Carrefour revamped its online shopping business in Italy. Since September 27, 2016, the retailer's e-commerce website allows customers to do their shopping with fewer clicks than before. Also, the online retail service lets shoppers pick up their order at the company's nearest store or avail of home delivery service. Carrefour Italy's e-commerce site combines online content with the online shopping service, allowing customers, for example, to buy ingredients for the recipe they are viewing in the site's magazine section.
"Carrefour’s e-commerce service is getting a new look in Italy", Carrefour, October 11, 2016
Consumers prefer to buy consumer packaged goods from a brick-and-mortar store, according to the report, “CPG Ecommerce in the US: Expectations and Strategies for Growth.” Results of the February‒March 2016 study of Amazon by Cowen and Company revealed 78 percent of 2,500 adult respondents purchased their groceries at a supermarket in the past 30 days, with 61 percent saying Wal-Mart, and only 8 percent saying they bought online. Meanwhile, 90 percent of respondents had bought grocery or food in a physical store in the past year, according to a February 2016 study by PR firm Walker Sands Communications.
"Consumers Just Aren't into Buying Packaged Goods Online", eMarketer, October 11, 2016
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it will not close stores but will open new locations at a slower pace in fiscal year 2018. During its latest investor meeting, the retailer announced plans to build 35 new supercenters and 20 Neighborhood Markets, compared with 69 supercenters and 161 Neighborhood Markets in 2015. Also, the company announced its fiscal year 2017 capital expenditure for Walmart US will be $6.4 billion, compared with $6.8 billion in the previous year. For fiscal 2018, capex drops further to $6.1 billion, the company said. As Wal-Mart battles with Amazon for market share, the company will rely more on same-store sales and growth in e-commerce, technology, and other areas.
"Wal-Mart to take on Amazon with upgrades to its bricks-and-mortar stores", MarketWatch, October 11, 2016
Web retailer Bol.com, a unit of Dutch company Ahold Delhaize, says it has expanded its delivery capabilities to include same-day home delivery. The “Delivered Today” option is available in The Netherlands for 300,000 items if orders are placed by noon. The expansion of capabilities also includes home delivery of regular orders to seven days a week. The company introduced next-day delivery in 2011. Its goal is to increase the number of products available for seven-day, same-day delivery to a million within “a few years.”
"Global first: bol.com makes a breakthrough with same-day delivery", News release, Ahold Delhaize, October 10, 2016
In France, more than six in 10 consumers who shop online and had made at least one online purchase in the past six months had shopped at Amazon, according to the Federation du E-commerce et de la Vente a Distance and Mediametrie. Amazon was the most visited site with both PC and mobile, accounting for 30 percent of internet users on both platforms—15 million average monthly unique desktop and laptop visitors in the second quarter and 10.4 million on mobile. Data showed Amazon was the only one on the top 10 that is not based in France.
"Where Do Digital Buyers in France Shop?", eMarketer, October 07, 2016
The online grocery shopping service AmazonFresh is now cheaper for Prime members. The service, originally priced at $299 per year, later shifted to a $7.99 per delivery scheme, but is now being offered at $14.99 a month to Amazon Prime subscribers. AmazonFresh is now live in the Boston area, in addition to Baltimore, Seattle, major cities in California, the New York metro area, northern New Jersey, the Philadelphia metro, Northern Virginia, Stamford (Conn.), Trenton (N.J.) and London (U.K.). Customers can order by 10 a.m. for same-day delivery by 6 p.m., or order by 10 p.m. for delivery by 6 a.m. the following day.
"AmazonFresh Drops to $14.99 Per Month for Prime Members", Tech Crunch, October 06, 2016