HelloFresh plans to open a new distribution center in Phoenix
Gopuff acquires UK platform to expand internationally
Gopuff is going global. The Philadelphia-based delivery platform expands beyond the US for the first time and acquires a delivery platform in the UK. By integrating Fancy into the company’s infrastructure, Gopuff will enter a new market – and continent – to enable customers to have everyday items delivered to their homes. Fancy’s vertically integrated operations, which include multiple micro-fulfillment centers across England, enable delivery services to be carried out quickly. According to Gopuff, the move represents a $ 30 billion market opportunity.
USA: Costco sees sales grow more than 30% in April
The Costco Wholesale Corp. continued to build on strong pandemic-driven gains a year ago when sales growth topped 30% in April. In the four weeks ending May 2, net sales rose 33.5% from $ 11.39 billion a year ago to $ 15.21 billion, Costco reported. For the 35-week year to date, the warehouse club retailer had net sales of $ 126.58 billion, up 17.6% from $ 107.64 billion year-over-year.
Amazon is investing in BC to create more than 2,000 jobs, improve opportunities for local businesses, and improve the delivery experience for customers
Amazon announced its continued investment in the British Columbia economy and Metro Vancouver through an expansion that will include 5 new buildings: a fulfillment center, a sorting center and 3 delivery stations. The investment will create more than 2,000 secure jobs from day one with competitive wages, industry-leading benefits and career opportunities.
USA: Despite the dynamism of e-commerce, in-store shopping is the top priority, according to the survey
A recent survey by Survey Monkey found that 86% of adults in the US want to buy groceries in-store for themselves. Meanwhile, e-commerce split up the remaining respondents. 7% said they prefer to have their groceries picked up, while the other 7% are in favor of having their groceries delivered. In-store purchases had a strong preference of 80% or more for gender (90% of men and 82% of women), age groups, and income groups, according to the survey. After a year of pandemic-triggered online shopping, the survey shows that grocery stores are still number one in store.
USA: HelloFresh is expanding its production and sales capacities on the west coast with a new plant in Phoenix
HelloFresh, America’s leading food set company, announced plans to open a new distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona. The nearly 400,000 square foot facility at 1850 South 71st Avenue will become the company’s largest shipping and fulfillment center in the world. It supports the growing demand for HelloFresh meal sets and enables HelloFresh to better serve new and existing customers on the West Coast.
USA: PriceSmart announces April net sales
PriceSmart, Inc. announced that April net sales of merchandise increased 22.0% from $ 216.0 million in April last year to $ 263.4 million. Exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales of merchandise by 1.6%, or $ 3.4 million, compared to the same period last year. At the end of April 2021, 47 storage clubs were in operation and at the end of April 2020 there were 45 storage clubs.
UK: Asda is trying Safe Boxes so your groceries can be delivered when you are on the go
Asda tests secure “delivery boxes” outside the customer’s premises so that drivers can leave their purchases even when you are not in the box. The delivery driver enters a code on the box so that he can open it and put the goods inside. They will then complete it so the delivery order is safe until the customer comes home.
Germany: REWE tests the Pick & Go technology in Cologne
The REWE Group is testing a new Pick & Go technology in a market in downtown Cologne so that customers can buy their groceries easily and with minimal contact. The pilot project includes a selected group of employees who will test the technology in the REWE store on Zeppelinstrasse. The retailer plans to roll out the service in late summer. The retailer has partnered with Trigo Vision Ltd, a company specializing in computer vision technology, for this project.
Russian Lidl supermarket chain opens in the UK and says it is the cheapest
A supermarket chain called Russian Lidl is opening its first stores in the UK this summer – and it claims to be cheaper than any other store. Svetofor, which was founded in Siberia in 2009 but trades under Mere in Europe, says it costs up to 30% less than other budget stores like Aldi. The Russian chain has 3,200 branches internationally and opened its first European Mere branch in 2018. Today it trades in Germany – where rival Aldi began – as well as in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and the Ukraine. The first UK store is reportedly opening next month in Preston in a former Nisa branch.
Edeka extends participation in Picnic
Edeka has increased its share of Picnic. Since last week, the top man in the German group, Markus Mosa, has also been a board member of the Dutch online supermarket. The news from Edeka has since been confirmed by picnic director Michiel Muller. Nevertheless, he does not want to reveal how great the interest of the Germans has become. “I’ll keep the percentage to myself,” he told the Dutch newspaper FD. Before expanding its stake, Edeka already had 10% of the shares in Picnic and 35% of the shares in the German subsidiary of the web supermarket.
Germany: HelloFresh expands food range
Berlin-based HelloFresh is in the process of expanding its HelloFresh Marketplace store, available in Europe, which will allow customers who use the service to purchase their bundled meal recipes to add additional groceries to their order. In Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, where the service was quietly pioneering at the end of last year, the range of these additional items has grown to 150 products and, according to official information, ensures more rings, profits and customer loyalty. This encourages the company to further expand the range in the Benelux countries and to introduce similar offers in additional markets, including measures to expand the USA, as WGB has learned.