Some inspiring innovations popping up in the retail world today. Walmart’s new range of modern-aesthetic furnishing and décor is available online. Television shopping network QVC is developing a mobile app to compete in the online world. And if you fancy a chuckle, check out the Valentine’s Day offerings from Marks & Spencer and Edible Arrangements. Enjoy the read and have a great week.




Monday, 11 February 2019





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Some inspiring innovations popping up in the retail world today. Walmart’s new range of modern-aesthetic furnishing and décor is available online. Television shopping network QVC is developing a mobile app to compete in the online world. And if you fancy a chuckle, check out the Valentine’s Day offerings from Marks & Spencer and Edible Arrangements. Enjoy the read and have a great week.

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United States


Power of the people ▪ Amazon is facing furious public opposition over its planned headquarters in New York. Locals are fuming about the USD 3 billion in tax breaks offered to the online behemoth, who is now reportedly rethinking the Queens location.



New blood ▪ Lidl has announced Roman Heini as the chairman of its United States operation. The appointment highlights the German discounter’s commitment to its investment in the country, where it currently operates over 60 stores.



Couches and criminals ▪ Walmart is upping its home goods game with the launch of MoDRN, a contemporary home brand available online only. Meanwhile, the racketeering lawsuit brought against the retail giant accusing them of extorting shoplifters has been dismissed.



Moving with the times ▪ American home shopping channel QVC is modernising its strategy to tap into mobile purchasing. The company has launched an app that offers customised, on-demand, shoppable videos with links to buying the items.




Europe


Poaching and prizes ▪ Aldi has lost its marketing director Adam Zavalis to pharmacy chain Boots, who recruited him as their new director of brand and communications. Meanwhile, the German discount giant has come up trumps as the 2019 Product of the Year Awards, taking out the top spots in the bread, wine and vegetarian categories.



Accelerated growth ▪ French cosmetics major L'Oréal is celebrating following its strongest sales growth in over 10 years. The growth has largely been attributed to its success in the Asia-Pacific region, where like-for-like sales grew by over 24%.



Green thinking ▪ Global brewer Carlsberg Group is closing in on its sustainability targets with a reduction in carbon emissions and water consumption by 20% and 9% respectively and boasts 46% of power consumption from renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, a new report from Rabobank predicts plastic packaging manufacturers are likely to partner with recycling groups to develop sustainable outcomes.




Asia & Australasia


Sweet deal ▪ Australia’s Mackay Sugar has sold 70% of its company to German sugar refiner Nordzucker. The purchase allows Nordzucker to extend its reach beyond the depressed European markets and access commerce in the southern hemisphere.



Dreaming streaming ▪ Alibaba reportedly has dreams on turning its online streaming platform Youku into China’s version of Netflix. The e-commerce giant is focusing on original content creation and gathering active users as it quietly takes on rivals Tencent and Baidu.




Weird and wonderful


Valentine’s Day ▪ With Americans set to spend a record amount this year, retailers have upped the ante this February with a range of downright bizarre loved-up products to cash in on the romance season. Marks & Spencer have launched a heart-shaped, bacon-wrapped ‘love sausage’ and Edible Arrangements have gone next level with the inclusion of pickle, salami and beef jerky bouquets.



Lucrative hustle ▪ American entrepreneurs are bringing the age-old idea of buying something cheap and selling it for more into the online era. Retail arbitrage is becoming a profitable side business for many, with one couple estimating an annual income of USD 150,000.