It's all about finding the right strategy to excel overseas today, with German discounter Lidl setting dates for a number of store openings on America's East Coast. International retailer Spar has revealed a new approach for the challenging market in South Africa, and Amazon is locked in a tight competition with its Japanese counterpart. Read on and feel free to share!




Wednesday, 01 May 2019





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It's all about finding the right strategy to excel overseas today, with German discounter Lidl setting dates for a number of store openings on America's East Coast. International retailer Spar has revealed a new approach for the challenging market in South Africa, and Amazon is locked in a tight competition with its Japanese counterpart. Read on and feel free to share!

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United States


Debut date ▪ More than a year after acquiring regional supermarket chain Best Market, Lidl US plans to open its first stores in New York's Long Island area in early 2020. It will be the first of several waves of store openings in the region, including brand-new locations as well as converted Best Market outlets.



Delivery decisions ▪ Carmaker Ford has teamed up with Amazon to allow members to deliver packages to parked cars of Prime members when they are not at home. US grocer Wegmans is delivering meals from select stores through a partnership with last-mile delivery platform DoorDash.



Future investment ▪ Pennsylvania-based grocer Weis Markets has announced capital spending of USD 109 million to remodel stores, improve its supply chain and upgrade its information technology. The company will also continue its online expansion, particularly curbside pickup.




Europe


Selling sites ▪ Following the footsteps of competitor Casino, French supermarket operator Auchan has decided to sell 21 locations in France, claiming tough business conditions as well as poor results. The move could cause job losses if no suitable buyer shows up.



Fresh approaches ▪ Tesco plans to offer its Clubcard holders up to 50% discounts as part of its 100th birthday celebrations in May. The British supermarket star has also announced a new partnership with fruit and vegetable company Greenyard to increase the fresh supply volume.



More alliances ▪ Russia's X5 Retail has teamed up with e-commerce firm Ozon, which will see the installation of around 2,000 parcel lockers and 2,000 pick-up points in the retailer's Pyaterochka stores. The company regards the partnership as an important step to develop its omnichannel platform.




Asia


Tight competition ▪ Amazon might be very successful in its home country, but in Japan it's a different story. Here, the online behemoth from Seattle battles e-commerce major Rakuten for market share. Click here for a video clip to see how the two giants compete.



Bidder shortlist ▪ German wholesaler Metro has picked a vegetable start-up, supermarket operator Wumat and grocery chain Yonghui to make second-round offers for Metro's USD 1.5 billion Chinese food business. Bids are expected to be submitted by the end of this month or early June.



Store openings ▪ Sporting retailer Decathlon has launched its first store in Vietnam (includes pictures). The mega outlet in Hanoi offers more than 14,000 items, and cosmetics giant LVMH Sephora has confirmed its return to brick-and-mortar retailing in Hong Kong and plans to open eight stores in the city.




Africa & Latin America


Challenging conditions ▪ Spar South Africa has developed a new growth strategy for the demanding market in the African country. Health and wellness, convenience, food waste reduction and local product sourcing have been identified as key focus areas, as well as changing customer needs.



Lucrative market ▪ China’s Huawei Technologies started another attempt to broaden its footprint in Brazil, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone market. The company has partnered with local retailers to sell its flagship smartphones and claims to be seeing tremendous brand momentum in the Latin American country.