Amazon's commitment to the UK, where it plans to open another office, is seen as a win by the British government, which continues its slow march out of the EU. Starbucks has changed its strategy in Europe and French retailer Casino has reason to be confident. Get inspired by some eye-catching store concepts and have a great weekend!




Friday, 19 October 2018





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Amazon's commitment to the UK, where it plans to open another office, is seen as a win by the British government, which continues its slow march out of the EU. Starbucks has changed its strategy in Europe and French retailer Casino has reason to be confident. Get inspired by some eye-catching store concepts and have a great weekend!




Europe


Improved performance ▪ Casino enjoyed a sales growth in the third quarter and is optimistic this trend will continue for Q4. The French retail group is selling assets to cut debts with sales currently amounted to EUR 1.1 billion. Recently, the grocer has opened a new concept store 'Le 4 Casino' (pictures, captions in German).



Major commitment ▪ Amazon is opening its first office in Manchester, and expanding two other centres in Cambridge and Edinburgh, adding another 1,000 jobs, mostly R&D roles. The company's country manager said that Britain was taking a leading role in the online giant's global innovation.



Adjusted strategies ▪ To streamline operations, coffee chain Starbucks gives its Mexican partner Alsea the rights to run its cafes in four European countries. Meanwhile, British fashion chain Primark has sharpened its ethical focus as it fights for market share abroad, mainly in Germany.




The Americas


Thinking ahead ▪ Walmart plans to build its first high-tech distribution centre for fresh and frozen groceries in California. The facility will process 40% more products than a traditional one. The big-box retailer's Mexican unit, Walmex, reported a 7.9% rise in third-quarter revenue, driven by solid sales.



Successful partnerships ▪ Instacart is expanding its relationship with Walmart with plans to offer same-day grocery delivery at over half of Sam’s Clubs stores, while Walmart's online acquisition Flipkart has started selling Myntra private label at the retailer's Canadian stores, targeting the huge Indian diaspora residing in the country.



Management reshuffles ▪ Constellation Brands has announced that its CEO Rob Sands will step down after 12 years at the helm of the US drinks giant. He will be replaced by its current deputy. Soft drink major Coca-Cola appointed veteran Brian Smith as its chief operating officer.



Vegan education ▪ US grocer Lucky Supermarkets has kicked off a campaign to update customers about plant-based foods at its 70 stores in California. Working with the Plant Based Foods Association, the retailer will promote and provide information about the variety of these foods.




Asia & Australia


Wine on the rise ▪ Chinese online powerhouse Alibaba will invest USD 288.25 million in domestic wine and spirits platform 1919.cn. China is expected to become the world’s second largest wine market behind the United States in the next five years, with consumption set to rise to USD 23 billion.



Fashion failures ▪ British global apparel retailer Next Look calls it quits in China and will shut down its 120 stores in the country to focus on its UK business. Australian menswear chain Roger David is facing gloomier challenges. The company entered voluntary administration and will be closing its 57 locations after Christmas.




Weekend inspirations


Colourful in China ▪ Together with French cosmetics major L'Oréal, Hong Kong drugstore giant AS Watson has developed 'Watsons Colorlab' to attract Chinese female consumers. One of the eight test stores is located in Guangzhou. Click here for pictures (captions in German).



First look ▪ Selfridges is set to 'rock' the festive season and has unveiled its Christmas windows. The iconic department store operator revealed that over 100 staff had worked on the displays in non-stop rotating shifts for the last eight days to prepare the windows.