Addressing changing consumer habits – Aldi Süd has opened a sophisticated prototype in Germany, focussing on freshness. Australia's Woolworths attracts with an overhauled wine division, supported by the acquisition of a winery, and British grocer Morrisons is strengthening its ties with Amazon. Read on, get inspired and have a great weekend!




Friday, 13 September 2019





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Addressing changing consumer habits – Aldi Süd has opened a sophisticated prototype in Germany, focussing on freshness. Australia's Woolworths attracts with an overhauled wine division, supported by the acquisition of a winery, and British grocer Morrisons is strengthening its ties with Amazon. Read on, get inspired and have a great weekend!




Europe


Fresh focus ▪ Aldi Süd has unveiled a new concept store in Regensburg, aiming to address changing customer habits. The layout is more that of a supermarket than that of a discounter. Fresh products such as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables are placed at the entrance. Click here for pictures (captions in German).



Tobacco struggles ▪ British American Tobacco plans to lay off 2,300 jobs, including a fifth of senior managers, as the London-headquartered group grapples with challenges to shift away from traditional cigarettes into new categories. The company employs more than 56,000 employees worldwide.



Tie-up extension ▪ Amazon and Morrisons have agreed to expand their partnership for same-day food deliveries to more cities across Britain. At the same time, the UK grocer refutes rumours of a potential takeover from overseas, and posted its half-year results. Here is what the analysts say.




Anuga Announcements


Partner Paraguay ▪ The South American nation is the official partner country of this year's Anuga from October 5 to 9, 2019. The German-Paraguayan Chamber of Industry and Commerce has been promoting participation for many years and hopes to attract a lot of international attention for Paraguay and its products.




US & Canada


Delivery competition ▪ Walmart has announced that it will expand the roll-out of its unlimited grocery delivery service to 1,400 locations across the US and plans to reach more than 50% of the country with this service by the end of the year as competition in the sector heats up.



Widening loss ▪ Canadian department store operator Hudson’s Bay reported a second-quarter loss, hurt by store closures, deep discounts and declining sales. Like other brick-and-mortar stores, it has had to fend off fierce competition from the likes of Amazon as shoppers migrate online.



More results ▪ Supermarket major Kroger beat expectations with its Q2 numbers amid surging digital sales as its grocery delivery service continues to gain momentum. Analysts reckon that the retailer is emerging from its downturn, but has a lot more work to do in revitalising its core offer.




Asia & Australia


Lighter brew ▪ Anheuser-Busch InBev is planning to raise USD 5 billion from a renewed floatation after the European beer giant has called of a USD 9.98 billion initial public offering in Hong Kong two months ago. The company reportedly aims to re-launch the float as soon as next week.



Chinese ventures ▪ Danish Crown has opened its first factory in China near Shanghai. The plant is expected to significantly increase the productions of pork in the Chinese market. Last year, the Denmark-headquartered food company has signed up an agreement with online giant Alibaba.



Takeover bid ▪ Yahoo Japan is set to acquire the country's biggest online fashion retailer Zozo for USD 3.7 billion as the business looks to step outside the shadow of Amazon and Rakuten. Yahoo Japan, which will next month change its name to Z Holdings Corp, is a unit of SoftBank.



Winery addition ▪ Australian supermarket star Woolworths has acquired Chapel Hill, a leading McLaren Vale winery, from Swiss corporation Permafix for an undisclosed price. The purchase has lead to the creation of a new wine division under its subsidiary Endeavour Drinks.