It is all about shopping experience - E-commerce company Zalando has opened its first beauty store in Berlin. We offer a 'sneak peek'. Australia's largest footwear chain is rolling out same-day delivery to satisfy consumers' demand and US department store operator JC Penney is set to win back its middle-aged core customer. Have a great start to the week.




Monday, 30 July 2018





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It is all about shopping experience - E-commerce company Zalando has opened its first beauty store in Berlin. We offer a 'sneak peek'. Australia's largest footwear chain is rolling out same-day delivery to satisfy consumers' demand and US department store operator JC Penney is set to win back its middle-aged core customer. Have a great start to the week.




Europe


Expanding in Britain ▪ Lidl is planning to lead the development of more than 3,000 homes and a primary school in London in a bid to secure planning permission for a number of new stores in the area. The German discounter wants to open at least 50 stores a year across the UK and also aims to relocate to larger stores.



French challenges ▪ Carrefour posted a stronger-than-expected rise in first-half operating profits despite cut-throat competition, thanks to the turnaround progress of CEO Alexandre Bompard. Competitor Casino enjoyed a double-digit profit jump in this period but is facing investor concerns about its high debt levels.



Spanish investment ▪ Spar Spain has broadened its retail offering in the country by opening multiple new outlets and renovating existing supermarkets. The Netherland-headquartered international retailer added 2,800 square metres to its selling space with 'state-of-the-art' stores.




US & Canada


Distribution deal ▪ US wholesaler United Natural Foods plans to acquire Supervalu for about USD 2.9 billion in cash. The deal would create a large, diverse food distributor serving traditional grocery stores and organic product retailers. United Natural's primary customer is Whole Foods Market.



Back to the roots ▪ J.C. Penney is looking to win back its core customer — middle-aged moms. Mike Robbins, executive vice president of supply chain, thinks that the pendulum swung too far in the direction of younger shoppers. The department store operator went through a string of CEOs in the past few years.



Fighting Amazon ▪ Walmart has enlisted the services of Mark Greenberg, the former CEO of cable network Epix, to help build a subscription video streaming service. Rumours have been floating around for some time now, that the retailer is looking to go head to head with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.




Asia & Australia


Delivery competition ▪ Accent Group, Australia's largest footwear chain, is rolling out same-day delivery across most of the country in a bid to satisfy consumers' demand for "instant gratification" and to compete with online rivals. The company started the service with 12 of its Platypus shoe stores.



Cashless in Japan ▪ Online giant Amazon and Japanese tech and investment powerhouse Softbank will both roll out smartphone payment services in Japan over the coming months, targeting smaller businesses critical to spreading mobile payments in a still cash-heavy society.



Indian initiatives ▪ Walmart India expects to create at least 30,000 local jobs by setting up 15 stores in Uttar Pradesh, where it already runs four Cash & Carry outlets and recently launched a fulfilment centre. Earlier this year, the retailer had signed an agreement with the state government.




Future concepts


Beauty in Berlin ▪ Online pure player Zalando has opened a physical store in Berlin on Saturday. Alongside selling a range of beauty and cosmetics products, the store will host make-up masterclasses and exclusive product launches. Click here for first pictures (captions in German).



Regional routes ▪ As consolidation is intensifying in European retail, the ice is getting thinner for smaller players. LZ Retailytics says the future for them lies in sticking in the regional playground. Click here for their latest report, which focuses on companies such as Sligro, Jumbo and Coop.