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Ikea sees growth potential in the Asia-Pacific region. Japan's Rakuten continues its global expansion in the UK. Lidl builds a new distribution centre in Scotland and Metro optimises its cooperation with suppliers. Also featured in this issue is an exclusive interview about retailing in Russia with Dixy CEO Pedro Pereira da Silva. Have a great start to the week.
Lidl builds in Scotland To accelerate its expansion in the UK, the German discounter has acquired a new site in Scotland in order to build a regional distribution centre, which will create up to 100 jobs. In a bid to drive greater sales of its non-food products, Lidl UK has announced a change to its ‘offer day’.
Metro improves data exchange The Düsseldorf-headquartered retail group has chosen Comarch as its new EDI supplier. The electronic data interchange communication between 234 hypermarkets and more than 20,000 sales partners in 24 countries was migrated to the Krakow-based global software house.
usa & canada
Redefining sport and beauty Dick's Sporting Goods taps into the nation's lucrative youth sports league business with the acquisition of San Diego-based sports management technology company Affinity Sports. French cosmetics store chain Sephora has opened a new store concept with a beauty tip workshop in Canada.
Dollar General expands The Tennessee-based discount chain operator is moving to North Dakota. The company announced that it will build five new stores in the state. This gives the retailer a footprint in 44 states after having established operations in Maine, Oregon, and Rhode Island in 2015.
Talking Russian retailing Pedro Pereira da Silva is the frontman of Dixy Group, Russia's third largest retail company. The former CEO of leading Polish grocer Biedronka talks about the challenges of retailing in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia, in an exclusive interview with German Retail Blog.
The power of mobile payment Rather than money or hardware, the mobile payments battle is a fight for ownership of the customer. It is retailers against tech companies. Establishing a winner is difficult when the players are not even playing the same game. Online publicationTechcrunch takes a closer look.