In China, retail sales have seen a recovery thanks to 11.11 Singles Day; in the UK, Tescos employs more staff to help Christmas shoppers and in Canada, Walmart introduces a new organic line of products. These stories and more feature in today’s edition. If you enjoy the read, please don’t forget to share. Have a great day.
China’s retail recovering According to official government data, the country’s retail sales grew by 11% in November. Though, perhaps, surprising, the growth may relate to the huge 11.11 Singles Day online sale.
Calls for action against Sports Direct MPs are calling for government action in response to a report by The Guardian claiming that the retailer’s warehouse workers were forced to submit to searches during unpaid time, and that employees were reluctant to take time off due to extensive monitoring. The report also claimed that Sports Direct may be paying thousands of workers below the minimum wage.
usa & canada
Walmart Canada goes organic Under its Great Value store brand, the retailer has quietly launched a new line of organic products. The move is expected to pressure Canada’s conventional grocers, like Loblaw and Sobeys, to increase their organic offerings and address pricing.
trends to watch
Driving traffic to physical stores There is a new technology platform. Its goal is simple: to convert online browsers into customers of brick-and-mortar stores. A scalable SaaS platform from Brickwork, which is designed to increase customer experience from site to store, will enrich data and content around physical locations for brands.