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Monday, 11 April 2016

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Chinese online giant Alibaba has signed more deals - one with US food multi Mondelēz and another one with Germany-based Wirecard for the launch of its payment app in Europe. Discounter Lidl and Grupo Dia excel in Spain, while rival Aldi breaks new grounds in Germany. Over in the US, some high profile execs return to their roots or start new ventures. Have a great start to the week.

china & Australia
Alibaba teams up abroad   US food multi Mondelēz has entered into a strategic e-commerce partnership with the Chinese powerhouse to expand its reach in the Chinese market. Over in Europe, the company's payment app, Alipay, will be launched in partnership with Wirecard this summer in the UK, Germany, France and Italy. ▪
Online drug sales boom   China's e-commerce businesses are expanding into pharmaceuticals as the government directs prescription drug sales away from hospitals and into retail outlets. The online pharmacy business has grown from virtually nothing five years ago to more than US$ 1.1 billion in 2014. ▪
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Accounting irregularities   The managing director of Australia's Wesfarmers' Target department stores, Stuart Machin, resigned on Friday over allegations that the retailer colluded with overseas suppliers to artificially inflate profits figures. ▪
Discounters on a roll   Lidl managed to grow its net sales by a whopping 12.5 % to over EUR 3 billion in Spain in 2015, where discounter Grupo Dia has opened its 2,000th franchised shop +++ Over in Germany,  Aldi has broken new grounds with the launch of  a fashion show, created by star designer Jette Joop, adding a touch of glamour to the usual no-frills presentation.  ▪
Spar partners with NCR   The US computer company and the retailer have teamed up to develop innovative store concepts in Austria. Spar has installed NCR's software in three different locations to assess cashless payment systems with the plan to roll out the technology. ▪
Sugary expansion plans   AB Foods, the British owner of discount clothing retailer Primark, has reached an agreement to buy the rest of South African sugar producer Illovo for GBP 263.2 million. The deal will help to expand ABF's sugar business, which has been struggling with low prices and its profits. ▪
usa, Chile & africa
Back to the roots   The head of marketing for the US online business of Walmart, Brian Monahan, has left the retailer to go back to a startup he helped establish in 2012, and Dov Charney, founder and ousted CEO of American Apparel, is scouting sites for his comeback and new venture, selling USA-made basics. ▪
Global berry network   US berry producer Naturipe Farms, Munger Brothers and Chile-based Hortifrut announced a merger to establish a global berry organisation, reaching across the Pacific coast and beyond. ▪
Pick n Pay signs with GWK   The South African supermarket chain said it would take 4,500 tonnes of wheat products from GWK Farm Foods, the newest subsidiary of one of SA’s largest agro-processing groups, which launched a new factory in the Northern Cape. ▪
consumer behaviour
From browsing to paying   Landing pages are the online retailer's storefront and they should be as inviting as the real thing. Here are some marketing techniques to be considered +++ The majority of US customers prefer traditional payment cards over chip cards according to business research firm Field Agent. ▪
Delivery options under scrutiny    The so called click-and-collect model has become increasingly popular with retailers and consumers. Keith Anderson from e-commerce consultants Profitero takes a closer look at the challenges, opportunities and technology of this delivery model. ▪

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