The festive season is gaining momentum with Amazon launching holiday pop-ups in major European cities, and Aldi developing a taste for Christmas Down Under. Meanwhile, Britain's biggest retailers are taking a break from the frantic build-up to Christmas for 'Purple Tuesday', a national day dedicated to the needs of disabled shoppers. Enjoy the read!




Tuesday, 13 November 2018





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The festive season is gaining momentum with Amazon launching holiday pop-ups in major European cities, and Aldi developing a taste for Christmas Down Under. Meanwhile, Britain's biggest retailers are taking a break from the frantic build-up to Christmas for 'Purple Tuesday', a national day dedicated to the needs of disabled shoppers. Enjoy the read!




US & South America


Brazilian ventures ▪ Carrefour has announced that its subsidiary in Brazil has acquired e-Mídia, a food tech company focused on digital content. The retailer has improved its profitability in the country. In the growing wholesale segment, its Atacadão banner saw an 11.4% increase in gross revenue.



Strategic sales ▪ Cereal maker Kellogg is looking to sell its fruit snacks and cookies business to focus on its morning foods, snacks and frozen foods brands, which it will consolidate into one unit. The reorganization is part of Kellogg's previously announced cost-saving programme Project K.


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Exec changes ▪ Coty has announced that Pierre Laubies will replace Camillo Pane as its chief executive officer, and Peter Harf will be taking over the chairman role from Bart Becht. The management shakeup comes as the cosmetics giant struggles to integrate 41 beauty brands it acquired from P&G.



Good intentions ▪ Supermarket giant Albertsons released an update on its sustainability efforts, reiterating its commitment to be a 'steward of the environment'. US grocer Schnuck Markets is building on its delivery programme and has introduced curbside pick-up at some of its stores.




Europe


Robotic expansion ▪ Ahold Delhaize has teamed up with the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands to conduct a robotics and artificial intelligence research programme. This comes after the Dutch-Belgian international retail group announced a partnership with start-up Takeoff in the US to create automated warehouses.



Festive experiments ▪ Amazon is launching holiday pop-ups called "Amazon loft for Xmas" in major European cities. Meanwhile, some of the UK's biggest retailers, among them Asda and Marks & Spencer, are preparing for "Purple Tuesday", aiming to raise awareness for disabled customers.



Profit hit ▪ After decades of rapid growth Inter Ikea, owner of the Ikea furniture brand, is battling with increasing costs for raw material, while also trying to maintain its hallmark affordability. The company reported a 12% rise in net sales but says costs outpaced wholesale sales.




Asia & Australia


More Singles' Day winners ▪ E-commerce powerhouse Alibaba may have pioneered the concept of the world's largest shopping day based on sales, but its rivals are also cashing in. Competitor JD.Com, which started the festival run on November 1, saw a 27% revenue jump thanks to an offline push.



The more the merrier ▪ Aldi has adapted to the summery festive season in Australia. In one of its holiday ads, the discount chain shows a Santa, who crushes down on a very harsh environment but experiences a surprising community hospitality. Click here to watch the clip.




What to watch


Outstanding performers ▪ European food specialists are thriving amidst the retail giants. They might be small but surely have found their niche. Data, collected by LZ Retailytics, shows that growth is fuelled by liquor chains and frozen food operators as well as a surging interest in organics and wholefood stores.



Under pressure ▪ British supermarkets and other producers of packaging waste might have to pay up to GBP 1 billion under the government's new waste strategy. The concern about the future of Britain's high street continues as nearly 1,000 retail businesses went into administration according to new research.