Not wanting to let its rival Aldi have all the fun, German discounter Lidl has unveiled its own plans for growth. Over in the e-commerce space, the world is getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Amazon Whole Foods acquisition. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.




Monday, 10 July 2017





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Not wanting to let its rival Aldi have all the fun, German discounter Lidl has unveiled its own plans for growth. Over in the e-commerce space, the world is getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Amazon Whole Foods acquisition. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.

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Europe


Full steam ahead ▪ Despite a saturated market in the UK, German discounter Lidl has revealed ambitious plans to open at least one new store every week, as the chain looks to double its rate of expansion. Irish grocer Musgraves says it’s ready for the onslaught of competition from German discounters Lidl and Aldi.



Going public ▪ Italian grocer Esselunga plans to be listed on the Milan stock exchange. LZ Retailytics says the added capital would allow the company to make a giant leap towards its dream of national coverage. Just last week, Corriere della Sera (in Italian) reported that the company's market value could be around EUR 7 billion - ten times its operating margin.



Changing direction ▪ There are reports that Russian retailers including Magnit and Lenta are considering entry into the wholesale space (paywall). Tesco offshoot One Stop is re-launching its own label range as it looks to offer greater choice for customers and better margins.




USA


Size matters ▪ Amazon used its deep pockets and brand to edge out other potential suitors in its acquisition of Whole Foods. Previously undisclosed details show six other interested parties were outmanoeuvred by the e-commerce giant. Meanwhile, the world’s biggest producer of mobile phone chips, Qualcomm, wants the sale of some iPhones to be blocked over its patent stoush with Apple.



Highs and lows ▪ Costco has bucked the industry trend and posted sales exceeding analysts’ estimates to send its shares soaring. The wholesaler shrugged off widespread concerns about the Amazon-Whole Foods purchase to outpace its big box rivals. It was a different story for struggling retailer Sears, who announced plans to close another 43 stores, sending its shares tumbling further.



For convenience’s sake ▪ Warehouse club chain Sam’s Club is testing a delivery programme focused on convenience. The pilot, which will be run in Dallas, allows business customers to order online and choose how they receive their goods – including next day delivery and in-store pickups.




Asia


Spotlight on Thailand ▪ E-commerce behemoth Alibaba is set to build a major e-commerce park for its logistics operations in the burgeoning Asean region, while travel site TripAdvisor China has partnered with five retail groups to enhance the shopping experience for Chinese tourists in Bangkok.



Taiwan gets Apple ▪ The tech leader continues to target the lucrative Asian market, opening its first store in Taipei over the weekend. Like most Apple events, the store opened to much fanfare with eager shoppers waiting as long as 68 hours. The iPhone maker holds over 15% of the market share in the country.




Inspiring ideas


Fresh-faced packaging ▪ A new generation of Macros Stretch Film is transforming packaging in the Australian fresh produce industry, delivering easier packing and less wastage. The ventilated stretch film is helping producers deliver fresher loads around the country.



Old becomes new ▪ French retailer Casino is trialling the St Etienne’s old tramway system to supply two urban minimarkets in the area. The trams can carry up to 17 tonnes of goods to the sites, the equivalent to three truckloads.