Retailers are expanding into new locations in today's edition, with Aldi moving into the Chinese market, and Alibaba about to start cloud services in Brazil. Meanwhile, Woolworths and Coles stay ahead of the game in Australia, and supermarkets develop food waste strategies. Read on and feel free to share!




Thursday, 30 May 2019





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Retailers are expanding into new locations in today's edition, with Aldi moving into the Chinese market, and Alibaba about to start cloud services in Brazil. Meanwhile, Woolworths and Coles stay ahead of the game in Australia, and supermarkets develop food waste strategies. Read on and feel free to share!




Europe


Shanghai horizons ▪ Aldi is setting up shop in China for the first time. The German discounter will be opening a location in Shanghai in early June, with another nine stores to follow. Rival Lidl, on the other hand, has quietly dropped plans to go online in the country. Additionally, both discounters are now together worth GBP 344 million more than this time last year.



Ups and downs ▪ Discount chain Poundland has seen its quarterly and half-year sales increase, with a profit rise of GBP 811 million as of March. The retailer has also opened twenty new UK locations, bringing its store count to 875. Jewellery brand Thomas Sabo has less promising news, launching a CVA for its UK business that includes five store closures.



Sharpening up ▪ Department store operator John Lewis Partnership has revealed it will be putting GBP 21 million into the refurbishment of its Queensgate store in Peterborough. The move is part of a larger goal of improving in-store experiences for customers.



Customer reviews ▪ In a recent survey British retailer WHSmith has been labelled the worst store to be found on the UK high street. Criticism was levelled at its service, value for money, and 'cramped and messy' stores. WHSmith is denying the relevance of the survey.




Asia and Australasia


Cloud support ▪ Alibaba is going to be offering cloud computing services in Brazil, as part of its larger plan to help Chinese companies in the country. The next few months will see the e-commerce powerhouse join forces with Brazil's UOL Diveo, the company that will distribute the cloud support.



Keeping ahead ▪ Australia's largest supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, will be using their stores of consumer data to maintain their place in the local market after the entrance of competitor Aldi. The retailers will be able to utilise their analytics investments to keep up discounts and customer experience.




United States


New tricks ▪ Amazon has released a smaller version of the Echo Show, for less than half the price. The device will be available for pre-order on Wednesday. A few new security features have also appeared, including a command that lets users delete Alexa's voice recordings.



Starting up ▪ Entrepreneurs who entered Walmart's Open Call campaign for merchandisers will now know if they've been selected. Meanwhile, Maisonette, a virtual market place for children's clothing has hit the streets, partnering with Nordstrom. Check out pictures of a temporary store here.



Top changes ▪ Homeware brand Bed Bath and Beyond is making some additions to its staff following activist investor pressure. The retailer has appointed four new independent directors, including the former chief merchandising officer and chief marketing officer of Walmart.




Progressive ideas


Waste talks ▪ In the last 20 years the food industry in the UK has risen to GBP 190 billion, and with that figure food waste has likewise grown. Industry leaders are developing strategies to tackle the problem, including Lidl and Sainsburys. Check out a more in-depth discussion here.



Sustainable entrances ▪ UK upmarket grocer Waitrose is set to open its doors to a new feature that will save energy by keeping warm air in in the winter, and cold in the summer. The AirDoor is an 'invisible' door designed by Wirth Research, and features an external archway that can detect airflow.