Lidl aims to add glamour to its international stores through a collaboration with supermodel Heidi Klum. Amazon enters another stronghold of Walmart and struggling Macy's is preparing for tighter margins in times of upheaval. Get also informed about the latest moves in the delivery industry. Have a great day!




Wednesday, 07 June 2017





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Lidl aims to add glamour to its international stores through a collaboration with supermodel Heidi Klum. Amazon enters another stronghold of Walmart and struggling Macy's is preparing for tighter margins in times of upheaval. Get also informed about the latest moves in the delivery industry. Have a great day!




USA


Increasing customer base ▪ Amazon has launched a discounted membership offer for customers receiving government assistance, targeting shoppers who traditionally chose Walmart. The online giant is also giving its members the possibility to shop through their Fire TV remote with a dedicated app.



Department store struggles ▪ Macy's shares slid after the company warned that it might not meet its forecast, nevertheless it is committed "to be productive." Competitor Sears is closing 66 more stores in its drive to get back to profitability. The new closures expand the list of 180 shutdowns announced earlier this year.



Pharmacy acquisitions ▪ Supermarket giant Albertsons has purchased MedCart Specialty Pharmacy, a service provider for people with complex diseases. Meanwhile, CVS Pharmacy has expanded its footprint in Illinois by acquiring all 14 locations of pharmacy operator Doc’s Drugs.



Meijer thinks fresh ▪ The Michigan-based grocer plans to open a small urban store called Bridge Street Market in downtown Grand Rapids. The unique retail model - the first of its kind - is intended to deliver a "convenient and fresh neighbourhood grocery option," says Meijer.




Europe & Mexico


Lidl bets on fashion ▪ Not to be outdone by rival Aldi and Jette Joop, the German discounter has joined forces with supermodel Heidi Klum in a new fashion campaign, which will launch across its stores in the US and Europe later this year. However, LZ Retailytics wonders if it is such a good idea to mix fashion with discount.



Start-up plans to go public ▪ Online food firm Delivery Hero is preparing a flotation that could value the start-up at up to EUR 4 billion. The company, backed by Berlin-based Rocket Internet, has grown rapidly, employing now over 6,000 people in 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.


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Dr Oetker grows in Latam ▪ The German food group is expanding its presence in the Mexican market through the acquisition of baking company Grupo Rexal, a leading producer of baking soda and syrup in Latin America. The Monterrey-based family-owned business employs 115 people.




Asia


Alibaba expands offline ▪ Koubei, an affiliate company of the Chinese online giant focused on enabling local commerce, hopes to work with 150,000 vendors and service providers in Shanghai by September. The company seeks to build an offline ecosystem that serves a wider variety of businesses.



Investments in India ▪ Coca-Cola will spend more than US$ 1.7 billion over the next five years in the Indian market, aiming to improve its entire supply chain system. Meanwhile, tech giant Samsung will more than double its mobile phone production capacity in Uttar Pradesh to support the South Asian nation as a manufacturing and export hub.




Optimising delivery


Success models ▪ In its quest to rise above its south-eastern roots, Alabama-based delivery marketplace Shipt has raised another US$ 40 million to become the dominant grocery delivery brand in the US. Check out these three tips for retailers to strengthen their delivery model.



Ocado trials driverless ▪ The British online supermarket is reportedly secretly testing driverless delivery vans, dubbed Robocado. The company hopes the self-driving vans will improve safety and increase the speed at which orders can be met.