It's party time for the tech giants - A tearful Jack Ma formally left Alibaba yesterday, celebrating rock star-like with thousands of employees in Hangzhou. On the other side of the planet, Apple hosted a massive marketing show in Cupertino, introducing top products for the year ahead. Read on to find out what else happened in the retail world.




Wednesday, 11 September 2019





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It's party time for the tech giants - A tearful Jack Ma formally left Alibaba yesterday, celebrating rock star-like with thousands of employees in Hangzhou. On the other side of the planet, Apple hosted a massive marketing show in Cupertino, introducing top products for the year ahead. Read on to find out what else happened in the retail world.




The Americas


Online competition ▪ Amazon announced it will launch its Prime subscription service in the competitive Brazilian market. Meanwhile, Canada's Shopify is ramping up its efforts to rival the online star with its recent acquisition of a warehouse-robot start-up, and Walmart has appointed a former Amazon exec for a new digital role.



Hiring sprees ▪ Discounter Target plans to employ more than 130,000 seasonal workers across its stores and supply chain, which is 10,000 more jobs than last year. Amazon is also on the lookout for talent and hosting a series of events to inform about 30,000 full and part-time jobs across the country.



Promising pilots ▪ Supermarket major Kroger has teamed up to test a plant-based meat concept in 60 of its stores in three states. J.C. Penney is about to launch an outdoor shop, selling apparel and other excursion gear in 100 of its roughly 830 department stores next month.



Ambitious Apple ▪ It is hailed the tech company’s biggest marketing event and took place yesterday in Cupertino, California. Apple CEO Tim Cook presented the new iPhone as well as a long-awaited streaming service to take on Disney and Netflix in the battle for TV customers.




Anuga Announcements


Driving trends ▪ E-commerce with food is not only a booming market, but it also offers numerous new opportunities as well as challenges. The 'E-Grocery Congress @ Anuga 2019' on October 8, 2019, informs about various forms and goals of digital strategies



Cruising demands ▪ The Cruise Lines International Association will be presenting a one-day conference on October 4, 2019, at the trade show in Cologne. Around 20 cruise line executives who support the procurement and purchasing of food & beverage products for their respective cruise line brands will attend.




Europe


Store ideas ▪ British department store icon Selfridges has revealed that it will open a cinema at its London flagship in November, in a bid to increase footfall and dwell time in-store. The idea was developed in partnership with independent cinema Olympic Studios.



Polish enticements ▪ Carrefour Polska has rolled out a referral feature on its online platform that allows shoppers to get large discounts when recommending the site to others. The French-based multinational aims to be the leader in the grocery e-commerce sector in Poland.




Asia & Australia


Farewell party ▪ Costumed performers, some in traditional Chinese dress, and hundreds of employees joined the celebrations to say goodbye to Alibaba CEO Jack Ma. Successor Daniel Zhang says that he will further advance globalisation, big data and cloud computing.



Leading role ▪ E-commerce platform Lazada claims to have 50 million active buyers in the hotly contested region of Southeast Asia with its population of more than 600 million. Group chief executive Pierre Poignant says that the company, a unit of Alibaba, has been growing at triple digits for the past three quarters.



Remarkable design ▪ A bookstore in Shanghai has won accolades for its visionary layout with black books under a soft light, as well as a text-covered curtain wall with balanced geometric bookshelves inspired by spinning ballet dancers. Click here to have a look at the unusual concept.