Delivery offers are in full swing on both sides of the Atlantic - US retailer Target is challenging Amazon and Walmart during the busiest season of the year, while discounter Aldi lures in Londoners through doorstep service. French yoghurt maker Danone invests into vegan food, and South Africa's Shoprite pays its customers for reusing plastic bags. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 24 October 2018





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Delivery offers are in full swing on both sides of the Atlantic - US retailer Target is challenging Amazon and Walmart during the busiest season of the year, while discounter Aldi lures in Londoners through doorstep service. French yoghurt maker Danone invests into vegan food, and South Africa's Shoprite pays its customers for reusing plastic bags. Enjoy the read!




Europe


Alibaba in Britain ▪ The cloud-computing arm of the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse has launched its first data centres in the UK, one of its fastest growing markets, with two sites operational in London. It is also pushing ahead with an ambitious expansion plan in Europe.



Further specifications ▪ French retailers Carrefour and Système U have named their purchasing partnership 'Envergure' (in French). The five-year tie-up was formally signed back in June. Negotiations with 70 suppliers are part of the agreement. Meanwhile, Carrefour Polska has completed the remodelling of a number of stores.



Healthy choices ▪ French yoghurt maker Danone expects to triple the size of its plant-based business from EUR 1.7 billion to 5 billion by 2025. Also betting on the healthy eating trend is British meat-packing company Hilton, which has purchased a stake in Dutch vegetarian food manufacturer Dalco Food



Door delivery ▪ Aldi UK has rolled out a two-hour grocery delivery for its entire range in London. The discounter has partnered for the service with start-up Home Run, which already handles selected fulfilment duties for Tesco and Whole Foods. The catch, however, is that customers have to pay a premium.




United States


Raising the stakes ▪ US discounter Target will offer free two-day shipping during the busy November/December season with no order minimum or membership required, challenging Amazon and Walmart. The latter, however, have their own ideas for the upcoming festivities. See below.



On the go ▪ Amazon continues to expand its cashierless store concept and has opened second California location. The online giant also launched a raft of benefits for its Prime members in the US, Germany and Japan, including more money-saving opportunities and free shipping options.



Easy shopping ▪ Walmart is looking to dramatically ease online shopping. The big box retailer is making millions of products available for free two-day shipping without a membership fee, while also simplifying the return process, allowing customers to return online purchases at any of the retailer's stores.




Asia


Portfolio extension ▪ US healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has offered to buy all outstanding shares of Japanese skincare firm Ci:z for USD 2.05 billion to strengthen its international innovation pipeline. The purchase adds to a flurry of cosmetics deals in Asia, as global brands seek to expand in a booming region.



Digital wallet ▪ Japanese retail major Aeon has introduced a digital payment service called e-wallet. The app can be topped up with no extra charge, while the balance and transaction history can be monitored in real-time. Aeon claims that it has taken steps to secure the service.




Future thinking


Fighting waste ▪ South African supermarket chain Shoprite has announced that it will pay customers for reusing its newly introduced recyclable bags as it joins domestic rivals in efforts to curb plastic pollution. The retailer added that packaging of some vegetables would switch to fully biodegradable containers from early November.



Supporting sustainability ▪ Danish international dairy giant Arla Foods is set to help Bangladesh’s cooperative MilkVita in its endeavour to develop sustainable dairy production in the country. Both companies have signed an agreement, which will allow them to share information on best practices.