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Walmart Exploiting Our Love of Bananas

Vice.com's Munchies reports that at Walmart, it's all about the banana. "You may associate the world's largest retailer with toys and tires and the occasional pleather thong, but Walmart is also the largest grocer in the US. And their bestselling product is bananas. Seriously." According...

Walmart, Automercado Announce New Hours For Covid-19

With the objective of protecting the health of customers and employees, both Walmart and Automercado announced new store hours, complying with the recommendations of the health authorities, in the presence of Covid-19 in the country. All Walmart brand stores: Walmart, Masxmenos, Maxi Pali and Pali...

Walmart limits rice and beans to 6 bags per customer to avoid hoarding due to coronavirus

The concern due to the threat posed by the Covid-19 coronavirus has caused some people to race to over-supply or hoard on products. Some like to imagine an apocalyptic panorama and purchase more than necessary. For this, the Walmart chain, with 270 stores across the...

Supermarkets in Costa Rica restrict the sale of cleaning products and disinfectants

The major supermarket chains in Costa Rica implemented restriction measures regarding the sale of personal cleaning items, antibiotic gels and disinfectants (if they have any in stock) due to the spread of the new coronavirus covid-19 in the country. Walmart (Walmart, Mas x Menos, Maxi...

Coronavirus threatens Central America textile industry

In Central America, where 200 million pounds of yarn thread and fabric are imported monthly to produce apparel, manufacturers are facing US$300 million worth of feedstock delays, said Alejandro Ceballos, president of top trade lobby Vestex in Guatemala. The coronavirus outbreak is causing supply-chain disruptions...

Walmart has new line of Costa Rican coffee

Walmart and Mas X Menos locations in Costa Rica now sell Great Value coffee grown in Tres Ríos, Naranjo and Tarrazú, according to a press release from Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica. The company says it is the first Great Value product made in Costa...

It’s snow joke: Colombia threatens to sue Walmart over sweater

The Colombian government agency, Agencia Jurídica de Defensa (Legal Defence Agency) has threatened to sue Walmart over a Christmas sweater that associated the country to cocaine. The sweater, offered by a third-party seller on Walmart’s Canadian website featured an image of a bug-eyed Santa Claus...

More Competition in Gourment Coffee in Costa Rica

The market of fine or "gourmet" coffee is the one that is most generated new brands and competitors in Costa Rica, although it represents only about 4% of the total consumption of the country. The launch of the Starbucks brand to supermarkets is another step...

Looking for bargains? Walmart, Universal, Ekono and Gollo open holiday season and easy financing

Walmart, Universal, Ekono, and Gollo are four of retailers that have announced their holiday promotions with discounts and easy financing, starting with Walmart's annual 'Cheapest Day of the Year' that begins tonight (Friday). The promo is part of the strategy to attract customers for the...

Walmart To Market High Quality Costa Rica Coffee

Walmart has announced it will market high-quality Costa Rica coffee under its Great Value brand with beans from Tres Rios, Naranjo and Tarrazú. The Great Value brand of products are offered in Walmart, Masxmenos and Pali stores across the country. The company said the coffee will...

Masxmenos Launches Order By Phone and Pick Up At Store In Your Car

Since Monday (August 20, 2019) Masxmenos in Santa Ana enabled a new service, consumers ordering by phone and then picking up at the store from your car. Though "Pickup" - as the new service is called - is offered only at the Santa Ana store,...

The Cuestamoras Group – A Family Business

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful natural diversity, its active volcanos and, more recently, for its strong push towards renewable energy and sustainability. This small, dynamic Central American country is also home to an impressive array of entrepreneurs and family businesses. The Cuestamoras Group...

Walmart will outsource its service center in Costa Rica

Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation, announced that it will open a new finance and accounting (F&A) delivery center in Heredia, Costa Rica. In a press release, the company said "The new operation in Costa Rica will capitalize on its...

Walmart Denounces Lack of Controls

The Walmart retail chain accuses the Ministry of Economy of Costa Rica of not carrying out adequate controls to avoid the practice of selling rice with another product added as a gift, known as 'bandeo". The practice reported by Walmart before the Contentious-Administrative Court on...

The cost of groceries Costa Rica vs USA 2019

In this blog, you’ll find the comparison of the cost of groceries Costa Rica versus the cost of groceries in Florida 2019. Diego Xavier, an expat in Costa Rica since 2014, shared this tremendous information recently on Facebook.  I’d like to thank Diego Xavier, for...

Walmart and Gessa ask Coprocom to revoke blockade of purchase

Walmart and the Grupo Empresarial de Supermercados S. A. (Gessa) filed, separately, an appeal to the Comisión para la Promoción de la Competencia (Coprocom) - anticompetition commission - to allow Walmart's purchase of Perimercados, Súper Compro and Saretto supermarkets. The filing was made on Monday...

Walmart Blocked From Purchase Of Competition

Costa Rica’s competition regulator considers the merger would generate risks, giving Walmart "even more market power"

And so the Americanization of Costa Rica continues

Rico's TICO BULL - The Americanization of Costa Rica started a decade ago. Perhaps more. Intensified in the last five years, as the country goes America First more and more every day. I remember the day when Hypermas came on the scene. Then it was...

Offensive Against a Giant. Group Trying To Stop Walmart

In Costa Rica, a group of cooperatives, associations, and companies are evaluating presenting a purchase offer for the supermarket chain Gessa, in order to try to stop Walmart from making the acquisition. Elfinancierocr.com announced that a group, led by the Cámara Nacional de Economía Social...

20 Scams and Sneaky Tricks at Costa Rica Supermarkets

You try your best to save a few colones every time you hit the supermarket, but you’re probably still spending more than you should. Thanks to the psychological tricks of manufacturers and retailers you’re likely getting cheated - or at least manipulated into spending...

Walmart Announces Purchase of Perimercados, Super Compro, and Saretto

Pending approval from regulating authorities, Walmart announced Thursday the purchase Perimercados, Super Compro and Saretto stores from Grupo Empresarial de Supermercados (Gessa). Once authorization is received from the Comisión para la Promoción de la Competencia (Coprocom) - Commission for the Promotion of Competition of the Ministry...

Auto Mercado Rethinks Its Expansion Strategy In Light of the Country’s Slow Economic Growth

The planners at Auto Mercado drew up an expansion map for operations in Costa Rica that included the opening of at least six stores per year, from 2016 to 2024. However, what is planned does not always occur. "Sales have been low in everything that...

Walmart Reinvents The Supermarket For The Region

Walmart de México y Centroamérica presented what is described as an "omnicanal" supermarket, a radical shake-up that combines regular shopping with internet purchases and drive-thru areas. The first omnicanal store has been unveiled on the outskirts of Mexico City but the model will be copied...

Another Ruling in Favor of Protectionism, Sala IV Ratifies Ban On Rice Promotions

  In Costa Rica, the Constitutional Court or Sala IV has rejected an appeal of unconstitutionality against the prohibition imposed by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) on carrying out promotions in the rice retail trade in the country. Rice is the grain product...

Walmart Opens In Guanacaste

QCR - Walmart last Friday, July 14, opened its 10th store in the country, located in the city of Liberia, Guanacaste. Store number 10 is also the first outside the Central Valley or Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). Located a couple of blocks west of the...

Costa Rica Pig Farmers Denounce Anti-competitive Practices

In Costa Rica, the pig farmers' association has filed a complaint alleging that importers such as Walmart, Cargill and Sigma Alimentos are manipulating pork prices in the local market. The Costa Rican Chamber of Porculturists (Caporc) filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection and Advocacy...

Guanacaste Becomes A Magnet For Supermarkets in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA  - The arrival of large numbers of tourists in Guanacaste is one of the factors supermarket chains have been increasing their presence in the province. It was not long ago that supermarkets like Automercado, Supercrompro and Megasuper were not found in Guanacaste....

Costa Rica Toy Imports Up 12% Annually

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - In the last six years imports have grown at an annual rate of 12%. Greater sophistication in the consumption of these products, more demands than before in terms of quality and brands, are some of the reasons for increased...

Walmart Has It’s “Lowest Prices of the Year Day” Today With Discounts Up To 60%

(QCOSTARICA) If you have you been putting off Christmas shopping, today, Friday, November 4, is your day, as Walmart has its "lowest prices of the year day" today, with some 3,500 items with up to 60% off regular prices. Yes, Virginia, Christmas shopping comes early...

Costa Rica Supermarket Merchandising Practices

(QBLOGS) I don’t think anyone would disagree, that the two top supermarket chains in Costa Rica are AutoMercado and Mas x Menos (Walmart), both as to overall quality and selection, especially when it comes to imported goods. I’m sure that their owner/managers have visited similar...

Looking For Work? Ojo, Jobs Are All Around You.

(QCOSTARICA) Good news for those looking for work, a series of job fairs and opportunities like the soon-to-open City Mall in Alajuela, is flooding the market with thousands of job offers. At Amazon, the company is looking to fill 400 jobs that include human resources,...

Saretto Is Back!

(TICO BULL) The Saretto supermarket in Escazú has undergone an overhaul, renewing its image, giving its customers with a new shopping experience. The store, located 300 metres east of Walmart, was once the premier supermarkets for foreigners in San José's west end, offering up a...

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