The e-commerce titans of the world have no plans to stay quiet this year - Chinese major JD.com has launched its own line of branded products and predictions for Amazon’s value have gone sky high. Aldi gets the big tick for its new animal welfare-approved goods while Nestlé distances itself further from sugary food with a multi-billion dollar sale.




Wednesday, 17 January 2018





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The e-commerce titans of the world have no plans to stay quiet this year - Chinese major JD.com has launched its own line of branded products and predictions for Amazon’s value have gone sky high. Aldi gets the big tick for its new animal welfare-approved goods while Nestlé distances itself further from sugary food with a multi-billion dollar sale.

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Europe


Swiss giants ▪ Nestlé will sell its US confectionary business to Italy’s Ferrero for US$ 2.8 billion, as it continues to edge towards a healthier portfolio. Meanwhile, chocolate maker Lindt has posted disappointing results, dragged down by its Russell Stover business.



Responsible retailers ▪ German discounters Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd will launch a new private label focused on animal welfare, ‘Fair & Gut’. LZ Retailytics says while it may not be a money maker, it’s a smart move for its public image. Frozen food grocer Iceland wants to become the world’s first major retailer to go plastic-free, with plans to get there by 2023.



Full steam ahead ▪ Spar Netherlands will roll out its Spar Express stores at all Texaco stations nationwide, with 130 new outlets added to forecourts by 2019. Unicoop Firenze will take over nearly 30 stores from Coop Centro Italia in a deal worth EUR 85 million.



Bold Brits ▪ Bakery chain Greggs is going after American fast food giants Burger King and McDonald’s, launching an evening takeaway menu. Grocer Tesco has revamped its Clubcard rewards scheme with a simplified approach, but the move has angered some customers.




USA & Canada


Instacart spends up ▪ Grocery delivery service Instacart has acquired Canadian digital coupon startup Unata as it gets ready for a major expansion in the country. The acquisition is said to be a good fit with the company’s ambitious goal to provide services to 80% of consumers there within the next 18 months.



Amazon’s winning streak ▪ Analyst firm BMO is picking a massive 23% jump in the e-commerce giant’s value to US$ 800 billion in the coming year, thanks to its booming advertising business. The retailer is reportedly looking to hire an expert in health privacy, fuelling speculation over its highly anticipated foray into the sector.




Australasia


New initiatives ▪ Chinese online giant JD.com is following the likes of Amazon with the launch of its own brand line. ‘Jing Zao’ (‘Made by JD’) will specialise in household basics. Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has opened smart stores in two Chinese locations, using facial-recognition technology to allow shoppers to pay without wallets or phones.



Ikea mulls New Zealand ▪ After its failed attempt to open a large store in the country in 2008, the Swedish furniture giant is considering small stores there with market research already completed. Its small store format is considered part of the brand’s strategy to future-proof its global dominance.




Oddities


Shoes for trainers ▪ German sports giant Adidas has teamed up the Berlin transit authority to launch sneakers with year-long 2018 public transit tickets sewn into them. Hundreds queued for the release of the EUR 180 sneakers - limited to a run of 500 pairs - which double as a EUR 700+ transport ticket.