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In an exclusive interview with German Retail Blog, two insiders reveal their take on what is happening in the retail landscape in Great Britain, where a new competitor from Down Under is about to arrive. Over in China, tireless giant Alibaba gears up for the festive season and in the US, the fresh delivery space is getting a little more crowded. Enjoy the read and spread the word. RetailUpdate remains FREE.
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FOODBOARD™ – Cartonboard with functional barrier for sustainable and safe food packaging
With FOODBOARD™, Mayr-Melnhof Karton has developed the next generation of cartonboard which ensures highest product safety: FOODBOARD™ shields packed food against the migration of defined unintended substances such as mineral oils, phthalates, DIPN and bisphenol A and provides protection against cross-contamination during transport, storage and at the point of sale.
Bunnings enters Britain Australia's Wesfarmers, which runs the Bunnings branded home-improvement business and supermarket chain Coles, is about to become the second largest DIY retailer in the UK after its bid to acquire Home Base for AU$ 705 million has been accepted.
Carrefour continues to grow France’s largest retailer reported fourth-quarter revenue that met analysts’ estimates, achieving a fourth year of annual growth. Revenue rose 2.4% on an organic basis to EUR 22.4 billion. Sales rose 2.5% in Spain and 3.5 % in Italy.
USA & Latin America
Sally Beauty wants insights One of the largest retailer of professional beauty supplies in the world, Sally Beauty, is teaming up with prescriptive analytics provider Profitect to analyse sales and other data, as well as get a better insight into trends.
Delivery competition heats up FreshDirect, a New York-based online provider of custom and prepared grocery items and meals, is launching a mobile one-hour fresh item delivery service. FreshDirect’s new FoodKick mobile app will offer one-hour delivery.
Mondelez gets sustainable The maker of Cadbury chocolate has announced it will transition to using cage-free eggs. The move follows years of progress in sustainable sourcing and comes at a time when the food industry is under pressure from consumers and animal-rights groups.
Developments to watch
Getting the space race blues Online, discount and convenience remain the growth engines in the UK grocery scene. How can English supermarkets return to profitable growth? In exclusive interviews, German Retail Blog asked two British experts for their take on what is happening in Blighty.
Changing shopping habits Health, wellness, technology, convenience, and indulgence are key trends for this year, says research specialists Canadean and 18 % of shoppers believe that the 'click and collect' service changed the way they shopped according to a new shopping study.