Amazon Fresh expands in Germany, where Aldi has announced the biggest investment in its history and rival Lidl scales back its online offer. US grocer H-E-B experiments with a hybrid delivery model and Ikea has started e-commerce in Singapore. These stories and more are featured in today's issue. Enjoy the read!




Tuesday, 07 November 2017





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Amazon Fresh expands in Germany, where Aldi has announced the biggest investment in its history and rival Lidl scales back its online offer. US grocer H-E-B experiments with a hybrid delivery model and Ikea has started e-commerce in Singapore. These stories and more are featured in today's issue. Enjoy the read!




Europe


Under scrutiny ▪ German prosecutors have opened investigations into managers of the former Metro Group, following allegations of market manipulation and insider trading in connection with the company's demerger. The retail group said it was working closely with authorities.



Discounter strategies ▪ After having recently managed to reignite sales growth in its German home market, Aldi Süd has earmarked EUR 3.5 billion to flow into its store network. Arch rival Lidl, on the other hand, discontinued its grocery e-commerce trial as selling food online seems not to work for discounters.



Online moves ▪ Amazon has given the green light for the expansion of Amazon Fresh in Germany, with a rollout of the grocery delivery service to Munich. Berlin-based fashion platform Zalando will open its third technology hub outside its home market in early 2018 in Lisbon.




Asia & Australasia


Ikea in Singapore ▪ As part of its Asian online push, the Swedish giant has made its e-commerce debut in Singapore, and said that it received its first order on the site within 20 minutes of flipping the switch on. The company plans similar operations in Malaysia and Thailand next.



Flush with funds ▪ Stepping up competition against US rival Amazon, Indian online leader Flipkart has re-entered the grocery category with the launch of mobile application Supermart. Paytm is allocating a billion-dollar investment to ramp up its payments business.



Developments Down Under ▪ New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra is buying a stake in US lactose manufacturer Columbia River, and Australian supermarket major Coles is about to settle a massive underpayment case. The retailer has also agreed to fast-track a vote on a new workplace agreement.




USA & Canada


Delivery models ▪ H-E-B is experimenting with hybrid grocery delivery in which store employees pick and bag online orders while third-party companies such as Instacart or Shipt carry out delivery. Across the Atlantic, online giant Ocado was able to put together an order of 50 items in five minutes with the help of 1,000 robots.



Supermarket fashion ▪ Kroger is trying its hand at apparel to fight competition from Amazon. The Ohio-based grocery chain has launched a brand for children and their parents, which will be introduced in 300 outlets in fall 2018. The retailer also plans to invest US$ 9 billion over the next three years.



Money matters ▪ Ahead of the holiday season, Amazon has begun cutting prices on third party sellers. The online giant is reportedly paying for the extra discounts out of its own pocket. The company also made its Amazon Cash service available at nearly 8,000 7-Eleven convenience stores.




Worthwhile reads


Eyeing Chinese shoppers ▪ Opportunities continue to emerge for UK retailers to sell their goods online to Chinese shoppers. Read here how the British government is about to make it easier to crack the lucrative Chinese market, one of the largest e-commerce markets in the world.



European e-commerce ▪ LZ Retailytics data shows that the UK and France are dominating the e-commerce landscape in Europe. The average Brit, Irishman and Frenchman together buy more groceries online than all the other average European citizens combined. Check out their in-depth analysis.