The need to differentiate has never been greater and leading retailers are up to it - Aldi is eyeing central London sites for the first time and Carrefour has opened its innovative city concept in Paris. In the US, H-E-B debuts with an in-store taco shop, and South Africa's biggest forecourt chain has launched a new convenience format. Enjoy the read and have a great start to the week.




Monday, 25 June 2018





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The need to differentiate has never been greater and leading retailers are up to it - Aldi is eyeing central London sites for the first time and Carrefour has opened its innovative city concept in Paris. In the US, H-E-B debuts with an in-store taco shop, and South Africa's biggest forecourt chain has launched a new convenience format. Enjoy the read and have a great start to the week.




Europe


Prime locations ▪ German discounter Aldi is reportedly targeting properties in central London, left vacant by the likes of Poundworld and Mothercare. Across the channel, French giant Carrefour has launched its first city outlet in Paris, dedicated to well-being and everything that's 'good and beautiful'.



Turnaround ramifications ▪ Creditors have agreed to the dramatic rescue plan of British icon House of Fraser, which will see the closure of 31 stores and potentially 6,000 job cuts. Meanwhile, crisis-hit Steinhoff is set to sell its Austrian assets valued at EUR 490 million to Rene Benko’s Signa Holding,



Getting inside ▪ Dutch retailer Albert Heijn is experimenting with a smart door lock, so groceries can be delivered to a customer’s house, even when the shopper isn’t at home. The test is part of the company's 'Online Labs', which wants to improve the supermarket’s service.




US & Africa


Store debuts ▪ Texan supermarket chain H-E-B is following the so-called 'grocerant' trend with the launch of a taco shop inside a store in San Antonio. A new convenience format was also introduced in South Africa by forecourt chain FreshStop, specifically designed for small towns and rural areas.



Winning streak ▪ Walmart has been awarded three patents for its blockchain-backed technology in the United States. The retailer has also received the green light from Brazil's antitrust watchdog to sell its Brazilian operations to buyout firm Advent International.



Digital partnership ▪ Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie, has partnered with technology firm Quotient to launch SEG Media Hub, a platform designed to provide shoppers with more relevant digital ad messages and savings that drive them into stores.




Asia & Australasia


Location to launch ▪ Shanghai wants to entice the world’s leading brands to pick the city as their first choice to debut their new products or open their first store in China. The city will develop platforms to debut certain products such as cars, costumes, cosmetics and electronic devices.



Pushing ahead ▪ Alibaba's initiative 'Rural Taobao' plans to expand its coverage to 1,000 counties and 150,000 villages across China. The Chinese online giant is also increasing its push into the automated store space with the launch of the country's first unmanned wine outlet in Hangzhou.



Optimistic forecasts ▪ Australian wholesaler Metcash is confident that its IGA supermarket network will return to growth after it revealed a full-year loss. Across the Tasman, New Zealand-based outdoor retailer Kathmandu expects a big lift in profits after it enjoyed a strong sales performance over the year.




Insider Insights


Lessons from the UK ▪ The British convenience channel is going through severe changes as competition intensifies. LZ Retailytics takes a closer look at the sector and its leading store concepts wondering what lessons Britain has to offer when it comes to minimarkets. Click here to get the report.



Role model discount ▪ The UK’s biggest grocery retailers are significantly reducing their product ranges according to new research by Scala. The supply chain and logistics consultancy found that many large retailers are attempting in part to adopt the simpler approach of discounters.