Further proving that delivery is the name of the game, two of the biggest retail players have upped the tempo yet again. Walmart’s new play could give it a major competitive edge while Amazon’s deal rattles the restaurant scene. Today also marks three months to Christmas, and as usual holiday fever is setting in early.




Monday, 25 September 2017





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Further proving that delivery is the name of the game, two of the biggest retail players have upped the tempo yet again. Walmart’s new play could give it a major competitive edge while Amazon’s deal rattles the restaurant scene. Today also marks three months to Christmas, and as usual holiday fever is setting in early.




USA & Canada


Delivery wars ▪ Two fierce rivals have taken the hotly contested convenience space to a whole new level. Walmart’s new service will see it delivering fresh groceries straight to customers’ fridges, while Amazon’s deal gives it access to 200 restaurant brands across 40,000 US locations.



Digital developments ▪ Target’s latest app upgrade will make life easier for its shoppers, with the introduction of in-store maps. Grocery platform provider Unata has launched new technology which will allow grocers to offer voice ordering capabilities for their customers.



Expanding footprints ▪ While Toys ‘R’ Us stumbles, Canadian toy retailer Mastermind is ramping up, with plans to open another four locations in Canada before the end of the year and another twelve next year. Amazon will open a large new office in New York City, creating 2,000 highly paid jobs.




Europe


Welcome relief ▪ UK grocers have lead the way in cutting the price of petrol and diesel, easing the pain for motorists facing rising costs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Tesco is relaxing its tight fruit specifications for apple farmers facing the prospect of dumping hundreds of tons of perfectly good fruit marred with ‘frost ring’.



French fare ▪ Retailer Auchan is reportedly considering discontinuing its Jumbo brand in Portugal by the end of next year. Carrefour’s new boss has named his leadership team, tapping the man credited with reviving its Spanish operations to take charge of its biggest market – France.



Uncertain future ▪ The passing of L’Oreal heir Liliane Bettencourt has re-ignited questions over the cosmetic giant’s future, and how major shareholder Nestlé features in this. It remains silent on what it will do with its 23 percent stake, but analysts say there is the possibility of Nestlé buying the company outright.




Asia & Australia


Amazon relents ▪ Speculation is mounting in some quarters that the retail heavyweight is backing off China, with rival Alibaba's Kindle promotion adding fuel to the fire. Estimates have it that Amazon has less than 1% market share of the business-to-consumer e-commerce market in the country.



Good investments ▪ Tech giant Tencent is getting into traditional finance, buying a 5% slice of CICC International. Singaporean start-up Sea, which owns online retailer Shopee, has filed its much-anticipated US IPO with the aim to raise US$ 1 billion.




Holiday hype


Festive spirit ▪ This year Aldi is releasing a boozy Advent calendar rewarding holiday makers with a miniature bottle of wine each night. The 200-milliliter bottles will be a mix of red, white, rosé, and bubbly.



Xmas upheaval ▪ Aussie discounter Big W is apparently axing the word ‘Christmas’ from its range of trees, opting instead for the likes of 'Grand Pine Tree'. The move has left shoppers furious, although one media outlet is questioning the merit of the claims.



The grinch ▪ Australian unions are furious over New South Wales legislation which will allow shops to open on Boxing Day, after a two-year trial of the measure. They say it will “ruin Christmas” for workers.