On the heels of Amazon’s launch of Whole Foods grocery delivery, Walmart is set to attract busy families with meal kits, while its nemesis is discussing a potential partnership with financial service providers. Dutch grocers Jumbo and Coop are purchasing supermarkets from wholesaler Sligro and Carrefour experiments in Romania.




Tuesday, 06 March 2018





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On the heels of Amazon’s launch of Whole Foods grocery delivery, Walmart is set to attract busy families with meal kits, while its nemesis is discussing a potential partnership with financial service providers. Dutch grocers Jumbo and Coop are purchasing supermarkets from wholesaler Sligro and Carrefour experiments in Romania.

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US & Canada


Dinner to go ▪ Walmart has revealed plans to roll out its new meal kits to more than 2,000 stores this year. The mega-retailer will also make the food available via its online grocery pickup. Currently offered in 250-plus stores, the meals were developed and tested in the company’s Culinary and Innovation Center.



Customer care ▪ Amazon wants to offer checking accounts for younger customers and is reportedly in early talks with JP Morgan, but the e-commerce giant does not intend to become a bank. Amazon has also started to take photos of deliveries to unattended customer homes for confirmation.



Growth strategies ▪ Florida-based grocer Publix, which reported a solid performance for 2017, is set to invest US$ 1.53 billion to improve its property portfolio. Upscale retailer Nordstrom, whose board has just rejected a takeover offer from the Nordstrom family, partners with Anthropologie, a division of Urban Outfitters.




Europe


Supermarket sale ▪ Dutch wholesaler Sligro is selling its Emté banner to retailers Jumbo and Coop in an EUR 410 million deal. The sale includes 130 supermarkets, distribution centres and a meat plant as well as supporting operational and commercial departments at the head office.



Ambitious goals ▪ Italian discounter MD has disclosed a growth target of EUR 800 million over the next four years, driven by network expansion and refurbishments. The retailer kicks off with the opening of 40 new stores in 2018, but insiders are sceptical whether the company will be able to deliver.



Joint forces ▪ German grocer Edeka has entered a buying alliance with Hamburg-based drugstore chain Budnikowsky to venture into the lucrative drugstore market and take on leaders dm and Rossmann. However, their brands are strong and LZ Retailytics wonders how successful the new tie-up will be.



Romanian delivery app ▪ French retail giant Carrefour has launched food delivery platform Gurmandio in Romania. The app allows users to order food from the gastronomy department of the retailer's hypermarkets as well as from other local restaurants. Delivery is free of charge.




Asia & Australia


Chinese ventures ▪ Sun Art Retail, China's largest hypermarket chain, plans to equip more than 400 outlets with automation facilities developed by Alibaba, which recently acquired a stake in the group. Meanwhile, multi-format operator Suning has posted its best performance since the inception of the O2O business model in 2009



Major investment ▪ Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is set to spend more than US$ 2.83 billion (paywall) in the next two years with a focus on increasing output capacity and internet sales. The company's upscale products have gained popularity thanks to strong demand from foreign visitors to Japan.



Online competition ▪ Spanish fashion giant Zara chain joins a number of global retailers who are taking advantage of the massive potential of Australia's e-commerce market and announced the launch of an online shop, which will officially take place on March 13.




Africa


Challenges in Kenya ▪ Business seems to be worsening for troubled retailer Uchumi. Latest data shows that the Nairobi-headquartered chain recorded a 63.5% growth in net losses for the half year ended Dec 2017. Economic pressure and stiff competition from foreign players continue to take their toll on local retailers.