'Tis that time of year again. Christmas is here and this our last bulletin for 2016. Amazon and Alibaba feature in it as well as mergers, growth strategies and acquisitions. German Retail Blog takes a look at innovative retail ideas and challenges. The RetailUpdate team would like to wish our readers, advertisers and contributors a happy Christmas and a safe start to the New Year. We will be back in January 2017.
asia & Middle east
Unilever invests in UAE The British-Dutch consumer goods multi has opened a new production facility in the Dubai Industrial Park, which it says is the Middle East’s largest plant for personal care products. The company plans to make the factory a global sourcing unit by 2022.
usa & Latin America
Purchases and acquisitions US discounter Gabe's, which operates 106 stores and offers apparel and accessories, has been acquired by private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, and in Brazil, Belgium's Ontex Group is in talks with local pharma major Hypermarcas to purchase the diaper business of the latter for about US$ 300 million.
Game changer Amazon From delivery via drones to stores without checkout, the US online powerhouse remains in the headlines. German Retail Blog takes a look at the ‘Amazon go’ concept and its approach to solve the problem with queues at the till. Is it a blessing or a curse? It certainly gets the supermarket industry thinking.