Walmart announced plans to bring its in-home delivery service to parts of Northwest Arkansas

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Canada: Sobeys expands store pickup through Ocado partnership
Sobeys has launched a grocery pickup service, Voilà by Safeway Curbside Pickup, at Safeway locations in Calgary and Edmonton. This will be expanded to other locations in Alberta over the next few months and builds on the launch of a similar service in Nova Scotia. The launch of this service builds on the strategic partnership between Sobeys and Ocado which saw the launch of the Voilà by Sobeys home delivery service in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) last year.

US: Walmart to offer in-home delivery in parts of Northwest Arkansas
Walmart announced plans to bring its in-home delivery service to parts of Northwest Arkansas effective April 7. The retailer’s home base is the fourth market for the service. The service is available to about 5mln people in Kansas City, Pittsburg and Vero Beach, Florida.

US shopping habits changing dramatically as Americans try to reduce food waste
New research has shown the lifestyle changes Americans are making to reduce food waste: three-quarters (76%) say they are now more likely to shop more often and in smaller quantities, to avoid having to throw away unwanted or spoiled food. A similar number (74%) are now likely to buy more frozen food for the same reason, and fully half (50%) suggest they are now prepared to buy the “ugly” fruit and vegetables that so often sit unwanted on the supermarket shelf. Male shoppers (56%) are more likely than women (46%) to accept those less attractive foodstuffs. The survey of more than 1,000 US adults was commissioned by Proagrica, a global provider of technology solutions for the agriculture and animal health industries.

Asian supermarket chain launches new app in Canada
Online grocery shopping has taken the world by storm during the pandemic. With everyone urged to remain home whenever possible, the task of getting groceries also saw a change like no other. We all turned to available platforms online for our weekly necessities. And another supermarket chain has joined in on this move: T&T Supermarket. It is one of the largest Asian grocery chains in the country, so this is definitely exciting news for both regular and new customers. There are more than 10,000 products that are displayed on the app, any of which can be purchased with ease.

How Jüsto stands out in Mexico’s competitive grocery market
Mexico-based Jüsto (Spanish for fair) is a pureplay grocer. It is committed to offering customers fresh, and high-quality produce and meat at fair prices. It achieves this by working directly with suppliers and managing the complete end-to-end supply chain, without using intermediaries. This shortens the supply chain, meaning perishables do not spend lengthy times on shelves, losing freshness. The cost saving of working with suppliers is transferred to the customer, who receives fresher products at greater value.

Network International reports shift in supermarket shopping trends among UAE residents during 2020
In 2020, UAE residents spent more when they did their supermarket shopping online as compared to when they made their purchases at an outlet, according to Network International, the leading enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The payments company reports that the overall average transaction value (ATV) of an ecommerce basket among UAE residents in 2020 was 40% greater than that of point of sale (POS) transactions at supermarkets. The increase can be attributed to a shift in consumer behaviour following COVID-19 lockdown restrictions with safety concerns and convenience, prompting a growth in online and contactless purchases.

Russia: O’Key Group sees revenue up 5.6% in FY 2020
Russian retailer O’Key Group has reported a 5.6% year-on-year growth in revenue to RUB174.3bln (€1.95bln) in its financial year 2020. The group’s gross profit increased by 5.4% to RUB39.3bln (€440mln) with a gross margin of 22.5%. EBITDA grew by 5.5% year-on-year to RUB14.8bln (€170mln), and the EBITDA margin stood at 8.5%.

Europe: Report finds grocery shoppers focused on health, online and value
The new report launched by McKinsey & Company and EuroCommerce examines the long term-trends and effects of the pandemic on the European grocery industry. With government restrictions impacting shopping patterns and accelerating the shift to online, the Disruption and Uncertainty – State of Grocery Retail 2021 study, based on both a CEO survey and consumer research, identified 4 key trends that will shape the industry over the next years. These are based on the areas consumers intend to spend more money on and what CEOs see as the key industry-shaping trends, with the majority expecting an increased focus on adjusting to shoppers who want variety, value and online.