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US dairy giant Dean Foods is interested in Kiwi company A2 Milk. In the UK, bookmaker Ladbroke considers a merge to survive in the digital age and over in the US, the Ahold Delhaize combo is in its final stages. Read about the collaboration developments, expansion hurdles and exciting digital discoveries.
asia & australasia
Li & Fung to open stores in China The Hong Kong-based global exporter has formed a joint venture with two Chinese department store operators, with the aim of setting up as many as 300 stores and developing its own private labels.
John Lewis teams up with Vodafone The British retailer is becoming something of an ‘everything’ store, having ventured into optometry last year, and now it has announced a partnership with Vodafone UK to sell mobile contracts through selected John Lewis stores.
Merger plans in the gambling industry Bookmaker Ladbrokes is in talks with the board of Gala Coral Group over a possible merger. A deal would create the UK's biggest bookmaker with nearly 4,000 High Street shops. The possible merger is seen as an adjustment to the digital age.
Waitrose controls competition The upmarket grocer has selected IRI as its new partner for business insights, aiming to work more closely with its suppliers. IRI’s Retail Advantage market tracking solution is said to provide Waitrose with granular insights on its performance compared with other major supermarkets.
usa & canada
Facebook and Twitter challenge retailers The world’s biggest online social network, Facebook, surpasses Walmart on the top 10 list of the highest-valued companies +++ In an effort to become more of a commerce platform, Twitter is testing two new ways to make finding products easier.
New apps for shoppers PatPat is a new app that brings customers direct access to manufacturers of clothing, toys, electronics and home goods at a price that is up to 90% less than traditional retailers +++ The Shopular mobile shopping app is rolling out two platform upgrades targeting consumers with time- and location-sensitive deal alerts.