In a surprising move, Amazon is reducing its cooperate staff. Grocer Albertsons has taken the ready meal concept to another level with a food-inspired concept to open in Idaho, while Walmart offers a new app to make shopping easy. Across the Atlantic, Lidl makes a big commitment in Ireland and Aldi wins over customers in the UK.




Tuesday, 13 February 2018





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In a surprising move, Amazon is reducing its cooperate staff. Grocer Albertsons has taken the ready meal concept to another level with a food-inspired concept to open in Idaho, while Walmart offers a new app to make shopping easy. Across the Atlantic, Lidl makes a big commitment in Ireland and Aldi wins over customers in the UK.

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US & Canada


Layoffs in Seattle ▪ After an eight-year-hiring spree, Amazon is cutting hundreds of corporate jobs in its consumer business at its headquarters. The online giant is set to shift resources into fast-growing areas like its work on voice assistant Alexa, where it is reportedly working on building AI chips for the Echo.



Foodie experiments ▪ Albertsons plans to open two stores under premium banner Market Street Idaho. The format will feature an 'elevated food experience' aiming to stimulate shoppers’ passions through in-store events, catering services, restaurant-style food courts and culinary classes.



Easy shopping ▪ Walmart has updated its smartphone app with store maps and shopping-list builders, the latest step in the retailer’s push to reduce hassle amid a migration to e-commerce. The app will add a feature called Store Assistant, which activates when shoppers walk in the door.



Boosting growth ▪ Delivery service Instacart has closed a US$ 200 million financing round and plans to invest the money in building more robust shopper support teams and software. As it continues to grow its business, retailer Ingles Markets posted higher first-quarter sales and net income for the period.




Europe


Irish investment ▪ Lidl has earmarked a total of EUR 200 million for a range of projects in Ireland over the coming month, including the building of a new distribution centre and boosting its store network. The German discounter entered the country almost 20 years ago and operates 154 stores.



Nestlé goes organic ▪ The Swiss consumer goods giant moves into the plant-based food sector with the acquisition of a majority stake in Latin American brand Terrafertil. The Ecuador-based company has a wide portfolio of products and is known as an important buyer of goldenberries.



Spanish insights ▪ Major retailer Eroski saw sales in its franchise network grow by 7% last year as well as the opening of 55 new stores. LZ Retailytics takes a closer look at the regional players, their position in their region of origin and how well they performed last year.




Asia


Physical push ▪ Following its rivals Alibaba and Tencent, Chinese online major JD.com aims to open 500 automated supermarkets across China this year, leveraging the logistics network it has built up over the years. JD.com has also launched the 7Fresh upscale supermarket chain in Beijing this January.




Unusual and remarkable


Unilever warns ▪ The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, one of the world's largest advertisers, is set to pull billions of dollars of ad spending from digital platforms such as Facebook and Google if they fail to improve transparency about news, protect children from toxic content and crack down on hate speech.



Aldi takes over ▪ The discounter has beaten upmarket rival Waitrose as UK's favourite supermarket according to an influential shopper survey. The fast-growing German chain has impressed consumers with the quality of its fresh food as well as its special offers.



Selfridges diversifies ▪ The iconic British department store will introduce what it claims to be the world’s first fully-functioning in-store boxing gym in its Oxford Street flagship in London, scheduled to open later this month. On offer are 20 heavy water-loaded rubber punch bags and a bespoke boxing ring.