Seattle-based online giant Amazon is in negotiations with Brazilian airline Azul on shipping goods in the country, while Chinese counterpart Alibaba invests in Thailand and in self-driving cars at home. Carrefour and E.Leclerc bet on urban pick-up locations in France while discounter Target offers them in the US. Enjoy the read and feel free to share!




Wednesday, 18 April 2018





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Seattle-based online giant Amazon is in negotiations with Brazilian airline Azul on shipping goods in the country, while Chinese counterpart Alibaba invests in Thailand and in self-driving cars at home. Carrefour and E.Leclerc bet on urban pick-up locations in France while discounter Target offers them in the US. Enjoy the read and feel free to share!




Europe


Targeting city-dwellers ▪ French grocer Carrefour opened its first pick-up location for pedestrians in Paris and expanded its e-commerce offer. Fellow retailer and hypermarket chain E.Leclerc, which up until recently had no inner-city presence, is also caring for the urban population with its delivery service 'Leclerc chez moi'.



Staff redundancies ▪ 450 jobs have been thrown into uncertainty as Marks & Spencer announces the closure of one of its distribution centres near Warrington as the retailer seeks to save costs. The decision brings the total number of job losses at M&S this year to more than 1,300.


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Reporting results ▪ Despite the trouble many of its high street rivals have, discount fashion chain Primark posted a sales growth of 3% in last half year. French grocer Casino reported nearly the same rise of 3.1% in Q1 sales, helped by an improved performance at its Geant hypermarket banner.




US & South America


Big plans in Brazil ▪ Amazon is getting serious about overcoming the country's notorious logistical challenges and has started negotiations with Brazilian airline Azul. This is regarded as a signal that the Seattle-based online powerhouse is lining up distribution to sell directly to customers throughout Brazil.



Delivery decisions ▪ Discount retailer Target is expanding its curbside pick-up service 'Drive Up' to nearly 270 stores across Florida, Texas and the southeast of the US. The company is also offering same-day home delivery options from checkout in 60 stores in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Washington.



Good intensions ▪ Supermarket giant Kroger is using corporate tax savings to increase benefits for its employees. The initiatives include education assistance, wage raises, associate discounts and more. Meanwhile, department store retailer Kohl's has detailed its environmental measures.




Asia


Alibaba's investments ▪ The e-commerce giant is set to spend 11 billion baht in the first stage of the so-called Eastern Economic corridor in Thailand and will promote Thai products in the Chinese market. Back home, Alibaba is looking to hire around 50 self-driving vehicle experts as it starts to test driverless cars.



Boosting customer traffic ▪ Seven-Eleven Japan, the country's biggest convenience store chain, is working with travel agency JTB to let users of vacation rental services like Airbnb check in at its locations. The service is set to launch in 1,000 stores in major Japanese cities, focusing on popular travel destinations.




Store concepts


Food around the clock ▪ Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has opened a compact store in Eindhoven, which is set to capitalise on the increasingly popular trend of unscheduled shopping trips - what the store called 'clockless eating'. The shop aims to offer everything that a busy customer might need to buy, at any time.



Going offline ▪ Online mattress retailer Casper plans to open brick-and-mortar stores in Canada as it flips its business model and goes head-to-head with traditional bed retailers.The New-York based start-up, which offers a bed-in-a-box product that can be delivered, will also begin manufacturing some of its products in Canada.