The Americans aren't the only ones making overtures to Korea, as Alibaba has vowed to support South Korean firms entering the Chinese online market. Across the Pacific, Canada's Metro is now offering same day grocery delivery in home province Quebec. Meanwhile, UK retailer Dixons Carphone faces a fine after millions of customer details were hacked. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Thursday, 14 June 2018





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The Americans aren't the only ones making overtures to Korea, as Alibaba has vowed to support South Korean firms entering the Chinese online market. Across the Pacific, Canada's Metro is now offering same day grocery delivery in home province Quebec. Meanwhile, UK retailer Dixons Carphone faces a fine after millions of customer details were hacked. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Europe


Compromised cards ▪ UK technology retailer Dixons Carphone could face a fine after a hack saw millions of customers' credit card details and personal data records illegally accessed. Although many of the nearly six million bank cards involved were PIN-protected, over 100,000 lacking PIN numbers have been compromised.



Question time ▪ The CEOs of Sainsbury’s and Asda have been summoned to appear before an official committee to answer questions regarding the firms’ proposed GBP 12 billion merger. MPs are expected to ask about the move’s impact on farmers, suppliers, and consumers.



Openings and closures ▪ Spar International has opened its first supermarket in Malta, and plans to have 23 stores in the country by 2025. Nestlé is to close its Caro Coffee factory in Ludwigsburg by the end of the year and transfer production to other sites in Europe – a move that will affect approximately 100 employees.



Green and gold ▪ Aldi has been named 'Grocer of the Year' at an award ceremony in London, the German discounter's fourth such win in six years. Last year's winner, Tesco, was named 'Britain's Favourite Supermarket', and has announced that it will sell 'green' lemons in a bid to tackle a shortage and reduce food waste.




US & Canada


Grocery growth ▪ Canadian grocer Metro has begun offering same-day online grocery delivery in Quebec. The Montreal-based retailer has also extended the hours of its online shopping programme, which currently serves 60% of the province's population, and is working on expanding the service to Ontario.



Canadian expansion ▪ Filipino fast food chain Jollibee plans to open 100 Canadian outlets over the next five years. The company has cited the country, which it entered in 2016, as a key growth market and a big part of its North American expansion plans. Jollibee currently has three restaurants in Canada.


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Pills and potatoes ▪ Chef’d is to sell its meal kits at 30 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores in the New York area, as part of a partnership with Smithfield Foods. While a trend has emerged of meal kit companies entering tie-ups with supermarkets, this is one of the first instances of one partnering with a drugstore chain.




Australasia


Friendly welcome ▪ Alibaba has vowed to support Korean firms seeking to make a successful entry into China’s online market, by empowering them with new retail initiatives, and allowing them to leverage on its Alipay payment platform.



From summits to sales ▪ Japanese discounter Don Don Donki has announced plans to open 9 more stores in Singapore following the launch of its inaugural outlet in the city state last year. The retailer operates as Don Quijote in Japan, but renamed itself in Singapore to avoid confusion with a local restaurant.




Weird and Wonderful


Problem solving ▪ Pizza chain Domino's has been helping fix potholes in US towns, in a project called 'Paving for Pizza', claiming bumps in the road cause damage to pizza. The repairs are the first time the fast food chain has worked with local government to attempt an infrastructure project.



Creating a storm ▪ Ben and Jerry's is using wind-themed ice creams in the UK to persuade the government to rethink its opposition to offshore wind farms. The campaign is part of a pro-renewables push by a firm with a history of campaigning on environmental issues.