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Thursday, 01 September 2016

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China’s Xiaomi has introduced a new robot to its product range; in the UK, food manufacturer 2 Sisters is protecting jobs and improving animal welfare by upgrading a poultry plant; and US e-commerce behemoth Amazon takes its Dash button to the UK, Germany and Austria. Have a great day, and if you enjoy this edition, please share


asia & australia
Technological innovations   Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has added a new product to its range: a cleaning robot called Mi Robot Vacuum. The rival to iRobot’s Roomba will go on sale on September 6. ▪
Excessive fees banned   The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ruled that large businesses can no longer charge excessive fees for payment methods such as credit cards. The ruling will extend to all businesses, large or small, in September 2017. ▪
New Chinese malls    In a move to grow its mall network through third-party management, CapitaLand Asia has appointed Changsha Pilot Investment Holdings Group to manage the retail component of the Fortune Centre in Changsha, central China. ▪
europe
2 Sisters upgrade plant   To secure 1600 jobs and improve animal welfare, the UK food manufacturer will invest GBP 45 million to upgrade its poultry processing plant in Scunthorpe. The plant will be fully automated and process 2.4 million birds weekly. ▪
Relocations & closures   Due to uncertainty caused by Brexit, UK cosmetics manufacturer and retailer Lush will accelerate plans to relocate its staff from Britain to Germany and increase production at its factory in Duesseldorf +++ For no apparent financial reason, German online retailer Zalando will shut down its office in Paris, France. In future, all decisions in relation to the French market will be made from Berlin. ▪
Coffee chain expansion   As part of its global expansion plans,  Canadian fast-food restaurant chain Tim Hortons, which is renowned for its coffee and doughnuts, will open restaurants in the UK next year. ▪
usa & canada
Amazon brings Dash button to Europe   The e-commerce behemoth is introducing the Dash button, a device that enables consumers to order household items for next-day delivery, to UK Prime customers and also to Germany and Austria +++ In other news, Amazon and Wells Fargo & Co have ended their partnership that offered discounted student loans to Prime Student customers. ▪
Beverage innovation news   PepsiCo is introducing an organic version of Gatorade, which is the first major sports drink to meet America’s growing demand for natural food products +++ Restaurateurs are unhappy about the Canadian Dairy Commission’s (CDC) decision to increase the price of industrial milk for the second time this year. The increase will be passed on to restaurant consumers  ▪
Focus on brands   To improve customer experience, Foot Locker has given its Manhattan flagship store an extensive makeover, and now the store’s products are organised by brand instead of product category +++ In time for Christmas, Toys 'R' Us has entered an exclusive partnership with Mattel to become the first and only US-based retailer to stock American Girl dolls. ▪
consumer behaviour
Grocery shoppers frustrated   According to the Reviving Retail 2016 report, which surveyed 2007 consumers throughout Britain, 66% are dissatisfied with their in-store shopping experience and 27% have reduced how much they purchase both in-store and online. ▪
More transparency, please   In the USA, consumer demand for product transparency is increasing, according to the Label Insight’s 2016 Transparency ROI Study. Consequently, brands that provide comprehensive product information are poised to gain market share and revenue. ▪

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