We love it when our industry gets creative. Take Tesco for example – the British retail giant has truly earned green credentials by re-using plastic bags to build a car park. Or Danish toymaker Lego, which has built one of the fastest cars from its famous pieces and it drives, too. Get inspired by these amazing ideas and have a great weekend!




Friday, 31 August 2018





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We love it when our industry gets creative. Take Tesco for example – the British retail giant has truly earned green credentials by re-using plastic bags to build a car park. Or Danish toymaker Lego, which has built one of the fastest cars from its famous pieces and it drives, too. Get inspired by these amazing ideas and have a great weekend!




US & Latin America


Open for sale ▪ Campbell Soup is refocusing on its core business. The packaged food giant plans to sell its international and fresh-foods brands, retreating from efforts to offer healthier fare. The company, which is under pressure from activist investor Dan Loeb to sell itself, said it is still open to an acquisition.



Extended offerings ▪ Walmart has significantly increased the selection of toys in its stores and online for the holiday season. The big box retailer has also expanded its partnership with cleaning service start-up Handy to sell its in-home installation and assembly services on its e-commerce site.



Ongoing rivalry ▪ Amazon is set to start selling food and drinks online in Mexico, where e-commerce sales are on the rise. The move could intensify its competition with Walmart's Mexican subsidiary and initiate a race to ramp up investments in logistics, technology and product offerings.



Delivery boost ▪ Supermarket major Kroger is increasing its delivery coverage through a major expansion of its partnership with Instacart. The companies plan to bring same-day delivery to another 500 Kroger stores. Instacart now reaches over 4,000 cities and covers 70% of all households.




Europe


Irish growth plan ▪ Lidl plans to add more than 40 additional stores to its network in the Republic of Ireland within the next years but it is not currently considering convenience store formats for Dublin. The German discounter currently has 156 supermarkets in the country and an 11.9% market share.



Investment in Romania ▪ Carrefour has increased its stake from 51% to 70% in Romanian delivery platform Bringo, an app through which customers can order the products of various stores and receive them directly at home. The French retailer took over the company last year.




Asia & Australia


Doctor Alibaba ▪ The Chinese e-commerce powerhouse debuts with online doctor consultations and medicine delivery on its Taobao marketplace, taking on competitor Tencent, which unveiled a merger with a Shanghai-based start-up to create a large private healthcare network a few weeks earlier.



Fighting competitors ▪ Indian online payment service company Paytm wants to deepen ties with regional retailers and online grocer Bigbasket to compete with e-tailers Flipkart and Amazon. In Japan, Amazon has announced to help smaller businesses ship to overseas markets.



Test market Down Under ▪ South African clothing retailer Foschini Group plans to open six stores under one of its African retail brands in Australia to see whether it can thrive in more developed markets. Rival Woolworths, however, still struggles with its Australian acquisition David Jones.




Weird and wonderful


Plastic fantastic ▪ In search of new ways to re-use plastic carrier bags, UK grocer Tesco has teamed up with road company MacRebur to create a car park using 225,000 plastic bags. Considerably more pieces, over a million, were needed by Danish toymaker Lego to build built a full-size, driveable model of a Bugatti supercar.



Mobile shopping ▪ A quick peek into one of Alibaba's futuristic Hema stores in Shanghai: The supermarket offers customers the ability to shop with an app, pay with facial-recognition, have food delivered or collect their purchase in 'flying bags'. Click here for a video clip (in German).