Innovative store concepts are a drawcard to attract shoppers - US pharma chain CVS Health, Ahold Delhaize unit Food Lion, retailer Meijer and Danish discounter Netto are featured in this issue with their latest overhauls on the storefront. Finally, a year on, Amazon makes its presence felt at Whole Foods. Get inspired by the images!




Wednesday, 29 August 2018





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Innovative store concepts are a drawcard to attract shoppers - US pharma chain CVS Health, Ahold Delhaize unit Food Lion, retailer Meijer and Danish discounter Netto are featured in this issue with their latest overhauls on the storefront. Finally, a year on, Amazon makes its presence felt at Whole Foods. Get inspired by the images!




United States


Beverage line-up ▪ Coca-Cola said that it will buy Moxie, a soda-based soft drink brand, from its independent bottling partner in New England. The soft drink giant looks to house more of its up-and-coming beverage brands under one roof. Moxie is a hundred-year-old label, famous for its unique flavour.



Inspiring concepts ▪ Drugstore company CVS Health is trialling a new beauty format in four stores. Supermarket chain Food Lion will debut with 150 remodelled stores this week, and supercentre operator Meijer has unveiled a couple of innovative concepts, among them a convenience store and a neighbourhood outlet.



Mixed outlooks ▪ Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy posted a drop in quarterly online sales growth and anticipates a period of slowdown, worrying investors. A company with no reason for concern is Tiffany. The jewellery retailer has raised its full-year profit forecast after quarterly results topped Wall Street estimates.




Europe


Tie-ups on track ▪ EU antitrust regulators have approved Procter & Gamble's EUR 3.4 billion acquisition of German Merck's consumer health business unit. Nestlé and Starbucks have completed their USD 7 billion licencing deal, giving the Swiss food giant rights to market the brands of the coffee chain.



Mouth-watering collaboration ▪ Lidl has entered a partnership with Tasty, (in French) a social media platform known for its simple cooking videos. The two partners are set to create and publish video recipes online, featuring the discounter’s products. The first clip aired at the beginning of August: Barbequed potatoes.



Delivery partnership ▪ British department store operator Debenhams is set to roll out its Doddle click and collect service to its entire 165 stores following a successful trial. The service allows shoppers to collect and return parcels from more than 50 Doddle retail partners, including Asos and Amazon.




Asia & Australia


Buyout rejected ▪ Yum China, which manages food service chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in the country, has reportedly received a bid from a consortium, led by Hillhouse Capital, but turned down the USD 7 billion offer. As a result, shares of Yum China surged as much as 12%.



Global and local push ▪ Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is in advanced talks with Russian internet company Mail.ru Group to launch a joint venture. In its home country, the Chinese e-tailer has raised the target for Hema store openings from a previously planned 60 to 100 this year.



Physical ventures ▪ Indian online retailer Myntra, the fashion subsidiary of Flipkart, is planning to launch as many as 100 offline stores, with the first one likely to open in Bengaluru. In South Korea, convenience chain 7-Eleven is trialling its first fully-automated stores in vending machine-style.




Image Gallery


Growing imprint ▪ One year ago, Amazon entered the brick-and-mortar business with the billion-dollar purchase of Whole Foods. From the beginning, the e-commerce giant combined online with offline. A picture collection, (captions in German) compiled by Lebensmittel Zeitung shows the changes in the stores.



Fresh focus ▪ Following competitors Aldi and Lidl, Danish discounter Netto is also investing into its store appearance and currently upgrading 10 locations in Germany. One of them is the converted Berlin branch on Prenzlauer Berg. Click here for pictures (captions in German).