Monday, July 21, 2014

Convertion rates For French E-Commerce

Shared by @marcsimoncini, the conversion rates depending on the industries. You can clearly see that you have very different results depending on the activity. Probably some room for improvements? I believe so, especially for "ameublement" (meaning furnitures).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Visit Virtually Coles Supermarket In Australia

I wanted to share with you an information I found on the minute retail blog: Australian supermarket chain Coles propose to virtually visit online its new store concept. Actually, I don't think it is the first time that I have seen such an experience. I have already "virtually" visited the new Tesco concept. The interface used is Google maps. You may click here to visit.

First of all, I find the interface very well done. It is easy to hang around the store, and the pics are very neat. You may check out how they merchandise their goods, which is always interesting to do.

Now, I believe it is more a public relation move to publicize Coles, dedicated to retail businessmen, more than aiming a shopper population. Why? Because it doesn't really consist in something that improves the shopping experience. Still, I think this is a great thing to do. How many retailers have been hidden their concepts in order to avoid the competition to compete with them? 

I still remember when I used to be a salesperson at La Fnac, that people were not allowed to take any pics in stores. Same thing when I visited the first time Carrefour Planet, when people told me I should not take any pics as the security staff has been specifically briefed not to let anyone shoot photos.

But in nowadays world, where information is going so fast, it is actually better to let anyone knows what you do good.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Offre de stage en alternance #dauvers70

Olivier Dauvers est l'un des plus grands experts de la grande consommation en France. Je lis son blog très régulièrement, et je viens de voir qu'il propose une offre de stage en alternance. 

Je pense que le stage est très intéressant, et je vous recommande de se rapprocher de lui afin de pouvoir postuler.

Monday, June 30, 2014

How US Retailers Adapt Their Strategies To The Growth Of E-Commerce

It has been a while I have read this very good article on the website. As you know, I am a fervent supporter of the multichannel approach. This article is great because it shows how well US retailers have adapted their strategy to the growth of ecommerce. First and foremost, which may not be highlighted in the article, US retailers have embraced e-commerce. The largest ones, even though they remain average challenger on the Internet market, have been able to grow their sales and their share of sales on the web those past few years.

As they have kept their store counts steady for most of them, they have searched their growth online. Obviously, as brick and mortar markets are already saturated, the best and most efficient way to grow it to look for online growth.
This fact is clearer on the chart below.

Square feet are shrinking, to be more efficient. Does that mean there are no future for brick and mortar new retail real estate? I don't think so. Obviously, in mature retail business like grocery retailing for example, market saturation will be hard to fight against. But we have seen those past few years new retailer that are working on shopping experience and new ways to approach categories thriving.

What is for sure is that, in mature markets, the Internet is the new playland.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

#Sixt Loyalty Card: Something Is Wrong With Customer Relationship

Couple of weeks ago I went to Sevilla and rented a car there, a small but good Ford Fiesta card. I booked everything on Expedia, which I believe is one of the best service, especially while you try to look to get a plane ticket, a hotel and a car rental at the same time. Then I picked a car rental at Sixt, as it must have been the best deal in terms of prices (I was there for a week end, by myself, did not really need to get a large car to drive couple of miles). Everything did fine, no complain to make, everything was smooth about the rental.

I have been very surprised to find a mail from Sixt couple of days afterward, offering me my loyalty card. 
This loyalty card (the same than the one you can see below) offered me different kind of discounts, which I did not really understand how they worked.

The loyalty card looks like a real loyalty card with a magnetic band, like a credit card, with my name on it. The thing that I am bothered about, is that:
  • I have only done business with them once
  • I barely rent cars (If I would be a hard user, maybe they could have given me one, but they would have to know perfectly my profile, which they did not).
I did not sign up for anything, and to give me this card is a little bit ackward. The loyalty card should be asked by the customer, and not forced in the pocket by one company.

I don't think this strategy is well adapted:
  • Giving loyalty card to anybody is kind of embarassing
  • Their loyalty programs, as far as I know, is plain, and I have no intention to use it.
  • I believe that this technique must cost a fortune in mailing and card creations. If they intend to use their customer data base, it must be a complete mess, and not of real value.
I believe that Sixt approach is bad, and that should really not be followed by any kind of business.

What do you think about it?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Quelques réflexions sur le rachat de DIA par Carrefour

Cela fait un peu plus de 6 mois maintenant que j'ai quitté la société DIA . DIA n'a jamais fait autant la une des magazines que depuis quelques semaines depuis que la maison mère espagnole a décidé de vendre les activités en France. Ce vendredi, nous venons d'apprendre que Carrefour a déposé une offre de 600 millions d'euros pour acquérir l'intégralité de la société DIA France.

Pour ceux qui ne le savent peut être pas, Carrefour possédait la société DIA avant de la céder en 2011 via un Spin Off. Ce Spin Off avait été décidé par l'ancienne direction de Carrefour, Lars Olofsson, avec comme but de revaloriser l'action du groupe Carrefour, qui à l'époque n'allait pas au mieux. L'opération avait bien marché, puisqu'alors que l'action Carrefour continuait de baisser, l'action DIA n'a cessé de grimper, la société espagnole ayant d'excellents résultats en Espagne, ainsi qu'en Amérique Latine.

Aujourd'hui, que va donc faire Carrefour de ces points de ventes? Très clairement, le PDG actuel du groupe Georges Plassat souhaite consolider sa présence en France, en réinvestissant une partie du cash généré par la vente de certains pays (comme la Colombie) dans les activités nationales. Carrefour ainsi acquiert plus de 800 points de vente, ce qui augmente une fois de plus son maillage national.

Mais ce qui va vraiment être intéressant de suivre, c'est de voir ce que Carrefour va faire de ces points de ventes. Voici pour moi la meilleure manière d'intégrer ces points de ventes:
  • Consolider la présence en centre ville: DIA compte plus de 150 points de ventes en centre villes, la plupart à Paris. Carrefour devra très certainement en vendre une partie importante, mais bien évidemment consolidera ses positions en région parisienne, et revendra les points de vente devant être céder à des concurrents n'ayant pas réellement de présence dans la concurrent mais avec des ambitions (Auchan, Intermarché notamment) 
  •  Récupérer une partie des plus grands points de vente pour les transformer en supermarché. Le seul soucis est que les "grands" DIA font entre 800 et 1200 M2, ce qui en font de petits supermarchés, et souvent dans des zones de chalandises peu intéressantes (soit avec un hypermarché pas très loin, soit en bas d'une cité HLM). Il faudra voir comment Carrefour gère ces points de vente.
  • Mais pour moi, l'idée de génie serait de récupérer ces points de vente pour en faire des Drive déporté. En effet, le maillage de DIA dans certaines régions est très bon, la taille des points de vente parfait pour en faire des entrepôts Drive, et en plus, comme je le disais, souvent ces points de vente sont sur des zones de chalandise concurrente de gros supermarché ou d'hypermarché.
Peut être même que Carrefour va développer de nouveaux concept commerciaux pour tirer un maximum de ces points de vente. En tout cas, tout cela va être passionnant à suivre.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Why There Are Still Interests To Invest In Mature Market

I wanted to discuss this topic on this blog after I was chatting with one of my supplier about why they should invest in the French market.  Indeed, he was arguing that European markets, as they are mature, are not a priority for the investments of its company, as the growth is now in the emerging markets.

This is to me a cliché. Indeed, sales growth settles for sure in emerging markets, were a large number of people experience a high growth of salary and lifestyle. And hence, as you start from the bottom, there is a lot of room for growth. And a lot of big companies have invested a lot in those countries, with success.

I am not going to hide the fact that indeed a lot of US and European companies have been able to meet their growth target thanks to their investments in emerging countries. But as the time go buy, we have seen that investing in the emerging market, even though still a priority, is as important as investing in mature market.

A company needs to be able to compete in a mature market
Hence, how could a company not be able to compete in a mature market if it wants to stay in the long run? Earning fast marketshares surfing on the economical growth of India or China is an easy game, especially because this growth most of the time has been financed with the money from mature market. But once the market is mature, and growth harder to get, then you need to be able to make profit out of it.

And competing in a mature market requires for sure large investment.

Mature market is often where innovation comes from 
In mature market, you need to have concrete and real innovation. You can't fake it as your competition puts a lot of money down inR&D. It is once you are able to innovate in a mature market that you will be able to set presence abroad.
Most of the time, emerging markets are reached with low cost versions of the European products. It is what was made for instance by l'Oréal in India, where they sold to beging one portion shampoo bottles to allow people to buy from time to time shampoo.

Mature markets are reliable
Mature market don't experience much roller coaster, which can be the case in emerging markets. Companies' status (leaders, challengers, premium niche) are challenged on a daily basis as new competition can show up at any time.
Also as we have seen this year, a lot of large European and US companies have delivered delivered deceiving figures due to currency changes. Mature markets don't have floating currencies as emerging market does. It has been the case of most of European retailer such as Carrefour, DIA or Casino.

Emerging market will become less and less attractive
Emerging markets growth are slowing down, competition becomes tougher, wages are going up: Emerging markets are going soon to reach a plateau where they will need to change their modells to keep up with the pace. And as they are loosing competitivity, then old markets start to be attractive.

It all comes back to the first point, a company need to be able to compete in a mature market. Because I believe that at the end of the day, this is what really matter: having a reliable profitable business.

What do you think about it?