ALDI plans to expand in Australian suburbs | Why Lego's social success is all down to its fans | Tesco set to increase workers' wages
26 June 2017
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ALDI plans to expand in Australian suburbs
ALDI plans to expand in Australian suburbs
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Discount supermarket ALDI will continue its expansion across Australia, as the company has been found to have 365 titles to property worth nearly $2 billion throughout the country. The German-based retailer has secured mixed-use property in the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne to open future stores.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (22 Jun.) 
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Retail in Europe
Why Lego's social success is all down to its fans
Lego's Lars Silberbauer spoke at Cannes Lions about the brand's social strategy and why it centers around bringing people together to play and celebrating their creations. He talked about the brand's global competition for kids, First Lego League, and crowdsourcing ideas for new Lego sets.
Fast Company online (20 Jun.) 
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Tesco set to increase workers' wages
As the UK prepares to enact a higher minimum wage, Tesco announced that it will steadily increase pay for its store employees over the next 18 months. Tesco's workers are paid £7.62 per hour, and they will see their wages rise to £8.42 in November of next year.
Bloomberg (23 Jun.) 
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Retail in Asia
An Indian city's residential growth drives a rise in retail
Thane, India, has developed into a more affordable alternative to big cities such as nearby Mumbai, and modern retail has followed the rise in residents. The city boasts several bustling malls, and retailers and brands have built standalone stores and showrooms, including D-Mart, Reliance Digital, Samsung and LG.
LiveMint (India) (23 Jun.) 
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Retail in Latin America
Retail sales in Mexico continuing on an upswing
Mexico's retail sales rose by 1.2% in April from the previous month, according to the country's national statistics office. This is the second time in three months that retail sales have seen an increase, which could be a sign that spending in the private segment is still going strong.
Reuters (23 Jun.) 
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E-commerce Spotlight
Amazon close to entering India's food retail market
Amazon close to entering India's food retail market
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The Indian government is poised to move ahead with its final approval of Amazon's food retail plan in the country next month, according to a government official. India opened up its food retail segment to foreign entities in 2016, and Amazon is set to be the first large company to enter the market, with plans for both online and offline commerce.
The Economic Times (India) (25 Jun.) 
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Spotlight on Mass Merchandise
Weak pound boosts demand for UK manufactured goods
Orders submitted to the UK's manufacturers hit the highest level in 29 years as the falling pound and recovering global economy boost demand, trade group CBI said. Producers of chemicals, food, beverages and tobacco products received the most orders.
The Guardian (London) (23 Jun.) 
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Key benchmarks for retail loss prevention
The annual National Retail Security Survey, now in its 26th year, tracks theft and other inventory shrink, employee integrity, external retail crime and more. Participants were asked about their companies' loss prevention performance and actions in 2016. Download the report.
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