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Aldi’s One-Year Anniversary in China: Key Learnings for International Grocers

With discount supermarket Aldi celebrating its one-year anniversary in China, we discuss the retailer’s success in the market and the learnings it could offer to other foreign grocers. We explore the five key components of Aldi’s strategy in the China market—including the retailer’s adoption of technology in a new retail model, its focus on fresh food, the implementation of cost-saving strategies and the role of online stores in offering imported goods to consumers.

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May 2020 US Retail Sales: Total Year-over-Year Growth Turns Positive; Declines at Discretionary Sectors Ease While Food Stores and Nonstore Retailers See Strong Growth

Most sectors witnessed the easing of sales declines in May, as US consumers resumed spending following the reopening of stores post lockdown. Growth in total US retail sales excluding gasoline and automobiles turned positive on a year-over-year basis, driven by double-digit growth at food stores, home-improvement retailers and nonstore retailers.

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Open for Business with David Hardiman-Evans, Ocado Solutions: The Impact of Covid-19 on Traditional and Online Grocery

As part of our Open for Business webinar series, we hosted David Hardiman-Evans, SVP, North America at Ocado Solutions. We present the transcript from this webinar, in which Hardiman-Evans offered insights into the dynamic changes in the online grocery sector amid the coronavirus crisis—covering key topics such as consumer demand and loyalty, assortment rationalization and fulfillment models.

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US Store Closures 2020 Outlook: Covid-19 Update—Prolonged Impact Set To Drive Up Closures

This report assesses the outlook for physical retail over the remainder of 2020—updating our previous expectations in light of the escalating impact of the coronavirus crisis. We compare year-to-date store closure data with 2019 and discuss a potential rise in bankruptcies, which may become a reality for many struggling retailers. We also update our prediction for the total number of closures we expect to see in the US in the full-year 2020.

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Retail Robustness Index: June 2020 Update—Assessing Resilience as Stores Reopen

Coresight Research’s Retail Robustness Index evaluates the 100 largest US retailers (by revenue) on their ability to weather dramatic shifts in demand as the Covid-19 lockdowns began. This report updates the scores based on financial reports and retailer store-reopening announcements in the context of easing lockdown. Alongside the report, our infographic summarizes key changes since we first published our Retail Robustness Index.

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Winning with Retailer-Supplier Collaboration in Grocery and Drug Retail

We analyze the findings of a recent Coresight Research proprietary survey of global suppliers and retailers to explore the importance of retailer-supplier collaboration and the key criteria for achieving this. We present insights into the challenges, advantages and opportunities presented by retailer-supplier collaboration, with a focus on customer-centric data sharing.

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Coronavirus Insights: China Launches New “55 Shopping Festival” To Give Retail a Post-Lockdown Boost

To stimulate the economy and encourage consumers to release pent-up demand post Covid-19, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government co-launched a new, large-scale shopping holiday with the retail industry at the beginning of May 2020. We discuss the scale and impact of the omnichannel 55 Shopping Festival, exploring how it is driving purchasing behavior in retail and tourism.

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