Some major US grocers, including Albertsons and Safeway, are joining forces for an interesting instore media pilot. Amazon remains in the fast lane in Germany, where it speeds up delivery. Online supermarket Ocado accelerates its growth path after partnering with M&S, and discounter Lidl gets metropolitan in Frankfurt. Enjoy the read!




Wednesday, 18 September 2019





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Some major US grocers, including Albertsons and Safeway, are joining forces for an interesting instore media pilot. Amazon remains in the fast lane in Germany, where it speeds up delivery. Online supermarket Ocado accelerates its growth path after partnering with M&S, and discounter Lidl gets metropolitan in Frankfurt. Enjoy the read!




Europe


Italian expansion ▪ Carrefour has signed two master franchising agreements that will see the French retailer expand its presence in central and southern Italy. 546 new stores will be added to the current network of 1,085 locations. The two partnerships will also see synergies at the purchasing level.



Urban flair ▪ Lidl has opened its latest city concept in Germany, which shows how reduced space can be used. The store is spread over two floors and could be a blue-print for similar locations. In the UK, the German discounter saw its revenues increase by 9.2 percent, taking its market share to 6 percent.



Speedy ideas ▪ Amazon has started hiring its own drivers in Germany, and plans to open 11 more distribution centres to expand its delivery business in its second-biggest market. Across the Atlantic, the e-commerce giant reportedly wants to double the number of Amazon Hub Lockers installed across the US.



Double-digit growth ▪ Helped by its fourth automated warehouse, online grocer Ocado enjoyed revenue growth of 11.4 percent in the third quarter. The British retailer, which has partnered with M&S in August, reckons it could start home deliveries of the department store's full range before next September.




Anuga Announcements


Organic diversity ▪ Consumers' growing awareness for health and the environment is boosting the market for organic products worldwide, hence this sector is another focus at this year's Anuga from October 5 to 9, 2019. The 'Anuga Organic Market' is earmarked as a special event with information about healthy products and their marketing.




United States


Digital pilot ▪ Supermarket chains Albertsons, Safeway, Southeastern Grocers and Weis Markets are set to test an in-store digital media network in a bid to boost shopper engagement. Content will include local and national advertising as well as brand and retailer marketing.



Hiring spree ▪ Department store operator Kohl's plans to hire 90,000 seasonal associates for the holiday season, including 7,000 associates to support digital demand during the season. According to a Deloitte’s forecast, holiday retail sales are likely to increase up to 5% this year.



Gender issues ▪ Walmart is accused of discriminating against female workers by paying less or denying promotions or both because of their gender, says the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Allegations of this type are not new to the mega-retailer. Here is how the company should respond.




Asia & Australasia


Indian investment ▪ PepsiCo is setting up a major business service hub in Hyderabad, which will create work for 2,500 people over the next three years. The facility will be the beverage giant's largest outside the US and part of a multi-location global capability strategy.



Unlimited delivery ▪ Borrowing from the playbook of Amazon, Australian supermarket major Woolworths has introduced a subscription model for its grocery delivery service, dubbed Delivery Unlimited. The initiative was triggered by the rising demand for online services according to the retailer.



Record profit ▪ New Zealand-based outdoor retailer Kathmandu has enjoyed a double-digit increase in its annual net profit of NZD 57.6 million, up from NZD 53.3 million. While the company's 119 Australian stores continued to grow, the stores across the Tasman were experiencing a drop in same-store sales.