Amazon is leading the headlines with a new international shipping feature and has reached a Prime membership milestone. Aldi won a top spot for sustainability in the UK, and Japanese fast-food chain Yoshinoya is entering India. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Thursday, 19 April 2018





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Amazon is leading the headlines with a new international shipping feature and has reached a Prime membership milestone. Aldi won a top spot for sustainability in the UK, and Japanese fast-food chain Yoshinoya is entering India. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




US & Canada


Going global ▪ Amazon has added a new international shipping feature, allowing customers using its app to specifically see products that can be shipped to their location from the US. The service is currently available in 25 currencies. The Seattle-based giant also stated that it has exceeded 100 million Prime subscribers globally.



Trouble in Toyland ▪ Bankrupt toy retailer Toys 'R' Us has rejected a USD 890 million bid for some of its North American locations from the CEO of Bratz doll maker MGA Entertainment. Isaac Larian reportedly offered USD 675 million for a number of US stores, and USD 215 million for several Canadian locations.


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Staff training ▪ Starbucks is to close 8,000 US stores on the afternoon of May 29th, to allow its employees to undergo racial bias training. The move comes in response to protests and a social media boycott campaign following the arrest of two black men waiting at a Philadelphia store.




Europe


Sustainability winners ▪ Aldi has been ranked the best British high street supermarket for sustainable fish in a new survey, with some 79% of the discounter's seafood range certified sustainable. Over on the continent, Coop Danmark has been named the most sustainable company in Denmark.



Waste reduction ▪ Interspar Austria has introduced reusable polyester bags for loose fruit and veg, in a bid to cut down on plastic waste. The bags are machine washable. UK-based high street coffee chain Costa Coffee has pledged to recycle 500 million coffee cups a year by 2020.




Asia & Australia


Luring luxury ▪ JD.com has made a move to attract more European luxury brands to its site, with the claim of better protection against fakes than rival Alibaba. China's second-largest e-commerce business is also planning an office in Milan, after opening its first European office in Paris in January.



Passage to India ▪ Japanese fast-food operator Yoshinoya, which is known for its beef bowls, is entering the Indian market with the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary. Yoshinoya India, which is capitalised at USD 2.3 million, aims to own and run a chain of restaurants in the country.



Clever carts ▪ South Korean discount retailer E-Mart is testing two autonomous shopping carts over a four-day period in a Traders supermarket southeast of Seoul. The carts, which are dubbed Eli, automatically follow shoppers, help them browse items, and allow them to pay with their apps.




The future is here


Robot takeover ▪ Richard Liu, head of JD.com, is convinced that retail will be completely taken over by robot workers in the future. This doesn't surprise as his company is pioneering robotic technologies, including AI and warehouse automation, to meet the needs of the Chinese firm's 1 billion strong consumer base.



Charge and go ▪ Volkswagen unit Electrify America will install electric vehicle charging stations at over 100 Walmart stores across 34 US states, as part of broader plans to bolster a charging network across the country by mid 2019. 80% of the stations will be at Walmart stores along highways.