just-food authors and correspondents
Articles by Glynn Davis
The world of international food retail has undoubtedly got a little less international in recent years and 2014 looks likely to see the big guns continue to take an empire-building breather and sort out their troubled home markets while undertaking only modest overseas activities. Glynn Davis reports.
The Sainsbury's loyalty programme Nectar, set up over a decade ago, is central to the UK grocer's push to further develop as a multi-channel business.
US-based supermarket operator Kroger is unusual in the grocery world in developing its own hardware IT solutions. The firm is now using its technology expertise to create a ground-breaking system for managing on-shelf availability. Glynn Davis reports.
Morrisons' focus on producing its own food through its vertically integrated manufacturing businesses has provided the supermarket with some challenges as it has overhauled its IT infrastructure, Finance Director Richard Pennycook tells just-food. Glynn Davis looks at the solutions that the retailer has found.
"Soulless sheds", "beached whales" and "blips in the history of retail" are descriptions that have recently been assigned to hypermarkets, a format that seems to have taken on the persona of a dinosaur whose days are numbered. Glynn Davis takes a look at whether this once high-flying format can be rejuvenated.
Ocado is to increase its range across both food and non-food as it increasingly goes head-to-head with the online operations of the major grocers in the UK.
Spain's Grupo Eroski recently signalled its intention to focus on its domestic operations, off-loading its stake in its French JV with Carrefour, Altis, to Intermarché. Speaking at the group's annual conference, CEO Agustín Markaide discusses the group's plans across its supermarket and hypermarket formats as well as online.
With shoppers looking for value and commodity costs volatile, margins are under pressure, meaning pricing decisions have never been more important. Manufacturers and retailers are looking for technologies to help them optimise prices and suppliers of that technology are in demand - as shown by IBM's deal to buy US analytics firm DemandTec. Glynn Davis reports.
This month's just-food management briefing looks at the use of self-service technology in food retail outlets around the world. In part one, Glynn Davis outlines the different concepts in place in stores.
In part two of this month's just-food management briefing, Glynn Davis looks at the success - or otherwise - that retailers have had with self-service technology and considers where the sector could go next.
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