International Retailers Basket cases
In a bold innovation of the sort that has characterised the German discounter over the years, Aldi in Australia has launched a whole new way for punters to stock up on just a few items at a time rather than a whole trolley load. Called “shopping baskets”, the brightly coloured plastic receptacles have handles instead of wheels, and if used correctly, allow for the single-hand operation of such devices as cellphones and books. “To make it more efficient for our customers to do a smaller grocery shop, we will be introducing shopping baskets across all of our stores,” explained the business. In the UK, in the meantime, Aldi has launched a larger trolley for punters wishing to purchase the bulkier non-grocery items (like trampolines) from its Specialbuys aisle. Also in the UK, Lidl have confessed that it is harder than usual to keep the shelves stocked, what with shortages of drivers, warehouse workers and food processing staff, and the COVID-related pressure on global supply chains. Finally, in France, Carrefour have teamed up with Cash Converters to offer an online marketplace for second-hand goods, from appliances to jewellery, called ‘Carrefour Occasion’.
Comment: A move which smacks of desperation to us, but then we know little of the French used goods market to be honest.