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US Online Grocery Sales Reach Record $7.2B, Walmart to Launch Prime-Like Service and Nike Launches Digitally Focused Store in China


US Online Grocery Sales Reach Record $7.2B in June

Despite the slow reopening of the United States economy over the last few weeks, online grocery shopping is continuing to reach record breaking numbers. According to new research by Brick Meets Click and Mercatus, U.S online grocery sales hit a record $7.2 billion in June, up 9% over May, as 45.6 million households turned to online grocery pickup and delivery services. This number is higher than the $4 billion from March 2020, when the United States first went under COVID-19 lockdown. Since then, online grocery sales have been rapidly growing, jumping to $5.3 billion in April, then $6.6 billion in May.

What stood out to us? Brick Meets Click. Sounds like a movie featuring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

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Walmart to Launch Prime-Like Service

Walmart is planning to introduce a subscription service in July to compete with Amazon’s Prime program. Walmart+ will cost $98 a year and include perks like same-day delivery of groceries and general merchandise. During the pandemic, Walmart attracted many new customers who had not shopped there before, and the benefits of a Walmart+ membership could convince some customers to stick around for the long run. The fees from a monthly subscription service could help boost the profitability of Walmart’s U.S. ecommerce business, which generated $21.5 billion in sales last year but remains in the red.

What stood out to us? Anything you can do, I can better.

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Nike Launches Digitally Focused Store in China

While many retailers are closing their shops and locations, Nike Inc. decided to invest in its most successful stores with digital elements. One of those stores is its new Nike Rise store in Guangzhou, China. Nike opened this particular store in 2012, and it is one of the athletic apparel brand’s top-performing stores in the country. Nike reported its China total revenue increased 8% in the fiscal fourth quarter which ended on May 31, 2020, despite its overall revenue taking a 38% dip. This store allows Nike members to access workshops and workouts in its app that take place in the store and around the city. “We’ve been planning this [remodel] for more than a year and closed the store about 9 months ago, and we are re-opening as planned,” says Cathy Sparks, global vice president/general manager of Global Nike Direct Stores and Service. “That speaks to the unbelievable job China has done in managing the pandemic. While many brands are thinking of closures, we have a high degree of confidence in this concept and of doing it safely.”

What stood out to us? “That speaks to the unbelievable job China has done in managing the pandemic.” Really? Okay.

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