Ambitious expansion plans innovative formats and competitive strategies are featured today. China's Xiaomi is set to launch 10,000 outlets in India, X5 Retail teams up to develop its store network. Primark and Hennes & Mauritz are making headlines in Britain with their latest formats while hyper-specialist shops in Berlin grabbed our attention. Enjoy the read!




Tuesday, 30 April 2019





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Ambitious expansion plans innovative formats and competitive strategies are featured today. China's Xiaomi is set to launch 10,000 outlets in India, X5 Retail teams up to develop its store network. Primark and Hennes & Mauritz are making headlines in Britain with their latest formats while hyper-specialist shops in Berlin grabbed our attention. Enjoy the read!

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The Americas


Online efforts ▪ Brazilian retailer Magazine Luiza has agreed to buy online retailer Netshoes to compete in the growing e-commerce market in Brazil and challenge Amazon. Last week, Magazine Luiza has announced that it will be selling books online, which could be picked up in one of its almost 1,000 stores.



Paving the way ▪ Amazon has started with preparations for the opening of its second headquarter in June. The company said that it had leased office space in Virginia and posted several jobs. The online giant is also testing a Spanish-language Alexa in the US to get a better understanding of word choice and local humour.



Going public ▪ Chewy.com, the online pet product retailer owned by Petsmart, is about to prepare for an initial public offering. The move comes two years after Petsmart paid over USD 3 billion to acquire the e-commerce company to establish a robust online presence that supplemented its store footprint.




Europe


Growth plans ▪ Russian grocer X5 Retail Group has teamed with wholesale supplier RITM-2000 to open 85 stores across central Russia. The partnership could help the retailer to combine organic growth with mergers. In Italy, Despar Italia wants to open 50 new outlets this year and plans a number of renovations (paywall).



Digital experiments ▪ Britain's Sainsbury’s has begun trialling a till-free grocery store in its Holborn outlet, allowing customers to pay through their phone, while the grocer’s sister company Argos launched its first self-service store in Dulwich. Shoppers can pay via in-store tablets before picking up their order.




Asia & Australia


Fresh competition ▪ Chinese online powerhouse JD.com plans to spend about USD 965.8 million in Thailand to boost its fresh food business. The company wants to import huge quantities of fruits that are popular in China, in a partnership with supermarket chain Yonghui. Rival Alibaba is also stepping up the offering of fresh food.



Indian ventures ▪ Tablez, the retail arm of Lulu Group International, will launch the first Go Sport showroom in Mumbai next month, followed by another one in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi wants to open 10,000 outlets in India, where it started as an online brand five years ago.



Developments Down Under ▪ Australian supermarket major Coles has reported solid results in the third quarter, helped by higher food prices and a toy giveaway programme. The grocer, who sees a 'split in consumers', wants to expand its online offering, as well as implementing new store formats.




Picture Gallery


Flagships in Britain ▪ Sweden's H&M has launched a new homeware concept store in London, calling it a 'dynamic and inspiring customer experience', and Irish fast fashion retailer Primark thinks big in Birmingham, where it has opened its largest store with a beauty salon and gastronomy areas (German text and captions).



Hyper-specialists in Berlin ▪ One shop sells nothing but buttons, another sells only liquorice, and the third is ‘the world’s first textile butcher shop’. In the age of Amazon, it seems the way to thrive is to specialise, says British newspaper the Guardian, and takes a closer look at the speciality offers in Germany's capital.