Infos Retailer

(Autore: distribuzionemoderna)
Concorso da primato, con tanto di certificazione ufficiale del Guinness World Record, quello organizzato, dal 26 gennaio al 26 marzo 2017, da Esselunga e Fiat. Nel week end del 17 e 18 giugno sono state consegnate, a Mirafiori, ben 1.495 Fiat 500 Longue bianche, su un totale di 1.520.

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Per concorrere all’estrazione settimanale, indetta in occasione del sessantesimo compleanno della catena, bastava uno scontrino di 30 euro. Sommando anche la gara natalizia, che ha messo in palio migliaia di iPhone, Esselunga ha raggiunto un montepremi di 50 milioni di euro.

Il Ministero per lo Sviluppo Economico, che ha il compito di vigilare su questo tipo di iniziative, ha sancito che il colosso di Limito di Pioltello (Mi) è in testa e supera largamente la seconda classificata, cioè Coop Alleanza 3.0, che ha sorteggiato beni per un valore di ‘soli’ 10,57 milioni.

Un vero peccato, insomma, vendere a un colosso estero (cinese) un simile gioiello distributivo e di marketing, anche se la vicepresidente, Marina Caprotti e la presidente onoraria, Giuliana Albera, hanno già recisamente smentito le insistenti voci di cessione.

Si spera che il prossimo 28 giugno, in occasione dell’apertura del nuovo superstore di Veveri, in provincia di Novara, verranno fornite ulteriori rassicurazioni sul mantenimento del capitale in mani italiane.

Ricordiamo che il nuovo piano industriale di Esselunga prevede ben 1,8 miliardi di investimenti entro il 2020, che si sommano ai 1.700 milioni riversati nel quinquennio precedente, per una cifra di 3,5 miliardi totali.

La creatura di Bernardo Caprotti resta una vera fabbrica dei record, a cominciare dalla redditività, che è di poco inferiore ai 16.000 euro al metro quadro.

Fonte: distribuzionemoderna.info

(Author : Daphne Howland)
Walmart’s latest e-commerce acquisition will be a takeover of menswear site Bonobos for $310 million in cash, a deal that’s been rumored for months, the brick-and-mortar retail giant announced Friday.

Walmart buys Bonobos for $310 million

Unlike many startups, Bonobos, founded in 2007 by co-founders Andy Dunn (who in 2015 returned as CEO) and Brian Spaly (who founded Trunk Club and this year left the concierge service, now owned by Nordstrom) generates a profit and enjoys $150 million in annual sales, raising about $127 million to date from investors including Accel Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Nordstrom.

Dunn will remain to oversee the Walmart’s collection of digitally-native vertical brands, reporting to U.S. e-commerce chief Marc Lore, according to a Walmart press release. The startup joins online shoe retailer Shoebuy (a challenge to Amazon’s Zappos), online outdoor retailer Moosejaw, and vintage-inspired online women’s apparel seller Modcloth in a string of acquisitions by the brick-and-mortar retail giant under Lore since its $3.3 billion purchase of Lore’s Jet.com last year.

The payoff from Walmart’s recent acquisitions, starting with Jet, has been swift: In its most recent quarter, Walmart’s e-commerce sales ballooned 63% with an attendant 69% rise in digital gross merchandise volume. But the new numbers that Wal-Mart is delivering in the digital space aren’t just thanks to Jet or its widely heralded pricing algorithm. The brick-and-mortar stalwart, with Jet founder Marc Lore at the helm as its new U.S. e-commerce chief, has also been gobbling up pure-play specialty retailers at a rapid clip.

These new brands help Walmart improve the experience for existing customers and extend its reach to new customers, Ravi Jariwala, senior director of public relations at Walmart.com, told Retail Dive last month. Bonobos in particular has branched into brick and mortar, devising Bonobos Guideshops that provide opportunities to see, feel and try on clothes; Bonobos now has 35 Guideshops across the United States and in 118 Nordstrom stores and on Nordstrom.com. 

“We’re seeing momentum in the business as we expand our value proposition with customers and it’s incredible to see how fast we’re moving,” Lore said in a statement Friday. “Adding innovators like Andy will continue to help us shape the future of Walmart, and the future of retail. I’m thrilled to welcome Andy and the entire Bonobos team. They’ve created an amazing product and customer experience, and that will not change. In fact, Andy will be a great influence on the company, especially in leading our collection of exclusive brands offered online.”

For Dunn’s part, the acquisition is an opportunity to work with a mentor and “become the market leader in all of premium menswear,” Dunn wrote in a blog post. “Marc is the best in the world at building upstart third-party brand e-commerce properties. He and I will now leverage our combined know-how and, with the biggest company in the world behind us, take on creating the leading vertical e-commerce platform.”

Those new customers are in demographic groups that don’t generally frequent Wal-Mart stores; the average Wal-Mart customer is less wealthy and quite a bit older than those typically shopping at Target and Amazon. The company has had difficulty in the past moving beyond that core base.

In addition to more digital sales and an expanded customer base, the startups are providing talent and technology, Keith Anderson, VP of strategy and insights at retail intelligence firm Profitero, told Retail Dive. “They have access to brands, buying teams … they have merchants and software engineers that might not move to Bentonville or Silicon Valley,” he said. “It probably has as much to do with creating a safe landing for companies that didn’t have a path forward as independent entities, but had a nice search authority.”

Indeed, as with Dunn’s planned role at Walmart, Shoebuy CEO ​Mike Sorabella now heads up footwear for all of Wal-Mart’s e-commerce, including Jet.com and Walmart.com, while Moosejaw CEO Eoin Comerford similarly runs the company’s outdoor e-commerce vertical. That means that brands that may want to sell through Wal-Mart have enhanced opportunities too, with options to sell through one site or another (or more), Jariwala said.

Walmart has made it clear that the brands will continue as standalone sites, and executives from those companies have sought to ensure loyal customers that little will change. And it’s not likely to, Kelly-Jo Sands, EVP of marketing technology at marketing firm Ansira, told Retail Dive. “If you tie [Wal-Mart and Modcloth] too closely together, you might see a fanatic backlash, but you might also see expectations of the prices to come down.”

The new brands are unlikely to take part in some of Lore’s e-commerce solutions. To combat high last-mile delivery costs, for example, Wal-Mart now provides discounts on items bought online but picked up store. While it’s very likely that many Bonobos or Modcloth customers live near a Wal-Mart store, however, offering in-store pick up could invite branding and pricing conundrums for the “always low prices” juggernaut.

Source : retaildive.com

(Autore: Chiara Bertoletti)
Una mossa da quasi 14 miliardi di dollari che scuote la gdo tradizionale. Amazon fa sul serio. Fa sul serio nel canale virtuale, in quello fisico e in tutte le categorie di prodotto. Dopo aver conquistato il mondo online con l’elettronica e il non food, dopo essere entrato nell’alimentare fresco con Amazon Fresh, dopo l’esperimento di supermercato di prossimità con Amazon Go arriva il grosso colpo nel retail tradizionale con l’acquisizione della catena Whole Foods Market.

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Un’operazione da 13,7 miliardi di dollari (circa 12,2 miliardi di euro) che porta in dote al gigante di Seattle oltre 460 store tra Usa, Canada e Stati Uniti, accomunati da una filosofia di assortimento biologico certificato e immagine green. La transazione di 42 dollari per azione dovrebbe essere ufficialmente chiusa nella seconda metà del 2017 e segna l’ingresso ufficiale di Amazon nel mondo del salutismo e del benessere (difficile, in effetti, pensare che proprio Bezos rinunciasse a cavalcare questo macro trend internazionale).

Amazon ha sottolineato che Whole Foods continuerà a gestire i supermercati con il proprio marchio e che John Mackey resterà l’amministratore delegato, così come la sede dell’insegna resterà ad Austin, in Texas. “Whole Foods sta facendo un ottimo lavoro e vogliamo che questo continui”, ha sottolineato proprio il numero uno Jeff Bezos in una nota.

In effetti, la razionalizzazione della rete portata avanti da Whole Foods nell’ultimo periodo va di pari passo a una volontà di ammodernamento del format, concretizzato in particolare con l’insegna convenience 365 rivolta al target dei Millennials e lanciata lo scorso anno in ottica di progressivo sviluppo.

Fonte:mark-up.it

(Author : China Retail News)
Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba and the Internet fresh food platform Yiguo signed an equity transfer contract, under which Alibaba will purchase 18% shares of Lianhua Supermarket from Yiguo.

Alibaba To Acquire 18 Stake In Lianhua Supermarket

According to a report published by Bailian Group, Alibaba will gain 201,528,000 Lianhua domestic shares, making it the second largest shareholder of Lianhua. Meanwhile, Yiguo will still hold a 1.17% stake in Lianhua.

Lianhua Supermarket is a related company of Shanghai Bailian. It was launched in 1991 and it mainly operates hypermarkets, supermarkets, and convenience stores. By December 31, 2016, Lianhua Supermarket and its subsidiaries had a total of 3,618 stores, covering 19 provinces and municipalities in China.

In February 2017, Alibaba Group and Bailian Group announced a strategic cooperation in Shanghai. The two parties said that based on big data and Internet technologies, they would seek full cooperation in six sectors, including full business integration and innovation, new retail technology development, high-efficiency supply chain integration, membership system interoperation, payment and finance interconnection, and logistics system collaboration. However, they did not mention capital cooperation at that time.

Alibaba Group said that they will rebuild new retail smart stores with big data in the future to improve consumer experience and business operation efficiency.

At present, the two parties are discussing specific plans for their supermarket business cooperation. Lianhua Supermarket’s 3,618 stores around China are expected to be the first to have new retail distribution and transformation.

Source : chinaretailnews.com

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Amazon is buying American supermarket chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the online retail giant announced today. The acquisition is technically happening as part of a merger agreement that will see Amazon will pick up the supermarket’s net debt and purchase its stock at $42 per share.

Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

The brick-and-mortar stores will continue to operate under the Whole Foods brand once the deal is complete, which is expected to happen later this year, but is subject to approval by the supermarket’s shareholders.

“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, said in a statement. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”

Whole Foods will keep its headquarters in Austin, Texas, and the company’s CEO John Mackey will remain in his post. “This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers,” Mackey said in a statement.

Amazon has opened its own brick-and-mortar locations in recent years, including bookstores and a small, experimental market with no cashiers or checkout lines. And while it has been delivering groceries for years under the label of Amazon Fresh, the company hasn’t been shy about wanting to expand those efforts by way of establishing a physical presence across the country. In December, for example, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was exploring ways to open up to 2,000 grocery store locations under its own brand.

Source : theverge.com

(Autore: Alessandra Bonaccorsi)
A San Vendemiano (Tv), in viale Venezia 21, l’insegna Maxi Zoo, parte del gruppo tedesco Fressnapf, inaugura un nuovo petstore che si sviluppa su una superficie di 520 mq e offre 8.000 articoli.

 

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All’interno del punto di vendita, nel quale lavorano sei persone, sono stati realizzati specifici corner dedicati agli accessori, alla cura e al benessere dell’animale. Tra i servizi annovera l’incisione di medagliette e la donation box, in cui è possibile lasciare alimenti di prima necessità che saranno devoluti alle onlus locali del settore.

Fonte: gdoweek.it

(Author : arabian business)
Majid Al Futtaim says new centre will be able to store more than 400 million units to support retailer’s stores.

Construction starts on new Carrefour distribution hub in Dubai

Majid Al Futtaim has held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of its new regional Carrefour distribution centre at the National Industries Park in Dubai. With a total storage capacity of over 400 million units to support Carrefour’s brick and mortar stores in addition to the omni-channel business of Carrefour, the company said in a statement.

It added that the multi-temperature storage at the new distribution centre is designed to meet the storage needs of the different food types and dry foods as well as warehousing for non-food goods. Younis Al Mulla, senior vice president – Development and Government Affairs at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “The facility is four times the size of Carrefour’s current largest distribution centre building in the region.
“The centre will also feature advanced warehousing, storage and logistics technologies.

The distribution centre is expected to save over 50 percent energy per cubic metre in line with Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability goals for energy efficiency.” Younis Al Mulla, senior vice president – Development and Government Affairs at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, added: “Quality and choice are key areas on which we focus. Carrefour’s distribution centre in National Industries Park will be equipped with the finest technology, allowing us to meet the growing demand of our customers and process the orders quickly and efficiently.”

Source : arabianbusiness.com

(Author : Jason Del Rey)
Target has finalized an investment in Casper Sleep, pumping $75 million into the fast-growing mattress startup in a funding round that will total $100 million or more, according to a source familiar with the deal.

Target is investing $75 million in mattress startup Casper

Existing Casper investors like Lerer Hippeau Ventures, IVP and NEA are also participating in the round. New investors, in addition to Target, could send the round over $100 million. The investment comes after Target and Casper could not come to terms on an outright acquisition after Target offered to buy the startup for $1 billion.

“Target invested in Casper because we believe in their team, their ideas and their vision for reimagining sleep,” a Target spokesman said in a statement, but declined to confirm the amount invested.

The statement continued: “The strategic partnership offers Casper access to an established retail brand and gives Target an opportunity to work with a future-focused digital brand that is exploring an area that is meaningful for our guests — sleep and wellness. We’re looking forward to exploring the future together.”

Casper, which is known for its foam mattresses that it ships to customers folded up in a box, last raised $55 million at a valuation of around $500 million in the summer of 2015. The startup received a higher valuation with this new investment, though the exact terms could not be learned.

For Target, the investment signals a move to put its money where its mouth is in its attempt to reclaim some of the cool factor that made it a hit among discount retailers for so long through relationships with popular designers and brands. Target is launching more than a dozen of its own brands over the next two years in categories like Home and Kids to appeal to young families.

It’s also partnering with digital-first product makers like Casper — most recently — as well as Bevel, Harry’s and Who What Wear to sell their goods with the hope of driving younger shoppers onto its website and into its stores.

For Casper, the new money gives it the funds to continue to expand into new products and invest in marketing as it tries to become known for more than just mattresses and break away from a pack of competitors like Leesa and Tuft & Needle, which have raised little to no venture capital but are still growing. Industry insiders also expect more traditional mattress companies to enter the “bed in a box” market in the coming year.

While people close to Casper believe the company has its sights on an eventual IPO, it’s unclear whether having Target as an investor would scare off other potential suitors from the retail world along the way.

Source : recode.net

(Autore: Roberto Pacifico)
C’è chi chiude per crisi vera, c’è chi getta la spugna perché gli affitti non sono più sostenibili. E c’è chi, come H&M, che non è in crisi, fattura bene, è una multinazionale, e si può può permettere qualunque cifra in termini di affitti, stacca la spina a 4 grandi negozi semplicemente perché ne ha aperti troppi…

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H&M chiude quattro punti di vendita importanti per dimensioni e storia. Il più illustre è quello di Piazza San Babila a Milano, che è anche il primo H&M italiano, aperto nel 2013, il megastore da cui partì lo sviluppo della catena svedese nel nostro paese.
“La decisione di chiudere i punti di vendita è legata alla sostenibilità economica di questi specifici negozi. Il settore retail è in continua evoluzione e l’azienda deve adeguarsi a questi cambiamenti”. Così commenta l’azienda, secondo quanto riportato da Pambianconews.
A chiudere sono, oltre al megastore di Piazza San Babila, gli H&M di Corso Buenos Aires angolo San Gregorio, e a quelli ubicati nei centri commerciali Cremona Due e Le Barche a Mestre.
Nel caso degli store milanesi, la sovrapposizione dovuta a un eccesso di aperture negli ultimi anni sembra la causa più evidente. A due passi da Piazza San Babila H&M ha aperto nel 2014 un altro megastore in Piazza Duomo, mentre in Corso Buenos Aires ha inaugurato di recente un grande punto di vendita su 6 piani al civico 8, non molto lontano dal negozio che andrà a chiudere.
Circola l’ipotesi che il negozio destinato alla chiusura in Piazza San Babila ospiterà un nuovo format, sempre della casa svedese (Cheap Monday, Monki, o Weekday), in apertura il prossimo anno.
La chiusura dei quattro “store” genera 95 esuberi che, si teme, non possano essere ricollocati, al contrario di quanto avvenuto a Milano per una precedente chiusura e rilocazione. È difficile, al momento, capire il motivo per cui il personale non possa essere ricollocato nel nuovo formato che potrebbe inaugurare il prossimo anno in San Babila.
Sembra invece certo il trasferimento degli uffici di H&M da Roma a Milano. Ma su nessuno di questi punti l’azienda rilascia commenti.

Fonte: gdoweek.it

(Autore:fashionmagazine.it)
Dopo anni di annunci e smentite, per Uniqlo sembra davvero arrivato il momento di sbarcare a Milano. Piazza Cordusio, nel palazzo in ristrutturazione in capo al gruppo Hines: questo l’indirizzo dello store, che dovrebbe aprire a metà del 2019. In via di definizione gli ultimi dettagli.

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La firma del contratto di affitto sarebbe prevista tra la fine di questo mese di maggio e l’inizio di giugno. Il big della fast fashion giapponese, tanto amato negli States, dovrebbe occupare uno spazio di circa 3mila metri quadri, che sarà consegnato a Fast Retailing, il gruppo proprietario, entro la fine del 2018, in tempo per completare i lavori.

Secondo i rumors ammonterà a 3 milioni l’anno il canone di affitto che Fast Retailing dovrà pagare per lo store. La cifra evidentemente non spaventa il gruppo, che anzi programma già ulteriori opening in Italia: 30 le vetrine che dovrebbero sorgere in cinque anni, di cui quattro a Milano e poi Roma, Firenze e a seguire.

Fonte:fashionmagazine.it