America still seems to be a land of endless opportunity. Amazon wants to go into orbit, while its rivals plan to stay on earth to improve their delivery options. Across the Atlantic, online supermarket Ocado suffered a sales loss and Sainsbury's is not allowed to merge with Asda for the next ten years. Enjoy the read and have a great day!




Wednesday, 10 July 2019





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America still seems to be a land of endless opportunity. Amazon wants to go into orbit, while its rivals plan to stay on earth to improve their delivery options. Across the Atlantic, online supermarket Ocado suffered a sales loss and Sainsbury's is not allowed to merge with Asda for the next ten years. Enjoy the read and have a great day!

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Europe


Fighting fire ▪ Britain's Ocado suffered a half-year loss of GBP 143 million, revealing that the fire at its hi-tech warehouse in Andover cost more than GBP 100 million. Marks & Spencer, which has partnered with the online grocer, aims to grow its food business to GBP 6 billion through the joint venture.



Merger ban ▪ The British competition watchdog has blocked supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda from teaming up for the next ten years. The decision comes after the CMA blocked the GBP 12 billion merger proposal. It has also been ruled out Asda parent Walmart from buying a stake in any of the Big 4 grocers in Britain.



Overseas expansion ▪ French multinational Lactalis is set to grow in the US after acquiring the Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy, the US yoghurt business of Germany-based dairy company Ehrmann. The deal is Lactalis' fourth purchase in America. The company has eight factories and more than 2,400 employees in the country.




US & Canada


Space adventure ▪ Amazon wants to launch over three thousand satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide global broadband internet from space. More down to earth is pop sensation Lady Gaga's announcement that she will be offering a line of beauty products exclusively on Amazon to boost the online giant's cosmetics business.



Delivery efforts ▪ Walmart is about to open its largest stand-alone pickup and delivery centre in Illinois, subsidiary Sam's Club has rolled out its pickup service nationwide, and rival Giant Food will offer its curbside service across the Mid-Atlantic. Meanwhile, online crafts marketplace Etsy is easing free shipping for sellers.



Store ideas ▪ Department store operator Macy's bets on recreational activities by adding Outdoor Story shops to 36 locations nationwide. Home furnishings retailer Crate & Barrel targets diners with the launch of its first-ever full-service restaurant, 'The Table at Crate', in its Illinois store.



Improving accessibility ▪ Supermarket giant Albertsons wants to make its online shopping more accessible for shoppers with disabilities. The initiative follows a structured negotiation settlement between the grocer and several visually impaired customers.




Asia & Australasia


Growing in Vietnam ▪ Thai retailer Central Group is planning to expand its Big C supermarket business in Vietnam and will invest USD 30 million on overhauling thirteen of the chain's 34 outlets in the Southeast Asian country. The company is also in the process of restructuring its garment sector.



Snack deal ▪ Philippine food business conglomerate Universal Robina has sold a 40% stake to Europe-based Intersnack Group. The latter aims to boost its operations in the Oceania snack food market. The acquisition involves URC’s consolidated businesses in Australia and New Zealand.



Fresh appeal ▪ Apple is revamping its Australian store network with a new layout. Eight of the retailer’s 22 stores will be redesigned with upgraded signage and display changes, showing which products work in certain environments – work, home and on the go.




Inspiring read


American transparency ▪ As part of an annual summer tour, organised by Lebensmittel Zeitung, editor Mathias Himberg visited Google's HQ in California, where he talked to Daniel Alegre, President for Strategic Partnerships, about online and offline retailing, voice-controlled systems and a lot more.