There are some exciting ideas popping up in the food retail sector. China’s legendary Haidilao restaurant has become ‘smart’ with fully automated robots preparing and serving meals, while UberEats is getting creative and helping to setup hip, local eateries without the brick and mortar. Enjoy the read!




Monday, 05 November 2018





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There are some exciting ideas popping up in the food retail sector. China’s legendary Haidilao restaurant has become ‘smart’ with fully automated robots preparing and serving meals, while UberEats is getting creative and helping to setup hip, local eateries without the brick and mortar. Enjoy the read!

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Europe


E-commerce options ▪ German supermarket chain Combi has launched an online shopping service for approximately 13,000 products. Parent company Bünting Group is keen to keep up with eco-friendly practices and so the deliveries will be carried out on emission free electric bicycles.



Tis the season ▪ The festive spirit is really starting to get under away. German discounter Lidl has launched three television Christmas advertisements poking fun at the holiday season, while Currys PC World has gone for a more classic Victorian style theme for its commercial, but with upgraded modern technology.


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Shopping trends ▪ British shoppers are influenced most by environmental factors and wellbeing when it comes to grocery shopping, according to a Waitrose commissioned report. Meanwhile, a fictional ‘Tube Map’ marking all the Waitrose and Lidl stores in London has gone viral after it was used to highlight the division of wealth in the regions served by the two supermarkets.



Star performer ▪ Despite a tough economic climate, Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has seen a 5.9% increase in UK sales, as more British customers dedicate spending on home improvements. Online traffic has also increased to its UK website, with a 13% jump in the last year.




The Americas


Deliveries and dilemmas ▪ Amazon is testing a new service which offers a choice of delivery day for online purchases during checkout. The online behemoth is also in the advanced stages of selecting the state to place its second headquarters, with Virginia thought to be the front-runner. In Saudi Arabia, Amazon is the subject of a boycott following the Bezos-owned Washington Post’s coverage of the region in the aftermath of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.



Beverage bonanza ▪ Coffee major Starbucks’ holiday promotion of reusable red cups has also resulted in a frenzy, with many stores running out of stock on the first day. Applebee’s bet on cheap cocktails is paying off as customer traffic increases and the American grill and bar chain boasts four consecutive quarters of growth.



Expansion plans ▪ Pepsico has announced it will increase its portfolio in Latin America, with a particular focus on nutritious food and beverages in line with the increasing demands of consumers.




Asia


Economic uncertainty ▪ E-commerce major Alibaba has been forced to lower its annual sales forecast to USD 54.4 billion, from USD 55.6 billion following concerns about the impact the US-China trade war will have on revenue.



Joint opportunity ▪ Legal marijuana is a thriving global industry which is increasingly turning to China for production and investment. Chinese investors have been slow to warm to the market, which is predicted to be worth USD 57 billion in the next decade.




Inspiring innovations


Robot-run kitchen ▪ Chinese restaurant chain Haidilao has become the world’s first ‘smart’ hot pot restaurant and involves no humans in the food preparation process. Instead, robotic arms work in a cold room preparing and delivering raw meat and vegetables according to orders placed by consumers on an iPad at each table.



Ghost restaurants ▪ UberEats is using online data to create trendy, non-existent restaurants. The food delivery star is helping to set up ‘ghost’ eateries based on market demands they’ve identified and serve customers exclusively through the delivery app – thus minimising over heads for start-up kitchens and would-be chefs. Check out how the ‘virtual’ restaurant concept changed the fortunes of a café in Brooklyn.