When Aldi arrived in Great Britain nearly three decades ago, the local retail superstars were sure they had nothing to worry about. They got it wrong. Today's issue features an article about how the German discounter changed the way UK consumers shop. Get inspired and keep up to date with all the other developments of our industry. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 06 March 2019





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When Aldi arrived in Great Britain nearly three decades ago, the local retail superstars were sure they had nothing to worry about. They got it wrong. Today's issue features an article about how the German discounter changed the way UK consumers shop. Get inspired and keep up to date with all the other developments of our industry. Enjoy the read!

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Europe


Executive reshuffles ▪ Anheuser-Busch InBev's chairman Olivier Goudet is stepping down from the brewer's board to spend more time as CEO of investment company JAB Holdings. Over in the UK, former Tesco manager John Farrell, who is regarded as a veteran of retail transformation, has been hired by Amazon.



Targeting travellers ▪ Lidl Portugal has opened stores in two of the busiest railway stations in Lisbon with the intention to transform them from simple transit points to spaces where people can spend more time. The German discounter operates 20 outlets in the Greater Lisbon area.


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Solid growth ▪ Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli has reported an organic sales increase of 5.1% to EUR 3.8 billion in full-year 2018 despite a 'challenging market environment'. The group expects the growth trajectory within the same range this year.




United States


Robust performances ▪ US retailer Target impressed the investors with a stellar result for 2018. Investments in stores and digital developments are paying off according to analysts. Department store operator Kohl's also beat the estimates in the fourth quarter as its partnership with Amazon attracts more shoppers.



Format tweaks ▪ Food Lion, a unit of Ahold Delhaize, will invest USD 158 million to remodel 92 stores in South Carolina with the aim of improving customer experience. Meanwhile, supermarket operator Publix plans to include retail pharmacies in its stores in partnership with a Florida health network.



Delivery efforts ▪ New York-headquartered online grocer Freshdirect has extended its reach to Connecticut and launched same-day delivery. Supermarket major Albertsons is set to implement location-sharing device Glympse to enable customers to track their online grocery orders in real time.



Upgraded app ▪ Walmart's Sam’s Club has developed a new scanning technology to make it easier for customers to use its Scan & Go system. Items can be scanned while being placed in carts and paid by mobile app. The high-tech innovation will be tested in the wholesaler's lab store.




Australia


Teaming up Down Under ▪ Supermarket giant Coles has entered a partnership with online giant Ebay to sell more than 4,000 products on the popular shopping site. The retailer has offloaded its hotel and pokies business in Queensland through an AUD 200 million deal with private equity-controlled Australian Venue



Back on track ▪ Australian department store leader Myer has returned to profitability and reported an AUD 38.4 million half-year net profit. Investors welcomed the good news and Myer shares jumped although a bumpy second half is expected.



Transformation information ▪ Wholesaler Metcash has given an update on its five-year plan to overhaul its food, liquor and hardware divisions. The company said that is focussing on smaller stores, fast delivery and pick-up services and ready-to-eat options. 150 small formats are already in the planning.




Worthwhile read


Aldi in Britain ▪ Most people were confident that the German discounter would fail when it entered the British market 30 years ago. Now, nearly two-thirds of households visit an Aldi or Lidl branch at least once every 12 weeks. Read how the discount effect transformed the way UK consumers shop.