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June 15, 2018updated 05 Nov 2021 12:02pm

Deals this week: Carrefour, Asda

Carrefour has joined forces with Google to offer a new grocery shopping experience for its customers in France.

< strong >Carrefour strong > has joined forces with Google to offer a new grocery shopping experience for its customers in France .

Both the companies aim to provide an innovative shopping experience in store , online on smartphones , and through voice services across the country .

Carrefour’s customers will have a new buying experience by early 2019 through Google platforms , including Assistant , Google Home , and Google Shopping website in France .

Carrefour engineers and Google Cloud AI experts will create new buying experiences for customers in an innovation lab to be opened in Paris , France .

< strong > Asda strong > has collaborated with FoodMaestro platform to introduce personalised online nutritional search aid service for its online groceries .

The partnership will enable Asda s customers to find food based on their requirements and the service will offer custom filters that allow its customers to filter products according to their diet , lifestyle or nutritional choices .

Customers can also sort the available results by sugar , salt , carbohydrates and fat . The new service is available on the Asda Groceries site and its latest versions of apps .

FoodMaestro provides data for the service , while data is delivered to Asda through Nielsen Brandbank s Extended Attributes service .

< strong > Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc strong > ( Restoration Hardware Inc ) intends to raise $ 300m through a private placement of notes due 2023 .

Based in the US , Restoration Hardware is a retailer of home furnishings .

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the financial adviser for the transaction .

The firm intends to use the funds to pay the net cost of the convertible note hedge transactions and outstanding borrowings . < div class =” rightpullquote “>” The transaction will enable Reece to expand its network from 18 to 30 stores .” div > < strong >Canadian Tire Corporation Limited strong > intends to raise C $ 250m ($ 193 . 19m ) through a private placement of Series E unsecured medium term notes .

The notes will pay an annual interest rate of 2 . 646 % until they mature on 6 July 2020 .

RBC Capital Markets LLC and BMO Capital Markets are the joint book runners for the transaction .

Canadian Tire also plans to raise C $ 400m ($ 309 . 11m ) through a private placement of 3 . 167 % Series F unsecured medium term notes due 6 July 2023 .

The firm intends to use the funds to pay a portion of the purchase price of Helly Hansen   and repay its debt , as well as for general corporate purposes .

< strong > Xingbianli strong > has raised funds through a venture funding round from Ant Financial Services Group ( formerly Alipay ).

The funding round has also involved participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners , a venture capital firm based in the US .

Xingbianli is an operator of checkout free convenience stores , while Ant Financial is a provider of online third party payments . Both the companies involved in the transaction are based in China .

The firm plans to use the funds for research and development and for developing a new smart vending machine .

< strong > At Home Group Inc strong >< strong strong > intends to raise funds through an underwritten secondary public offering of eight million shares .

The stakeholders involved in the offering include certain affiliates of AEA Investors LP and Starr Investment Holdings LLC .

The underwriter , BofA Merrill Lynch , has been granted a 30 day option to buy an additional 1 . 2 million shares .

< strong > Reece Limited strong > has entered an agreement to purchase Edward Gibbon , as well as Zip Plumbing Plus stores situated in Christchurch and Takanini , New Zealand .

Based in New Zealand , Edward Gibbon has ten stores in the main centres of the country s south and north islands .

The transaction will enable Reece to expand its network from 18 to 30 stores , which sell plumbing , bathroom and HVAC R products and equipment .

< strong > Back Market Inc   strong > has raised $ 48m through a venture funding round from Groupe Arnault SAS , Eurazeo SA , Aglae Ventures , and Daphni SAS .

All the companies involved in the transaction are based in France .

The firm intends to use the funds to expand its marketplace of refurbished products .

< strong > Farmdrop strong > has secured £ 10m ($ 13 . 2m ) through a Series B funding round led by LGT Impact Ventures and Belltown Ventures .

The funding round has also involved participation from VC firm Atomico .

The latest round brings the total funding secured by Farmdrop to £ 20 . 75m ($ 27 . 5m ).

The firm plans to expand in Northern England through the launch of a new hub in Manchester by next year .