Bryan Roberts is global research director for Planet Retail.
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Tesco’s drive-through shopping service comes as no surprise - Tesco is a great innovator (or very good at borrowing ideas from elsewhere) and we as a nation are following our chums across the Atlantic in expressing a liking for doing things in our cars.
There seems to be a renewed interest from many of Planet Retail’s clients in the potential being offered by the Middle Eastern market, and to a lesser extent, the longer-term opportunities presented by Africa.
There’s been some interesting speculation that Aldi - which has really made waves in Australia - is actively looking to enter the grocery sector in New Zealand, registering myriad trademarks and also dispatching staff to scope out potential sites.