COVID-19 latest news from around the world

12 January 2021
Latest IGD research, conducted 8-10 January, shows that half of shoppers claimed to have stockpiled or bought extra recently due to COVID-19. This has increased from last week though is still lower than previous levels, particularly last April, when it reached 64%. Stockpiling is highest among 18-44s (62%) and those living in London and Northern Ireland (both 65%). In comparison, claimed st...
08 January 2021
Latest IGD research conducted 6-7 January has shown that 45% of shoppers claimed to have stockpiled or bought extra recently due to COVID-19. This has declined from 53% in research conducted 18-20 December. Stockpiling is highest among 18-34s (50%), ABs (56%) and those living in London (61%). In comparison, claimed stockpiling due to the UK leaving the EU is lower and stable at 21% (24% in ...
19 November 2020
In any ‘normal’ year, the retail sector would be about to shift into fifth gear in preparation for the festive season. However, 2020 has been anything but normal. So instead, the industry finds itself entering the season having already been in overdrive for months. It’s a similar picture around the world, but in the UK and continental Europe, there is the additional challenge of the UK's depar...
09 November 2020
Following the announcement of a second national lockdown in England, there continue to be reports of significantly increased sales particularly for household paper, tins and packaged goods, and personal care products. The supply chain remains resilient with no significant shortages. Demand for online delivery slots is also reported to be very strong. Latest IGD research conducted over the we...
06 November 2020
Since the increase in shopper stockpiling last weekend which coincided with the announcement of a second national lockdown , stockpiling has slipped back. On Wednesday and Thursday, there was a decline in shoppers claiming to have stockpiled to 45% compared to 55% over the weekend. Stockpiling is highest among 18-24s (73%), ABC1s (51%) and those with children (52%). Top categories ...
05 November 2020
Following the announcement of a second national lockdown , there was an increase in shopper stockpiling over the weekend. Since then, stockpiling has slipped back at the start of this week. On Monday and Tuesday, there was a decline in shoppers claiming to have stockpiled to 46% comparted to 55% over the weekend. Stockpiling is highest among 18-24s (53%) and 35-44s (51%). Top categ...
24 June 2020
COVID-19 has caused a monumental shift in consumers’ food and drink habits. Our new Eating In Vs Dining Out report, produced in collaboration with foodservice consultant Peter Backman, explores the impact of COVID-19 on the UK food and drink market and outlines four scenarios for the future. During the pandemic, the boundaries between eating at home and out-of-home, already blurred, have b...
28 April 2020
Albert Heijn is due to temporarily carry out home deliveries on Sundays, as more customers choose to have their groceries delivered at home amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Starting 3 rd of May The temporary service is due to start on Sunday 3 May. In recent weeks, the retailer has recruited 600 additional employees to collect and pack groceries in its five home shop centres and d...
27 April 2020
Tesco Ireland confirmed the expansion of its Click and Collect service to 10 locations across different counties, amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Five new locations + expanded slots at five existing locations The brand new collection points are Bailieborough in Cavan, Ballincollig in Cork, Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road and Ballinasloe in Galway, Clonmel and Nenagh in Tippe...
27 April 2020
Starship Technologies’ robots started delivering food to NHS staff in Milton Keynes, amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Using Starship’s mobile app NHS workers can have food delivered by robots from local food outlets by using Starship’s mobile app. Henry Harris-Burland, VP of Marketing at Starship Technologies, commented: “ We want to make life a little bit easier for these peopl...
21 April 2020
As foodservice wholesalers seek to tap into the hugely increased demand for remote shopping, and offset the loss of their core B2B sales, JJ Foodservice has further stepped up its consumer offer with the launch of same day delivery from three depots. Shoppers in London, ordering online before 11.00 am, Monday to Friday, from JJ’s Enfield, Sidcup and Dagenham branches can now get delivery the same...
17 April 2020
Walmex (Walmart Mexico) has introduced a new pricing initiative called “Los Esenciales” (The Essentials), which sees 125 essential items sold at their lowest possible prices in order to support the Mexican population during the COVID—19 pandemic. This promotion will feature in all Walmex’s Bodega Aurrera discount banners, which account for more than 2,000 stores across the country. Items will ...
17 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK: Multiples update Morrisons offers 10% discount to NHS staff: From Thursday, NHS staff will be entitled to a 10% discount when shopping at the retailer's stores. The scheme will last until July 12th when it will be reviewed. This latest initiative follows on from Morrisons...
17 April 2020
On 23 March, we reported that all the UK’s largest food-to-go operators had closed their doors after the government announced restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and measures to support businesses during this time. Nearly four weeks later, the news that three of the UK’s most popular chains were re-opening selected stores will have delighted many of their fans (a...
17 April 2020
It is currently hard to know how long coronavirus will be impacting day to day business and shopping behaviour. When looking to plan trade promotions in the medium term we need to consider the volatility and unpredictability of the current climate. Three questions you should be asking are: 1. Why do you want to promote? With many categories and brands seeing record levels of sales duri...
16 April 2020
Whole Foods, Amazon’s subsidiary, is turning its brick and mortar locations into ‘dark stores’, amid the extraordinary demand for online grocery. Getting creative with the spaces available “To focus on Prime grocery deliveries and help us fulfill more orders”, the grocer has temporarily closed its Manhattan Bryant Park store, located in central New York City, and repurposed it into a dark s...
16 April 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from UK Co-op has invested £3m to install thousands of protective Perspex screens at till points in its 2,600 stores, alo...
16 April 2020
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM), shows that UK retail sales fell by 4.3% in March, the largest monthly drop in the history of the measure. While sales in supermarkets saw an exceptional peak in the month, large elements of non-food sales fell away sharply, even before the general shutdown announced on 23 March. Then thereafter many non-food sec...
16 April 2020
Amazon is set to temporarily suspend all non-essential deliveries in the country, as reported by Reuters. Closure of six warehouses The retailer will close its six warehouses in France until at least 20 April, following a court order to limit deliveries to essential products, including food and medical supplies. According to the report, Amazon will use a state partial-unemployment scheme...
16 April 2020
Beauty-products retailer, Sa Sa International, has posted its Q4 results. Group turnover fell 56.5% to HKD892.4m (US$115.1m). Multiples factors impacting turnover The significant decline in Group turnover was partly due to the closure of Sa Sa’s Singapore business. Sales to mainlanders in Hong Kong and Macau fell 80.8%, as consumer sentiment and travel restrictions following Coronavirus (CO...