Battleground India – while Walmart has completed its purchase of e-tailer Flipkart, China's Alibaba is set to form a mega Indian retail joint venture, and US rival Amazon is reportedly working on more acquisitions in the world's fastest-growing economy. Also hitting the headlines is PepsiCo's plan to buy drink maker SodaStream and Tyson Food's takeover of industry supplier Keystone. Enjoy the read!




Tuesday, 21 August 2018





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Battleground India – while Walmart has completed its purchase of e-tailer Flipkart, China's Alibaba is set to form a mega Indian retail joint venture, and US rival Amazon is reportedly working on more acquisitions in the world's fastest-growing economy. Also hitting the headlines is PepsiCo's plan to buy drink maker SodaStream and Tyson Food's takeover of industry supplier Keystone. Enjoy the read!




US & Latin America


Fizzy deal ▪ Beverage and snack giant PepsiCo will buy carbonated drink-machine maker SodaStream for USD 3.2 billion as it looks to continue its health-conscious strategy for growth. The Tel Aviv-based soda company is looking to expand its reach globally.



More alliances ▪ Another billion-dollar deal takes shape with US food giant Tyson buying Keystone Foods, a Brazilian supplier of meat protein. Competition in the health care sector is likely to intensify as insurance company Anthem has partnered with Walmart to sell over-the-counter medications in the latter's stores.



Physical expansion ▪ As proof that reports of its impending demise were exaggerated, German discounter Lidl is preparing the opening of two stores in the Washington D.C. area next month. Meanwhile, rumours are making the rounds that tech giant Google is planning to launch its first permanent physical store in Chicago.




Asia


Negotiations in India ▪ Alibaba has started talks with Mumbai-based Reliance Retail, one of the country's largest retail groups, to form a joint venture. The Chinese e-commerce giant reportedly plans to invest at least USD 5 billion to challenge the dominance of Flipkart and Amazon in one of the world's fastest-growing economies.



Fierce competition ▪ While Walmart and Indian e-commerce leader Flipkart have completed their USD 16 billion merger that makes the former the largest shareholder, rival Amazon is set to counter them by teaming up with retail conglomerate Aditya Birla to acquire the group's supermarket chain More.



Smart in Seoul ▪ South Korean retail conglomerate Shinsegae has joined a number of retailers to launch a cashier-less store. It's supermarket chain E-Mart Everyday bets on new technologies such as mobile payment service with its new outlet in Seoul that opened last week.




Europe


Stores for sale ▪ Watch out Amazon – up to 300 Sainsbury's and Asda stores could be forced to shut off if the landmark merger between the two grocers is approved. The American online giant is already considering to purchase disposed sites of DIY chain Homebase to convert them to fulfilment centres.



Going public ▪ London-based luxury fashion site Farfetch, backed by Chinese e-commerce group JD.com, files for a listing on the New York stock exchange. The company, which has yet to turn a profit in its 10-year history, said the listing would take place in 2018.




Surveys and analysis


Thriving categories ▪ Books, trial and travel, and grilling are three unexpected categories that are continually beating total store growth within physical retailers and they also offer products for impulse buys. This is the result of a new report from trade association GMDC.



Growing problem ▪ The amount of food that is wasted each year will rise by a third by 2030, according to a new analysis. The report by the Boston Consulting Group warns that the global response to food waste is fragmented and inadequate and that the problem is growing at an alarming rate.



Innovation leader ▪ US retailer Nordstrom has not only survived the gloom that other department store operators are suffering from, says this analysis. The retailer has also proven to be a leader in innovation with an excellent assortment and savvy strategic decisions.