Kroger introduces ‘Customer Fulfilment Centre accelerate eCommerce capability

US – American grocery retailer, Kroger has launched what it claims to be America’s first Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in an effort to accelerate its eCommerce capability. According to a report by FoodBev, the CFC was developed using technology developed by UK-based delivery service Ocado. The launch is the result of Kroger and Ocado’s exclusive partnership formed in 2018 which gave the US retailer access to Ocado’s Smart Platform technology to enhance its fulfilment, picking and delivery capacity. Apart from enhancing its ecommerce capabilities, Kroger says that its CFC would…

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Naivas, Cleanshelf open new branches in Nakuru, take over spaces of struggling Tuskys, Ukwala

KENYA – IFC backed Kenyan retailer Naivas Supermarket has opened its fourth store in Nakuru town, as local chain Cleanshelf opens its inaugural store in the same region, central of Kenya. The new stores steam up competition in the town which hosts other retailers such as WoolMart and QuickMart who have two branches each, while homegrown Gilanis has maintained its only branch. According to reports by Business Daily, Naivas’ and Cleanshelf’s new branch have occupied spaces vacated by Tuskys and Choppies owned Ukwala respectively. Troubled Tuskys supermarket exited Nakuru town,…

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Shoprite offers uncompromised indulgence with launch of premium food range endorsed by SA’s top Chef

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite owned Checkers, has launches an exclusive new premium food range called Forage & Feast, consisting of only the finest quality ingredients. This unique range includes some of the very best foods which have, until now, typically only been found at speciality delis and food emporiums, consisting of only the finest products to deliver uncompromised indulgence. Standout products include an authentic Sicilia passata sauce made with sun-ripened Datterino tomatoes; vinegar made from Italian Prosecco; rusks made with real butter and filled with wholesome ingredients such as almonds…

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Majid Al Futtaim provides Egyptians with a seamless online experience with launch of new service

EGYPT – Majid Al Futtaim, the shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has launched its free “Click and Collect” service across its four shopping malls in Egypt. The newly launched “click and collect” service is aimed to reinvent shopping experiences in the country by offering customers more convenience and choice, further addressing the rise in demand for online services. The service enables customers to shop online and collect their purchases from select stores at any of Majid Al Futtaim’s shopping malls in…

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Carrefour to acquire Walmart’s Grupo Big to strengthen retail presence in Brazil

BRAZIL – French retail giant, Carrefour has agreed to purchase Brazil’s third biggest food retailer Grupo Big from Walmart and investment firm Advent International in an effort to strengthen its presence in the South American country.  The deal which is reported to value the company at 7 billion reais (about US$1.25 billion) will expand the Carrefour’s footprint in regions where it has limited penetration such as the northeast and south of the country. By combining the groups, the retailer claims it will be able to offer a broader range of…

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Tuskys appoints its CFO Chadwick Okumu to be company’s interim Chief Executive Officer

KENYA – The struggling retailer, Tuskys Supermarket has appointed its chief financial officer (CFO) Chadwick Okumu as its interim Chief Executive Officer following the departure of Dan Githua last year. Prior to joining Tuskys, Okumu was Chief Financial Officer of Uchumi Supermarket for eight years and has worked in various finance capacities at Reckitt Benchiser and Keroche Breweries. “Mr Chadwick Okumu is the acting Chief Executive at Tuskys. The process of appointing a substantive boss has taken long because getting the right person for the job is not easy,” the…

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Uganda welcomes second Carrefour store as the retailer continues with expansion plans in East Africa

UGANDA – Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) and the regional franchise holder of Carrefour has opened its second store in Uganda. Launch of the new outlet located at Metroplex Shopping Mall in Kampala, follows one-year anniversary celebration of Carrefour’s inaugural hypermarket in the country, located in Oasis Mall that opened its doors in February 2020. With the new shop, Carrefour has taken up space previously occupied by collapsed Nakumatt Holdings and Shoprite, reports The East African. Spanning over 2,050 square meters, the branch seeks to offer unrivalled choice of…

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Shoprite soars above COVID-19 hiccups reporting 4.7% rise in half year sales, banking on home market

SOUTH AFRICA – South African retailer Shoprite has eased Africa push to focus on domestic market gains with the supermarket chain owner revealing that it closed the last of its Kenyan stores in February 2021 and terms of sale of 100% stake in its Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Ltd subsidiary have been concluded. This was indicated in the group’s half year results for the period ended December 2020, highlighting that the transaction has been lodged with the Nigerian Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) for approval. Management expects the transaction…

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Walmart’s Massmart to review operations outside Southern African region, offloads non-core businesses

SOUTH AFRICA – Massmart, Walmart owned South African retailer with presence in 13 countries in Africa has indicated that it will be reviewing its operations outside the Southern African region in the second quarter of 2021, as part of its turnaround plan. This is in addition to its plan of offloading its food retail outlets Cambridge Food, Rhino and Masscash comprising The Fruitspot and a meat processing facility to focus on high returning businesses. To this end the retailer has appointed Barclays to facilitate the disposal of the non-core businesses,…

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Shoprite collaborates with South African wine farmers to launch new private label wine brand, rescuing ailing industry

SOUTH AFRICA – Leading African retailer, Shoprite has once again come to the rescue of South Africa’s wine industry with the introduction of a new exclusive private label wine brand known as Elephant’s Cousin. The new wines with unique flavour profiles and easy drinkability i.e., a sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz, will be widely available in Shoprites and Checker’s LiquorShops. Much like the supermarket’s popular Odd Bins range, the exact origin of the wine is kept secret to ensure it remains both affordable and accessible. Shoprite has indicated that the…

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