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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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Online delivery options remain in the headlines. Amazon gets ready in Berlin, US start-up Instacart expands big time and Harris Teeter partners with Uber. Other sources claim that Korean beauty products gain worldwide popularity and over in Africa, supermarket company Uchumi fights to stay afloat. Enjoy the read and don't forget to share.

Growing with malls   Japanese retail giant Aeon Mall is looking at China as a key destination for overseas expansion and plans more outlets in Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and other Asian countries. Meanwhile, department store operator Lotte tries to overturn sluggish growth with the launch of Lotte El Cube, a new type of shopping mall, in Seoul. ▪
Korean beauty spreads worldwide     Skincare products from Korea seem to be the hottest trend in skincare right now. Beauty retailer Aritaum, a division of Seoul-based cosmetics company AmorePacific, runs already stores in the US and is set to open a lot more. ▪
China changes tax rules   In a bid to level the playing field for e-commerce platforms, traditional retailers and importers, the Chinese government plans to change tax rules on online retail goods from April 8. Online purchases from overseas will be charged the same way as any other import. ▪
Targeting Germany   The delivery network of Amazon continues to expand. The online giant plans to launch a two-hour delivery service in Berlin in May and to build a fulfillment centre on Kurfürstendamm +++ British clothing company Hobbs (paywall) is set to enter Germany through department store concessions with Wöhrl and SinnLeffers. ▪
John Lewis invests in tech hub   The British department store company, which just reported that it could increase its market share despite a fall in profits, plans to open an IT hub in conjunction with its Birmingham flagship which will allow staff to test store technology in real time. ▪
Russian supplier code appreciated   X5 Retail Group, one of Russia’s leading retailers, revealed that over 700 suppliers have signed up to their new Code of Interaction since it was introduced in November last year. Among them are Heineken Russia, Mars and Danone. ▪
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Delivery strategies   Online delivery service Instacart thinks big and has partnered with eight retailers, including Whole Foods, Costco and Petco +++ Supermarket operator Harris Teeter is upgrading its express delivery through a partnership with Uber. ▪
Walmart wins and fights hunger   The American retail giant has won a legal victory on Monday in a fight over tax revenue with the government of Puerto Rico. Over in the US, Walmart is partnering with five suppliers to launch an omnichannel fundraising initiative to take action against hunger. ▪
Campbell abandons BPA    The world's largest soup maker, Campbell Soup, said it would completely switch to cans that do not use the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) for their linings. Instead it will be using cans with linings made from acrylic or polyester materials. ▪
Uchumi keeps on fighting   The troubled Kenyan supermarket operator is battling to keep off a demand by a supplier in Tanzania and in Uganda the company owes more than a dozen creditors. In both countries the retailer has shut down stores last year. ▪
Nigerian developments   In a bid to create jobs, Spar Nigeria plans to open 10 more outlets in the next five years +++ Newcomer Shopsmart has announced the launch of its discount-wholesale pricing platform in the country. ▪
Foschini buys in Britain   The South African retailer has made a further move into the British market and acquired the 46 stores of high street fashion chain Whistles for an undisclosed sum. ▪

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