Meatless alternatives continue to be a hot topic with Kroger launching its own plant-based line and meat giant Tyson investing in a shrimp company. Across the Atlantic, Dutch retailer Albert Heijn is testing 'grab and go' experience and some inspiring store concepts in Germany have caught our attention. Check them out and have a great weekend!




Friday, 06 September 2019





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Meatless alternatives continue to be a hot topic with Kroger launching its own plant-based line and meat giant Tyson investing in a shrimp company. Across the Atlantic, Dutch retailer Albert Heijn is testing 'grab and go' experience and some inspiring store concepts in Germany have caught our attention. Check them out and have a great weekend!




Europe


French team ▪ Decathlon boosts its cycling and online game at once. The French multinational sportswear retailer has acquired a majority stake in cycling e-commerce platform Alltricks, founded by former mountain bike champion Gary Anssens. A seamless application network is part of Decathlon's growth strategy.



Dutch pilot ▪ Albert Heijn has announced that it will test a mobile digital store, designed to offer customers a 'grab and go' experience. The Dutch retailer has partnered with a software firm and a financial services company to develop the technology and payment solution for the pilot.



German concept ▪ Rewe retailer Ruscher has opened a supermarket in a picturesque former cotton factory in a small Saxony village. The store offers premium convenience and a well-assorted range of beverages to attract affluent shoppers. Click here for pictures (captions in German).




US & Canada


Veggie hype ▪ The ever-growing appetite for plant-based meat alternatives has prompted supermarket major Kroger to launch its own line of meatless burger patties and meat giant Tyson Foods to invest in start-up New Wave, which will debut with shrimps made from seaweed, soy protein and natural flavours.



Fighting gun violence ▪ Walgreens Boots Alliance, CVS Health and supermarket chain Wegmans are following Walmart's lead and have announced to ask their shoppers to no longer openly carry firearms in their stores. The changes come amid an effort to reduce gun violence following mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.



Allocating costs ▪ New tariffs on consumer goods from China are putting pressure on US retailers. Discounter Target has already sent a letter to its suppliers to absorb increased costs so consumers wouldn't be affected. Other companies are diversifying supply chains to countries outside of China.




Asia & Australia


Modest improvement ▪ Myer's focus on cutting costs and shrinking stores has rewarded the Australian department store with its first profit growth in nine years, sending its shares up. However, the company prepares for a challenging year ahead and expects to close more of its stores.



Worldwide appeal ▪ New Zealand grower T&G is looking to replicate the global success of its premium apple brands Jazz and Envy in the grape category. Under the label Orchard Rd, launched in 2018, premium grapes are already available across Southeast Asia and will soon be delivered to China.



Dazzling environment ▪ The new Sephora store in Hong Kong offers a phygital experience, which means it merges digital and physical points to engage with the customer with plenty of technology and bright spaces to interact rather than just present a range of products.




Weird and wonderful


Mama stations ▪ Walmart is making shopping easier for moms who need to breastfeed by installing Mamava lactation pods in some stores. They are free-standing lactation suites connected to a smartphone app that allows moms to find and unlock the pods. Nothing beats a happy baby.



Picture perfect ▪ Swedish powerhouse Ikea has opened a store in Paris (captions in German) to showcase space-saving living solutions and individual customer advice. Across the Atlantic, upmarket department store Nordstrom’s small-sized retail format has made its debut in New York.