The retail world is not immune to the ‘New Year, New You’ phenomenon that sweeps us all by storm every January, with a big focus on health in today’s edition. Fast-food chain Chipotle is helping consumers keep their resolutions with the launch of ‘lifestyle bowls’, Aldi is cutting sugar and salt and Waitrose is serving up vegan fish fingers. Enjoy the read.




Monday, 07 January 2019





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The retail world is not immune to the ‘New Year, New You’ phenomenon that sweeps us all by storm every January, with a big focus on health in today’s edition. Fast-food chain Chipotle is helping consumers keep their resolutions with the launch of ‘lifestyle bowls’, Aldi is cutting sugar and salt and Waitrose is serving up vegan fish fingers. Enjoy the read.

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Europe


Nutrition first ▪ German discounter Aldi has followed in rival Lidl’s footsteps with a promise to cut sugar and salt from its own-label products, in an effort to promote better food choices. Meanwhile, UK grocer Waitrose is bolstering its vegan food line with the launch of fish-less fingers.



Acquisitions afoot ▪ World Confectionery Group has launched a bid to acquire Spanish chocolate company Natra for EUR 142 million, Kraft Heinz has officially completed its purchase of Primal Kitchen, and UK pharmacy major Boots has acquired health tech company Wiggly-Amps for an undisclosed amount.



Strikes and Showroom ▪ Amazon has started the new year with more industrial action, this time in Spain, as workers fight for better conditions and pay. The online behemoth has also launched Showroom, a visual shopping tool to help users create a living space.



First shot fired ▪ British Grocer Morrison’s has announced it will cut prices on close to 1000 items, as the number-four ranked supermarket fights for market share in the fierce grocery industry.




United States


Tricky times ▪ GameStop’s shares have jumped 12% following the news that a buyer for the struggling video game retailer could be announced next month. Meanwhile, drugstore chain Rite Aid is at risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange as its shares drop below USD 1.



Strategic move ▪ Chipotle has upped the ante with its new range of ‘lifestyle bowls’, which target consumers who follow the popular keto and low-carb diets. The burrito restaurant’s new offerings are only available through its mobile app and website in a bid to increase digital traffic.




Asia


Green thinking ▪ South Korea is really wading into the war on plastic with the government banning major retailers from issuing plastic bags. Starbucks in the region is also supportive of such initiatives with an incentive scheme to encourage customers to bring their own cups.



Tightening regulations ▪ The Indian government is set to crack down on Chinese e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba who exploit a ‘gifting’ tax loophole which gives them an unfair advantage over domestic retailers.



High price ▪ Self-proclaimed ‘Tuna King’ and sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura has paid a record USD 3 million for a giant, 612-pound bluefin tuna at a New Year’s fish auction in Tokyo. Commentators have been quick to weigh in and condemn the fishing of the critically endangered species.




2019 Predictions


Ones to watch ▪ The retail world is constantly evolving with new tech, store spaces and consumer habits changing with vigour. This year will be no different. Get prepared and check out the 21 biggest retail trends to look out for in 2019.



Innovative brands ▪ There’s a new group of forward-thinking brands emerging that are set around the direct-to-consumer model and are set to explode on the brick-and-mortar scene. Check out the likes of Dirty Lemon and Mirror who are doing things a little differently.