Walmart is pushing ahead in its delivery battle with Amazon, while tech titan Google moves into the online giant's turf with an overhauled e-commerce offering. Across the pond, the Seattle-based powerhouse is ramping up its click & collect service in the UK, and its Chinese counterpart, JD.com, is working on its logistics network. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 15 May 2019





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Walmart is pushing ahead in its delivery battle with Amazon, while tech titan Google moves into the online giant's turf with an overhauled e-commerce offering. Across the pond, the Seattle-based powerhouse is ramping up its click & collect service in the UK, and its Chinese counterpart, JD.com, is working on its logistics network. Enjoy the read!




United States


Logistical efforts ▪ Taking on its nemesis Amazon, Walmart is set to launch free next-day delivery of select items in several markets over the coming months. The world's largest retailer has also joined forces with Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt to introduce a logistics accelerator for start-up tech companies.



Marketplace competition ▪ Google is also challenging Amazon with a revamped e-commerce offering. The search engine will introduce a universal cart across its platform of services. In a personalised shopping experience, consumers can discover and compare products, then check out instantly using their Google account.



Footprint expansion ▪ In a bid to strengthen its position in the US market, German skin care company Beiersdorf, the maker of Nivea, is buying Coppertone, the American sun care brand from chemical giant Bayer for USD 550 million. The latter plans to sell more assets as it seeks to cut debt.



Brand incubator ▪ Supermarket giant Kroger has partnered with private investment firm Lindsay Goldberg to help grow emerging consumer product companies. The two companies will develop one of the largest data-driven investment vehicles focused on consumer brands, called PearlRock Partners.




Europe


In dire straits ▪ With sales sliding and another loss in the first quarter, Spanish retailer Dia is anxiously awaiting some progress in the takeover bid by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman's investment fund. Should it fail to proceed, the embattled company might be forced to file for liquidation.



Delivery decisions ▪ Amazon is launching a new click & collect service in the UK in collaboration with Next, destined to be rolled out to hundreds of the high street retailer's locations. Staying in Britain, Marks & Spencer is investing in specialist fitting technology Texel to cut down returns.



Sustainability matters ▪ Starting in Paris, Carrefour and US waste recycling company TerraCycle are set to test ‘Loop’, an initiative to tackle plastic waste. In Germany hypermarket giant Kaufland is looking to make the world a better place by expanding its value-focused vegan range to support a more conscious product choice.




Asia & Australia


Joining forces ▪ Alibaba rival JD.com has bought a 10% stake in supply chain provider Xinning Logistics to further automate its logistics network. The latter has formed a strategic partnership with the online retailer to develop a big data system and operate 200,000 vehicles by 2020.



Winners and losers ▪ Coles and Woolworths are the worst supermarkets in Australia when it comes to customer satisfaction, according to consumer group Choice, based on 2,800 interviews. Adelaide-based Foodland claims the top spot, and German discounter Aldi ranks amongst the first 5.




Strange but true


Sneaker experience ▪ German sportswear firm Puma is offering shoppers a digital in-store experience throughout the entire purchasing process — from picking up the product to interacting with it. The concept was introduced at Ultra Football, a retail location in Sydney, and will be rolled out to other destinations.



Emoji chocolate ▪ American chocolate maker Hershey’s has decided to make a visual change to its iconic chocolate bar, with a social media-ready makeover for the summer. The bar's brand name will be replaced by popular emoji images, chosen by parents and kids 'to spark conversation'.