The week continues with industry ups and downs, with huge job cuts set to happen in Britain, and mixed sales results across Europe. Developments are underway in Asia, seeing both India and Japan make plans with Walmart, while digital property is in focus for US supermarkets. Meanwhile, a recycled beer is on the rise in Austria. Enjoy the read!




Thursday, 01 November 2018





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The week continues with industry ups and downs, with huge job cuts set to happen in Britain, and mixed sales results across Europe. Developments are underway in Asia, seeing both India and Japan make plans with Walmart, while digital property is in focus for US supermarkets. Meanwhile, a recycled beer is on the rise in Austria. Enjoy the read!

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Europe


Job cuts ▪ British nursery retailer Mothercare has axed 200 jobs in an attempt to meet a cost saving restructure plan. The franchise also has plans to close 60 stores, possibly resulting in 900 job cuts. Meanwhile, historic UK meat chain Crawshaw has gone into administration, jeopardising 42 stores and 600 jobs.



Clothing delivers ▪ Halloween sales are expected to hit around GBP 500 million in the UK this year, with costumes the highest contributor. Speaking of clothing, online superstore Amazon's UK branch is rolling out a new Prime Wardrobe service, and will send garments to customers' homes for them to try out.



Mixed outlooks ▪ Despite hopeful forecasts, German retail sales have sunk this September to a five year low. Things are looking good in Ireland, however, with September's results up 6.1% from last year. And over in the Mediterranean, Greece's results are also up 3.2% as of August.




Asia & Australasia


Indian locations ▪ In a USD 500 million move, retail fixture Walmart's India branch is investing in 47 new stores, with plans to have them open by 2022. This would raise Walmart's presence in the country to 70 locations in the next four years.



Local merger ▪ Walmart also represents in Japan, with local retail leader Rakuten partnering with the US powerhouse to create an online grocery delivery service. Rakuten and national Walmart subsidiary Seiyu will run the venture together, with aims to rival Amazon and other Japanese e-retailers.



Against the current ▪ Australia's supermarket giant Woolworths sees a lukewarm rise in sales following its system of charging for plastic bags. Across the water, New Zealand homeware franchise Briscoe Group stays the course against competition, and increases overall profit margins.



Convenient couriers ▪ More than 3,000 Thai 7-Eleven convenience stores are launching a delivery service in the capital Bangkok. The new service, which started this week, promises a next-day delivery on parcels or letters dropped off at a participating store prior to 9 pm.




United States


Automatic response ▪ Idaho-based food retailer Albertsons has partnered up with e-grocery service Takeoff Technologies, and will be using the start-up's AI automation system to pick up online orders from customers, and send them to employees for filling. The supermarket is the first in-country chain to employ such a system.



Supermarket solutions ▪ US retail giant Kroger is eyeing its own sales and analytics data as a means to reach profit targets. In a more traditional venture, private supermarket chain Raley's has dished out a new line of chef-made meals. The meals come in over 12 varieties, with a range of assembly options.




Good intentions


Ready to rise! ▪ Not content with food wastage, bakery Spar Austria has created its own beer brewed from left over bread. The organic beverage, called Young & Urban, is cutting down on excess waste while being a unique product in its own right. It is available through Austria.



Making an effort ▪ Germany's Rewe Group has been recognised with an award for their efforts in online transparency and sustainability. Discount chain Lidl will be the first supermarket in Ireland to start doing away with black plastic, in an attempt to cut down on non-recyclable packaging.