German discounters Aldi and Lidl are going from strength to strength in the UK, as they continue to seize market share from the big supers. Amazon and Snapchat appear to have aligned in the creation of an unreleased image-based search engine. Meanwhile, Alibaba is cultivating allies in every direction as it courts Siemens, BT and potentially even Starbucks. Enjoy the read and don’t forget to share.




Tuesday, 10 July 2018





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German discounters Aldi and Lidl are going from strength to strength in the UK, as they continue to seize market share from the big supers. Amazon and Snapchat appear to have aligned in the creation of an unreleased image-based search engine. Meanwhile, Alibaba is cultivating allies in every direction as it courts Siemens, BT and potentially even Starbucks. Enjoy the read and don’t forget to share.




Europe


Great gains ▪ Aldi and Lidl continue to prosper in Britain at the expense of the Big Four. They each rose their market share to 7.4% and 5.4% respectively. In Australia, Aldi has outperformed local competitors Coles and Woolworths to take the title as Australia’s most trusted brand.



Tough times ▪ Embattled UK maternity retailer Mothercare is closing an additional 10 stores as part of its survival plan to stay afloat and has placed its Children’s World division into administration. Meanwhile, struggling convenience chain Costcutter has snubbed a GBP 15 million takeover bid from Co-op.



Named and shamed ▪ Liverpool-based Home Bargains has been exposed by the British government for underpaying its staff and will now be forced to provide backpay for affected employees, as well as face possible fines of up to GBP 20,000 per worker.



Fashion and function ▪ Asos is being inundated with praise following the release of a wheelchair-friendly jumpsuit. The online fashion retailer collaborated with British Paralympian Chloe Ball-Hopkins for the design of the waterproof jumpsuit, which retails for GBP 50.




America


Secret code ▪ Hidden code buried deep within the social media Snapchat app reveals an unreleased visual search feature is being built for Amazon. While the exact purpose of the collaboration is uncertain, it seems likely that users will be able to take photos of objects or barcodes and see similar results available for purchase on Amazon.



New beginnings ▪ Nordstrom is set to open smaller stores with no inventory, focusing instead on experience and service through offerings such as a nail salon and a wine bar. Meanwhile, check out what analysts are recommending for Nordstrom after its failed attempt to go private.



War on plastic ▪ Starbucks has become the latest retailer to turn its back on plastics and has vowed to eliminate all plastic straws by 2020. Commentators are considering the impact this may have on disabled people, for whom the straw was originally devised, as well as the overall impact on the environment.




Asia


Prolific pairings ▪ Alibaba is in talks with a host of companies to develop beneficial partnerships. Siemens has signed a deal to use the online giant’s cloud infrastructure for a rollout of its own tech, while telecoms major BT is in talks with Alibaba for a possible cloud services partnership in Europe. Finally, Starbucks’ departing executive chairman has hinted at a possible relationship with Jack Ma.



Hero for a day ▪ A new action-packed Marvel Experience has opened inside a Bangkok mall and its offerings are sure to wow even the most hardcore superhero fans. Guest experiences include: battle mock-ups, virtual reality simulations, and a meet and greet with heroes. Click here to see images of the impressive set-up.




Inspiring innovations


Competitive edge ▪ With Amazon’s fourth annual Prime Day approaching, many retailers are scrambling to come up with an approach to counter the online giant. Check out some of these top strategies to share in some of the limelight and profit.



Transformation Tuesday ▪ Staying relevant in an ever-changing retail world has to be at the top of the list for all merchants. But how can this be achieved? Click here for some innovative tips on reinventing your retail game plan.