Amazon dominates the headlines in the retail world, as it continues to face fire and fury from U.S. President Donald Trump. The world's biggest online retailer is faring better in Asia, where it is posed to bid for Indian rival Flipkart, which is in talks with Walmart. Meanwhile, Carrefour has revealed its ambitious plans for Brazil, and across the Atlantic, Lidl powers ahead in Spain. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Thursday, 05 April 2018





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Amazon dominates the headlines in the retail world, as it continues to face fire and fury from U.S. President Donald Trump. The world's biggest online retailer is faring better in Asia, where it is posed to bid for Indian rival Flipkart, which is in talks with Walmart. Meanwhile, Carrefour has revealed its ambitious plans for Brazil, and across the Atlantic, Lidl powers ahead in Spain. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




US & Canada


Pet food purchase ▪ J. M. Smucker is to buy Ainsworth Pet Nutrition for USD 1.9 billion, in a move aimed at strengthening its pet food portfolio. The deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions of pet food companies by traditional processed food makers, including General Mills, Mars, and Nestlé.



Shipping out ▪ Shipt has begun same-day deliveries for Winn-Dixie supermarkets in 13 Florida markets, with access to the grocer's full selection of produce and household items available via its app. Target, which acquired Shipt last December, is also set to go live this month with Shipt same-day deliveries in select Northwestern markets.



The battle continues ▪ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has stepped in to defend Amazon, after the online retailer found itself on the receiving end of attacks by U.S. President Donald Trump. However, according to sources from inside the White House, there are no active plans to turn Trump's tweets into action against Amazon.




Europe


Lidl gains ▪ The German discounter Lidl increased its Spanish sales by 7.8% last year to EUR 3.59 billion, following a near EUR 1 billion investment program in the Mediterranean country over the past three years.



Change in command ▪ Mothercare has ousted former CEO Mark Newton-Jones, replacing him with former Kmart head David Wood. According to reports, the maternity and childrenswear retailer's board was unhappy with the progress of Newton-Jones' turnaround strategy, and had been considering a replacement for some time.



Spar saves ▪ Spar has opened its first cash register free supermarket in the Netherlands, allowing shoppers to scan and pay for their purchases entirely using their smartphones. Spar Austria is trialing a new reusable shopping bag, which is both organic and biodegradable, in its stores across the central European country.




Asia & Australia


Tariff tussle ▪ The US is planning to impose 25% tariffs on some 1300 Chinese products, targeting about USD 50 billion of 2018 imports. In response, China has unveiled additional tariffs of 25% on a wide-ranging list of American imports, as the trade war between the world's two biggest economies escalates.



Rival bid ▪ Amazon may make an offer to buy Indian e-commerce leader Flipkart, which is currently in tie-up talks with Walmart, as the two US giants jostle for position in India's booming online market. Amazon held early exploratory talks to buy its Indian rival, but a deal with Walmart appears more likely.



Prime and price hikes ▪ Amazon Japan is raising its delivery fees for inexpensive items up to 50%, as the e-commerce giant attempts to share the burden of rising shipping costs with customers. Amazon's move may be a strategy to further boost its Prime membership, as fees for its loyalty program remain unchanged.




South America


Brazilian business ▪ Carrefour is to invest EUR 441.7 million in Brazil this year, according to the company’s CFO. The investments are to focus on its Atacadão wholesale business and the integration of physical and online stores, and will see the opening of 50 new stores in the country.