Online giant Amazon is making headlines for the wrong reasons, with some of its operations in Australia and the UK being called into question. Brazil’s poultry sector is in danger if strikes by truck drivers continue. Lidl puts health first in a revolutionary decision to phase out the sale of cigarette products. Have a great weekend and enjoy the read.




Friday, 01 June 2018





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Online giant Amazon is making headlines for the wrong reasons, with some of its operations in Australia and the UK being called into question. Brazil’s poultry sector is in danger if strikes by truck drivers continue. Lidl puts health first in a revolutionary decision to phase out the sale of cigarette products. Have a great weekend and enjoy the read.




The Americas


Offshore issues ▪ Amazon has responded swiftly to new Australian tax rules for online purchases, by blocking Aussie shoppers from its American website. The global behemoth is claiming difficulties implementing the 10% tariff. Meanwhile in Britain, Amazon stands accused of treating its staff poorly, following reports of over 600 ambulance callouts to its UK warehouses.



Fowl play ▪ Brazil’s poultry industry is on the brink of collapse with suppliers set to cull 24 million chickens a day, if industrial action by truck drivers cannot be resolved soon. Agricultural Minister Blairo Maggi has said it could take the sector years to recover, with significant impacts likely on the country's retailers of chicken products, as well as exports.



Personalised shopping ▪ Walmart's latest e-commerce offering 'Jetblack' has finally been launched in parts of New York City. The service is available with a monthly membership of USD 50, and is set to compete with rival Amazon. If the trial is successful, it will be rolled out.




Europe


Smoke free ▪ In a bold move, Lidl Nederland has announced it will become the first supermarket to stop selling cigarettes. Sales of the product have dropped recently and the discount retailer, who has previously discouraged the sale of smoking products, will oversee a gradual phase out by 2022.



Double-digit drop ▪ Asda has reported a significant fall of 13% in its operating profits, as well as a market share decrease of 0.3%. The supermarket, who is set to merge with rival Sainsbury's, asserts a challenging consumer environment contributed to the decline.



And the award goes to ▪ Eurotorg, the largest grocery retailer in Belarus, has won the title of ‘Most Impressive Debut Issuer in Emerging Markets’ by GlobalCapital, following its entry into Eurobond issuing in October 2017. And in Denmark, e-commerce grocer Nemlig has been awarded as the country’s best online store.




Asia


Alcohol advances ▪ Alibaba’s Tmall is modernising wine purchase and consumption with a tech savvy ‘future bar’. Consumer engagement is a primary feature of the store and sees patrons experience entry by facial scanning, a robot waiter, and a smart wine cooler.



Chinese expansion ▪ Outwear apparel retailer Canadian Goose has announced its plans to head to China. The company is set to open a head office in Shanghai, as well as retail stores in Beijing and Hong Kong.



Development debut ▪ WF Central has officially been opened in Beijing by developers HongKong Land. The USD 1.2 billion leading premium lifestyle project is the company’s first flagship venture in the city and is a key part of turning the local vicinity into a retail hub.




Image Gallery


Fresh focus ▪ Discounter Aldi Süd is investing billions of dollars to upgrade its store network in Germany and has already converted half of its network with a new design. On May 30, a "branch of the future" opened in Mannheim. A highlight of the store is the new bakery concept. Click here for pictures (captions in German).



Food for frequency ▪ A number of German retailers experiment with gastronomy in their stores to increase the frequency and offer freshness. Lebensmittel Zeitung has compiled a number of concepts to show how grocers leverage from the foodservice trend. Check out the pictures (captions in German).