Walmart steps up its e-commerce in China by striking a strategic alliance with Alibaba rival JD.com. In Ireland, Tesco fights the expansion of German discounter outlets in the planning arena. New regulations in India make it easier for foreign companies to do business in the country. Enjoy the read and feel free to share.
Asia & Australia
Woolies is big on small stores The Australian supermarket chain takes on convenience stores with its scaled-down city supermarkets, Metro, which are some of the busiest and most lucrative outlets in the retailer's portfolio.
Tesco against discounters The British retailer has lodged appeals against plans for new Aldi and Lidl stores in Ireland. Tesco had been successful in the case of four out of six previously lodged appeals of a similar nature.
Couche-Tard expands in Europe The Canada-based convenience store operator broadens its presence in Northern Europe by acquiring 23 locations in Estonia, currently operated under the Premium 7 brand, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will bring the number of outlets operated by Couche-Tard in Estonia up to 77.
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