Category Archives: International

Asda’s Store Changes — IGD Retail Analysis

Asda has created a new store format that centers the customer experience: “As propensity to shop little and often grows, large stores are frequently accused of being inconvenient and not optimised to top-up shopping or food-to-go missions. Yet convenience means different things to different people, dependent on the kind of shopping mission they are on. Asda Eastlands is designed to conveniently meet as many of its customers’ needs as possible; listening and adapting to their feedback.“ Supplier Takeaway Both here...

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Asda Develops Anti-Food Waste App — Produce Business UK

To help combat food waste, Asda has developed an app that helps food suppliers connect with each other when one has a surplus that another might be able to use: “Created to address the challenge of food waste in the supply chain, Asda Surplus Swap connects suppliers of unwanted food like leftover ingredients, finished produce or vegetable trimmings, with other suppliers who could make use of it.“ Supplier Takeaway No word yet on whether something like this will become available...

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Why are Major Retailers Interested in Online Shoe Sellers? — Business In Vancouver

Analysts are paying close attention to Walmart’s decision to purchase ShoeBuy.com, noting that this decision, along with Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos.com in 2009, may have a significant impact on online footwear sellers: “’Walmart could crush almost any competitor if they wished to do so,’ said Retail Insider Media owner and retail analyst Craig Patterson. ‘If Walmart is serious about these e-commerce acquisitions, and you would think that they would be, then all online players should be concerned.’” Supplier Takeaway The...

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Massmart’s Disciplined Growth Pays Off — BusinessLive.co.za

Massmart is being praised by analysts for taking a disciplined approach to growth: “Hayward speaks of a deeper investment discipline within Massmart that is now paying off. “We are very clear about the end goal and what we want to achieve, whereas five years ago we were less well informed. We, and I include myself, were winning the prize but not sure of how we got there,” he says.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Will the New MABD Window Help Your...

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Asda Adds Slimzone Diet Plan Foods — ESMmagazine.com

Asda has announced that it will be selling Slimzone diet entrees in partnership with the popular Slimming World diet plan. Plan members can pick up their meals for free at Asda stores, and non-members can purchase the entrees in-store as well. Grocery Stores Partnering with Diet Plans This isn’t the first time that the Walmart family of stores has partnered with a diet company. Back in 2013, Walmart began to sell Nutrisystem diet kits in its stores. The 5-day meal...

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Alibaba CEO has Big Plans for Chinese Retail — Bloomberg

Alibaba’s Jack Ma has big plans for Chinese retail: “But by teaming up with retailers, billionaire founder Jack Ma hopes to develop a new model of online and offline retail. The idea is that Alibaba’s superior computing power, a decade of experience moving billions of dollars of goods and strong ties with government and big brands will help it succeed where others like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and even Amazon.com Inc. have failed. If it works, the tie-up may open the door to...

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Aldi’s Premium Products Boost U.K. Sales

We at Walmart News Now have been tracking the success of hard discounters such as Aldi and Lidl for awhile. Aldi, in particular, is having great success in the United States, and Lidl has been very public about its plans to open stores here. In fact, Lidl has already set up headquarters in Arlington, VA. One aspect of Aldi’s success that’s received significant attention is its commitment to food purity standards and organics. This approach to offering high-end private label goods...

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Walmart Canada and Visa Settle Differences — Bloomberg

Walmart Canada has “reached a deal” with Visa: “Customers in Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario, will be able to use their Visa cards starting Jan. 6, Alex Roberton, a spokesman for the retailer, said Thursday in an e-mailed statement.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Increase Your Sales to Millennials Courses for Walmart Suppliers  

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High Fuel Prices Affect Mexican Businesses — Bloomberg

Mexican businesses, including Walmart, may struggle as the country adjusts to higher fuel prices: “Retailers may be the most affected by the jump in prices, which risks eroding consumer sentiment and purchasing power amid a weakening peso that has already fueled concern about inflation, traders say. Supermarket operators Grupo Comercial Chedraui SAB and Organizacion Soriana SAB may also take a hit as the cost of gasoline takes a bigger portion of consumers’ budgets.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Increase Your Sales...

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Analysts Predict Comeback for U.K. Grocers — This is Money

Analysts in the United Kingdom are predicting a holiday-fueled comeback for the nation’s traditional grocers: “City traders are expecting Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda to fight back against the discounters when they report in the New Year. Clive Black, of Shore Capital, said: ‘Tesco and Morrisons are set to lead the way with possibly positive like-for-like sales, while Sainsbury’s will have Argos in tow, and Asda may just be showing signs of turning a corner.’“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers How...

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