Amazon is once more challenging brick-and-mortar stores by tapping into the competitive meal kits market, while Lidl is attacking Kroger. LZ Retailytics analyses the hypermarket concepts of Kaufland and Casino and Unilever is eyeing a billion-dollar acquisition. Enjoy the read and have a great day.




Tuesday, 18 July 2017





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Amazon is once more challenging brick-and-mortar stores by tapping into the competitive meal kits market, while Lidl is attacking Kroger. LZ Retailytics analyses the hypermarket concepts of Kaufland and Casino and Unilever is eyeing a billion-dollar acquisition. Enjoy the read and have a great day.

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USA & Canada


Lidl up in arms ▪ The discount giant is firing back at Kroger, denying any wrongdoing after the US supermarket operator accused Lidl of trademark infringement, claiming it an attempt to tarnish the German chain’s reputation. Meanwhile, Kroger tackles its own underfunded pension problems with a US$ 1 billion contribution.



Vision for meal kits ▪ “We do the prep. You be the chef,” has been claimed by Amazon as a trademark, enabling the e-commerce giant to enter the meal kits business. The move has directly affected start-up Blue Apron, whose shares tumbled and it surely will infiltrate the traditional grocery industry.



Subway gets makeover ▪ The sandwich chain unveiled a new store design intended to provide a more distinctive and welcoming customer experience. It includes bright colours, inspired by fresh vegetables and wall decor that communicates the brand's emphasis on quality ingredients.



A bride's nightmare ▪ In yet another retail failure, Alfred Angelo Bridal Signature Stores has unexpectedly closed its 60 US stores and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, leaving untold numbers of shocked customers in a panic. Many frustrated brides vent their annoyance on social media.




Europe


Hypermarket strategies ▪ French retailer Casino believes it has found the right balance for its Géant hypermarkets with permanent prices, loyalty and promotions, while Kaufland is reversing its strategy in Germany. Instead of reducing the product variety, as planned a year ago, it is now re-listing a lot of articles.



Unilever fights for food unit ▪ The Anglo-Dutch food group is reportedly involved in a GBP 2 billion bidding war with US meat processor Hormel to buy the food division of Reckitt Benckiser. But Unilever will need some secret sauce to make this acquisition taste good, according to an insider.



Attracting diners ▪ Betting on the growing food to go market, UK grocer Waitrose has hired its first ever director of food service. Its new store concept includes offering meals, prepared by staff. Meanwhile, Italian food emporium Eataly has reported a loss of EUR 11 million in 2016 due to increased competition.




Asia


Blending online and offline ▪ Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened another three Hema stores, expanding its network to 13 across the country. The physical sites also serve as fulfilment hubs for online orders. Shoppers can scan items for more information.



Payment partnership ▪ South Korean tech company Samsung has teamed up with payment service Paypal. Users will be able to choose the latter as their preferred method of payment on Samsung's payment app. The offer will initially be available in the United States.




Strange but true


Husband storage ▪ A shopping mall in Shanghai has introduced a number of glass pods for wives to leave any disgruntled husbands that don't want to be dragged around the shops. The free service includes a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad. Men can sit and play retro 1990s games.



Relaxing lions ▪ Did you know that lions rest for as many as 18 hours a day? Well, Swedish furniture icon Ikea has built its latest 'Wonderful everyday' commercial around this fact. It features a lion enjoying 'me-time' in a living room until he springs into action to celebrate a child's birthday. Watch it here.