Lidl has launched its first online shop in the Czech Republic. Speeding up the checkout process, rival Aldi will accept all sorts of contact-free payment in the US, while Britains' Costcutter trials scanning the fingertip at the till. Troubled Toys 'R' Us keeps on fighting and a Norwegian retailer bets on books. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.




Friday, 22 September 2017





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Lidl has launched its first online shop in the Czech Republic. Speeding up the checkout process, rival Aldi will accept all sorts of contact-free payment in the US, while Britains' Costcutter trials scanning the fingertip at the till. Troubled Toys 'R' Us keeps on fighting and a Norwegian retailer bets on books. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.




USA & Canada


Enhancing customer experience ▪ Aldi is making it easier for shoppers at the checkout. The discounter now accepts all forms of contactless payment, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, at all of its stores across the US. The move comes just weeks after Aldi launched a grocery delivery service with Instacart.



Eyes on overseas expansion ▪ Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard is working on a strategy to enter the Thai and Indian markets, while also looking to boost its presence in southern China. The convenience store chain has a foothold in China through licensing agreements but does not operate stores.



Moving on ▪ In a bid to emerge from bankruptcy, Toys 'R' Us has announced plans to shrink its stores, improve its online shopping experience, and introduce faster shipping and customer services. The toy retailer is also set to hire part-time workers for the upcoming holiday season.




Europe


E-shop for Czechs ▪ Lidl has launched an online store in the Czech Republic. It is the German discounter's first e-shop in Central and Eastern Europe, offering consumer goods that will be delivered within three days. All orders are filled from a logistics centre in Pilsen.



Targeting readers ▪ Coop Norge has signed an agreement with book retailer Tanum to open book corners around 700 grocery stores across Norway. Tanum has 18 bookstores in the country. It also operates online but is aiming to continuously increase its physical presence.



Fingertip payment ▪ Costcutter in London has become the first supermarket worldwide to offer biometric payment 'Fingopay', developed by service provider Sthaler. The system scans the patterns of veins in people’s fingertips. A roll-out is possible and other retailers showed interest.



Private label decisions ▪ German dairy company Müller will invest GBP 100 million in its UK operations to expand its range of branded products and introduce new private label lines, while Belgium's Colruyt has launched a digital platform which offers in-depth information about the group's food products.




Asia


Amazon stays active ▪ Indian retail major Shoppers Stop has entered into an agreement with Amazon India to sell its products on the latter's marketplace. Following a six-month trial, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant has launched its business-to-business platform in Japan.



Ikea grows in India ▪ The Swedish furniture powerhouse is reportedly in talks with the Tamil Nadu government to set up two stores in Chennai. It would be the fourth location in the country. The retailer is looking for more sites and plans to invest US$ 292 million in the stores.




What to watch


At a crossroad ▪ Frozen food store chains are scarce in the European landscape with many remain small or regional players. LZ Retailytics investigates the sector and notes that some frozen-food store operators are evolving their concepts in different directions to sustain growth, especially in France and the UK.



Bright future ▪ Plant-based foods are regarded as a promising growth category. A majority of Americans are open to making meatless dishes, particularly if they have a similar taste and texture to meat-centric dishes, says a study. But there are more stats to back up their success.