Tech giant Microsoft makes a foray into Amazon's turf, reportedly working on its own cashier less shopping system, while the e-tailer from Seattle is set to expand into the Brazilian beauty market. Meanwhile, rival Alibaba plans to build a logistics hub in Dubai. Read about these moves and get into the weekend spirit with images of stunning store concepts.




Friday, 15 June 2018





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Tech giant Microsoft makes a foray into Amazon's turf, reportedly working on its own cashier less shopping system, while the e-tailer from Seattle is set to expand into the Brazilian beauty market. Meanwhile, rival Alibaba plans to build a logistics hub in Dubai. Read about these moves and get into the weekend spirit with images of stunning store concepts.




US & Latin America


Scan and go competition ▪ Microsoft is taking on Amazon Go. The software giant is reportedly working on its own cashier less shopping system that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores. Rumour has it that there are talks with Walmart about a potential collaboration.



Beauty obsession ▪ Meanwhile, online mega-retailer Amazon is recruiting major Brazilian cosmetics firms Grupo Boticario and Natura Cosmeticos to sell via the logistics platform it is developing in Brazil in order to expand into the world’s fourth-largest beauty market, which is worth roughly USD 30 billion.



Leadership changes ▪ Petco has tapped a tech executive as its new boss: Ron Coughlin joins the animal supply company from HP, where he served as president of personal systems. Apparel chain Gap appointed Neil Fiske as chief executive, replacing Jeff Kerwin, who left in February.




Europe


Focus on premium ▪ Leading players in the German drugstore sector such as dm and Rossmann have slowed down their expansion rate. Facing increasing online competition, they are now targeting a premium-orientated clientele, says LZ Retailytics. Click here to get an in-depth report about the changing channel.



Pick-up collaboration ▪ Ukrainian express delivery leader Nova Poshta will open mini departments in all 26 Auchan hypermarkets in Ukraine, equipped with pick-up and drop-off points. The move is part of a network expansion plan of the delivery company.


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Promising results ▪ Spanish apparel giant Inditex, the owner of fashion brand Zara, reported improved profitability for the first quarter despite the impact of a strong euro. Ailing Croatian conglomerate Agrokor has seen an unexpected jump of nearly 10% in operating profit from May to June.




Asia & Middle East


Global approach ▪ Alibaba's logistics arm Cainiao has signed an agreement with Emirates' SkyCargo to build a digital transfer centre at Dubai airport. In the Asia-Pacific region, the company's Tmall marketplace has extended its upcoming mid-year shopping festival to Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan.



Lifestyle malls ▪ Thai shopping centre owner Central Pattana is set to invest USD 3.1 billion as it wants its premium malls to 'tackle the digital era' and make them a destination, where 'everyone can live life'. The company operates currently 32 shopping centres in Thailand.




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Smart in China ▪ Nearly two months ago, Walmart has opened its first small-format store in Shenzhen, with five additional locations planned. The outlet is designed to deliver an integrated online and offline experience, with an emphasis on fresh foods and fast delivery. Click here for a detailed description and pictures.



Hospitality appeal ▪ German wholesaler Metro Cash & Carry is focusing on the catering business. Its new store in Düsseldorf places the restaurateur as a key customer at the centre of the market. The assortment and the structure are geared to the needs of this target group. Click here for pictures (captions in German).



Sewing space ▪ American fabric and craft retailer Joann, which operates 865 stores nationwide, offers a reimagined shopping experience at its new prototype store in Ohio. It features a large open community space where customers can take classes and work on projects inspired by Pinterest trends. Have a look.