Lidl is set to create 500 jobs in Scotland under its new expansion scheme, while Asos employees may not be so lucky. Meanwhile, Tesco is preparing for a line of c-stores in Thailand. Across the water, Amazon and Target prepare for their respective sales days, and Walmart strengthens its supply chain in China. Read, share, and have a great day.




Tuesday, 09 July 2019





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Lidl is set to create 500 jobs in Scotland under its new expansion scheme, while Asos employees may not be so lucky. Meanwhile, Tesco is preparing for a line of c-stores in Thailand. Across the water, Amazon and Target prepare for their respective sales days, and Walmart strengthens its supply chain in China. Read, share, and have a great day.

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Europe and South America


Store expansion ▪ German discounter Lidl has store openings in Scotland underway, with 12 new stores and 500 jobs planned. UK supermarket leader Tesco is looking a little further afield, with plans to open 750 convenience stores in Thailand.



Employment concerns ▪ Jobs are at risk in other areas, with online fashion retailer Asos revealing 100 positions are under threat due to poor sales. Meanwhile, personalised gifts business Moonpig will be cutting 42 jobs as part of a restructure.



Healthy groceries ▪ Super Saudavel, a supermarket dedicated to healthy products, has opened in Brazil. The store is located in São Paulo and offers a predominantly organic range of items, as well as employing a 'clean label' concept to show products to be free from artificial ingredients.




United States


Amazon update ▪ Department store retailer Kohl's is rolling out its partnership with Amazon returns, which allows customers to return the e-tailer's items to Kohl's stores nationwide. Some of the employees at an Amazon warehouse are planning a work stoppage on Prime Day.



Special days ▪ Discounter Target is working on its Deal Days sales. The retailer will be running its own discount extravaganza at the same time as Amazon's Prime Day sales, and has now revealed it will be taking 40% off certain furniture items, and 30% off select appliances, swimwear and more.



Department investments ▪ Walmart is lending significant support to its supply chain in China. The world's biggest retailer is upping its investment in the area to USD 1.2 billion, and aims to build or refurbish upwards of 10 distribution centers in the coming one to two decades.



Tie-dye coffee ▪ Coffee giant Starbucks ups the ante with its elaborate drinks once again, this time with a multi coloured Tie-Dye Frappucino. The photogenic drink follows the same lines as the Instagram favourite Unicorn Frappucino, and will be originally served for five days.




Asia


New opportunities ▪ The entrance of Aldi into Australia's grocery market has had many welcome surprises. In particular the specials aisle is allowing many smaller retailers the chance to stock the German discounter's shelves. Check out an in depth look here.



Food habits ▪ Flavour trends in food retail are being spearheaded by a growing consumer desire for the new and the interesting. According to a recent survey 'New Discoveries' is the top food trend this year, with participants expressing a desire for stronger flavours and greater cultural diversity.




Creative endeavours


Vegan comforts ▪ Convenience stores are synonymous with junk food for most - not so with a new vegan c-store opened in Philadelphia by a husband and wife couple. V Marks the Shop is a store that combines local convenience with an ethical conscience. Check out the story and pictures here.



Recycle boutique ▪ Clothing giant Adidas, in collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney, have created a hooded sweatshirt that is made entirely from recycled clothing. The garment is made using a technology called NuCycl, which involves the liquidation of old cotton clothing to create 'high-quality raw material'.