German discounter Aldi introduced a pilot store at a Swiss railway station. Meanwhile arch-rival Lidl UK bets on sustainable dairy operations with partner Müller Milk. In the US, Amazon has been crowned the world's most valuable public company, its competitors, however, remain on guard. Enjoy the read!




Tuesday, 08 January 2019





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German discounter Aldi introduced a pilot store at a Swiss railway station. Meanwhile arch-rival Lidl UK bets on sustainable dairy operations with partner Müller Milk. In the US, Amazon has been crowned the world's most valuable public company, its competitors, however, remain on guard. Enjoy the read!

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United States


Upcoming Takeovers ▪ Ahold Delhaize announced that its US banner Stop & Shop will acquire rival King Kullen. The latter, with 37 stores on Long Island, was once the first American supermarket chain. Meanwhile, CVS Pharmacy is set to buy the 20 retail outlets of Ohio-based rival Ritzman Pharmacies.



Challenging Amazon ▪ Supermarket major Kroger has joined forces with Microsoft to develop a futuristic store pilot similar to the online giant's cashierless store, and mega-retailer Walmart is about to introduce its largest grocery pick-up campaign with a series of eye-catching television commercials.



On the top ▪ Amazon, however, has no reason to worry. The online giant, which joined the exclusive USD 1 trillion club last year, continues its stock market dominance and has overtaken Microsoft to become the most valuable publicly-traded company in the US with a number of growth drivers that excite investors.



Survival fights ▪ Activist hedge fund investor Starboard Value LP wants discounter Dollar Tree to sell its underperforming Family Dollar business and proposed changes of the board. Troubled departments store chain Sears and its chairman have been so far unable to save the company from bankruptcy. A decision is due today.




Europe


Raising the bar ▪ Aldi UK, the British arm of the German discounter, enjoyed a sales increase of 10% to almost GBP 1 billion in December, driven by growing demand for its premium ranges. Over in Switzerland, the retailer has introduced a small pilot store at the Lausanne train station. Click here for pictures (captions in German).



Dairy commitment ▪ Aldi competitor Lidl doesn't waste any time in Britain either. The discounter has extended its collaboration with Müller Milk & Ingredients to secure a sustainable end-to-end dairy supply chain, from the grassroots through to the customer, named Grassroots Dairy Partnership.



Delivery pilot ▪ Belgium's Colruyt Group is testing intelligent lockers to offer better parcel delivery services to customers. The so-called Bringme Box is equipped with a large touchscreen. Shoppers will receive a notification from an app when a parcel is delivered to the locker.




Asia


Unthinkable tie-ups ▪ Fierce competitors Amazon and Walmart have come together in India to lobby the government on regulations that threaten to dampen their expansion ambitions, while rival smartphone makers Samsung and Apple have agreed to partner on a deal over movies and TV shows.



Premium platform ▪ Alibaba’s used-goods marketplace, Idle Fish, has opened registration for a new premium channel that allows brands to operate their own official stores on its website. The new channel will offer electronic appliances in the pilot phase, before expanding to other categories.




Cutting edge


Great expectations ▪ The Consumer Electronics Show, the first major global event of the year, is about to kick off in Las Vegas with preview events in advance. Korean consumer electronics major Samsung, for example, is launching a bunch of new robots, which is an entirely new field for the tech giant.



Inspiring women ▪ Innovation and leadership are needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing retail environment. The female executives, which are highlighted in US magazine Chain Store Age's annual report about 'Top 10 Women in Retail Technology' share a record of success that is noteworthy.