Quirky happenings in the retail world have grabbed our attention today. Lidl has opened a garden pop-up store, prominent animal rights group Peta are buying shares in fashion firms to influence decision-making, and embattled pizza chain Papa Johns has a famous new front-man. Enjoy the read.




Monday, 25 March 2019





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Quirky happenings in the retail world have grabbed our attention today. Lidl has opened a garden pop-up store, prominent animal rights group Peta are buying shares in fashion firms to influence decision-making, and embattled pizza chain Papa Johns has a famous new front-man. Enjoy the read.




United States


Market challenge ▪ Amazon is making a play into the USD 129 billion mobile advertising game, posing a serious threat to front-runners Google and Facebook. The e-commerce giant has been trialling video ads through its shopping app on Apple devices, with plans to roll out to Android platforms later this year.



Seizing opportunities ▪ Walmart is calling all US entrepreneurs to join them for a two-day 'Open Call' event where would-be suppliers can show off their wares. Meanwhile, the retail powerhouse has the rumour mill pumping with speculation it could be delving into a game streaming service.



Bouncing back ▪ Iconic jewellery brand Tiffany’s has seen its shares jump more than 3% as CEO Alessandro Bogliolo pushes global growth opportunities. Meanwhile, beset pizza chain Papa John’s is working to repair its image with retired NBA player Shaquille O’Neal both investing in and fronting the brand.



Customer complaints ▪ Tyson Foods have been forced to recall nearly 70,000 pounds of its chicken strips after consumers identified metal in the food items. This is the second recall for the self-proclaimed protein leader this year, after rubber was found in their chicken nuggets in January.




Europe


Exciting projects ▪ German retailer Lidl has opened its own Garden of Eden, with the opening of a pop-up shop in Belgium, exhibiting the retailer’s range of garden equipment. Rivals discounters Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have announced a water conservation project that aims to sustainably use water and reduce pesticides in produce production.



Dismal outlook ▪ In a further bid to get their merger approved, British supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Asda agreed in principle to sell up to 150 stores. The number falls well short of what the competition regulator has asked for with the grocers claiming what is being proposed ‘appears to have been designed to be impossible to implement.’



Cash injection ▪ Plagued department stable Debenhams has received a GBP 200 million lifeline giving the retailer some breathing room from a takeover campaign launched by Mike Ashley and Sports Direct. The 206-year-old retailers is looking to restructure its business.




Asia & Australasia


Celebrating investment ▪ Alibaba has combined with Tencent and various carmakers to establish a USD 1.5 billion ride-hailing company in China. The market for such a transport service in the country is worth USD 23 billion. The e-commerce behemoth has also purchased Israeli augmented reality company InfinityAR for an estimated USD 10 million.



Expansion plans ▪ Australian-based stationery icon Smiggle is going from strength-to-strength with half yearly sales reaching AUS 178 million and plans for rapid expansion across Asia. Brother company Peter Alexander also enjoyed a sales increase of 14% and expects to open a total of 9 new stores this year.




Strange but true


Buying influence ▪ Animal rights group Peta have gone on a spending spree, buying up shares in clothing companies so they can influence garment design. The infamous activist group has purchased shares in UK retailer Boohoo in an attempt to ban the sale of wool clothing, and jean giant Levi’s to influence the use of leather.



Copycats caught ▪ Chinese police have brought down a massive counterfeiting ring in China thought to have cashed in USD 15 million on fake luxury branded products. More than 4000 pirated goods were seized, 32 people arrested, and two production plants shut down.