Watch out, UPS and Fedex - Amazon is about to become your rival by trialling its own delivery service. Arch-rival Walmart makes sure it gets a share of the growing voice shopping market. Pepsico and Pick n Pay are strengthening their e-commerce efforts and German giant Kaufland has landed in Australia.




Friday, 06 October 2017





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Watch out, UPS and Fedex - Amazon is about to become your rival by trialling its own delivery service. Arch-rival Walmart makes sure it gets a share of the growing voice shopping market. Pepsico and Pick n Pay are strengthening their e-commerce efforts and German giant Kaufland has landed in Australia.




Australia & Asia


Flagship location ▪ Hypermarket operator Kaufland has paid AU$ 25 million for an iconic retail site in Adelaide, which is interpreted as a sign that its Australian launch is imminent. It is believed that the retailer, a unit of Germany's Schwarz group, plans to establish one of its warehouse-style stores at the location.



Pop-up in Tokyo ▪ Amazon is preparing for its newest physical store — and promoting its alcoholic products at the same time. The online giant is opening a pop-up bar in Tokyo’s Ginza district. This is the first time the e-commerce giant will operate an actual bar and part of a bigger push to boost brick-and-mortar.



Alliance in India ▪ Mumbai-based Reliance Group and tech giant Apple are entering into a "deep" local partnership that will harness the conglomerate’s telecom and retailing networks to help the American phone maker take the brand to 900 cities and towns.




USA & Africa


Entering new territory ▪ Amazon is experimenting with its own delivery service intended to marketing it to US merchants in preparation for a national expansion. Walmart strikes back and makes the most of its partnership with Google. On Wednesday, the big-box retailer has officially gone live with voice shopping.



Betting on e-commerce ▪ Softdrink giant Pepsico has created a 200-person business unit tasked with developing online growth with the goal to hit US$ 1 billion in sales this year. This comes on the back of declining beverage sales. South African retailer Pick n Pay also ramps up its online presence and has launched a new e-commerce platform.



Upbeat results ▪ Warehouse club retailer Costco enjoyed better-than-expected profit and revenue for its fourth quarter. Net income was US$ 919 million, compared to US$ 779 million last year. However, investors are aware that Costco's business model faces increased online competition.




Europe


Russian strategies ▪ Transgourmet, a division of Coop Swiss, has acquired Moscow-based wholesaler Global Foods. German hypermarket operator Globus is considering opening smaller more compact stores in Russia, and X5 Retail Group is set to expand in Siberia. The company recently has opened five new stores in the region.



Growing beauty empire ▪ The Hut Group continues its spending spree. The British e-commerce company has bought cult makeup brand Illamasqua for GBP 25 million. The purchase is part of group's plans to spend around GBP 400 million for various technology projects and beauty brands.



Supply chain improvement ▪ Italian supermarket chain Esselunga partners with technology company Manhattan Associates to replace existing systems with a new supply chain solution. The latter will provide the retailer with its warehouse management and order picking solutions




What to watch


Bickering over Booker ▪ Seven of the UK’s leading wholesalers have written a joint letter to the competition watchdog urging it to block the proposed Tesco-Booker merger. Their fiery opposition to the takeover comes just a day after Tesco CFO Alan Stewart reasserted his confidence in the takeover remaining on track.



Future markets ▪ With technology rapidly disrupting long-held business practices and natural and organic marching toward the mainstream, what will a health food store look like 50 years from now? Mike Lee, the founder of New York–based food innovation agency Studio Industries, shares his ideas.