As its UK anniversary approaches, Amazon Fresh is poised to increase its delivery catchment area in England. In the US, competitor Ebay pledges to treat its customers as individuals, and in Singapore, Inditex-unit Massimo Dutti has opened a breath-taking concept store. Enjoy the read and feel free to share the news.




Tuesday, 06 June 2017





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As its UK anniversary approaches, Amazon Fresh is poised to increase its delivery catchment area in England. In the US, competitor Ebay pledges to treat its customers as individuals, and in Singapore, Inditex-unit Massimo Dutti has opened a breath-taking concept store. Enjoy the read and feel free to share the news.




Europe


Tackling a tricky market ▪ Amazon Fresh is set to deliver food to another 42 postcodes in the south-east of England. In the past year, the service has seen rapid expansion, but experts believe that the e-commerce titan has yet to make a dent in the challenging GBP 9 billion online market. It is still nowhere near stealing market share from the established players.



More obstacles for Tesco ▪ The proposed merger with wholesale company Booker faces fresh opposition from two major shareholders warning it could damage the supermarket leader's turnaround efforts. In other news, it was revealed that a regulatory probe into Tesco auditor PwC over the accounting scandal has been dropped.



Iceland back on track ▪ Following a successful revamp of its stores and product offerings, the British frozen food retailer has returned to sales growth and a healthy rise in profits. The company’s total sales rose 4.4% to GBP 2.8 billion, boosted by the opening of 20 new stores.




Asia & Australia


Stylish in Singapore ▪ Spanish apparel retailer Massimo Dutti, which is part of the Inditex group, has launched a concept store at VivoCity Shopping centre in the island city-state. The floors are set with Italian marble to add a touch of elegance. Here are some inspiring images of the new outlet.



Vietnamese debuts ▪ Convenience store chain 7-Eleven will launch its first stores in Vietnam this month, with 100 stores expected to open within three years. Also debuting in the Southeast Asian country is US fashion brand Old Navy, which will start in Ho Chi Minh City this week.


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E-commerce moves ▪ Australia’s biggest daily deals site, Catch of the Day, has launched an online marketplace and rebranded to Catch, as it looks to become a one-stop shop for online shoppers. Meanwhile, underperforming Singaporean online eyewear specialist SeeChic has closed down.




USA & Latin America


Ebay gets personal ▪ The California-headquartered e-commerce giant is launching an enhanced, more personalised shopping experience through a new homepage that is responsive to its individual customers’ interests by using artificial intelligence and machine learning technology.



Scandinavian design at Nordstrom ▪ Focusing on international expansion, upmarket Swedish stationery chain kikki.K, which has over 90 stores globally across Australia, the UK, Singapore, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, has launched exclusively into 19 Nordstrom stores as well as online.



Nestlé's Latam initiatives ▪ The Swiss multinational food company is investing in new plants in Latin America and working with government officials in Chile, Mexico, Peru and Colombia to create 2,900 jobs. Nestlé also wants to expand its Quality Centre in Brazil.




... and the winner is


Aldi in Australia ▪ The German discounter has been crowned the cheapest supermarket in Australia in the latest price report from consumer group Choice. The survey was conducted by undercover shoppers in 110 Australian supermarkets.



House of Fraser in Britain ▪ The department store group is the best high street retailer that also sells online in the UK according to the annual Multichannel Retail Report, which identifies the top 10 the industry should benchmark against.