Holiday sales were strong in the US, but not in Latin America, where Brazil reports the worst Christmas sales in 10 years. Over in India, Paytm and Snapdeal are thinking ahead with big investments and in Europe, new stores are in the planning in Italy and Portugal. Enjoy the read as the year winds down and get inspired by some predictions for 2016.
asia & Australia
Diageo builds in Indonesia The British beverage giant plans to set up a manufacturing plant in Bali to produce Guinness Zero, the alcohol-free version of the famous stout. The move follows the regulation introduced by the Indonesian government earlier in the year that bans the sale of alcohol beverages in mini-markets and small shops.
Dairy deal Down Under Milk producer Australian Dairy Farms will pay A$ 11 million in cash to acquire Victoria-based Camperdown Dairy Company from Aussie Farmers Direct. Camperdown supplies milk to Woolworths and holds a certification for clearance of fresh milk into China.
Pingo grows with BP The Lisbon-headquarted company, one of the largest supermarket operators in Portugal, has opened its second convenience store at a petrol station. The new store is part of the Pingo Doce & Go network, launched in March this year in partnership with oil company BP.
usa & Canada
Amazon sets new records The online behemoth says it shipped a record number of items worldwide for the holidays, with Christmas Eve the biggest day ever for deliveries using the company's Prime Now service. Amazon also revealed that nearly 70% of its customers used a mobile device for shopping.
Supporting small businesses Office supply giant Staples is turning to Twitter to provide assistance for its small business customers +++ Peer-to-peer e-commerce website Etsy reckons Amazon Handmade, the newly introduced marketplace for handcrafted goods, is not the killer it was made out to be.
Reviews & Previews
Grocery goes high tech Ordering groceries online has been growing steadily for a few years, but will surge in 2016 according to GroceryStories.com. The entire food industry adapts to changing habits, especially independent supermarkets.