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Media Markt, a subsidiary of Germany's Metro Group, has started to trial home deliveries with robots. US big box retailer Costco is pushing ahead with store expansions in Australia and Canada. Home Depot is honoured and Hudson's Bay is celebrating its first year with Kaufhof Galeria in Germany with the intention to grow. Have a great start to the week.
asia & Australia
Woolies to axe another business The Australian supermarket giant is considering selling its petrol station chain, which operates 530 units across the country. The deal is said to be worth more than US$ 1 billion. Meanwhile, US retailer Costco is interested in setting up stores in sites once occupied by Woolworth's failed hardware chain, Masters.
Transparency wanted Government agencies in India are set to keep an eye on offers and freebies being handed out by e-tailers this festival season. Online marketplaces such as Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal have been asked not to just refrain from discounting but to state clearly that the rebate is being given by the seller and not by them.
Big plans for Kaufhof A year ago Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay acquired Galeria Kaufhof for EUR 2.9 billion, including debt. Despite it being a difficult year on many levels, the Canadians are determined to stay and invest in Germany. German Retail Blog caught up with the company's leading managers.
Metro starts robot delivery German consumer electronics retailer Media Markt, owned by the Metro Group, is testing using robots to make home delivery of goods faster. Two robots not much bigger than vacuum cleaners are to deliver packages within a 5-kilometre radius from a store in Düsseldorf.
usA & Canada
Thanksgiving plans While retail heavyweights such as Target and Walmart have not yet announced their Thanksgiving weekend plans, a rising number of retailers, including Home Depot, Nordstrom, Costco and Lowe's, are determined to close on this day.
Sustainability commitments Several supermarkets chains, including discounters Lidl and Aldi, are promising to offer 100% certified bananas in future. The New York-based Rainforest Alliance, a non-governmental organisation to ensure sustainable livelihoods, takes a look at these commitments.