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Thursday, 12 January 2017

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While Lidl records double-digit Christmas sales figures in the UK, rival Aldi pushes ahead in Italy. French giant Carrefour is active in Europe and Asia. Amazon settles a lawsuit in Canada, Walgreens partners for click-and-collect, Ahold Delhaize focuses on sustainability in the US, and Target looks for start-ups. To ensure our emails continue to reach your inbox, please add retailupdate@retailupdate.lebensmittelzeitung.net to your safe senders list. 

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Asia & South pacific
Expansion and recycling plans   Indonesian grocer Trans Retail Indonesia plans to open 30 stores under the Transmart Carrefour brand and to expand its e-commerce activities. Over in Taiwan, Carrefour has launched a 'smart' recycling station in collaboration with the Tainan City Council in a bid to encourage the citizens to reduce waste. ▪
Online trial in Iran   Like the rest of the world, Iran is becoming a 'web' society and local start-up Hyperka.com has reportedly entered into what is called an 'immensely difficult' market. The company launched a new online supermarket at the end of 2016. ▪
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The leading business platform for retail industry : C-star 2017
C-star - Shanghai's International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail, will be held in Shanghai from April 26 to 28, 2017. As the most international retail event in China, C-star covers four major product areas including Shopfitting, Retail Technology; Visual Merchandising and Stand Construction. More information, please visit
www.c-star-expo.com.
NZ-US honey deal   New Zealand-based manuka honey producer Comvita has sold its Medihoney wound care brand to US partner Derma Sciences for NZ$ 19 million and will gain a further NZ$ 11 million selling Derma shares in a takeover offer of the Nasdaq-listed company. ▪
europe
Lidl thrives in Britain   The German discounter enjoyed its best-ever festive trading period in the UK, with sales up 10%, but not as good as rival Aldi, which posted a 15% increase, as reported earlier this week. Insolvency firm Begbies Traynor warns that suppliers are experiencing increased levels of financial stress due to competitive conditions. ▪
Aldi prepares for Italy   In a bid to manage its Italian entry, the German discounter has created a real estate company, Aldi Immobiliare (in Italian), located in Bolzano. First stores are expected to open in Trento this summer. Insiders reckon that Aldi could operate up to 520 outlets in Italy. ▪
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Carrefour buys in Belgium   The French retailer is poised to take over nine stores from Belgian supermarket chain Tecno (in French) and will convert the mini-markets to its Carrefour Express banner. Tecno is a family business founded more than a 100 years ago by the Dam family. ▪
usa & canada
Amazon pays and partners   The Canadian unit of the e-commerce powerhouse has agreed to pay a US$ 1.1 million fine to settle an investigation into pricing activities. In the US, Amazon has teamed up with J.P. Morgan Chase to introduce a new Visa credit card, rolling out another benefit for its Prime members.  ▪
Ahold Delhaize alliances   In the US, the Dutch-Belgian retail giant has announced a tie-up with online platform RangeMe to streamline product sourcing between retailers and suppliers. Meanwhile, AH's Giant-Landover division has started testing a shelf-tag sustainability rating system from database HowGood. ▪
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After 15 years as MDD Expo,
the benchmark event for private label in the French market, M.A.D.E.* is the result of a natural evolution that follows the international development of the exhibition through a changing retail market. On 28 & 29 March 2017, M.A.D.E.* will bring together manufacturers of own label products and buyers from all distribution channels across Europe for 2 days dedicated to co-creation.
www.madeparis.com
Simplifying delivery   To accommodate a growing number of e-commerce packages, pharmacy store chain Walgreens and Fedex have signed an agreement that will offer access to the courier's drop-off and pick-up services at thousands of Walgreens locations across the US. ▪
Target encourages start-ups  The US retailer is bringing back its accelerator programme for the second time and is looking for retail-specific innovative entrepreneurs worldwide to apply for a chance to relocate to Minneapolis and get involved with mentors at Target. ▪
 latin america
Fallabella invests   The Chilean retailer plans to spend US$ 4.0 billion in Latin America within the next three years to open 114 new stores and nine shopping malls. Fallabella, whose operations include department stores, supermarkets and home improvement centres, is present in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay. ▪

 


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