Shoppers are set to continue their buying spree as the industry enters Cyber Monday, with smooth sales in the US and an increasing presence in Africa – for better or worse. Meanwhile, Amazon has axed a delivery service in London, and Brazil will be exporting meat to China. Read on, and have a great week!




Tuesday, 27 November 2018





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Shoppers are set to continue their buying spree as the industry enters Cyber Monday, with smooth sales in the US and an increasing presence in Africa – for better or worse. Meanwhile, Amazon has axed a delivery service in London, and Brazil will be exporting meat to China. Read on, and have a great week!

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Europe


Ending delivery ▪ Online titan Amazon is axing restaurant deliveries in London. The two year old service was competing with exploding delivery platforms Uber Eats and Deliveroo. There are no plans to cancel the US branch of the resource.



Online moves ▪ UK shoppers are continuing their Black Friday shopping spree with Cyber Monday, and are predicted to spend over GBP 7 billion across the long weekend. Meanwhile, French-based global fashion conglomerate Kering plans to end its third-party e-commerce partnerships and source online retail itself.


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Store openings ▪ Spanish grocery franchise Mercadona is set to open its first Portugal store in 2019, with ten stores planned to open in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, French media retailer Fnac Darty has opened outlets in two Carrefour hypermarkets, with aims for further expansion.



Food charity ▪ UK grocery chain Sainsbury's will be implementing a scheme to aid food banks in a Christmas charity campaign. The supermarket will be labelling items based on their usefulness for donation, encouraging shoppers to purchase items and gift them upon checkout.




US and Canada


Sales success ▪ Cyber Monday is set to break the USA's record for online shopping. While the pressure of online sales has caused widespread technical issues in the past, preparation has prevented major issues this year. Amazon and Target offered no minimum free deliveries, and shares of both companies, among others, have risen.



Active expansion ▪ Canadian exercise wear retailer RYU Apparel has opened a flagship store in New York City. The store is the company's second in the US and 7th overall, with more planned before 2019. The new stores herald the start of hopeful global expansion from the remodelled retailer.



Campus construction ▪ North-American supermarket chain H-E-B has started the construction of a giant warehouse in San Antonio, Texas. The outlet will be the franchise's largest single-built location, and will be operational in 2020. The property site has room for further development, with aims to become a master-planned campus.




Asia and Latin America


Brazilian beef ▪ Brazil-based food retailer Minerva SA has signed partnership agreements with six Chinese companies, including e-commerce leader Alibaba, to export Minerva's frozen beef to the country over five years. Minerva is currently holding 21% of South American beef exports.



Tea time ▪ Malaysian bubble-tea chain Tealive is continuing its global expansion with the first of 500 stores opening in China. The franchise has already seen success in stores opened across Vietnam and Australia. Meanwhile, Don't Yell At Me – a tea shop from Taiwan – has opened its first non-local store in Hong Kong.




Africa


E-commerce venture ▪ French conglomerate Carrefour and goods retailer CFAO have partnered with Africa's leading e-commerce platform Jumia. The venture will attempt to make CFAO products available online to all consumers at reasonable prices in participating locations across Africa.



Stressed sales ▪ Black Friday has gained traction in Africa, however that may not be a good thing, with credit card transactions accelerating to twice the daily average, although discount percentages are lower as in the US and thus are rather regular sales.