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Our favourite stores of 2016

What does it take for a store to stand out to you? Here are our favourites from across the globe.

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Our globe-trotting analysts showcase some of the most inspirational stores they’ve seen around the world this year.

Germany: Aldi Süd, Munich
Selected by our discount retail team: Priya Chandarana, Milos Ryba, Keshia Walvin

This new concept store in Eglharting, on the outskirts of Munich, is one of three 'future stores', and represents Aldi Süd’s new focus on being customer-driven rather than operationally efficient.

Aldi Sud, Munich Aldi Sud, Munich

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What you’ll see

Brands play a greater role here than in Aldi stores in other markets, catering to Germans' increasing loyalty to brands and store has a large space for non-food, with the significant space dedicated to Specialbuys acting as a differentiating factor.

Kenya: Nakumatt, Nairobi
Selected by Jon Wright, EMEA Region Manager

In this store, at The Village Market, Kenya's leading retailer Nakumatt underlines why it is the leading and most innovative retailer in the country.

Nakumatt, Nairobi, KenyaNakumatt, Nairobi, Kenya

Source: IGD Research

What you’ll see

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Shop-in-shop areas highlight beauty, apparel and toy ranges, while space is also dedicated to its exclusive, imported brands and private label products, which drive footfall and loyalty.

USA: Walmart Supercenter, Rogers, Arkansas
Selected by Stewart Samuel, Program Director, IGD Canada

Walmart has remodelled this store, choosing it as the location to introduce a refreshed look and test new approaches to technologies, services, products and layouts.

Walmart Supercenter, Roger, Arkansas, USAWalmart Supercenter, Roger, Arkansas, USA

Source: IGD Research

What you’ll see

While the core elements of the Supercenter remain, it has a very different look and feel, with high level category signage and graphics that convey a very contemporary image.

Fresh and prepared foods have a stronger role, including an extended selection of organics. Low level fixtures in fresh produce create a traditional, market-type look.

Philippines: Marketplace by Rustan's, Rockwell Centre, Manila
Selected by Jenny Li, Senior Retail Analyst Asia

This premium supermarket, located in a large shopping mall in Manila's main financial district, has a unique proposition aimed at mid to high affluence shoppers.

Marketplace by Rustan's, Rockwell Centre, ManilaMarketplace by Rustan's, Rockwell Centre, Manila

Source: IGD Research

What you’ll see

Its outstanding fresh food, unique and exclusive imported products and brands, and shop-in-shop destinations help differentiate the store and create international appeal.

Sweden: Stora Coop Västberga, Stockholm
Selected by Harriet Cohen, Senior Retail Analyst

Coop Sverige is streamlining its stores into three distinct banners according to size, and this is the first to be converted to the larger format.

Stora Coop Västberga, Stockholm, SwedenStora Coop Västberga, Stockholm, Sweden

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What you’ll see

Coop wants to be first choice for families with children; we saw this clearly with the store's use of cartoons, free fruit, screens and touchpoints to engage small shoppers. In addition, Coop has created an appealing shop-in-shop concept for health and beauty, adding another reason to visit.

UK: Londis, Sunninghill
Selected by Tim Billson, Senior Retail Analyst, Convenience

For sheer personality and ability to provide a great offer for local customers, this convenience store is one of the best.

Londis, Sunninghill, UKLondis, Sunninghill, UK

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What you’ll see

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The interior's New York deli theme, with its sense of tradition and nostalgia, creates an environment shoppers want to spend time in and return to. Nice touches come from the ranging which integrates the store in the community with local traders, for example stocking meat and cakes from the local butcher and bakery.

Argentina: Carrefour Monroe, Buenos Aires
Selected by Gavin Rothwell, Retail Insights Manager, and Catherine Ellwood, Retail Analyst

Carrefour's Monroe hypermarket is one of the most digitally advanced in Latin America.

Carrefour Monroa, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaCarrefour Monroa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Source: IGD Research

What you’ll see

Features like digital screens and the CajaYA electronic queue management system make shopping quicker and easier. They complement the more traditional aspects of a hypermarket such as the el mercado (market) area which brings together fresh products like meat, bakery, produce and sushi to create a destination department.

Australia: Aldi, Manly Wharf, Sydney
Selected by Nick Miles, Head of Asia-Pacific

Manly Wharf showcases Aldi's new format in Australia, branching away from the traditional hard discount design to communicate in a more engaging and contemporary way.

Aldi, Manly Wharf, Sydney, AustraliaAldi, Manly Wharf, Sydney, Australia

Source: IGD Research

What you’ll see

To reassure shoppers of its strong value message, given the more upmarket store design, Aldi uses new signage to communicate its ongoing investment in price. The store also spotlights quality well, with large hanging signage above each major category communicating product ranges and provenance.

Online: eBay and Myer's virtual department store
Selected by Toby Pickard, Multichannel and Innovation Analyst

The partnership between online marketplace eBay and Australian department store Myer created the world's first virtual department store, boasting more than 12,500 products.

eBay and Myer's virtual department store


What you’ll see

Using a virtual reality headset, shoppers browse by holding their gaze on products for more information and on the 'add to basket' icon to complete a purchase. They can predetermine their favourite departments and products, creating a more personal and faster shopping experience. This innovation really helps bring online shopping to life.

All of the stores featured above are working to differentiate themselves from the competition to succeed, through product innovation, re-thinking the in-store environment, improved ranges or new communication tools.


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