Big names are setting the pace in today's edition, with Lidl expanding in Serbia, and Aldi getting friendly with influencers. Amazon is keeping Alexa users up to date, and Walmart ups its game with in-store technology. Meanwhile, German retailers pave the way for start-ups. Read, share, and enjoy your Wednesday.




Wednesday, 10 April 2019





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Big names are setting the pace in today's edition, with Lidl expanding in Serbia, and Aldi getting friendly with influencers. Amazon is keeping Alexa users up to date, and Walmart ups its game with in-store technology. Meanwhile, German retailers pave the way for start-ups. Read, share, and enjoy your Wednesday.

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Europe


Lidl developments ▪ The budget range titan is pressing expansion in Serbia, opening its sixth Belgrade store. Lidl has been in the country for six months, and by April 11 will have 27 outlets. The grocer is also reducing its minimum store size requirements for London stores (paywall).



Aldi update ▪ The German discount giant is making gains, with Aldi Nord revealing it will be implementing procurement and supply chain software SAP Ariba. Aldi Süd has announced that it will be working with five social media influencers under the new 'Aldifamily' group.



Pushing forward ▪ French multinational Carrefour has revealed a partnership between pharmacy business Medi-Market Group and Carrefour Belgium to offer pharmaceutical services in its outlets. Carrefour Kenya is also making moves, with a view to becoming the second largest retailer in the country.




United States


Utilising resources ▪ Amazon is capitalising on the popularity of its Alexa 'Flash Briefing' headline news feature, revealing an addition that will deliver longer form news coverage upon demand. The e-commerce leader is also purportedly working with straight to customer shipping in select US markets.



Walmart advantage ▪ The retail giant is getting the jump on the tech game and rival Amazon, with new innovations including in-store robots. Customers will be able to make use of Pickup Towers when quickly collecting online orders, with cleaner bots taking over from human labour.



Targeted moves ▪ Discounter Target is extending its curbside pickup services to include more stores. The service, Target Drive Up is now featured in over 1,100 Target stores. Grocery chain Whole Foods has opened its 500th store in grand style, featuring four in-store eateries.




Asia and Australasia


Ahead of the curve ▪ Asia-pacific soft drink retailer Coca-Cola Amatil is eyeing up a potential nest of start-up investments in Indonesia. Meanwhile, Australian supermarket leader Woolworths is rolling out two-hour delivery from six Brisbane stores.



Convenient solutions ▪ Japanese c-store chain Family Mart is continuing its efforts to stay ahead of the country's labour shortage, trialling a change to its 24 hour format. Competitor Seven-Eleven is opening stores in Okinawa, the last remaining prefecture in Japan where it doesn't have a presence.



Market moves ▪ Chinese tech massive Tencent has released its online games store, WeGame X, internationally. However, with only 17 titles to its name it isn't giving rivals cause for concern. Tencent is also attempting to steer its way into the driverless car market, which is currently dominated by multinational Baidu.




Take a look


Starting up! ▪ Start-ups are the word here. The largest German food retailer, Edeka, is promoting young entrepreneurs with its Foodstarter app. While other retail majors such as Rewe group, Metro, and Aldi are making their own developments. Check out what some of these innovations look like (picture gallery, in German).



Cuckoo coffee ▪ The seaside city of Da Nang in Vietnam has gotten a new showpiece with a Cuckoo clock inspired coffee shop, architectured by design firm Tropical Space. The shop, Cuckoo House, features a ground story open plan coffee space, with a house on top. Check it out here (images included).