Aldi Süd will dissolve four regional companies in the next two years. The discounter wants to save costs by taking this step and reorganize its logistics structure. By the end of 2022, the dealer will give up the regional companies Wittlich, Altenstadt, Montabaur and Ketsch. A total of around 660 jobs are affected.
200,000 non-food retailers in Germany are in lockdown. For many, this equates to a zero diet in sales. The Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Retail, in which the Handelsverband Deutschland is the consortium leader, is now presenting the DigitalNavi Retail and thus for the first time creates a comprehensive overview of technological possibilities for digitizing the stationary point of sale. The users of the new DigitalNavi Handel are provided with the decisive criteria for a sensible selection of technologies for their own business. At the same time, an insight into the directly linked customer journey is given, which helps companies to understand the shopping process of their own customers even more precisely and thus improve the shopping experience through targeted services. HDE developed the tool in cooperation with the retail research institutes EHI Retail Institute and IFH Cologne as part of the consortium for the retail competence center.
The German trade association supports the wir-liefern.org initiative as a partner. Since April, the non-commercial platform has offered retailers, restaurateurs and service providers the opportunity to present themselves and their services online. The aim of the initiative is to make local offers accessible to consumers. Nationwide, users in the virtual pedestrian zone can search for dealers in their region or for delivery options for desired products. In particular, small and medium-sized inner-city retailers are bringing the corona lockdown measures to the edge of their existence. In the past few months, they have therefore often expanded their service to other sales channels, now offering, for example, pick-ups or deliveries. The HDE therefore sees the support of wir-liefern.org as part of its digitization and cooperation services for its member companies. More than 1,000 companies from the retail, catering and service industries are already represented on the platform.
In the Christmas season 2020 (November and December), more parcels were sent in Germany than ever before. Compared to the previous year, this corresponds to an increase of 80 million shipments. KE-CONSULT Kurte & Esser GbR has analyzed the Christmas business 2020 for the Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics (BIEK). The result: Compared to the previous year, B2C shipping increased by 23 percent to 435 million shipments. That corresponds to an increase of 80 million shipments. As a result of the lockdown measures, there was a further increase: The association’s expectations of October 2020 were exceeded by 15 million shipments or 20 percent.
The international real estate investment manager Savills Investment Management carried out more than 2.5 billion euros in transactions worldwide in 2020, of which approx