopolitical unrest,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Consumers are adapting and buying smarter for themselves and their families. We believe consumer strength can carry the economy through this considerable economic uncertainty if policymakers implement measured policies and do not overreact to current conditions.”
Kroger: Leader with Fresh 2.0
A large part of the Kroger The value proposition is comprehensive, fresh, and friendly: omnichannel stores brimming with the products shoppers are looking for, offering fresh food no matter how shoppers shop, and consistently friendly service. The “fresh” portion of Kroger’s value accessory propelled the grocer to record performance in 2021, on top of record results in 2020.
US: SpartanNash asks shareholders to vote for director nominees in proxy contest
In anticipation of its annual meeting of shareholders in June, SpartanNash has filed final proxy materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is sending a letter to shareholders outlining the company’s recent changes and successes and requesting votes for its director nominees.
Maxima Latvija presents paper bags for fruits and vegetables
Maxima Latvija is extension its range of eco-friendly fruit and vegetable packaging options to meet changing consumer habits and reduce the use of plastic packaging. The retailer has introduced free paper bags for fresh fruits and vegetables in its larger format Maxima XXX stores.
UK: Co-op’s brand new depot kicks into high gear with first store deliveries underway
The Co-op’s new regional distribution depot in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, is preparing to serve communities with the first deliveries underway to stores in the South East. The depot is now kicking into high gear and has begun delivering frozen, chilled and ambient groceries to convenience stores, with the site expected to serve more than 600 Co-op stores when it becomes fully operational later this year.
Japanese operator 7-Eleven picks former Uber executive overseas
Japanese retailer Seven & I Holdings Co, facing pressure from activist investors for structural reforms, has appointed a former Uber Technologies Inc executive to join its board, the company said. Convenience store chain operator 7-Eleven has named Uber Eats founding member Elizabeth Miin Meyerdirk to join as its new external director, pending shareholder approval at an annual meeting on 26 may.
Rakuten teams up with Uber Eats Japan for digital payments
Uber Eats in Japan has partnered with Rakuten Group to offer users an additional online payment option. Rakuten Pay, the Rakuten Group’s online payment service, processes payments with cards linked to the Rakuten ID system. Rakuten Pay will be available to all customers who order food and groceries on Uber Eats by the end of April.
India: Amazon Fresh announces Mango Fiesta
To welcome the arrival of India’s favorite summer ‘mangoes’, Amazon Fresh has announced Mango Fiesta with great deals every weekend and will be live until the end of May 2022. Customers can choose from a wide range of high quality fresh mangoes including Safeda, Banganpally, Badami, Sindhura, Thotapuri, Alphonso and many more. Customers can also sample authentic mangoes like Ratnagiri Alphonso, Devghad Alphonso, Organic Alphonso and premium Kesar straight from Amazon’s collection center in Ratnagiri.
Auchan plans to acquire Slovenian Mercator, report says
Auchan is looking to boost its presence in southeastern Europe in cooperation with US-Hungarian investment fund Indotek, with a bid on Slovenian retailer Mercator potentially on the cards, according to local media. According to the Slovenian daily Dnevnikthe possibility is being mooted after Indotek acquired Russian bank Sberbank’s 44% stake in Fortenova Group, a Croatia-based retail, food production and agricultural group.
UK: Aldi introduces latest green technology to its delivery fleet
Aldi is testing an all-electric refrigerated trailer as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The trailer converts kinetic energy into electricity to power the on-board batteries as the wheels turn, meaning produce stays cool, while reducing energy consumption and minimizing environmental impact.
Online grocery shopping is ‘here to stay’, says Tesco chief executive
Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy said he expects online grocery penetration to remain high, despite shoppers returning to stores after the pandemic, while the retailer also strong expansion plans for its Tesco Whoosh fast delivery concept.
CEECAT Capital becomes majority shareholder of Serbian Gomex
Private equity and credit investor CEECAT Capital has acquired a 51.5% stake in Serbian chain of neighborhood grocery stores gomex. The investment in Gomex is the first in Serbia for CEECAT Capital, which has also opened a new office in Belgrade, to source and execute further M&A deals in the region.