Hello, dear reader!
Finally, Black Friday has arrived and retailers around the world are bracing themselves for the showdown. A number of British companies have developed quirky alternatives to the US-inspired discount day. Delivery and payment options remain hot topics. Have a peaceful start to the festive season and enjoy today's collection of retail news.
asia & south pacific
Eataly opens in Germany The Turin-based fine food & gastronomy chain has entered Germany and opened its 27th outlet worldwide this week in Munich. German Retail Blog had the opportunity to talk to Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti about worldwide expansion plans and a lot more.
Click, collect and go - or not Shutl, a fulfilment specialist owned by Ebay, has announced that fashion company River Island will be the first UK retailer to launch its new 'Click and Don't Collect' service +++ Belgian's Colruyt has just opened its 'next generation' store, which incorporates a 'Collect&Go' (collection) facility.
Carrefour creates contactless card The French powerhouse has created its own debit card which can be used for contactless transactions in a system that will initially become usable in many supermarkets in Belgium and Luxembourg.
usa & Africa
Tesco settles US lawsuit The British retailer has reached an agreement in principle to pay US$ 12 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by US shareholders in New York over an accounting scandal that tarnished the retailer’s reputation.
Deliv scores major deals The California-based start-up has scored a new same-day prescription delivery deal with pharmacy chain Walgreens and has also partnered with mobile platform Newstore to offer same-day delivery across local, regional, and national retailers.
Head start on Turkey day Walmart and Target's move to keep Amazon at bay by offering online deals early on Thanksgiving seems to pay off. At brick-and-mortar stores, smaller crowds than last year are expected due to consumers' willingness to shop via smartphone.
Kiwis prefer Boxing Day While New Zealand retailers have caught on the Black Friday phenomenon this year, it is unlikely that the event will out-do Boxing Day as the nation's most popular discount day.