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May 19, 2022

Industry Roundup

Apparel & Accessories

EURATEX releases its Spring Report, offering detailed insight into trade figures for European textile industry; imports down by 7.5% compared to 2020 at €100B, but EU textile, clothing exports up 10.6% on strong performance in Swiss, Chinese, US markets
European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX) (05/17)

Dillard’s Q1 net income up to US$251.1M from US$158.2M; net sales up to US$1.61B from US$1.33B, with comparable retail sales up 23% amid stronger performance in men’s apparel and accessories, ladies’ apparel, juniors’ and children’s apparel
Dillard's Inc. (05/16)

Auto Parts & Accessories

Spartan RV Chassis introduces Spartan Premier Drive chassis system for Class A luxury RV motor coaches; chassis features independent front suspension, 55-degree wheel cut for improved maneuverability, disc brake system, chassis torsion control system
GlobeNewswire (05/18)

BorgWarner recognized by Great Place to Work as outstanding workplace for third year; BorgWarner employee programs include Skills Agility, Women Rising, Women in Science and Engineering, Women in Leadership, talent development, mentoring programs
BorgWarner (05/18)


Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial announces it will stop using plastic in the packaging of books arriving at bookstores in different cities in Colombia
CE Noticias Financieras (05/18)

Random House launches new imprint, Random House Worlds, dedicated to licensed book publishing; imprint will focus on major pop culture brands, including Star Wars, Minecraft, Stranger Things, Garfield, Magic: The Gathering, Lore Olympus starting in 2023
Penguin Random House (05/17)


Virtua Health launches mobile grocery store in Camden, New Jersey, to help residents combat food insecurity; store on wheels sells fruits, vegetables, cereal, bread at reduced price
New Jersey Spotlight (05/18)

German grocery delivery start-up Flink to acquire Cajoo, a French peer that is a retail partner to supermarket chain Carrefour; acquisition is part of Flink's push to expand in local French market, strengthen its position across Europe
SeeNews Deals (05/18)

Home Improvement/Hardware Stores

Lowe's Q1 net earnings up to US$2.33B from US$2.32B; net sales down to US$23.66B from US$24.42B as comp sales fall 4%, comp sales for US home improvement business fall 3.8%, though Pro customer sales rise 20%
Lowe's Cos. Inc. (05/18)

Home Depots Q1 net earnings up 2.1% to US$4.23B from US$4.15B; net sales up 3.8% to US$38.91B from US$37.5B last year, with comp sales up 2.2%, US comp sales up 1.7%
The Home Depot Inc. (05/17)

Home/Residential Furniture

Bolivia's forest products exports in Q1 up 44.5% year-over-year to US$28.8M; finished products including flooring, moldings, furniture, boards, joinery accounted for 62% of total and US was top importer with 31% of exports, followed by China with 18.4%
CE Noticias Financieras (05/16)

Private-Label Products

McKinsey: Food prices in Sweden could rise by up to 10% in 2022, and many consumers already seeking cheaper, private-label products; market also seeing differentiation, where some consumers seek cheap products, others seek organic/sustainable alternatives
M-Brain Nordic News (05/18)

Executive Perspective: Price gaps matter, and Walmart knows where to put its price gap to achieve profitable growth, says CEO C. Douglas McMillon when asked how aggressive the company needs to be on food pricing and private label in current environment
Food Business News (05/18)

Shoes & Footwear

Turkish shoe retailer FLO in talks to buy over 100 Reebok stores in Russia; news comes after Reebok's owner Authentic Brands Group suspended all branded stores and e-commerce operations in Russia in March
International Business Times (05/16)

Vitamins/ Supplements

Natural Alternatives International's fiscal 2022 Q3 net income up 30.7% from a year ago at US$2.5M, with net sales down 8.5% year-over-year at US$42.4M; private-label contract manufacturing down 10.8% overall due to 40% sales reduction to largest customer
PR Newswire (05/16)

Menopause beauty, wellness brand Womaness launches at select Ulta Beauty stores, on Ulta.com as part of retailer's curated Wellness Shop; Ulta carries seven Womaness products, including body cream, moisturizer, facial serum, decollete serum, supplements
PR Newswire (05/16)

Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Euromonitor: E-commerce acceleration doesn't diminish physical retail's significance, as creative concepts are emerging globally; Ikea Shanghai provides theater-like communal space, Dick's Sporting Goods has experiential playground like rock-climbing wall
Euromonitor International Ltd. (05/18)

Woolworths to transition its 87 South Australia stores to 100% green energy to prepare for going fully green nationwide by 2025; transition made possible by Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park, which boasts 50 wind turbines, 250,000 solar panels
Xinhua News Agency (05/17)

Payment Systems

Mastercard pilots biometric payment system in Brazil that will allow customers to pay by waving their hand over reader or smiling into camera at checkout, without need for card or phone; company hopes to roll out program globally in stores of all sizes
Business Insider (05/18)

Executive Perspective: director of business development at Sistema de Transferencias y Pago says buy now, pay later payment trend is growing in Mexico, Latin America; BNPL could cover up to 20% of e-commerce
CE Noticias Financieras (05/17)


Dollar Tree to open Unionville, Connecticut, store, local official confirms; 15,000-sq-ft building has been vacant since June 2020, was previously a Walgreens location
Hartford Courant (05/18)

H-E-B plans to break ground on new Allen, Texas, grocery store on May 25; news comes as stores in Plano and Frisco, which broke ground in June 2021, are expected to open this fall
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (05/18)

Alibaba-lead Electronic World Trade Platform launches first partnership in Mexico, working with Mexican Governors Conference to help enterprises expand online via digital transformation; initiative aims to promote inclusive global trade, digital economy
China Daily: Hong Kong Edition (05/18)

Retail group

Co-op to trial food delivery robots in Cambourne, UK, in partnership with Estonian autonomous delivery company Starship Technologies, city council; robots will deliver grocery items from Co-op stores to 12,000 residents in 5,000 homes starting May 17
MarketLine (05/18)

DOL fines three stores operated by Kroger subsidiary Fred Meyer for US$55,440 for allowing minors to operate box balers; Southaven, Mississippi, Kroger store also fined US$13,673 for allowing minors to load trash compactors, exceeding working hour limits
Business Insider (05/18)

Zacks: Dillard's is Bull of the Day on May 18, whose stock is up 1,400% since March 2020 and isn't slowing down; Retail - Regional Department Stores industry ranks in top 8% of industry groups, expected to outperform market over next three to six months
Zacks Equity Research (05/18)

 Food Retail


Aldi unveils Ambiano Frozen Drinks Maker in the UK as part of its Specialbuy range; the kitchen appliance can make snow cone ice, slushies, iced lattes, punches or cocktails
The Mirror (05/18)

Trioworld launches PCR plastic film approved for frozen food packaging, and the film will see its first commercial use for Lidl Sweden’s cinnamon buns and cardamom buns; the five-layer film is made of 30% recycled PCR and is 100% recyclable
Trioworld Group (05/17)

Convenience Store

QuikTrip set to open its second location in Alabama in late May near Birmingham; another location is planned for Opelika in fall
Alabama Media Group (05/16)

7-Eleven Korea launches NFT membership service with NFC partner Allink, Kakao's blockchain technology subsidiaries Ground X, Klaytn; service allows consumers who have 7-Eleven NFTs stored in a Klip digital wallet to gain Klay coins when they pay via app
Korea Times (05/12)


London-based Jiffy to cease rapid grocery delivery service to become dedicated ‘Quick-Commerce as a Service’ company; Jiffy launched QCaaS in January, enabling brands, retailers to offer sub-15 minute delivery of their products via their own D2C site
Grocer (05/17)

UK survey taken between between April 27 - May 8 finds 41% of adults are cutting back on grocery shopping due to rising costs, up from 39% from previous survey carried out in early April; 92% report an increase in the price of their food shopping: ONS
Chester Chronicle: Web Edition Articles (05/16)

 Hypermarkets & Super Centers

Big Box Retailers

Target's Q1 net income falls 51.9% to US$1.01B from US$2.10B; total revenue up 4% to US$25.17B from US$24.20B, with net sales up 4% to US$24.83B from US$23.88B, comp sales up 3.3% reflecting traffic growth of 3.9%, same-day services including Shipt up 8%
Target Corp. (05/18)

Wellness Pet Company launches Good Dog brand of all-natural treats, now available at Walmart; offerings include bite-size, grain-free Happy Puppy Treats, Training Rewards in chicken and venison or turkey, duck and immune system-supporting Tender Toppers
PR Newswire (05/18)

 Internet Retail

E-Commerce Trends & Statistics

China's prestige beauty e-commerce sales revenue rose 11% in Q1, led by strong Chinese New Year sales in January and February, with hair segment up 43%, fragrance up 18% and makeup up 11%; March lockdowns caused sales to drop 1% for the month: NPD Group
PR Web (05/18)

Executive Perspective: Pharmacy's role in patient care has increased since pandemic amid digitization of health care extending to e-commerce and patient engagement, pharmacists becoming one-stop shop for health/wellness needs, says AmerisourceBergen EVP
Chain Drug Review (05/17)

Online Media & Digital Apps

Spectrum Brands' insect-repellent brand Cutter announces brand refresh with new logo, enhanced visual identity, redesigned packaging and more informative website; visual identity has palette of blues with summer orange accent, new logo has arc of bubbles
PR Newswire (05/18)

Huggies launches user-generated content campaign in Vietnam to promote Huggies Thin & Soft in partnership with 200 nano and micro-influencers with presence in mom communities; campaign highlights diapers' thin and soft attributes, sales success in Korea
Global Data Point (05/18)

Online Selling/Shopping

Cloud-based delivery and fulfillment platform Bringg updates its multi-carrier shipping, same day delivery and returns solution on Salesforce AppExchange; solution offers live tracking and automated pick-up updates from third-party delivery providers
PR Newswire (05/18)

Executive Perspective: Mondelez investing US$1B to increase its digital commerce sales to 20% of total sales by 2030, a goal that involves building on its current e-commerce strategy, says CEO Dirk Van de Put
Baking Business (05/18)

 General Retailing

Department Store

British department store Harrods to stop sales of luxury items to customers living in Russia to comply with UK sanctions; company identified potentially affected customers by address, contact details or previous transaction delivery data
Business Insider (05/17)

Dollar Stores/Deep Discounters

Accrol expects fiscal year 2022 revenues to rise 17% to £159.4M as its market share grows to 16.0% from 15.3% in H1, reflecting growth at discounter retailers; group navigated inflationary pressures through price increases, further process efficiencies
Accrol Papers Ltd. (05/17)


Consumer Economics

Goldman Sachs CEO sees 'reasonable' chance US is heading into recession, says businesses should prepare for contraction in activity; confidence among both consumers and CEOs has waned, and velocity of M&A activity isn't the same as it was 12-18 months ago
Business Insider (05/18)

Euro area annual inflation rate was 7.4% in April, unchanged from March and up from 1.6% a year earlier; highest contribution to the annual euro area inflation rate in April came from energy, up 3.70 percentage points: Eurostat
Eurostat (05/18)

Consumer Behavior/Attitudes

Executive Perspective: As people get accustomed to instant gratification, digital connections in all parts of their lives, they’re seeking same convenience in health care, says Ardent Health CEO; that’s why urgent care, telehealth have become popular
Ardent Health Services (05/18)

Fifty-eight percent Americans say they have either eaten food cooked by a robot or would be interested in doing so, with hygiene and consistency listed as the top expected dining benefits, survey says
Globe Newswire (05/18)

Consumer Health & Wellness

Philip Morris International releases 2021 Integrated Report, highlighting long-term strategy to become a lifestyle, wellness and healthcare company; company aims to become provider of effective alternatives to smoking for adults who do not quit
Business Wire (05/18)

Ocean Spray Cranberries launches its new 'What will you do with all that power?' campaign, targeting health-conscious millennials and Generation Z consumers by highlighting the cranberry's many functional attributes
Adweek LLC (05/17)


Fashion Institute of Technology students win Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s 2021 Student Design Challenge; Super Kit design is inspired by comic book superheroes, educates and empowers Asian American, Pacific Islander children to fight against racism
States News Service (05/18)

Unemployment rate for foreign-born persons in the US was 5.6% in 2021, down sharply from 9.2% in 2020; jobless rate of native-born persons also down sharply to 5.3% in 2021 from 7.8% in 2020, both measures remain above pre-pandemic levels: BLS
U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) (05/18)


Latest: May, 18 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
Albertsons Cos. Inc. (ACI) 27.10 29.24 -7.32% 39.83%
Amazon Com (AMZN) 2,142.25 2,307.37 -7.16% -33.72%
Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) 8.90 9.76 -8.81% -64.17%
Costco Wholesale (COST) 429.40 490.47 -12.45% 12.17%
Cvs Caremark (CVS) 94.02 99.38 -5.39% 6.11%
Dollar General (DG) 202.26 227.55 -11.11% -1.31%
Dollar Tree (DLTR) 133.80 156.35 -14.42% 21.60%
Home Depot (HD) 285.18 300.95 -5.24% -9.97%
Kroger Company (KR) 47.90 51.23 -6.50% 28.76%
Lowes Companies (LOW) 183.82 194.03 -5.26% -4.63%
Target (TGT) 161.61 215.28 -24.93% -21.71%
Tesco plc (TSCO) :LON 278.30 286.70 -2.93% 19.83%
Wal Mart Stores (WMT) 122.43 131.35 -6.79% -13.73%
Walgreen (WBA) 41.17 44.94 -8.39% -25.50%