Tesco to complete Int’t Oline Jigsaw next year
Tesco Plc (TSCO), the U.K.’s largest grocer, will complete the introduction of Internet shopping to all its international markets when it starts up in Turkey early next year, according to the executive overseeing the plan. The start of online operations in Thailand next week and in China in June or July, will leave Turkey as the last of Tesco’s 12 international markets without an e-commerce function, director Frans Falize said at a briefing in Bangkok today. The Turkish online offering should begin in January 2014, he said. Chief Executive Officer Philip Clarke said last week Tesco will spend $750 million this year to develop online shopping and other digital services, as customers worldwide shift to purchasing via computers, mobile phones and tablets. The company now offers online grocery shopping in the U.K., Ireland, Korea, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia.