Walmart has hit the headlines over a trademark dispute and with its latest delivery initiatives. FedEx gets serious about attracting the e-commerce crowd, Ahold Delhaize’s Food Lion is expanding its grocery pick-up, and 7-Eleven attracts with beaches as delivery hot spots. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola lands an Olympic deal. Enjoy the read!




Tuesday, 25 June 2019





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Walmart has hit the headlines over a trademark dispute and with its latest delivery initiatives. FedEx gets serious about attracting the e-commerce crowd, Ahold Delhaize’s Food Lion is expanding its grocery pick-up, and 7-Eleven attracts with beaches as delivery hot spots. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola lands an Olympic deal. Enjoy the read!




US & Mexico


Trademark infringement ▪ US airline Jetblue has filed a suit against Walmart for using the name Jetblack for its text-based personal shopping service, claiming that it was a “transparent attempt” by the world's largest retailer to capitalize on the goodwill associated with the carrier's trademarks.



Delivery moves ▪ Walmart's Mexican unit started grocery delivery via messaging service WhatsApp, while Sam's Club is expanding into same-day alcohol delivery. Ahold Delhaize’s Food Lion is adding grocery pickup to 105 locations, and FedEx lures online shoppers with two-day express air shipping at ground rates.



Hot spots ▪ 7-Eleven is taking convenience delivery to new heights and will deliver to 2,000 locations, which the retailer has identified as hot spots. They include parks, beaches and concert venues. The service is called '7NOW Pins' and the chief digital manager revealed that customers have asked for it.



Stylist store ▪ Amazon is targeting professional stylists, barbers and aestheticians with its newest beauty site. As a result, shares of a number of specialized cosmetics retailers, including Sally Beauty Holdings and Ulta Beauty, started to slump.




Europe


Takeover attempt ▪ While the executive board of the German wholesaler Metro has discouraged its shareholders from a hasty sale, its bidder, Czech-Slovak investment group EP Global Commerce, is collecting more shares and has opted to buy another 5.4% stake after it first bought a 3.6% stake last year.



Belgian debut ▪ Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has launched its Belgian office in Brasschaat near Antwerp and confirmed that it will open its first three stores in the country before the end of the year. The company aims to operate around 100 outlets in Belgium in the coming years.




Asia & Australia


Plans in India ▪ Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal has sold more shares of the Indian e-commerce platform to Walmart, who acquired the business a year ago. The online retailer is reportedly heading for an initial public offering in the US by 2022, which means that Walmart might be planning an exit from India.



Tech acquisition ▪ Trax, a global technology company based in Singapore, has purchased Shopkick, an American platform that tracks customer behaviour. Its users can earn rewards by watching videos, browsing offers, going to stores or scanning items on shelves. EBay, Unilever and Lego are Shopkick clients.



Profit drop ▪ Australian wholesaler Metcash's full-year underlying profit has fallen 3%, to AUD 210.3 million. Grocery earnings took a hit, while its hardware and liquor business saw growth. The group is optimistic about the progress on key initiatives in the second half of the year.




Future thinking


Beverage deal ▪ Coca-Cola has signed a global agreement with Chinese company Mengniu Dairy to sponsor the Olympic Games until 2032. The deal is said to be worth USD 3 billion. Mengniu claims to be China's biggest dairy, with 40 plants across China, New Zealand and Indonesia.



Prepared foods ▪ Canadian grocer Longo is set to make it easier for customers to create a meal and has launched a pilot in one of its stores in Toronto, where a kiosk serves as a one-stop shop for fresh ingredients. Shoppers can hand-select their produce, meats, starches and garnishes to follow a certain recipe.