Friday, December 23, 2016

Lidl eyes small-format stores with online order pickup

Lidl has been mentioned before as one of the companies that could pose a threat to Wal-Mart as it looks to become an international force in grocery, and the news of Lidl Express closely follows Wal-Mart’s own announcement that it is testing a smaller format convenience store concept that would allow customers to pick up online orders of some items.

With Amazon branching out into physical stores, Wal-Mart seems determined to become a major force in the integration of online ordering that still leverages in-store inventory. Wal-Mart’s Jet acquisition shows exactly how far it is willing to go to win at the beat Amazon at its own game — spending more than $3 billion to make Jet’s dynamic pricing model, innovative logistics and other capabilities its own.. . . more

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