Walmart recorded a strong increase in sales during the Covid crisis, but unfortunately, it was unable to convert this growth into profit. The American retailer also worries about a meagre 2021, when the Covid measures are expected to phase out.
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More than 70 Amazon investors are backing warehouse workers who want to form a trade union in the US. The e-commerce giant is trying to thwart these plans, but investors stood up against Amazon.
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Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the United States, is trialling smart shopping trolleys. The shopping trolleys also serve as cash registers, so that customers no longer have to queue.
Walmart has partnered with smart box manufacturer HomeValet to facilitate the delivery of perishable food items. The system offers great advantages for both the consumer and the supermarket chain.
Amazon is discontinuing its grocery service Pantry. But that does not mean Jeff Bezos is giving up, on the contrary... The shopping service will now be faster and cheaper.
Lotus Bakeries has taken a minority stake in the American start-up Partake Foods, a producer of gluten and allergen-free biscuits. International stars such as Jay-Z and Rihanna are also investing in the company.
Does a digital Christmas also mean that an unseen number of presents will be returned? As the past few weeks have seen massive online purchases, American retailers are already bracing themselves for a tidal wave of returns.
Meal kit supplier HelloFresh acquires Factor75, a company specialising in healthy ready meals, in the United States.
In the United States, Ahold Delhaize acquires FreshDirect, an online supermarket in New York City specializing in fresh produce.
Amazon is now also a pharmacist: the online giant delivers medicines to homes in the United States, including prescription medication. In doing so, Jeff Bezos' company gains insight into the medical condition of its customers.
For Ahold Delhaize, these are exciting times in the important US market: the presidential elections put pressure on the retail sector. CEO Frans Muller hopes to see a leader emerge as soon as possible.
Walmart is turning four of its hypermarkets into laboratories, which are investigating how to make better use of the retailer's physical stores for e-commerce. The chain is testing different technologies there.
Apple is pioneering a mini store in California, where customers can pick up their online orders or visit a 'Genius' by appointment. The store concept is primarily a solution for corona times.
Amazon is recruiting 100,000 new warehouse workers, as the online retailer takes 100 additional logistics hubs into operation in the US. Jeff Bezos' company is also looking for as many as 33,000 office and technology employees.
Two real estate investors take over the bankrupt US department store chain JCPenney. They hope to secure the future of their indoor shopping centres, but this reasoning meets with a certain amount of scepticism...
The oldest department store chain in the United States, Lord & Taylor, will not make it to its 200th anniversary. Six years short of that milestone, it failed to find new investors and had to close its 38 remaining stores.