The global e-commerce race heats up and here are the latest logistics moves - Australia Post has launched a new delivery programme, its Singaporean counterpart teams up with Lazada. Over in Japan, Rakuten and Lawson are experimenting with drones and Lidl trials collection lockers in Belgium. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.




Tuesday, 10 October 2017





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The global e-commerce race heats up and here are the latest logistics moves - Australia Post has launched a new delivery programme, its Singaporean counterpart teams up with Lazada. Over in Japan, Rakuten and Lawson are experimenting with drones and Lidl trials collection lockers in Belgium. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.




Asia & Australia


Delivery deals ▪ Ahead of the arrival of internet juggernaut Amazon, Australia Post has launched Shipster, a free delivery service. Singapore Post partners with e-commerce player Lazada to bring "click and collect" services to the postal company's redeveloped shopping mall.



Drone trial ▪ Japanese convenience store chain Lawson and Internet company Rakuten have joined forces to test drone delivery services. The initiative will be conducted in the Fukushima area. The drone can reportedly carry up to 2 kg of products.



Strategic moves ▪ Saudi dairy producer Nadec and Al Safi Danone, a venture of the French yoghurt giant, are discussing a possible merger. In the Philippines, reports indicate that the Japanese convenience chain Familymart is for sale, but the owners insist that they are looking for options to grow.




Europe


Growth ambitions ▪ Ikea is launching a test to sell its flat-pack furniture through big e-commerce websites. The Swedish chain, which just posted a worldwide turnover of EUR 38.3 billion, is also testing smaller store formats, plans to enter South America and expand in Southeast Asia.



Logistics decisions ▪ German discounter Lidl is set to trial three pick-up points for online grocery orders in Belgium using the Cubee locker system. Meanwhile, rival Aldi plans to open an 88,000 sqm distribution facility in Bedford, UK, which will create 400 jobs. It will be the retailer's 12th centre in Britain.



Spanish acquisition ▪ Grocery courier platform Lola Market has bought its competitor Comprea, strengthening its position in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. LZ Retailytics checks out how this will affect the very limited online grocery market in Spain.




USA & Canada


Simplifying returns ▪ In time for the busy holiday season, Walmart will launch Mobile Express Returns, a process to speed up returns of items bought on its website. Shoppers can do this via the retailer’s app before going to the store. The move is regarded as a new front in its battle with online giant Amazon.



Hitting a snag ▪ While Lidl experienced a strong surge in traffic when it started in the US, store visits dipped to 2.3% and 1.7% in July and August, says research company inMarket. The finding supports previous reports that the retailer does not perform as well as expected and might need to tweak its concept.



Takeover agreements ▪ The Belgian Post Group expands its operations in the US with the acquisition of Radial, Amazon's largest fulfilment competitor, for US$ 820 million. Cereal giant Kellogg's is set to acquire Chicago Bar Company, a maker of protein bars, for US$ 600 million.




Innovative ideas


Food temptations ▪ Known for its penchant for automatic retailing, Alibaba has set up a vending machine in Shanghai, selling live freshwater crabs. Meanwhile, Albert Heijn is attracting Belgian shoppers with a slice of Asian cuisine. The retailer opened a pop-up store under the name 'Chop Chop' in Antwerp.



Pet furniture ▪ The Lurvig collection is the latest launch of Swedish icon Ikea. It caters to pets Scandinavian style with minimalist beds, toys and carriers. Here are some pictures of the range, which is currently being rolled out in stores across the US, France and Japan.