Location, location, location: it's the key in the retail world, with pet retailer Petco preparing to enter the Canadian market, Ikea opening its first store in India, and Russian supermarket Lenta adding two new stores in Siberia. Thinking more globe than global, two major UK grocers are making new moves to save the planet. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Thursday, 09 August 2018





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Location, location, location: it's the key in the retail world, with pet retailer Petco preparing to enter the Canadian market, Ikea opening its first store in India, and Russian supermarket Lenta adding two new stores in Siberia. Thinking more globe than global, two major UK grocers are making new moves to save the planet. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




US & Canada


Click and collect ▪ Amazon is to begin rolling out a grocery pick-up service at Whole Foods locations across the US. The offering, which is only available to Prime members, will see dedicated parking lots set aside at stores for customers using the service.



Coming to Canada ▪ Pet specialty retailer Petco has partnered with Canadian Tire to bring its products to the Great White North. Japanese fast fashion retailer Uniqlo has had a Canadian launch of its own with its release of mobile shopping in the country, with customers able to have clothes delivered anywhere Canada-wide.




Europe


Green grocers ▪ Tesco has begun offering water in aluminium cans, the first of the UK's Big 4 supermarkets to do so. Meanwhile, rival Morrisons has announced that it will begin removing plastic wrapping from its cucumbers, a move the grocer said will prevent 16 million plastic sleeves from being used every year.



Digital directions ▪ London-based company Flux is partnering with Itsu to power paperless receipts at all of the Asian-inspired fast food chain's UK stores. Marks & Spencer is allowing online returns at 280 of its Simply Food stores. Previously, shoppers could only return online orders at larger format Marks & Spencer stores.



Supermarkets in Siberia ▪ Russian supermarket chain Lenta is to open two new stores in the Siberian cities of Kemerovo and Novokuznetsk, bringing the grocer's total number of store launches to 20 this year. The new locations will see the retailer's total number of supermarkets across Russia rise to 115.




Asia & Australia


Sealing the deal ▪ India's antitrust regulator has cleared Walmart's USD 16 billion acquisition of online marketplace Flipkart. The Bentonville-based retailer has also, along with JD.com, backed Chinese online grocery and delivery firm Dada-JD Daojia to the tune of USD 500 million in its latest round of fundraising.



Ikea in India ▪ The Swedish furniture giant plans to keep prices low as it opens its first store in Asia's third-largest economy, raising the proportion of locally sourced materials to overcome import duties. Ikea is targeting middle and low income consumers in India, where the average annual per capita income is below USD 2,000.



Software staff ▪ Alibaba has introduced a series of diners – with robot waiters. The restaurants are attached to its new chain of Hema semi-automated supermarkets. Rival JD.com is following suit, with plans to open 1,000 restaurants featuring food prepared and served by robots by 2020.




Café innovations


Java jabber ▪ Café chain Costa Coffee is rolling out its Chatty Café scheme to over 300 branches UK-wide. The scheme sets aside tables specifically for people who want to chat over coffee, and its launch comes after a poll of UK adults found that 75% would like to have more human interaction.



Coffee and crypto ▪ It may soon be possible to pay for your brew with Bitcoin at Starbucks, with the coffee giant partnering with global commerce platform Bakkt. However, tech-savvy shoppers will first need to exchange digital currency for dollars. Click here for a video.