The headlines today are all about partnerships and pairings. Amazon is working behind the scenes to align companies and push back against the American government’s tariff agenda. Aldi has teamed up with animal welfare groups and is also celebrating a retail wine award. Meanwhile, Alibaba and Tencent are collaboratively seeking a stake in the world’s largest advertising company, WPP. Enjoy the read and have a great week.




Monday, 23 July 2018





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The headlines today are all about partnerships and pairings. Amazon is working behind the scenes to align companies and push back against the American government’s tariff agenda. Aldi has teamed up with animal welfare groups and is also celebrating a retail wine award. Meanwhile, Alibaba and Tencent are collaboratively seeking a stake in the world’s largest advertising company, WPP. Enjoy the read and have a great week.




US & South America


Applying pressure ▪ Amazon is leading the charge and quietly rallying like-minded companies to lobby President Trump and dissuade him from exiting trade agreements and introducing more tariffs which could hurt their businesses. Meanwhile, the tech titan is planning to open a 600,000 square foot robotics-based fulfilment centre in Washington.



Walmart acquires ▪ The retail giant has purchased Costa Rican stores Perimercados, Super Compro and Saretto. Regulatory approval is still pending, but once approved, more than 1300 employees of the acquired stores will join the Walmart group.



Double the delicious ▪ Doughnut major JAB-backed Krispy Kreme is acquiring a majority stake in Insomnia Cookies, a move that allows the chain to diversify and offer more than its famed glazed doughnut treats.



Responsible Food ▪ Carrefour Brazil has unveiled a new EUR 320,000 ‘social gastronomy project’ designed to develop zero-waste recipes and productions lines. The multi-national retailer will also introduce a new product line to reflect the work achieved through the project.




Europe


Wine and welfare ▪ Aldi has beaten out the Big Four supermarkets for its excellence in wine retailing and has been named ‘Supermarket of the Year’ by The International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards. The German discounter is also making headlines for its alliances with two major German animal welfare groups Neuland and Fairfarm and will extend its own-label free range selection.



No horsing around ▪ Marks & Spencer is releasing a podcast series centred around the 2013 horsemeat crisis and the impact it had on supply chains. Meanwhile, the British retailer has teamed up with Octopus Energy to launch a new ‘green’ strategy through its M&S Energy brand.




Asia


Spending big ▪ China's tech majors Alibaba and Tencent are reportedly in discussions to buy a minority share in advertising giant WPP’s Chinese operations. Meanwhile, Alibaba has contributed significantly to the latest round of fundraising by China’s Suning Sports, which saw the group raise USD 600 million overall.



New opening ▪ Anticipation and social media hype have surrounded the opening of the Victoria’s Secret Hong Kong flagship store. It’s not the lingerie giant’s first foray in the Chinese city, but they have extended their range significantly to cater to the growing market.



Tapping into potential ▪ Fashion brand Farfetch has acquired tech company CuriosityChina as part of a move to grow its Chinese presence and target customers through digital communication channels such as WeChat.




Eats & ethics


Victory is sweet ▪ A two-year stand-off between Mondelez and Toblerone-lovers has come to an end, with the confectionary company discontinuing its controversial 150g bar. The chocolate bar in question outraged fans when it was introduced with larger gaps between the triangular chunks as part of a cost-cutting measure.



Modern slavery ▪ The richest countries in the world import USD 345 billion worth of goods that are at risk of being made by slaves. The top imports include electronics, clothing and food products, with many consumers and retailers woefully unaware of the dubious ethics of the supply chain. Click here to check out which countries top the list.