Partnerships are underway in today's edition, with Ikea joining hands with Sonos for a line of speakers, and Carrefour Brasil partnering with a delivery app. Walmart weeds out Amazon competition in Mexico, and JD.com stretches workers to the limit to cut costs. Meanwhile, Tesco puts something unexpected in its meat selection.




Tuesday, 09 April 2019





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Partnerships are underway in today's edition, with Ikea joining hands with Sonos for a line of speakers, and Carrefour Brasil partnering with a delivery app. Walmart weeds out Amazon competition in Mexico, and JD.com stretches workers to the limit to cut costs. Meanwhile, Tesco puts something unexpected in its meat selection.

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Europe


Speaking up ▪ Furniture giant Ikea is partnering with electronics company Sonos to release a USD 99 bookshelf speaker, among others. The products will be part of a new range of connected speakers, and are designed to blend into their surroundings.



Sell and deliver ▪ French retail conglomerate Carrefour's Brasil leg will be joining hands with delivery app Rappi. The partnership will see Carrefour and Rappi deliver and sell items at supermarket prices, with an 'express', 35 minute time limit and an hour long 'supermarket' version.



Successful endeavours ▪ Dutch retailer Bol.com has slid into the top spot in the Netherland's retail rankings once again, beating competitor Albert Heijn. Fellow Dutch retail leader Jumbo is about to open a new 5,000 square-metre distribution centre for flowers for its bouquet business.



Environmental action ▪ Two big names are keeping up their environmental practices, with German discount major Aldi revealing a commitment to make 100% of its packing recyclable by 2025 in US stores. Confectionary giant Nestlé has prioritised waste recycling as an 'urgent' matter for the company.




United States and Mexico


Supply and demand ▪ World retail leader Walmart is maintaining its supremacy in the critical Mexico market, with Walmart Mexico discouraging suppliers from working with Amazon. Meanwhile, new information shows a return policy for Amazon packages could be benefitting retailer Kohl's.



Chain revivals ▪ Former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert is eyeing up assets formerly owned by the department store giant - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. Meanwhile, family entertainment and restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese is open for public business in the US again after a five year absence.




Asia


Moving out ▪ Online titan Alibaba's babycare business Babytree is branching out to global markets, with a view to target growing internet use, as well as domestic second child rates. It plans to grow its international revenue over a three year period.



Wage cuts ▪ E-commerce retailer and Alibaba rival JD.com is sparking outrage and encouraging overwork after trialling the absence of a base pay for its delivery drivers as a cost cutting measure. In areas where the trial has been ongoing estimates are that workers will suffer a 15-20% reduction in pay.



Fast franchises ▪ Tea business Kun Thai Tea has appointed food service industry veteran Amelia Fransisca as master franchise holder for its Indonesian business. Meanwhile, Philippines restaurant chain retailer Shakey’s Pizza Asia is taking over domestic franchise Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken.




Weird and Wonderful


Refreshing organics ▪ Health and lifestyle drink company, New Age Beverages, has skyrocketed in share value after a national distribution deal with Walmart. The store's Marley Mate brand of organic teas and coffee will be sold on Walmart shelves in three flavours.



Right aisle! ▪ UK grocer Tesco is pushing the animal friendly package in recent news, with vegan non-meat alternatives to be sold in the meat aisles. The move will happen at larger Tesco stores, and reflects the grocer's response to changing consumer habits.