Today's issue features a number of sustainability initiatives such as efforts to reduce plastic packaging or source certified seafood. Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés is about to create a 'green space' on one of its stores, and Britain's Coop is launching a delivery service by bike in London. Get inspired and enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 27 March 2019





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Today's issue features a number of sustainability initiatives such as efforts to reduce plastic packaging or source certified seafood. Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés is about to create a 'green space' on one of its stores, and Britain's Coop is launching a delivery service by bike in London. Get inspired and enjoy the read!




Europe


Joining forces ▪ British wholesaler Nisa has signed a deal with garden centre chain Dobbies to supply groceries to 35 of the latter’s stores. The partnership will enable Dobbies to use Nisa’s expertise in various fields and help them establish their 'Foodhall' concept as a one-stop shopping destination.



Delivery decisions ▪ British retail group Co-op is set to introduce a delivery service with electric bikes in the London area, available for shoppers within a four kilometres radius of a test store in Chelsea. In Belgium, French retailer Carrefour has launched its first urban pickup point at an Express location in Brussels.



Changes at the top ▪ Amazon top manager Sunny Jain is leaving the online giant to take up a leading role at the beauty division of Unilever. In Switzerland, Migros has named Ursula Nold as the new president of its administration, which is responsible for strategy across various Swiss cooperatives.




United States


More executive reshuffles ▪ Department store chain J.C. Penney has appointed Bill Wafford as its new CFO. He succeeds Michael Fung. Meanwhile, homeware chain Bed, Bath & Beyond is being targeted by activist investors, who are looking to replace the company's entire 12-person board, along with CEO Steven Temares.



From clicks to bricks ▪ After having tested a few pop-up shops, online furniture retailer Wayfair is set to open its first full-service bricks-and-mortar store in Massachusetts later this year. Shoppers are offered the opportunity to have orders placed for delivery to their home.



Fresh approaches ▪ Value retailer Price Rite Marketplace plans to reopen five stores with an expanded fresh and private label offering. The outlets have been overhauled under their rebranding programme. Meanwhile, San Antonio-based grocer H-E-B has upped its efforts to source certified seafood.




Asia & Australasia


Entering Oceania ▪ South Korean travel retailer Lotte Duty Free expands in to Australia and New Zealand and aims to become the leading operator in the two countries. Payment giant Worldpay is also targeting growth Down Under and has announced plans to open its first two offices in Australia.



Exporting tech ▪ Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has started to test drone delivery services in Indonesia, where it has already launched an online shopping site. Competitor Alibaba is also expanding its business overseas and plans to build large distribution depots in countries such as Malaysia and Belgium.



Robotic harvest ▪ T&G Global, New Zealand's largest apple exporter and a unit of German-headquartered BayWa, has started to use a robot to harvest the fruit from the tree. The company, which developed the technology with US-based partner Abundant Robotics, is delighted to have reached this milestone.




Sustainability matters


Fighting waste ▪ British grocer Tesco has announced it will trial a selection of fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging. Ahold Delhaize's Dutch banner Albert Heijn is pursuing a similar target, and German discounter Netto has reduced the packaging on some of its own label sausage products by 20%.



Garden project ▪ Spanish department store operator El Corte Inglés has partnered with the council in Valladolid to develop a 'vertical garden' on the facade of one of its outlet in the city centre. The project seeks to increase the sustainability of cities through nature-based solutions.