United Arab Emirates: Amazon opens online grocery store in the United Arab Emirates
Amazon on Wednesday signed an agreement to open an online grocery store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Amazon and Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group will work together to develop an online grocery service that will deliver products to customers in the United Arab Emirates. The purchase is made on Amazon’s Emirati website, according to a press release.
The Lulu Group operates supermarkets around the world, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Asian countries. The move will increase Amazon’s presence in the Middle East. Amazon recently opened a storefront for Egyptian handicrafts. The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia also bought more shares in Amazon earlier this year, and its stakes in the company are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Source: Al Monitor
Belgium: Metro again hit by IT problems
After an earlier cyber attack at the end of October, the digital services of the food wholesaler Metro are again severely disrupted: cash registers only work offline and there are disruptions in the online shops.
Metro once again had to shut down a number of digital services due to a cyber attack. This affects access to computers, e-mail communication and digital services in shops. In the Belgian stores of Metro and Makro – which still run on the infrastructure of Metro AG – the tills are currently only working in offline mode. The branches can only be reached by telephone and the delivery service has been temporarily suspended. So report sources within the company.
It is not clear whether this is a new cyber attack or the aftermath of a previous large-scale hacker operation. In fact, a cyberattack that hit Metro on October 17 caused a disruption that lasted more than a week.
UK: Tesco fails in bid to stop Lidl store Crediton
Tesco has failed in its attempt to stop the construction of the planned Lidl store Crediton. Lidl received planning permission for its new Commercial Road store in the city in September 2022, but agents acting on behalf of Tesco issued a letter warning of legal action regarding the store.
Mid Devon local councillor, John Downes, told the Crediton Courier newspaper: “I have just been informed that the process that Tesco called was called a pre-action protocol, after which they will review their case within six weeks for a had to submit to judicial review.
“MDDC (Mid Devon District Council) defended its position and Tesco did not proceed to the next stage, which would have been a court order. So that means the challenge is over.”
Netherlands: Aldi is pushing cashless shops
In July this year, Aldi opened a cashless Shop&Go City store in the center of Utrecht. There the customer checks in with the app, takes the desired products with him and scans a QR code at the exit, after which the groceries are automatically paid for. 475 cameras and 450 scales record the purchases. This test project is going well it seems and Aldi is already looking for new steps.
“We don’t have any final reports yet, but the first results are promising,” says Sinanudin Omerhodzic, Chief Technology Officer at Aldi Nord: “We’re now building on that, developing the Aldi Shop & Go concept and the advanced technology behind it.” He envisages linking to other software applications – for example, real-time monitoring of stock levels to minimize sold-out or expired items. “Discount meets Computer Vision Technology 2.0,” he calls it.
Source: Retail Details
US retailers add cameras and steel wire to deter holiday crime
Retailers from Walmart to Barnes & Noble are installing cameras or locking items away to deter shoplifters and thieves as they prepare for a post-pandemic rush of holiday shoppers this year.
Some, including Walmart, JC Penney, Apple Inc., and Walgreens (WBA.O), have installed new surveillance systems or increased security personnel. Others, like Target (TGT.N) and Barnes & Noble, have sealed merchandise behind Plexiglas or attached it to shelves with steel cables. The retail industry has denounced theft this holiday season as it struggles with excess inventory and a slump in consumer spending at a time of high inflation.
USA: Lawsuit filed with Fred Meyer, QFC for short paychecks
Some Fred Meyer and QFC employees have not received full paychecks and now some of them have filed a class action lawsuit. Just last week, a union rep said new accounting and payroll software was malfunctioning and workers across the Northwest were being hosed down on their paychecks. And that since September.
Fred Meyer and QFC parent company Kroger have acknowledged the new system is causing problems and they are working to fix it as soon as possible. For a couple of Oregon employees who just filed a class action lawsuit, that’s not fast enough. They’re asking for $5 million to compensate employees who fell short, with some noting that this is a really bad time of year for something like this.
Source: Northwest News Radio
USA: Amazon Fresh Store coming to Westborough? company will not say
For aesthetic reasons alone, Westborough looks set to soon be home to an Amazon Fresh grocery store. The recent storefront renovations at Speedway Plaza, 290 Turnpike Road (Route 9), are similar to other Amazon Fresh stores that have opened across the US — although the company has declined to say its retail plans in Westborough.
“We’re not commenting on our future roadmap,” Amazon Fresh spokeswoman Jessica Martin said this week.
The Seattle-based company has opened more than 40 Amazon Fresh grocery stores in states like Illinois, Washington, California, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The company is in the process of building two more in Saugus and Braintree, but those haven’t opened yet.
USA: Pan-Asia Supermarket opens largest location in Tulsa
For many shoppers in the area, finding ingredients for an Asian cuisine was mostly limited to a small area of the grocery store, leaving them with few choices or often left empty-handed. But with the opening of Pan Asia Supermarket, Tulsanians now have access to an unprecedented range of Asian products and kitchen staples in one one-stop shop.
Ethan Lin, co-owner of Pan-Asia Supermarket, said anticipation from customers was high ahead of the grand opening in mid-November. “Customers were pretty excited when we opened our doors because they didn’t have much choice before, other than small shops in the area,” he said. “We have a large store that offers everything that other stores don’t have. They’ve never had anything of this magnitude.”
The Tulsa store is the largest of the grocer’s five locations in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri with over 40 employees and a 50,000-square-foot building.
Source: Tulsa World