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Canadian merchants and Australian winemakers will get a boost in China through Alibaba's Tmall. Britain's Sainbury's follows in the footsteps of Germany's Aldi by adding premium fashion to its offerings. In Canada, Sobeys announces mass price cuts, Dollarama considers going online and Lululemon focuses on smaller stores. Enjoy the read and have a great start to the week.
asia & australia
Japanese merger Familymart, the country's 3rd largest convenience store chain, and Uny, the owner of fourth-ranked Circle K Sunkus, have merged, creating Japan's second-largest convenience store chain after 7-Eleven. Familymart Uny will operate about 17,000 outlets.
Indian growth potential Backed by robust economic growth and rising household incomes, consumer spending in India is expected to touch US$ 3.6 trillion by 2020, while the e-commerce market may reach US$ 125 billion. Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo (paywall) is set to tap into this market and plans to enter the country.
europe & Central America
Aldi informs The German discounter and fashion designer Jette Joop will tour some German cities to promote the designer's autumn collection, which will be available at the discounter from September 26. Aldi Süd has also organised a recruitment day at one of its stores in Cologne to inform about career opportunities in retail.
usa & canada
Sobeys slashes prices Canada's second largest food retailer (free registration) announced it will lower everyday prices on nearly 10,000 grocery items at its Sobeys and Safeway stores in Western Canada. The price cuts are enabled in part by renegotiating with suppliers.
J.C. Penney reignites appliances After more than 30 years, the Texas-based department store operator is re-entering the major appliance business announcing that it will relaunch sales of kitchen and laundry appliances in a phased 5,000-store rollout, kicking off the expansion last Friday.
Flying robots and the city More and more drones will fly through our cities in the coming years, delivering the latest order from Amazon and other online retailers. However, drones present challenges for cities. They raise safety, privacy, nuisance and trespassing concerns.