The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has launched the ‘vulnerable supply chains’ facility in partnership with some of the UK’s largest retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer. Retail Gazette reports that the £6.85 million fund includes investment from UK businesses to keep vulnerable workers in their supply chains in safe and secure employment and bids to ensure a steady supply of products like vegetables, coffee and clothes. The fund consists of £4.85 million from the DFID and a £2 million from its retail partners.
UK retailers team up with government to protect supply chains and international workers
JD.com teams up with neighbourhood stores
Italian retail promises greater sustainability
Lidl aims to conquer US
Lidl’s new store in Peachtree Corners, Atlanta is the German retailer’s fifth in Georgia and 99th Lidl in the US. Having opened its first US outlet in 2017, the discounter aims to continue its steady expansion along the East Coast, with the target of reaching 1,500 stores across the country, according to Progressive Grocer.
New challenges, new opportunities
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Almost all the wold currently overcomes a most complicated period caused by the rapid spread of the contagious disease. Economic recession and confinement influence negatively the sales at consumer markets. Russia was not spared of the crisis. For instance, the sales shrank by 40% in good hypermarkets, by 30% in supermarkets and by 15 % in convenience shops during two last months.
Record sales for UK supermarkets
The covid-19 outbreak sparked the busiest month on record for UK supermarkets, with grocery sales in March soaring by 20.6% compared to the previous month. All 10 major UK supermarkets recorded sales increases during the first 3 months of 2020, according to the new data. Aldi reported an 11% rise in sales. Of the Big-4 supermarkets, Sainsbury’s performed best, with 7.4% growth.
Morrisons teams up with Deliveroo for contact-free delivery
To help UK consumers cope with the current lockdown, retailer Morrisons has partnered with Deliveroo to offer on-demand delivery in 30 minutes to families struggling to secure delivery slots. The partnership is aimed at expanding delivery capabilities, with Morrisons now offering 70 “essential household” items via the Deliveroo app. The service is available from over 130 Morrisons stores across the UK on new £35 lockdown food boxes
Coviran reduces environmental impact
In 2019, Covirán redoubled its efforts to ensure sustainability and respect for the environment in its business model, with the reduction of emissions, the improvement of energy efficiency, the optimisation of resources, and the use of waste.
A first store for The Food Warehouse in Northern Ireland
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The Food Warehouse has entered Northern Ireland for the first time with the opening of a flagship in County Antrim that has created 30 new jobs.