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Tuesday, 07 March 2017

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The prestigious RetailDesign Award has been presented for the tenth time at trade show EuroShop in Düsseldorf. Over 80 store concepts from 27 countries have joined the competition. Three top winners were awarded. We feature their impressive store ideas in pictures. Enjoy your Tuesday bulletin and please share, if you like it.

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Europe
Tycoon on trial   Anton Schlecker, a former giant of German retail, has appeared in court over the collapse of his pharmacy chain, which once employed some 50,000 people, who were all laid off. He is accused of embezzling millions before declaring bankruptcy. Here is how it happened.  ▪
Promising investments   In a bid to cut its carbon footprint, UK online retailer Ocado is testing grocery delivery by electric vehicles. If successful, they will be included into the company's fleet. Meanwhile, John Lewis will strengthen cross-channel consumer experience by spending GBP 4 million on apps for shop floor employees. ▪
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Finished business   Nestlé and Coca-Cola plan to dissolve Beverage Partners Worldwide, their ready-to-drink joint venture in 2018. Launched in 2001, it offered particular the Nestea brand. Over in Britain, food manufacturer Bakkavor Group, which supplies private labels to Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco, considers to close its site in Nottinghamshire, affecting 300 employees.  ▪
USA & Canada
Amazon stays productive   The e-commerce powerhouse has introduced a vitamins and supplement category to its private label Elements line, while its cloud computing unit made another acquisition with the purchase of Thinkbox Software, a firm that provides tools for media and design content creation. ▪
Exploring options   New York-based home delivery company Fresh Direct plans to enter the Washington area, and discount retailer Dollar General has completed a speedy installation of an electronic article surveillance solution from Checkpoint Systems to reduce shrink. ▪
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Baker adds makers   Grupo Bimbo, one of the world's largest maker of baked goods, has purchased Toronto-based Stonemill Bakehouse, a producer of slow fermented craft bread. Just recently, Bimbo has announced the acquisition of Colombian frozen product maker Panattiere. ▪
Asia & Australia
Alliances and announcements   E-commerce company Lazada, which is owned by Alibaba, has partnered with Singapore tech company Singtel to launch an online market place for small businesses. Another Alibaba unit, Taobao, has tightened rules over the resale of books and magazines published overseas on its online marketplace. ▪
Trouble in China   Following inspections, Chinese authorities have closed 23 retail stores of South Korean conglomerate Lotte amid a diplomatic standoff that has cast a chill over business ties between the two nations. It marks a wide clamp-down on the group in its biggest overseas market.  ▪
Challenging Metcash   To beat the high costs when dealing with wholesaler Metcash, a group of Australian hardware retailers and suppliers, among them Mitre 10 and Home Timber & Hardware, are determined to support a fledgling, independent buying group as an alternative supply channel. ▪
Inspiring innovations
Commitments to excellence   Fashion discounter Primark in Madrid, Rose Biketown in Bocholt and Saks Fifth Avenue in Toronto are the winners of this year's RetailDesign Award. They were celebrated at trade fair EuroShop, which is running until March 9. Have a look at these awesome store ideas.  ▪
Robots in action   Take a look inside an Amazon fulfilment centre and watch some of the 15,000 Kiva robots lifting shelves and taking them around, as well as a large robot arm that moves packages without breaking into a sweat, but don't worry about job losses, 'brand human' has still a lot of power.  ▪

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