International Retailers It’s not inside, it’s on… top?
Over in blighted Blighty, Tesco have lost market share to the pernicious, euro-mongering German discounters Aldi and Lidl, dropping to 27.3% at the end of last month, from 27.7% a year ago, which is, to be fair, still a number not to be sneezed at. Still in Blighty, Sainsbury’s will, by September, have removed all of the plastic packaging from its bakery and fresh departments, substituting it for paper bags. Over in Trumpistan, meanwhile, Walmart are breathing a hefty sigh of relief on the news that their President has arbitrarily decided to declare victory in his manufactured tariff war in Mexico, allowing American consumers uninterrupted access to the cheap stuff that is apparently one of their self-evident rights. Walmart are also blowing right through the concept of last mile delivery by dispatching camera-toting minions not just to deliver groceries in selected trial cities, but to pack the fridges and pantries of trusting punters too.
Comment: Re the Sainsbury’s bags, well that’s all very well, but a drop in the ocean. It’s time that suppliers started investing more meaningfully in less voluminous and more recyclable packaging, or product solutions that dispense with it entirely where possible.