While retail and FMCG majors eye emerging markets such as China and India to expand their business, German discounters seize opportunities at their doorstep. Aldi has finally landed in Italy and Lidl is set to spend heavily in Britain. In the meantime, the runaway train that is called Amazon continues its tour across Europe. Enjoy the read!




Friday, 16 February 2018





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While retail and FMCG majors eye emerging markets such as China and India to expand their business, German discounters seize opportunities at their doorstep. Aldi has finally landed in Italy and Lidl is set to spend heavily in Britain. In the meantime, the runaway train that is called Amazon continues its tour across Europe. Enjoy the read!

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Europe


Arriva Aldi ▪ After two years of planning, the German discounter will open ten outlets on March 1 in Lombardy and Venetia. Although this is a fine start, German Retail Blog wonders if Aldi isn't coming a little bit too late to the party. Here are some images of its first market (captions in German) on the peninsula.



Amazon accelerates ▪ The online retail giant announced that it will create 2,000 permanent jobs this year in France, its largest market in Europe after Britain and Germany. A number of other initiative indicates that the Seattle-based company is set to drive growth across the continent. LZ Retailytics explains.



In expansion mood ▪ Lidl is set to offer 700 new jobs in Britain as it drives forward with plans to open 50 new stores this year. Ambitious goals are also on the agenda of UK's Co-op. The convenience store retailer announced to open 100 new stores, mainly in London, with 600 new roles to fill.



Seeking opportunities ▪ Nestlé says that it remains open to new acquisitions, even as it considers a possible sale of its stake in cosmetics firm L'Oreal. The Swiss food giant disappointed with relatively lukewarm full-year results. The posted net income of CHF 7.2 billion Swiss was below expectations.




US & Canada


Delivery deal ▪ In a bid to become a digital retail leader in Texas, San Antonio-based grocer H-E-B is stepping up its e-commerce presence with the purchase of Favor Delivery, an on-demand delivery service headquartered in Austin and utilised in 50 cities across the Lone Star State.



More e-commerce moves ▪ US wholesaler Costco is testing self-service computerised ordering kiosks in two Californian food courts in a bid to reduce wait time. Canadian online platform Shopify is considering to introduce voice-enabled shopping through home devices after it reported stellar quarterly results.



Focus on foodies ▪ US grocer Kroger has opened its Culinary Innovation Center in Cincinnati to develop foodservice concepts and products. Burger giant McDonald's has pledged to make its Happy Meals more nutritious, removing cheeseburgers from the menu and limit meals to 600 calories.




Asia


Indian debuts ▪ Premium appliances maker Dyson regards India as a high-potential market and wants to expand its presence in the country. The British company will invest GBP 150 to open 20 company-owned stores in India and is also looking at launching its upcoming electric vehicles.



Eyes on China ▪ Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina has obtained full ownership of its Chinese subsidiary Huishan. The business was set up as a joint venture in April 2015. New York-headquartered toy retailer FAO Schwarz collaborates with China's largest toy distributor, Kidsland, to open stores Beijing and Shanghai.




Africa


Coffee boom ahead ▪ African coffee output could almost double in the next five years as some countries boost plantings and make farming more productive, according to the African Fine Coffees Association . Production could rise by between two million and three million bags in each of the next five years.