Lidl treks China's online Silk Road
Although even the soft launch won't be until the end of May, the site can already be seen under lidl.tmall.hk. Customers will initially be able to choose from around 60 food lines. These dry goods include breakfast products, such as Maribel raspberry jam or Crownfield granola, as well as pasta and cooking ingredients such as Balsamic vinegar.
The offer is essentially own label. Unlike Aldi, who imports from Australia, Lidl is sourcing directly from Germany via its buying subsidiary in Hong Kong. So what else is new?
Like Aldi, Lidl has created its own logo for China. The company name has been replaced by the Chinese words for "experience and morality", which have positive local associations, but the overall design has been retained to ensure international recognition.
In addition to Aldi South, Metro Group, and German drugstore operators dm and Rossmann, Lidl is now the fifth major retailer from Germany to plumb for online business in the People's Republic. It certainly won't be the last.
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