IGD is a training and research charity.
We’re proud to help launch the world’s first Food Waste Reduction Roadmap in partnership with WRAP. The Roadmap sets out a clear path we should all follow collectively to tackle UK food waste wherever it occurs.
Retail Analysis is your window on the world of retail, providing insights on retailers, countries, stores and trends.
Our team of retail experts track the latest industry trends, deliver and analyse key news, and visit retailers and their stores around the world to provide you with commercial insights that will help you build stronger plans and work more effectively day-to-day.
Digital retail models of the future
Our new research examines how data and technology are transforming retail business models.
Better understand what’s influencing grocery shoppers today, with insight on this means for future behaviour both pre-shop and in-store. We talk to thousands of British grocery shoppers each year. We explore their behaviour, missions, sentiment and preferences across a range of different key industry themes and topics.
Shoppers of the future
Future-proof your business now to win with shoppers in 2025.
Use your supply chain to be more efficient, improve capability and grow your company. Supply Chain Analysis gives you the latest insight, case studies and thought leadership on how to build a successful supply chain.
Supply Chains for Growth
Download our report to understand how supply chain excellence will be a source of growth and value for the future.
Insight and capability to successfully trade in Asia's FMCG markets
Asia Trends 2019
Our top five trends shaping the Asian retail market and influencing retailer strategy over the next year and beyond.
Most visited retailers
City GuidesView All
Alibaba continues to revamp Sun Art hypermarkets in China, integrating digital features across RT-Mart banner stores up and down the country.
RT-Mart has finished the digital transformation of 100 stores and Alibaba plans to support transformation of 300 more outlets by end of the year. Revamped stores will be fully integrated into Alibaba’s New Retail ecosystem, and act as fulfilment centres for online orders alongside existing shopping operations. Stores will have dedicated staff picking-up products from shelves and sending the shopping bags directly to the delivery department, via overhead conveyor belts placed on the ceiling of the store.
Source: IGD research
Transformed RT-Mart stores are a demonstration of the positive impact Alibaba has brought to Sun Art. Auchan is learning from Alibaba's New Retail concept and the move will also tie-up Hema supermarkets with RT-Mart to share resources to make deliveries.
Alibaba owns a 36% stake in Sun Art, which operates the RT-Mart and Auchan hypermarket banners in China. In FY2017, Sun Art reached a total of 461 stores, covering 226 cities across 29 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. It has secured 78 sites to open new hypermarket stores over the next three years, many of which are already under construction.
Sun Art's online proposition, Feiniu, is also growing rapidly with GMV doubling in 2017 from previous year. Feiniu is now shifting its focus to B2B sales through a standalone app RT-Mart e Lu Fa. It aims to provide a strong range of products at low prices to support mom-and-pop stores in tier three and tier four cities.
Sign up here for our free newsletter to get the latest updates on Asia.