Retailers and their sustainability efforts are making waves in today's edition, with Aldi partnering with a plastic recycler, and Walmart set to release a low-priced tablet. Amazon shows promise for rural retail and JD.com keeps everyone on their toes. Meanwhile, check out Tesco's latest approach to tackle food waste. Enjoy the read and have a great day!




Thursday, 14 March 2019





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Retailers and their sustainability efforts are making waves in today's edition, with Aldi partnering with a plastic recycler, and Walmart set to release a low-priced tablet. Amazon shows promise for rural retail and JD.com keeps everyone on their toes. Meanwhile, check out Tesco's latest approach to tackle food waste. Enjoy the read and have a great day!




Europe


Going green ▪ German discounter Aldi has joined hands with start-up recycler Plastic Bank, to build waste collection points in locations without current infrastructure. The retailer's Italy branch is opening two new stores in the country, both with an environmental component. Meanwhile, arch-rival Lidl is investing in its electric vehicle charging network.



Creating opportunities ▪ The founders of discount retailer Poundworld are set to create 1,000 jobs with the opening of their new venture, discount chain One Below. The first store opened in West Yorkshire, and 50 locations are planned for the rest of the year.



Sustainability matters ▪ Dairy giant Friesland Campina has revealed that plans for a sustainable dairy processing plant is in the works. Meanwhile, Danish grocer Coop is underway with a project to halve the pesticide residue left in its fruit and vegetables.



Big spender ▪ Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona is doubling down on its transformation goals, revealing it raised the figure by 50% to EUR 1.5 billion in 2018. It plans to invest a further EUR 2.3 billion this year in new stores and renovations.




United States


Tablet time ▪ Retail leader Walmart is putting out a tablet through its ONN store brand. The tablet will be child-friendly and affordably priced, and will employ Google's Android operating system. It will be manufactured in China, and an exact price and release date has yet to be confirmed.



Amazon update ▪ The e-commerce titan has conducted a new study with the US Chamber of Commerce that shows digitisation could help rural retailers. The company's accelerator program has also purportedly released a new line of private label skin-care.



Innovative sale ▪ Retail giant Kroger is selling its digital coupon company You Technology to analytics provider Inmar in a USD 565 million move. The deal includes a long term agreement, which will see the companies create 'a more cost-effective, enhanced product set'.




Asia


Online pressure ▪ E-retailer and Alibaba competitor JD.com has joined with Fung Retailing Group to roll out AI checkout technology in a first for Hong Kong. Meanwhile, JD.com employees have revealed they are being pressured to work 12 hour days as e-commerce competition rises.



Fashion moves ▪ Chinese street fashion label INXX is moving into the US with an online store. The label is aiming for largescale expansion, while keeping its own identity. In Tokyo, British luxury fashion retailer Dunhill has opened a menswear store in Japanese iconic department store Isetan.




Unusual and remarkable


Recycled gin ▪ In a first for the UK, supermarket chain Tesco has revealed it is rolling out a new line of gin made from tossed out grapes. The unique drink, called Hyke, tackles food waste as well as innovation, and will hit shelves on 18 March.



Pet choices ▪ The Polish branch of French multinational Carrefour is gearing up for its own brand of organic pet food. The line will include wet and dry food, and is part of the retailer's Carrefour Bio range. There will also be vegan options for cats and dogs.