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Weekly Roundup... 13 March 2018

By Publications Checkout
Weekly Roundup... 13 March 2018

Tayto crisps and snacks has launched an on-pack competition with the chance to win tickets for three music festivals in three different countries for the winner and three friends. The lucky winner will be able to dance their way through the Primavera in Spain, Ultra in Croatia and Sziget in Hungary. The prize covers plane tickets, a tent and of course, crisps. Competition closes 7 May, 2018.

Uber has announced plans to roll out its food delivery service to Ireland in 2018, according to reports by the Financial Times. The company plans to invest in its food delivery this year by launching its UberEats takeaway app in 100 new cities across Europe (including Ireland), the Middle East and Africa, due to the business generating more profit than anticipated in the 200 cities it already operates.

US President Donald Trump has signed off on steep steel and aluminium tariffs last week, despite warnings of retaliation by the EU and condemnation by China. Trump set import tariffs for steel at 25% and 10% on aluminium, due to come into effect within two weeks. However, Washington has granted exemptions to Mexico, Australia and Canada, while others such as the EU and Japan are still set to face the tariffs.

One month after the so-called ‘Nutella Riots’ in France, the retailer responsible for the dramatic price cuts at the time has topped the recent Kantar Worldpanel’s results for the French supermarket sector. Whether this is due to the ‘Nutella effect’ or not, the French retailer is enjoying a rising level of loyalty among consumers and a 13.9% market share, according to the new figures.

German discount retailer Aldi Süd is reportedly looking into establishing a physical store presence in China, one year after setting up an online network in the People’s Republic. The retailer already sells an array of German products online including wine, snacks and breakfast products, which are sourced from its Australian suppliers.

French retailer Carrefour has unveiled Europe’s first food blockchain with the technology set to be applied to eight product lines by the end of 2018. The blockchain system is already being used for free-range Carrefour Quality Line Auvergne chickens, and the retailer plans to extend this to other animal- and vegetable-based product lines, including eggs, cheese, milk, oranges, tomatoes, salmon and ground beefsteak by the close of the year.

UK retailer Co-op is testing a new system which allows customers to scan their own products via a mobile app, while they shop and complete purchases without having to go through a checkout. The 'scan and go' system is currently being trialled at the Co-op's support-centre store in Manchester, with a wider roll-out potentially planned for this summer. The retailer says that this new technology will provide more payment options for customers and allow them to avoid queues in its stores.

© 2018 - Checkout Magazine by Kevin Duggan


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