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Yonghui and Rema, major retailers in China, are combining offline and online in their stores to offer a unique experience. Coffee chains Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are also addressing the digital customer with their latest announcements. Enjoy the read and have a relaxing weekend.
Asia & Middle East
Store concepts in China
As consumers’ needs and requirements continue to evolve, Chinese supermarket operators such as Yonghui and Hema are aiming to change with them with a retail concept called O2O – or online-to-offline. Freshfruitportal took a close look at their latest outlets and compiled a photo gallery. Check it out.
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Zespri grows via Dubai
The New Zealand-based Kiwifruit marketer aims to increase its presence in the Middle East, India, and Africa. Its new office in Dubai is set to expand distribution across the region and to introduce more consumers to the variety of kiwis the company offers.
High street strategies
As it continues to reinvent itself, department store chain John Lewis has confirmed there will be more redundancies as well as possible price rises. Meanwhile, Poundland will include discount clothing label Pep&Co into 100 of its stores in a bid to broaden its range.
Business as usual at Booker
Ahead of its landmark merger with supermarket leader Tesco, cash and carry retailer Booker has recorded slowing sales in its final quarter. Revenues were hit by sluggish tobacco sales. The retailer insists that the merger is going ahead despite mounting opposition.
USA & Canada
Dollarama on a roll
As it posted stronger-than-expected results, Canada’s largest dollar-store chain announced plans to open 1,700 stores in the country — up from an earlier target of 1,400. The company will also start to accepting credit cards across all of its outlets.
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The Minnesota-based supermarket company is combining the operations and merchandising staffs of two of its ailing retail chains, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy and Farm Fresh ahead of Lidl's anticipated entry in the region. As a result, a number of jobs will be eliminated.
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