In an alliance of titans, Alibaba is getting together with Marriott to bring Chinese travellers the best of both worlds. On the other side of the coin, Spar might be facing divorce. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.




Tuesday, 08 August 2017





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In an alliance of titans, Alibaba is getting together with Marriott to bring Chinese travellers the best of both worlds. On the other side of the coin, Spar might be facing divorce. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.




Australasia


Blockbuster partnership ▪ Alibaba has joined forces with the world’s biggest hotel chain – Marriott – to tap into the booming Chinese travel market. The venture will allow Chinese travellers to book Marriott rooms via the retailer’s travel platform, Fliggy.



Taking on Amazon ▪ Japanese online marketplace Rakuten is pouring more money into its virtual flea market as it struggles to contend with Amazon and other online giants. Over in New Zealand, discounter The Warehouse is joining forces with the country’s postal service to launch a free delivery model that mimics Amazon Prime.



Store concepts ▪ Ice-cream maker Magnum has opened its flagship store in Singapore, featuring Magnum coffee, a first for Asia. Luxury goods group Cartier has opened a two-level boutique in Kuala Lumpur, including a three-storey LED display giving the effect of the boutique dripping in gold.




Europe


Breakup material ▪ Convenience store chain Spar’s biggest supplier is looking to sell its wholesale arm. AF Blakemore owns nearly 300 Spar stores across the UK and supplies more than 1,000. The sale is estimated to be worth GBP 100 million.



Tesco’s highs and lows ▪ The UK grocer has deemed its plastic bag trial a success, and will do away with the 5p single-use bags completely. It will instead offer customers 10p ‘bags for life’. Meanwhile staff at offshoot, One Stop, are demanding better redundancy terms under the company’s latest cost cutting programme, in line with Tesco counterparts.


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Upping the game ▪ Danish grocer Dagrofa has launched a price matching scheme, against prices of 500 products at competitors Netto and Rema 1000. LZ Retailytics suggests the retailer wants to regain lost turnover in the discount segment. German retailer Kaufland has unveiled further plans of its store refurbishment including lower shelves and wider aisles, providing a better overview of the store.




USA


Tax matters ▪ Records have emerged showing retailers Target and Best Buy pumped more money into lobbying in the last six months than all of 2016 to kill a proposed border adjustment tax. Meanwhile, American tech giants, including Google and Amazon, are facing a crackdown on much exploited tax loopholes in Europe, as French and German governments join forces.



Switching sides ▪ High profile exec Kevin Turner, formerly of Microsoft and Walmart, has been shoulder tapped by supermarket group Albertsons to serve as vice chairman of its parent company AB Acquisition. Turner has also been named senior advisor to Albertsons chair and CEO, Bob Miller.




Insider Insights


Cashless era ▪ As WeChat Pay’s ‘Cashless Day’ kicks off, we look at the dawn of a cashless era and those merchants embracing the move. However, this new era is rendering cashiers unnecessary, leaving some to question whether it is dehumanising the shopping experience.



Consumer trends ▪ Allowing consumers to purchase groceries through recipes might be the way for supermarkets to compete against meal kit delivery services. Kroger’s Harris Teeter division, and Ahold Delhaize's Food Lion are already testing ground for recipe services. It is regarded the way Millennials are shopping.