Shoppers at Kohl’s will soon be able to buy discounted grocery items as the department store chain is going to lease space to discounter Aldi. Walmart is set to improve the quality of its perishables and Lidl has revealed how it performs in France. Enjoy the read.




Friday, 02 March 2018





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Shoppers at Kohl’s will soon be able to buy discounted grocery items as the department store chain is going to lease space to discounter Aldi. Walmart is set to improve the quality of its perishables and Lidl has revealed how it performs in France. Enjoy the read.

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US & Canada


Teaming up ▪ In a move to scale down its real estate footprint and make its stores more productive, Kohl’s is set to cooperate with Aldi. The discounter will pilot in as many as 10 Kohl’s stores this year. The department store operator also reported stronger than expected growth for Q4.



Fresh approach ▪ Walmart has introduced Eden, a high-tech fresh food initiative designed to improve the quality of its perishables and eliminate waste from its supply chain. The company-wide program has already been rolled out to 43 distribution centres and other facilities over the past year.



Fashion tie-up ▪ Target has entered an exclusive partnership with iconic British brand Hunter for a limited-edition lifestyle collection that will include more than 300 items. It is one of the company’s largest design collaborations to date.




Europe


Thriving performances ▪ Lidl has already surpassed the EUR 10 billion-mark in France. For the first time the German discounter provided sales figures for the French market and revealed a double-digit growth for the past year. Also reporting growth are Italy’s Gruppo Esselunga and Poland's Eurocash Group.



Obstacles ahead ▪ Operating profit at Carrefour fell for the second straight year, as earnings dropped sharply in its core French market. Just recently the French giant revealed plans to cut costs and jobs. Over in Kenya, Carrefour has taken up a hypermarket space vacated by struggling Uchumi Supermarket.



Polish expansion ▪ Poland’s Emperia Group, operator of proximity banner Stokrotka, plans to double the pace of new store opening for 2018. The chain is targeting more than 100 new stores this year, from 65 net openings in 2017, and piloting several express stores.




Asia & Middle East


Convenient collaboration ▪ Keeping pace with its rival Alibaba, JD.com has teamed up with convenience store chain FamilyMart China, offering online purchase and delivery services from over 200 of their stores. The deal allows consumers to order products through its O2O grocery app, Daojia.



Focus on food ▪ Dubai-based conglomerate Landmark Group has launched four “food discounter” stores under the “Viva” brand in the United Arab Emirates. The banner will focus on freshly prepared and packaged food – and at steep discounts to prices elsewhere.




Survey results


Power of meat ▪ Shoppers are increasingly seeking convenience and health benefits when they buy meat according to a new study, released by the Food Marketing Institute. A one-size fits all when it comes to selling meat doesn’t work anymore. Here is what an expert suggests.



Marketing spend ▪ Nine in 10 US retailers are upping their marketing budgets according to a new RetailMeNot study conducted by Kelton Global, which also found out that companies are spreading the budget almost evenly across all marketing channels, including social, mobile and display.