Lidl continues its distribution centre expansions with a new site in London, and Franprix upgrades its major city offerings. Amazon looks to have a new device underway, and Google is expanding its food services. Meanwhile, Poundland has found a way to get popcorn into the right hands. Enjoy the read and have a great weekend!




Friday, 24 May 2019





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Lidl continues its distribution centre expansions with a new site in London, and Franprix upgrades its major city offerings. Amazon looks to have a new device underway, and Google is expanding its food services. Meanwhile, Poundland has found a way to get popcorn into the right hands. Enjoy the read and have a great weekend!




Europe


New locations ▪ Lidl has purchased a new site in Belvedere, London, in conjunction with its warehouse development goals. The site has 10,890 square feet, and will be developed alongside the German discounter's current distribution centre projects.



Online services ▪ Casino group's Franprix chain is partnering up with e-commerce retailer Cdiscount. The plan is to create an 'enriched customer experience' for consumers in major cities, including a 30 minute delivery service in Paris. Meanwhile Despar Centro Sud in Italy has revealed an online grocery service.



Openings and closings ▪ Russia's X5 retail group has hit a milestone, with its 15,000th store opened. The store in question is a Pyaterochka outlet, located in Zelenograd. Meanwhile, over 500 jobs are in the lurch as retail company Arcadia Group confirms plans to shut 23 stores.




United States


Feeling ok? ▪ Online retailer Amazon is purported to be using technology to get on the wellness train, with signs that a device that can track the user's emotions is on the way. The Alexa-based device would be worn on the wrist, and connect to a smartphone.



Inside look ▪ Canadian clothing retailer Roots has set up shop in Chicago, with a multi-level store designed to give shoppers an immersive brand experience. The store is set up in Roots' signature 'cabin-meets-city-style', and displays the brand's heritage and character. Check out images of the store here.



Software developments ▪ Internet behemoth Google is updating its food ordering services, merging features of Delivery.com with its restaurant browsing functions on Android and iOS. Meanwhile, a new payment solution will see the likes of Home Depot, the Gap, and others offer cash rewards to customers.




Asia Pacific and South Africa


Gambling concerns ▪ Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has been called out by major shareholder Perpetual for its part in the gambling industry. Woolworths has a 75% stake in gambling and hotel major ALH, which Perpetual thinks impacts the retailer's image as a family friendly brand.



Food growth ▪ A new forecast predicts global food growth in the e-commerce sector will triple through 2023, with the Asia Pacific to make up the majority of the numbers. Revenue is expected to reach up to USD 321 billion. Last year China, the US, Japan, the UK, and South Korea saw over 75% of global food e-commerce sales.



Top changes ▪ South African retailer Massmart has hired Mitchell Slape as its new CEO, following the retirement of Guy Hayward. Slape was previously the interim president and CEO of Walmart Japan.




Weird and wonderful


Screen costs ▪ The fact that phones can be distracting is common knowledge, but that lack of concentrating could be costing consumers 41% more when they're shopping for food. Research from the University of Bath has shown that absent minded shoppers spent 41% more on food when using their phone in supermarkets.



Cinema sins ▪ Popcorn is a great big-screen companion, but cinema food comes at a pretty hefty price. UK variety retailer Poundland is offering an alternative, selling GBP 1 bags of popcorn, five times less than the average cinema variety. This offers families a cheaper way to get a full movie experience.