Australian department store chain Myer is bridging the gap between physical and digital retailing. Pepsico has problems retaining its executives in India. Over in Britain, the big four fuel the fire with petrol price cuts and in Latin America, 'Chilecon Valley' is about to start up. Enjoy the read and have a great Monday.
asia & australia
Myer thinks digital The Australian department store operator has appointed Mark Cripsey, a former Coles manager, to the newly created role of chief digital and data officer. To capitalise on the online shopping trend, Myer is adding online brands to its portfolio +++ Competitor Woolworths has to deal with another resignation after the controversial departure of Alistair McGeorge, boss of discounter Big W.
Flipkart supports sellers The Indian online retailer plans to launch seller-support facilities called 'Flipkart One Stop' in 20 cities to help sellers with various services like registration, training, cataloguing and packaging. The company is also experimenting with a new interface to make transactions smoother.
Petrol price cuts and milk promises Britain's four major supermarkets plan to reduce the price of their fuel at filling stations nationwide. Asda was the first to announce the cuts, followed by Morrisons +++ After holding talks with farmers, Tesco has promised that its own-label yoghurt will soon be made from British rather than German milk.
Sainsbury's rolls out contactless payment The British supermarket operator says the 'gradual' roll-out of the technology will start before Christmas (paywall). All stores will be able to offer the new payment method during the first half of 2016.
usa & canada
Amazon extends Texas presence The online retailer announced plans to build its fifth distribution centre in Texas. According to Amazon, the new facility will create hundreds of full-time jobs and focus primarily on consumer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
Starting up Chilecon Valley 'Start-Up Chile' is a government-funded initiative aiming at creating a hub for tech entrepreneurs to revitalise Santiago’s economy. According to Wall Street Journal, the country is now fine-tuning the programme to attract new tech start-ups.
Pão de Açúcar grows with processed products Leading Brazilian supermarket chain Pão de Açúcar is expecting strong sales of pre-cut fruits and prepared salads in the future. Its commercial director Luiz Claudio Haas says he wants to work with suppliers to develop more processed products. The company is currently controlled by the French Grupo Casino.