European retailers are donating generously to manage the migrant crisis, amongst them Germany's Rewe group. In the US, companies such as Walmart, Starbucks and Nike have committed themselves to renewable energy. Read about these humanitarian and sustainability efforts as well as testing platforms in Shanghai and alleged supplier deals in today's issue.
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Samsung to offer in-store insights The Korean electronics giant has partnered with analytics and marketing provider Walkbase, headquarted in Finland, to offer retailers in-store analytics to track the behaviour of customers through Wi-Fi signals from smartphones.
Sainsbury's tackles waste The British supermarket operator plans to launch a GBP 10 million project to combat household food waste. As part of its ‘Waste Less, Save More’ initiative, the company is seeking a UK town to test its new scheme.
Coke restructures supply system In a move to cut costs amid tepid sales, Coca Cola plans to bring some of its top US bottlers together under a new supply system, selling nine production facilities to three of its largest independent bottlers.
Anheuser buys another craft brewery The beer giant has announced it will acquire Los Angeles-based firm Golden Road Brewing to expand its presence in the fast-growing craft beer market. Anheuser also owns former craft beer darlings like Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewery and Washington’s Elysian Brewery
developments to watch
Migrants to the rescue As the migrant tragedy unfolds and the EU struggles to cope, many European retailers & FMCG manufacturers have joined charities. One positive example is Germany's Rewe Group. German Retail Blog explains why the influx of migrants could provide a big opportunity for the retail market.
Sustainability goals Walmart, Starbucks and Nike committed themselves to achieving a major sustainability goal of using 100% renewable electricity. Together with other firms, including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, they have joined RE100, a global initiative for renewable electricity.
Well-being programmes The Mondelēz International Foundation has launched initiatives aimed at bringing nutrition education, active play and fresh foods to children and their families in Mexico, South Africa and the United States.