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Flipkart hires secret shoppers to crack down on fake and sub-standard products, Domino’s enjoys a massive quarterly result, and US retail sales grew slightly in September. All these stories and more feature in today’s RetailUpdate. Also, don’t forget to share this edition with your friends and colleagues. Have a great day!

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Carrefour expands in Taiwan   The French-based retailer has signalled its intention to expand its presence in Taiwan by opening four new multi-format stores, taking their total number of stores in the country to 18. ▪
Aldi on the hunt for staff   The German discounter is currently recruiting 400 West Australians while preparing to launch its first stores in Perth in 2016. The company entices job seekers with wages “above industry standards” as it pushes into Western Australia and South Australia. ▪
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Flipkart goes “secret squirrel”   In response to sellers listing fake and below-par products, India’s biggest online marketplace has employed spies to buy products from sellers listed on their platform and report on the experience. ▪
Lidl sells Facebook-designed pizza   Lidl Italia is now selling a special pizza that was created by its Facebook fans. Aided by a special crowd-sourcing app, Facebook fans created over 10,000 pizzas from 24 ingredients and two bases. Meanwhile, Lidl Hungary (paywall) claims success after investing EUR 2.5 million in waste management. ▪
Senior appointments   Alibaba has appointed Amee Chande, ex-Staples managing director, as its first UK managing director. Ms Chande will be responsible for growing the e-tail giant’s profile in the UK +++ Marks & Spencer has appointed Andrew Fisher as a non-executive director. Currently chairman of music app Shazam, Mr Fisher will replace Martha Lane Fox and be responsible for supporting M & S’s digital activities. ▪
Domino’s results top expectations   Britain’s largest pizza retailer has delivered one of its best quarterly results, thanks to strong online sales. Revenue from its digital channels exceeded last year’s by 35%, and  Domino’s expects its full-year results to be better than predicted. ▪
Walmart shares decline   After announcing that expenditure on e-commerce and wages will affect profits in 2017, shares in the world’s largest retailer have sunk to their lowest value in 15 years. This underpins concerns that corporate profits are being eroded by slowing global economic growth. ▪
Slight growth in US retail sales   According to The Commerce Department, US retails sales grew just 0.1% in September. This increase was just half of what analysts predicted. In contrast, according to Labor Department data, sliding energy costs have forced producer prices down 0.5%. ▪
Major revamp for Food Lion   The grocery store operator has launched its US$ 250 million “Easy Fresh and Affordable” branding campaign to its 162 stores in Raleigh, North Carolina. Food Lion has added thousands of new products and implemented several new features. ▪
trends to watch
Shops without stock   Could shops that stock inventory soon be a thing of the past? Maybe. In an effort to improve their offerings, there is a burgeoning trend for retailers to spend less on stock and more on digital interfaces, customer databases and social media. ▪
Rationalisation hurts suppliers   According to market intelligence specialist IRI major supermarkets are reducing their ranges, causing some categories to suffer. For example, data shows the number of chilled-food lines stocked by supermarkets was down 2% in the six months to July 2015. ▪

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