The industry is getting ready for the holidays. In the US, department store operator Kohl's targets shoppers with round-the-clock-shopping and clothing retailer Old Navy teams up with a rideshare service. Across the Atlantic, grocer Iceland lives up to its name and turns some aisles into ice rinks in a seasonal stunt. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 12 December 2018





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The industry is getting ready for the holidays. In the US, department store operator Kohl's targets shoppers with round-the-clock-shopping and clothing retailer Old Navy teams up with a rideshare service. Across the Atlantic, grocer Iceland lives up to its name and turns some aisles into ice rinks in a seasonal stunt. Enjoy the read!

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Europe


Mobile payment ▪ Apple Pay, the digital payment service from the eponymous tech giant, is now available in Germany, four years after its debut in the US. Some fifteen banks and services supported the launch. The service will be accepted by many retailers including Aldi, Lidl, Galeria Kaufhof, Kaufland and more.



Developments in Spain ▪ Department store group El Corte Inglés has signed an agreement with Mexican grocer Soriana (in Spanish) to sell its food products in Mexico. Meanwhile, Spanish supermarket chain Dia dropped out of the country's blue-chip index. Its market share has been shrinking.



Takeover chatter ▪ Market rumours that UK supermarket chain Morrisons could be subject to a takeover approach by Amazon saw the grocer's share jump as much as 2.9%. Morrisons has struck wholesale supply deals with the American online giant.



Appetizing debuts ▪ Italian regional cooperative Nova Coop has launched a new superstore in Turin, designed to offer consumers an innovative shopping experience. In Berlin, upscale department store KaDeWe has modernised its 'gourmet world'. Click here for pictures (captions in German).




Asia


Japanese premiere ▪ Walmart has opened its first e-commerce store in Japan in partnership with Tokyo-based online shopping platform Rakuten. The digital Walmart Rakuten Ichiba store will offer a wide variety of American products, including fashion apparel, outdoor goods and toys.



Asian expansion ▪ Danish toymaker Lego has launched its first certified Lego Thailand store in Bangkok. The company says the move is part of the brand’s strategic plan for expanding in the Asian region. The store offers more than 300 Lego toys.




United States


Robots on the rise ▪ Walmart is reportedly experimenting with robots in its kitchens to get hamburger patties grilled. French sporting goods retailer Decathlon deploys them for in-store inventory. However, an analyst warns that USD 2 trillion in annual US wages could be affected by automation and the rise of robots might make coffee obsolete.



Holiday preparations ▪ Clothing retailer Old Navy has teamed with rideshare service Lyft to make Christmas shopping easy and to promote its click-and-collect service. Kohl’s has similar intentions and will stay open for last-minute holiday marathons. The department store operator is also offering free in-store pickup on Christmas Eve.



Home cooking ▪ US consumers prefer to eat dinner at home and are seeking more ways to help them do so according to a survey by online grocer Peapod. Out of 1,000 respondents, 77% said they would rather eat a homemade meal than go out for dinner, and 43% aim to cook more in 2019.




Christmas calling


Shopping on ice ▪ British grocer Iceland has transformed one of its stores into an ice rink in an effort to liven up the chore of festive shopping. The frozen food supermarket’s branch in London’s Stratford was transformed with the help of experts to bring some fun to the Christmas food shopping.



Nerdy shoes ▪ German footwear company Puma is re-releasing its smart shoe from 1986, which then was years ahead. The modern version will feature updated internals yet still retain the styling of the original. Unfortunately, only 86 pairs have been created. They are on offer in Berlin, Tokyo and London.