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Aldi is set to win over Australian shoppers, while competitor Lidl breaks ground in the US and tests concept stores in Europe. New Zealand's farmers welcome the Paris Agreement on climate change. Over in Britain, Tesco offers 'hang over' help and in Germany, a Christmas ad by Edeka goes viral. Have a great start to a productive week and share our newsletter if you like it. Subscription is FREE.

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asia & south pacific
Aldi wins Australians over   A private label rosé wine of the German discounter, which retails under AU$5, has won a prestigious medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition. Research company Canstar Blue has named Aldi’s Anco brand as the best product in the fabric softener category. ▪
Kiwis welcome Paris agreement   New Zealand’s Federated Farmers, an umbrella organisation for farmers, is praising the international climate change agreement and specifically likes how the agreement 'prioritises food security and food production'. ▪
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Alibaba completes media deal    Following weeks of speculation, the Chinese internet giant has agreed to buy Hong Kong's flagship English-language newspaper South China Morning Post for U$ 266 million. Alibaba’s executive vice chairman wrote an open letter to SCMP-readers. ▪
Infosys invests in US start-ups  Besides having started to work on new software platforms to differentiate from its rivals, India's second-largest software exporter, Infosys, plans to invest in a Silicon Valley fund to engage with innovative start-ups. ▪
 europe
Mirakl introduces retail service   The French software developer has launched online marketplace Mirakl Marketplace B2B to help distributors and manufacturers. Amongst its customers is retailer Auchan, which has just announced it will invest EUR 79 million in a new logistics centre in Moscow. ▪
Waitrose expands its global reach   The British retailer has added Mauritius and Dominica to its growing export business, taking the total number of countries outside of the UK where the grocer has a presence to 58. ▪
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Concept stores and other openings   Italian retailer and cooperative Nova Coop has introduced its first concept store in Turin. Meanwhile, Croatia-based retailer Konzum revealed plans to open 10 new supermarkets in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016. ▪
Anticipating Christmas  British retailer Tesco, which just lost its second female director within a week, has set up Hangover Help stations in three of its stores. Over in Germany, a Christmas ad for retail giant Edeka received 33.5 million views just a week after posting. ▪
 usa & canada
Lidl powers ahead   The US unit of the German powerhouse broke ground for construction of regional offices and a distribution centre in North Carolina, which is expected to be built no later than 2018. Over in Europe, Lidl has introduced a new concept store in Ireland. ▪
Joint venture for grain sourcing   Australian grains marketer GrainCorp has set up a joint venture in Canada to give it more sources from which to draw grain. Together with Japan's Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, the company wants to operate across Alberta and Saskatchewan. ▪
Jordan's knows how to entertain   The New England-based furniture retailer, part of the Berkshire Hathaway empire, combines retail with entertainment in its massive new store in New Haven, Connecticut, which celebrated its opening last week in style. ▪
 trends to watch
Stores still matter   The internet's economic impact might have doubled since 2007, according to a new study, but physical stores matter more than ever. Tom McGee, president and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC), explains why. ▪
Improving customer engagement   The worlds of e-commerce and brick and mortar will seamlessly merge towards an omnichannel approach, according to technology provider Software AG. The company predicts 10 disruptive digital trends for 2016. ▪

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