It's game on in the retail world, as Coca-Cola ramps up the challenge to old rival PepsiCo by adding a basketball legend to its team, and Alibaba gets high tech in Singapore as it brings the fight to Google and Amazon's digital dominance. But it's not always competition over cooperation, with Unilever and JD.com working together to ship goods in China. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Thursday, 16 August 2018





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It's game on in the retail world, as Coca-Cola ramps up the challenge to old rival PepsiCo by adding a basketball legend to its team, and Alibaba gets high tech in Singapore as it brings the fight to Google and Amazon's digital dominance. But it's not always competition over cooperation, with Unilever and JD.com working together to ship goods in China. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




United States


Investments and acquisitions ▪ Coca-Cola will buy a minority share in BodyArmour, a sports drink brand also backed by former NBA star Kobe Bryant, challenging the dominance of rival PepsiCo's Gatorade. Meanwhile, Eddie Lampert, CEO of cash-strapped retailer Sears, has made an offer to pay USD 400 million for the retailer's Kenmore appliances brand.



Youth and beauty ▪ US television network the Home Shopping Network plans to cut higher-priced electronics and add more beauty products to appeal to younger consumers, who prefer the speed of e-tailers like Amazon. Also targeting young buyers is Walmart, which has entered a tie-up with talk show host Ellen Degeneres to launch an apparel line.



Shipt stretches out ▪ Shipt plans to expand same-day deliveries of groceries and other products from retailers including parent Target across several Midwestern states, as well as launch in Connecticut and Maine. The company based in Birmingham, Alabama, plans to add 900 personal shoppers to meet the increased demand.




Europe


App-etizers ▪ Lidl Denmark has unveiled a new loyalty club app, Lidl Plus. The app comes with pre-installed credit for use in Lidl stores. Belgian retailer Colruyt is rolling out its Scan.Pay.Go. app, which allows for checkout-free shopping, to more stores following a successful trial period.



Plastic free ▪ Asda will remove plastic packaging from its whole swedes, the first move in a promised rolling programme to reduce the plastic used in its fresh aisles. Also going green is British alcoholic beverages manufacturer Diageo, with the launch of a series of flavoured edible straws.



Daily savings ▪ German retailer Tegut is launching a new low price brand, which will offer up to 700 products. The new lineup will gradually replace products offered by the retailer's private label, “tegut … kleinster Preis”.




Australasia


Getting moving ▪ Unilever has partnered with JD.com to move its goods between warehouses in China, in a bid to expand sales in remote parts of the country. The partnership will make use of the e-tailer's extensive network and supply chain, which includes over 500 warehouses.



The future is now ▪ Alibaba plans to set up a demonstration centre in Singapore showcasing its "new retail" technologies, which include using facial recognition for payment. The e-commerce giant hopes to challenge the dominance of Google and Amazon through exhibiting its own cloud computing capabilities.



Setting up shop ▪ Kiwi chocolate maker Whittaker's has opened its first physical store after 120 years in business. The new store, at Auckland International Airport, aims to capitalise on the popularity of the brand, voted New Zealand's most trusted seven years in a row.




Raise a glass


Coming to America ▪ Guinness has opened its first brewery in the US in over 60 years. The USD 90 million brewery and barrel house in Relay, Maryland, which features a gift shop, brew house, taproom and restaurant, is expected to host 300,000 visitors a year to its 62 acre property.



Goal! ▪ Bud Light will also become an 'official beer' of the England senior men's team, as part of Anheuser-Busch InBev's six year partnership with England's Football Association for its Budweiser brand, the Belgium-based brewer has announced.