Some innovative store concept ideas have caught our attention today - Puma has launched its first flagship in New York, full of virtual surprises. Tiffany celebrates a Hong Kong premiere with an added eatery, while New Zealand's men apparel retailer Rodd & Gunn and Italian furniture brand Giorgetti both debut in London. Get inspired and have a great day.




Tuesday, 03 September 2019





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Some innovative store concept ideas have caught our attention today - Puma has launched its first flagship in New York, full of virtual surprises. Tiffany celebrates a Hong Kong premiere with an added eatery, while New Zealand's men apparel retailer Rodd & Gunn and Italian furniture brand Giorgetti both debut in London. Get inspired and have a great day.




Europe


Fuelling competition ▪ Eurospin will launch five new stores in Malta and plans to add 12 more in total in the near future. The Italian low-cost chain enters a market where Lidl and other multinationals like Spar are already operating. Eurospin runs over 1,000 supermarkets in Italy and 62 in Slovenia, and has over 7,000 employees.



Divesting assets ▪ Campbell Soup will sell its European potato chips business to Irish food producer Valeo Group for about USD 80 million. The sale is the American soupmaker’s latest divestment as it simplifies operations and narrows its focus on snacks and canned soup.



Recycling ideas ▪ In a bid to bolster its ties to the UK grocery market, Amazon has hired Asda's legal chief Alex Simpson, who advised the company on the failed merger with Sainsbury's. Meanwhile, the British Walmart unit aims to encourage clothing recycling with second-hand stores across its network.



British debuts ▪ New Zealand retailer Rodd & Gunn has opened its first-ever European store in London’s posh Mayfair district and plans to step up its overseas expansion. Italian luxury furniture brand Giorgetti has also landed in UK's capital with a shop in South Kensington.




The Americas


Speedy delivery ▪ Walmart's Mexican unit has started offering delivery within three hours for certain home and tech products ordered online, taking another step to challenge rival Amazon. The new service from Walmex applies to about 12,000 products, delivered within Mexico, including laptops.



Private label push ▪ Amazon is increasingly promoting its own brands. Customers in the US will now be offered an alternative Amazon home label product to the selected item on the website. The initiative will fuel the debate over the online giant's handling with sellers on its platforms.



Celebrating sports ▪ Visitors are promised an 'immersive' experience at the Puma flagship store in New York, (including pictures) which has opened recently. The German athletic footwear and apparel brand is converging analogue and digital worlds in a unique way.




Asia & Australia


Breakfast at Tiffany's ▪ The iconic jewellery brand is set to open its largest flagship store in Asia in Hong Kong with the first Blue Box Café outside New York. It features Tiffany's own crockery, including popular tea sets, and will serve a selection of menu offerings.



One for the road ▪ Dutch brewer Heineken offers a unique tasting experience to Australian consumers with the launch of a Beer Drive-Thru that doesn’t break any road rules. The innovative activation allows drivers to try a sample of the brand’s first alcohol-free beer, Heineken 0.0.




Strange but true


Game over ▪ Ikea stores are considered so big that people can get lost. This was put to the test in Scotland with an invitation via Facebook to join the biggest hide and seek event at one of the Swedish giant's Glasgow location. Police were called to guard after over 3,000 teens planned to come and play.



Eating habits ▪ Nearly a third of British consumers believe insects will eventually be part of mainstream human diets according to new research. They reckon that worm burgers and cricket snacks will be commonplace within ten years as the industry is already experimenting with meat-alternatives.