Meal kit supplier HelloFresh acquires Factor75, a company specialising in healthy ready meals, in the United States.
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In the United States, Ahold Delhaize acquires FreshDirect, an online supermarket in New York City specializing in fresh produce.
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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.
Coca-Cola is cutting 4,000 jobs in the United States and Canada, while a similar exercise may be coming in many other countries as well.
Abercrombie & Fitch seems to be on the rebound: after a record loss in the first quarter, the fashion group now reports a profit of 5.5 million dollars. Turnover, however, continues its drop.
Amazon has opened its first Fresh supermarket in California, combining a rather traditional product range with innovative technology. The store in Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) uses smart shopping carts to ensure a frictionless check-out.
Nike discontinues its collaboration with a series of major retail partners in the United States: the sneaker brand is speeding up its direct sales strategy, aiming to reach consumers as much as possible. Partners in Europe may also be eliminated.
E-commerce has given American retail giant Walmart a spring in its step during the Covid-19 crisis: the company's online sales almost doubled and the forced closure of restaurants meant that more Americans were buying food to cook at home.
Outdoor group VF Corp, owner of brands like The North Face and Vans, saw its turnover halved last quarter, but is very optimistic about the long-term future as outdoors, sustainability, casual wear and digital sales are on the rise.
Amazon reached its highest profit ever thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic: it sold 40 % more than the year before, enabling profit to double to 5.2 billion dollars (4.4 billion euros).