Amazon is active across all continents - partnering with Germany's Volkswagen, expanding into brick-mortar in India, and developing an art-inspired storefront in its home country. Meanwhile, Ahold Delhaize, its Dutch unit Albert Heijn and convenience giant 7-Eleven are set to improve their performances with technical support. Enjoy the read!




Thursday, 28 March 2019





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Amazon is active across all continents - partnering with Germany's Volkswagen, expanding into brick-mortar in India, and developing an art-inspired storefront in its home country. Meanwhile, Ahold Delhaize, its Dutch unit Albert Heijn and convenience giant 7-Eleven are set to improve their performances with technical support. Enjoy the read!




Europe


Sustainable ambitions ▪ Lidl wants to open 31 new stores with reduced energy and water consumption in Romania and has signed a loan agreement of EUR 100 million with Credit Agricole. In the UK, the discounter has announced to roll out its 'too good to waste' fruit and vegetable initiative to all stores.



Robotic trial ▪ Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn has introduced its new delivery robot, developed by Swiss company Teleretail, at a conference in Amsterdam. It will be trialled with customers as part of a pilot programme and is equipped with a virtual map and sensors to avoid obstacles.



Global alliance ▪ German carmaker Volkswagen and Amazon have agreed on a strategic partnership to create an industrial cloud for the former’s 122 facilities, with the intention of making the platform available to others and 'reinvent' manufacturing and logistics processes.



Crunching numbers ▪ Switzerland's Migros has posted a 1.4% increase in sales to EUR 25.35 billion for fiscal 2018. The group has opened 26 new branches last year, lifting its store count to a total of 727 outlets. It also reported a 6.9% increase in online sales to EUR 1.88 billion.




US & Canada


Technical makeovers ▪ Ahold Delhaize USA plans to improve the supply chain across its various banners with a forecasting and replenishment system, developed by Relex Solutions. Meanwhile, convenience store giant 7-Eleven has unveiled a 'test lab' at a Dallas location, where shoppers can experience the retailer's latest innovations.



Strong performance ▪ Canadian apparel retailer Lululemon beat the estimates with Q4 earnings. Net income rose to USD 218.5 million. The company's profitability in Asia and Australia has offset the operating loss in Europe, where it currently has 21 stores.



Targeting music lovers ▪ Amazon is eyeing the upcoming Coachella Festival in California to open a festival-inspired storefront that gives customers the ability to order goods for the event. The store features an array of items, approved by the organisers.



Strong grocers ▪ More than 17 million square feet of store space has been added in the United States, according to a 2019 report. Florida, California and Texas were the hot spots of expansion due to local market leaders such as Publix, Sprouts Farmers Market and Aldi, which opened 82 stores last year.




Asia & Australia


Offline push ▪ Amazon is expanding its brick-and-mortar presence in India, where only one-third of the population has access to the Internet. The online giant is reportedly looking to open more Amazon Kiosks and wants to make its payment service available in stores like Shoppers Stop.



Think big ▪ Officeworks, a unit of Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, has opened what it calls the world's largest office supplies store where customers can test pens, paint and office chairs while experimenting with voice technology and home automation. Launched in Victoria, it offers a range of 35,000 products.




Insider insight


British concerns ▪ Helen Dickinson is the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium. Read here what she has to say about the government's performance surrounding the Brexit lately and what other issues the retail industry is facing since she took the helm six years ago.