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September 21, 2010

UK: Tesco “to launch online shopping abroad”

Tesco is reportedly planning to launch online shopping in China, the Czech Republic and Poland as part of incoming chief executive Philip Clarke's expansion plans.

Tesco is reportedly planning to launch online shopping in China, the Czech Republic and Poland as part of incoming chief executive Philip Clarke’s expansion plans.

Tesco will start trading online in Poland next year, to be followed by Prague and Shanghai, the Financial Times reported today (21 September).

UK retail giant Tesco already sells over the internet in South Korea and Ireland.

Clarke told the FT: “I want Andy [Higginson, head of retailing services] to help put internet retail into more markets. I don’t think you can afford to say it’s all sequential, build out a store network and then do the internet.

“I think what you’ve got to say is, ‘We’ve got a good store network, we’ve got to do grocery home shopping, what about non-food? What next?'”

When asked today whether Tesco would be selling food or non-food in these markets, a spokesperson said he “had nothing more to say beyond what Philip has already said”.

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