Walmart is rolling out its massive pickup towers to 500 stores. Ukrainian market leader ATB has ambitious growth targets and in France, Aldi is breaking free from its suburban habitat. Included in this issue are some inspiring images of new store concepts as well as impressions from Italy's latest foodie wonderland. Enjoy the read.




Thursday, 23 November 2017





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Walmart is rolling out its massive pickup towers to 500 stores. Ukrainian market leader ATB has ambitious growth targets and in France, Aldi is breaking free from its suburban habitat. Included in this issue are some inspiring images of new store concepts as well as impressions from Italy's latest foodie wonderland. Enjoy the read.




USA & Canada


Determined to compete ▪ Walmart is adding huge stations, which can retrieve online orders in seconds, to more than 500 stores, and is also turning the heat on Amazon by setting store prices that are lower than the ones on the website. Adding to this, the retail giant is testing new produce varieties to improve their shelf life.



E-commerce move ▪ Canada's Metro is looking to expand its online grocery offerings, making it the country's latest retailer to ramp up its e-commerce options in the face of potential competition from Amazon. The supermarket operator enjoyed sales gains in the fourth quarter despite a decline in traffic and inflation issues.



Water deal ▪ French dairy giant Danone has acquired a stake in Kona Deep, a Hawaii-based firm that specialises in ‘deep ocean water’. The two-year-old company says its water has a unique blend of naturally occurring electrolytes and minerals that make it extra-hydrating.




Europe


Leaving suburbia ▪ Aldi Nord is set to venture into major French city centres, and has already opened an outlet in Paris. The German discounter, which usually operates in rural locations, now faces the challenge to recruit new customers while securing its existing clientele, says LZ Retailytics.



Ukrainian goals ▪ Market leader ATB has disclosed plans to expand its network of discount-oriented supermarkets to 1,000 outlets by the end of 2018. Dubbed the 'Ukrainian Lidl', the retailer shows 'crisis resilience' and is said to be able to win over customers from existing supermarket competitors.



Spanish alliance ▪ Discount chain Dia has partnered with e-commerce platform (in Spanish) MeQuedoUno. The two companies have signed an agreement to jointly develop an online marketing strategy for appliances, electronics and household products.




Asia & Australia


Black Friday preparations ▪ New Zealand companies Cotton On, Kathmandu and Farmers are taking advantage of the popular US shopping day by offering 30-60% discounts. Japan's Aeon and Rakuten also start with various promotions tomorrow as the date coincides with the nation's year-end sales season.



Woolies gets in position ▪ Australia's biggest supermarket chain will open four so-called "dark stores" to process online orders as the retailer prepares to defend itself from Amazon. The company is also set to overhaul its farm supply chain and has announced to substantially increase the wages of thousands of warehouse workers.



Securing services ▪ Tokyo-headquartered trading house Itochu is investing in an e-commerce venture selling Japanese goods to the Chinese market. India's Bigbasket has signed a deal with e-procurement consulting firm SourceEzy. The contract will comprise the entire e-procurement requirement of the online grocer.




Picture perfect


Culinary kingdom ▪ Inspired by the success of his gastronomic concept Eataly, Italian entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti adds another dimension to the shopping experience. Together with Coop Alleanza, he recently launched Fico Eataly World (captions in German) in Bologna.



Epicurean stations ▪ Californian grocer Bristol Farms has opened a new food hall format featuring local products and European imports. Vermont-based Jericho Market brings surrounding forest directly to shoppers with fabricated lifelike trees. The area is famous for 'maple sugar', prepared from these trees.