Dutch giant Ahold Delhaize maintains its strong front, and France's Casino Group gets speedy with Franprix deliveries. Amazon digs its heels into Australia, and Israel trials a seamless new shopping experience. Meanwhile, Sweden and the Netherlands cut back on food waste in creative ways. Read on to find out more!




Wednesday, 14 November 2018





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Dutch giant Ahold Delhaize maintains its strong front, and France's Casino Group gets speedy with Franprix deliveries. Amazon digs its heels into Australia, and Israel trials a seamless new shopping experience. Meanwhile, Sweden and the Netherlands cut back on food waste in creative ways. Read on to find out more!




Europe & Israel


Deliveries and dividends ▪ French conglomerate Casino Group are solidifying the 2016 partnership between their Franprix line of supermarkets and Spanish delivery service - Glovo, with on demand delivery in Paris (in French). The retail group is set to maintain steady dividend payment to parent company despite critics.



From the Netherlands ▪ Dutch giant Ahold Delhaize has revealed its latest growth strategy 'Leading Together which aims to double online revenue by 2021. After a difficult few years fellow retailer Blokker is looking to sell its home franchise. The family-owned empire saw over a century of business but has been losing assets since 2014.


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Discount success ▪ UK discount chain B&M are en route for international growth after a rise in first half sales, with a group intake of GBP 1.56 billion, despite less growth on home turf. They have recently taken over French discount chain Babou, and are reportedly open to exploring stores left over from Sainsbury's-Asda merge.



Following Amazon ▪ Israel's largest supermarket chain Shufersal is creating an automated experience for shoppers, with a cashier-less, checkout-free system. The retailer signed an agreement to install Trigo Vision’s advanced automated retail platform.




Asia and Australia


Store concepts ▪ The Australian branch of online giant Amazon has set up shop locally with a store combining 150 local clothing brands, putting pressure on the fashion industry. Meanwhile, Australian supermarket major Coles has launched the first of its new, small format stores in Melbourne, focussing on high-end products.



Trouble on the top ▪ Walmart India's online venture Flipkart will need to find a new CEO after its current head, Binny Bansal, resigned amid assault allegations. Bansal did not give details of the nature of the claim and strongly denied the accusations.




United States


Homeware warning ▪ Aside from supermarkets and headquarters, the US real-estate market may be losing velocity according to local home improvement leader Home Depot. The homeware retailer experienced promising third quarter sales, but warns looming trade tariffs could hike product prices.



American sites ▪ New locations are being cemented all around, as German discount titan Lidl sets up its third store in the US, in New Jersey. Meanwhile, New York City and Washington DC have been confirmed for Amazon's new USD 5 billion split HQ.



Allergy action ▪ In hopes of furthering food allergy solutions Swiss food company Nestlé is throwing more weight behind US-based drug developer Aimmune Therapeutics, bringing its share in the company to 19%. The pharmaceutical group is looking to market a peanut allergy drug in the near future.




Environment conscious


Edible recycling ▪ Dutch discount chain Hema and Swedish health-food focused retailer Ica are both doing their bit to do away with food wastage. Hema has partnered with app Too Good To Go, to provide discounted boxes of food which would otherwise have been binned. Ica has joined forces with start-up Karma, to store excess food in fridges for pickup.



War on waste ▪ The war on plastic has gotten a new recruit, as Welsh fashion retailer Peacock's will be making a total switch to biodegradable bags. The move will be implemented across all of the label's stores this month, with plans to extend the sustainable packaging to its online orders.