Swedish fashion chain H&M joined Alibaba's Tmall, which is set to grow overseas. Amazon faces a major tax bill in Europe and plans to fight off rising shipping costs in its home country. Belgium's Colruyt simplifies online shopping and Lidl partners with Müller in Britain. Read also about Carrefour's ongoing trial to push e-commerce.




Friday, 23 March 2018





Hello ,

Swedish fashion chain H&M joined Alibaba's Tmall, which is set to grow overseas. Amazon faces a major tax bill in Europe and plans to fight off rising shipping costs in its home country. Belgium's Colruyt simplifies online shopping and Lidl partners with Müller in Britain. Read also about Carrefour's ongoing trial to push e-commerce.




US & Canada


Trouble ahead ▪ Amazon is charging certain suppliers more transportation fees as shipping costs rise. The online giant, which faces a major tax bill in Europe, has also problems with the executive team at its Whole Foods unit. More than a dozen senior managers have left the grocer since it was acquired.



Cutting ties ▪ Consumer electronics giant Best Buy will end its partnership with smartphone maker Huawei and stop selling their products amid increased scrutiny of Chinese tech companies in the US. This is regarded as a major setback for the Shenzen-based tech giant.


ADVERTISEMENT

ANUFOOD China 2018

All About Food – The leading food & beverage exhibition serving North Asia. Enter the fastest growing market in China with tremendous growth prospects and get face to face with key buyers at the largest B2B food and beverage show in North China. Powered by Anuga, ANUFOOD China forms part of Koelnmesse's global food show portfolio.

Contact: z.farkas@koelnmesse.cn or a.popova@koelnmesse.cn
 


Fresh moves ▪ New York-based HelloFresh has acquired Green Chef, a rival from Colorado known for its organic offers, and southern retailer Rouses Markets is the latest grocer to jump on the meal-kits bandwagon, introducing a line of private-label, ready-to-cook kits in its stores.




Europe


Dairy deals ▪ Müller Milk and Ingredients has signed a three-year agreement with Lidl, which will see the brand supply milk to the discounter's UK stores. In the Netherlands, FrieslandCampina has introduced a range of organic dairy products,sourced from Dutch farmers



Simplifying shopping ▪ Belgian retail group Colruyt has launched a new online platform called Apporto that will make it easier for customers to do grocery shopping for others. The grocer considers the service as a way to connect people and create sustainable social relations.



Turnaround efforts ▪ Marks & Spencer has recruited Stuart Marchin, who worked for Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco, to improve the performance of the food halls. Troubled beverage giant Conviviality has launched an emergency GBP 125 million fund rising bid in order to halt bankruptcy.




Asia & Australasia


Global ambitions ▪ H&M has joined its competitors on Alibaba's Tmall. The move is a first for the Swedish fashion chain to sell its brands through a third party. The Chinese online platform has just announced to open six new procurement points across the world to help overseas vendors to sell in China.



Indian hub ▪ Walmart is looking to double down on investments in its e-commerce business in India. The retailer plans to hire more top tech talents and acquire tech start-ups. Bangalore has become a main centre outside the US and the company hopes to grow the team considerably.



Fruit passion ▪ New Zealand fruit company T&G Global has agreed to sell major assets of its subsidiary Enzafood to Gisborne-based food supplier Cedenco Foods New Zealand Limited. Negotiations over its T&G's Nelson apple juice concentrate facility are also underway.




Insider insights


Carrefour's e-commerce efforts ▪ The French retailer has earmarked billions to fuel online growth. LZ Retailytics wonders whether this will be enough to offset the erosion of its market share. In an interview with Les Echos, Marie Cheval, Carrefour's digital director, (in French) offers more details about the transformation.



Beyond the price ▪ The German grocery retail ranking for 2017 shows that the top retailers have been able to extend their lead. Many smaller players are having difficulties to catch up. Click here to get a free report about the industry with deep analysis and evaluation of the market situation in Germany.