10 things eft’s been reading this week

Bullish brick-and-mortar?

If you were just to peruse the headlines, you would think that e-commerce companies were on the verge of total market dominance, led by the eponymous Amazon. Certainly, many are having incredible success, and we covered their fortunes last week, but many traditional retailers with origins in brick-and-mortar stores continue to be the biggest powerhouses in consumer spending. With a report out this week that claims that Walmart has gained ground over Amazon to becoming an online favourite, we review how the biggest grocers and supermarket chains are fighting back through renewed online focus, repurposing existing assets and green initiatives.

Walmart appears to be gaining ground against Amazon. [CNBC]

Why supermarkets are building 'dark stores'. [CNN]

Kroger’s Refresh Is Finally Paying Off. [Wall Street Journal]

Lidl to spend £15bn on British product sourcing. [Logistics Manager]

Tesco to remove one billion pieces of plastic from supply chain. [Logistics Manager]

Extending The Brand From Bricks Into Clicks. [Which-50]

Carrefour confident on overhaul despite weak third quarter in France. [Yahoo! Finance]

Can Costco Stay Relevant Through the Supermarket Wars? [Motley Fool]

China regulator warns e-commerce platforms to stop monopolistic practices. [Reuters]

Supermarkets Carrefour and Colruyt join EU-backed hydrogen vehicles project. [eDelivery]

To hear more about the retail supply chain then set aside the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020 for the 5th Annual Retail Supply Chain Summit: New York.

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