In the US, Ahold Delhaize ramps up its e-commerce initiatives and Lidl started offering online grocery delivery via Shipt in northern Virginia. Britain's Tesco plans to shut its nonfood website, while its Dunnhumby unit acquired American marketing partner Aptaris. Finally, Marks & Spencer has outlined drastic closure plans. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 23 May 2018





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In the US, Ahold Delhaize ramps up its e-commerce initiatives and Lidl started offering online grocery delivery via Shipt in northern Virginia. Britain's Tesco plans to shut its nonfood website, while its Dunnhumby unit acquired American marketing partner Aptaris. Finally, Marks & Spencer has outlined drastic closure plans. Enjoy the read!




Europe


Radical transformation ▪ Marks & Spencer has confirmed plans to further accelerate its store closure programme by setting a new target of 100 branches to tackle years of falling sales and profits. The company wants to grow online. The dramatic retreat from the UK high street will affect thousands of job losses.



Strategic shifts ▪ In a surprise move, Tesco is shutting its clothing and homewares website, putting 500 jobs at risk. The head of its Asian operations, Tony Hoggett, returns to the UK to take on the newly-created position as the retailer’s group chief operations officer with the aim to improve Tesco's store performance.



Joining forces ▪ Tesco-owned company Dunnhumby has acquired Aptaris Software, a leading American marketing management firm. The two companies already have been partners since January 2016. The acquisition is another step for Dunnhumby to become a world leader in customer data science.




US & Canada


Digital push ▪ Leveraging its Peapod online grocery banner, Ahold Delhaize USA has created a digital solutions company, Peapod Digital Labs, to drive its e-commerce and technology initiatives. JJ Fleeman has been named as president of the new entity as well as chief e-commerce officer.



Lidl starts Shipt ▪ The German discounter has begun offering online grocery delivery via Shipt at its stores in northern Virginia. Fresh foods, household essentials and other grocery items ordered through the online marketplace can now be delivered from Lidl stores to more than 360,000 homes in the region.



Amazon apps ▪ The Seattle-based online mega-retailer has launched a new app store with tools to help its sellers manage their inventory and orders. The e-tailer has come under fire for its real-time facial recognition system with US civil rights groups demanding the giant to stop enhancing a surveillance infrastructure.




Asia & Australia


Ambitious overseas goals ▪ Japanese department store company Takashimaya aims to make its overseas locations in Singapore, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City profitable by 2023, including a Thai location which will open this year. Reaching this target would mean a USD 13.5 million profit boost.



Alibaba's announcements ▪ The e-commerce giant plans to significantly ramp up sales of Japanese articles, mainly cosmetics, food items and baby products, online and offline in China. The company also says that it has achieved "significant results" in its anti-counterfeiting efforts.



Parting ways ▪ Following a strategic cost review, South African retail group Woolworths has decided to simplify its Australian regional leadership structure and eliminated the position of CEO of its Australian operations, resulting in the departure of incumbent John Dixon.




Africa & Middle East


Pumping up volume ▪ AB InBev is betting on larger bottles as part of a plan by the world's biggest brewer to lure price-conscious South Africans to its mid-market beers and away from bargain rivals or homebrews. This is regarded as a sign of how AB InBev aims to conquer the rest of Africa.



Camel recipe ▪ Utilising the health benefits of camel milk, UAE-based company Camelicious has announced the launch of its newest product: Camel milk-based baby formula. The firm says the newly-developed baby formula is the first of its kind worldwide, with production expected to start soon.