Progressive policies are dominating the headlines in Britain. Tesco is poised to end the reign of its all-white board as it embraces racial diversity, while McDonald’s has bowed to environmental pressure with a commitment to removing plastic straws in the UK. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Amazon and Apple realise the value of star power in growing their online entertainment domains. Enjoy the read.




Monday, 18 June 2018





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Progressive policies are dominating the headlines in Britain. Tesco is poised to end the reign of its all-white board as it embraces racial diversity, while McDonald’s has bowed to environmental pressure with a commitment to removing plastic straws in the UK. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Amazon and Apple realise the value of star power in growing their online entertainment domains. Enjoy the read.




Europe & Africa


Positive progress ▪ Tesco has announced its commitment to diversity at the highest level, with a promise to end the entirely Caucasian make-up of its 14-member board. Meanwhile, the British supermarket is celebrating its tenth consecutive quarter of sales growth, following its recent consolidation with Booker.



Consumer voice ▪ McDonald's will no longer offer plastic straws in its 1,361 UK outlets, following a hefty petition with over half a million signatures. The fast food behemoth uses 1.8 million straws daily across Britain, and from next year paper straws will be used instead.



Online developments ▪ Portuguese retail group Sonae has partnered with CTT, the national postal service of Portugal, in an e-commerce venture. The agreement follows a raft of similar deals between retailers and delivery providers such as the partnership between Carrefour and Google (paywall).



Name change ▪ ‘Pepkor’ is the new brand set to replace South Africa’s ‘Steinhoff Africa Retail’ (STAR). The name change is designed to create some distance between its embattled parent company Steinhoff International, which has faced backlash after accounting irregularities were uncovered last year.




America


Famous partnerships ▪ Celebrity sign-ups by the e-commerce giants are trending at the moment, as they battle it out to drive the future of online video. Actress Nicole Kidman has signed a deal to develop original content for Amazon, while Oprah Winfrey is collaborating with Apple in a similar role.



Bitter battle ▪ Beer brewers MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing are set to duke it out in court in November, to try and settle a dispute over a decades-old collaboration which expires in 2020. Pabst is accusing the former of breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation. But the accused contests the claims.


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Mall entertainment ▪ Internationally renowned entertainers Cirque du Soleil have created a family-based show designed to be performed in shopping malls. It is set to open in Toronto in September with more locations to follow. It is hoped the collaboration will bring more foot traffic to shopping centres.




Asia & Australia


Announcements from the top ▪ After last year’s loss of AUD 113.8 million, Australian online retailer Catch Group reported a AUD 17.8 million loss for the year. CEO Nati Harpaz labelled the current performance of the company outstanding. Meanwhile, Domino’s Pizza CIO Wayne McMahon has shifted to Competitive Foods Australia to take on a chief digital position.



Tech Transformation ▪ Alibaba-owned RT-Mart is getting a ‘digital makeover’. The brick and mortar chain, which boasts over 400 stores, is set to improve features such as mobile ordering, hastier delivery times, and instore access to shop on Tmall.




Weird & Wonderful


Musical must-see ▪ Dutch musician George Baker, famous for his 1970 hit song ‘Little Green Bag’ has collaborated with Lidl for a second time to launch a catchy advertisement for the German discounter’s environmentally friendly, ‘Lidl Green Bag.’ Click here to watch the video – it’s sure to bring a smile.



Online personality ▪ Fast food majors such as Wendy’s, Taco Bell and White Castle are moving beyond using social media purely to promote products and pricing. The foodies are creating ‘unique online personas’ to connect with customers and stay relatable. Click here for tips on creating an effective ‘voice’ on social media.