Retail Intelligence

Did you know?... 28 July, 2020

By Donna Ahern
Did you know?... 28 July, 2020

Did you know?... Circle K, partner of both Irish Olympic and Paralympic Teams, is reaffirming its commitment to supporting Team Ireland athletes by recently announcing the continuation of the ‘Here for Ireland’ initiative. Judy Glover, senior market director, Circle K Ireland, said: ‘’As an extremely proud partner of both the Irish Olympic and Paralympic Teams, we remain deeply committed to supporting our homegrown champions and fuelling their journey to the Tokyo Games next year.

Did you know?... Following the Irish government’s recent measures to boost the economy by lowering the VAT rate from 23% to 21% from 1 September, Lidl has made the commitment to not only pass the savings to their customers but also to bring forward these savings by one month. J.P. Scally, chief executive officer, Lidl Ireland commented: “I’m delighted to announce that we are bringing further value and savings to our growing customer base across the country during the same week we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary in Ireland."

Did you know?... Coop Switzerland has added nine new vegan ice cream variants to its own-brand ice cream assortment. The new additions, available in cups, cones and popsicle formats, are part of the Coop Karma range. The flavours are based on coconut and hazelnut, and cashew and banana, the company added. The ice creams in the cup format include Gianduja Freeze Cappuccino and five other variants, reports Gianduja Freeze Cappuccino combines chocolate coffee hazelnut-based ice cream and bitter coffee sauce to create a creamy texture and a nutty flavour.

Did you know?... Data from restaurant booking website OpenTable indicates that there was an average yearly increase of 12% in Irish restaurant bookings between 7 July and 20 July. This increase was the highest recorded among countries where OpenTable is popularly used, and followed an almost 100% year-on-year decrease during lockdown. According to OpenTable, Irish restaurant bookings during the two week period peaked on July 19 at a 35% increase compared to last year.

Did you know?... Auchan Retail Portugal is testing an autonomous robot capable of identifying out of stock items and detecting problems in the price labels of products in store shelves, according to a report in Jornal EconomicoThe pilot is being conducted in partnership with technology company Trax, to implement a set of autonomous solutions for online monitoring of stores for better customer service and increased productivity.

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