Another day, another deal for Unilever - this time the Anglo-Dutch group pushes deeper into the ethnic beauty market. Expansion in Russia is on the agenda of Finland's S-Group, while cosmetics retailer Sephora adds stores to its Indian network, and Walmart has reached a key milestone with its online pricing strategy.




Tuesday, 28 November 2017





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Another day, another deal for Unilever - this time the Anglo-Dutch group pushes deeper into the ethnic beauty market. Expansion in Russia is on the agenda of Finland's S-Group, while cosmetics retailer Sephora adds stores to its Indian network, and Walmart has reached a key milestone with its online pricing strategy.

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USA & Canada


Portfolio expansion ▪ Unilever will acquire US skincare maker Sundial Brands, whose products are purchased mainly by African-Americans. This comes after the Netherland-based consumer goods giant, currently on the hunt for a new CEO, has completed its EUR 2.27 billion purchase of cosmetics company Carver Korea.



Festive showdown ▪ Walmart is within striking distance of matching Amazon's online prices and about to regain the “low price leader” title. Traditional retailers Macy’s, Sears and JC Penney have all shuttered stores, creating an opportunity for a strong e-commerce festive season with Cyber Monday on track to become the biggest-ever internet shopping day.



Store debuts ▪ Speciality athletic apparel retailer Lululemon has expanded its footprint in Denver with two stores. Both outlets share a local focus. Click here for some images. Florida-based grocer Publix is set to grow outside its home state and will launch its GreenWise Markets format in South Carolina.




Europe & Middle East


Growth strategies ▪ Finnish grocery market leader S Group plans to open up to 20 new Prisma stores in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region and is on the lookout for optimal locations. Russia's Dixy Group supports online retailer Ozon and has announced to install parcel terminals for their pick-up services in 120 of its outlets.



Focus on freshness ▪ German grocer Edeka is increasing its efforts to combat discounters when it comes to fresh produce with the roll out of its fruit and vegetable economy label. Italian regional cooperative retailer Unicoop Firenze plans to introduce products from another 200 suppliers from the Tuscany region.



Ikea partners in Dubai ▪ The Swedish furniture major is set to develop a virtual shopping experience with a pop-up concept throughout the Middle East and has teamed up with Takeleap, a Dubai-based technology agency specialising in artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality.




Asia


Tencent on a roll ▪ The Wechat operator is closing the gap with Alibaba in China's US$ 1.1 trillion e-payment market, now holding a market share of 39.8% compared with the latter's 54.5%. The Shenzen-based company became the first Asian firm to break into the US$ 500 billion league, briefly overtaking Facebook.



Sephora prospers in India ▪ The French beauty retailer, part of luxury conglomerate LVMH, plans to introduce 14 additional exclusive brands in India and is in the process of increasing its average store size. There are now 14 Sephora stores in the country and the goal is to get to 50 stores across the top 15 cities.




Keep an eye on


Industry disruption ▪ If the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal, the impact would be catastrophic for the European meat industry, leading to "trade collapsing and market prices falling," says a new report. To minimize disruption, lawmakers should provide a long transition period to allow businesses to adjust.



Rethinking nutrition ▪ With the help of professional chefs and other experts, Canadian grocer Loblaw has identified food trends for the coming year and hopes to inspire consumers and hobby chefs to try new things and discover old family favourites.