China's largest retailer, Sun Art Group, has opened its first RT-Mart Super. Located in Changzhou. this is RT-Mart's first medium-sized store. With a sales area of 3,900 m2, the store carries more than 1,500 SKUs, covering main categories such as fresh, dairy, chilled, ambient as well as general merchandise products. The group is actively seeking ways to lessen its reliance on hypermarkets, as China’s consumers gravitate towards smaller and more compact stores, partially driven by China’s urbanisation.
First RT-Mart Super opens in China
The 900th store of Perekrestok supermarket
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The retailer Perekrestok, part of X5 Retail Group (Russia), opened its 900th supermarket. It is located in Tyumen (Ural region). The design of the store comprises the departments of ready-to-eat and ready-to-go produces; there is a zone for healthy life style merchandise. Half of the supermarkets’ area is reserved for fresh category goods. The assortment includes 17,000 SKU.
Perekrestok has recently considerably expanded its penetration into Ural Federal region; 18 supermarkets were open in June and July.
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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.
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In response to the growing concerns of the Israeli consumers for food security, Victory is the first supermarket chain to adopt the GLOBALGAP Standards. “We decided to adopt an international standard in order to avoid the duplicity of audits and residue analysis” declares its managing director Eyal Ravi. He indeed considers both growers retailers and consumers will benefit with a common standard required on the domestic and export markets.
Victory is a discount type of supermarket, with 25 stores of 1,500m2 average and a market share of 3%.