Retail Intelligence

Weekly Roundup... 08 October, 2019

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 08 October, 2019

Spar Netherlands has announced that it has opened its 150th Express store in Eemnes in the province of Utrecht. The forecourt outlet caters to the immediate or daily shopping needs of modern consumers in high-traffic locations, the retailer said. The store in Utrecht marks a milestone in the expansion of the Spar brand in the convenience sector in the country. In 2017, the retailer opened its first Express forecourt store in the Netherlands. Since then, it has rolled out two stores per week on average.

Dutch retailer Jumbo has launched Lekker Vrij van Gluten, a new range of gluten-free products for people with gluten intolerance. The retailer developed the range in association with the Nederlandse Coeliakie Vereniging (NCV, Dutch Celiac Disease Association). The line comprises 10 products including oatmeal, crackers, pasta, and pancake mix.Director of buying and merchandising at Jumbo, Olaf de Boer, said, "We noticed in our stores that more and more customers were asking for gluten-free products. That is why we thought it was time to come up with our own gluten-free line to further expand our range."

Kroger Co and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc have said that they plan to stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores, amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of vaping products. Their move comes weeks after Walmart Inc said it was pulling the plug on e-cigarette sales, citing growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty. E-cigarettes and other vaping products have been linked to a mysterious lung illness, with the number of confirmed and probable cases of the condition exceeding 1,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The US Supreme Court declined to hear's bid to avoid a lawsuit seeking to ensure that warehouse workers for the e-commerce giant get paid for the time it takes them to go through extensive post-shift security screenings. On Monday, the justices turned away an appeal by Amazon and a contractor of a lower court ruling reviving the workers' claims under Nevada state law.

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