It's nearly all about bricks and mortar in today's issue – Ahold Delhaize is launching a new look in its Stop & Shop chain in the US, Publix bets on healthy living with its first Greenwise format. Over in Europe, Casino unveiled a concept store in Paris, and a secretive Siberian retailer plans its German entry. Enjoy the read and have a great weekend.




Friday, 05 October 2018





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It's nearly all about bricks and mortar in today's issue – Ahold Delhaize is launching a new look in its Stop & Shop chain in the US, Publix bets on healthy living with its first Greenwise format. Over in Europe, Casino unveiled a concept store in Paris, and a secretive Siberian retailer plans its German entry. Enjoy the read and have a great weekend.




Europe


Taking on Aldi & Co. ▪ Siberia-based discounter Torgservis plans to enter Germany (paywall, in German) via Berlin-based subsidiary TS Markt and wants to rent "more than 100" stores. The company didn't disclose details, but German Retail Blog and LZ Retailytics were able to put together some facts about this tight-lipped retailer.



Digital on Champs-Élysées ▪ French retail group Casino is trying to adapt to the challenges of online shopping with its new Le 4 Casino concept in Paris, which also includes a gourmet grocery aisle. Visitors to the store will be able to conduct their shopping without visiting a cash register.



Growing abroad ▪ German discounter Lidl will officially start its operations in Serbia next week, launching 16 stores across the country. Meanwhile, Berlin-based online fashion retailer Zalando is adding two more markets, Poland and Austria, to its business, and extending its offer with men's grooming products.




US & Canada


Rethinking formats ▪ Ahold Delhaize USA plans to roll out a fresh convenience concept at its Stop & Shop supermarkets, Florida-based grocer Publix has finally opened its first Greenwise Market in Tallahassee with a focus on healthy living, while Philadelphia's Giant Food intends to launch smaller, urban store formats.



Beauty boost ▪ Drugstore retailer Walgreens Boots Alliance will acquire a minority stake in innovative cosmetics start-up Birchbox to give its beauty department a makeover. The two companies plan to offer 'in-store experiences' in selected locations.



On track with deliveries ▪ Instacart is set to surpass USD 3 billion in grocery orders this year, more than double its business from last year. The grocery delivery start-up has been growing steadily as it partnered with a number of major grocery retailers such as Walmart and Aldi.




Asia & Latin America


Indian announcements ▪ Amazon India continues to pump capital into its payments arm Amazon Pay and is looking to push its wallet service beyond its marketplace to other online merchants. Meanwhile, coffee chain Starbucks has appointed a new CEO for its business in India.



Strategic spending ▪ Tencent has invested in fast-growing Chinese discount retailer Miniso, which was founded five years ago and has grown to more than 3,000 stores worldwide. The Chinese tech giant is also getting ready to combat rival Alibaba in the Philippines by backing fintech business Voyager.



Brazilian logistics pilot ▪ Six years after entering the market, Amazon is stepping up its operations in Latin America's largest economy. The online giant has started to work with Brazilian trucking start-up CargoX to use bulletproof trucks for the delivery of high-value goods, including electronics.




What to watch


Russian star ▪ Political and economic turmoil have left the retail market in Russia on the periphery of perception, including market leader X5 Retail Group. This is unjustified, says LZ Retailytics as it expects the grocer to become Europe's eighth-largest retailer by 2022. Click here for an in-depth report.



Dominant position ▪ Amazon had captured almost one-third of online grocery spending in the United States, according to new research, based on a consumer survey of 4,855 grocery shoppers. No other company even comes close to the online giant from Seattle.