eBay has responded to Amazon's Prime Day with its own week long event. Across the Atlantic, Sainsbury's has seen growth continue to slow, while rival grocers continue to roll out biodegradable alternatives to plastic. Meanwhile, the craft beer sector is on the rise in Hong Kong, and San Francisco zoo is offering a position to a very special Toys R Us former employee. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Thursday, 05 July 2018





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eBay has responded to Amazon's Prime Day with its own week long event. Across the Atlantic, Sainsbury's has seen growth continue to slow, while rival grocers continue to roll out biodegradable alternatives to plastic. Meanwhile, the craft beer sector is on the rise in Hong Kong, and San Francisco zoo is offering a position to a very special Toys R Us former employee. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




US & Canada


Sale season ▪ eBay has moved to counter Amazon's Prime Day event by launching a week long shopping special of its own. While its Seattle-based rival's deals require a Prime membership, eBay's discounts will be open to all of its shoppers. Amazon has also made plans to publish a printed holiday toy catalogue.



Food fight ▪ Top food companies and farmers are going head to head over US GMO labeling regulations. Firms including industry giants Nestlé and Hershey want all genetically modified ingredients to be listed on labels, but farmers argue that refined products no longer containing traces of the transformed genes should be excluded.



Quick drinks ▪ Texan supermarket chain H-E-B has launched same day delivery for beer and wine via its e-commerce subsidiary Favor. The retailer also plans to expand the service from its current four areas to over 30 cities, and to offer free one-hour delivery of drinks over Labour Day.




Europe & Africa


Sainsbury's slumps ▪ The grocer has seen like for like sales growth slow for the second quarter in a row. Figures showed a mere 0.2% growth in like for like first quarter sales, down from 0.9% in the last quarter, and 1.1% in the three month period before that. General merchandise sales, however, saw a growth of 1.7%.



Reduce, reuse, ... ▪ South African grocer Pick n Pay has introduced a new line of compostable bags made from maize and potato starch. UK frozen food retailer Iceland has launched an eight week trial of recyclable and biodegradable paper bags, in its own move in the growing war on plastic.



Openings and closures ▪ French childrenswear brand Jacadi is set to shut all five of its UK stores, following a lawsuit from franchise partner French Children's Wear over an alleged breach of contract. Food delivery firm Deliveroo has launched its first shared kitchen in France, after the launch of the concept in London last year.




Asia & Australia


Brewing up a storm ▪ Craft beer brewers in Hong Kong are betting on the Chinese market to boost sales, where the premium beer segment has grown by double digits annually since 2012. In Taiwan, FamilyMart has teamed up with a local brewery to offer beer flavoured ice cream, but has faced accusations of fueling alcoholism.



Trouble online ▪ Japanese fashion e-tail pioneer Zozotown's dominance in a USD 120 billion market is under threat from rivals big as Uniqlo and Amazon. Australian lingerie brand Liar Liar lingerie is facing e-commerce problems of its own, after it was banned from selling its designs on Instagram due to photos considered too explicit.



Business reports ▪ Woolworths has extended its partnership with Caltex for its service station business, following the collapse of a planned sale of the stores to BP. Ryohin Keikaku, owner of Muji, has announced record first quarter profits, thanks to strong sales in both its home country of Japan as well as the greater Asia-Pacific region.




Mistakes and opportunities


Whoops ▪ Frucor Beverages, maker of the V brand of energy drinks, has suffered defeat to trademark the signature green on its cans, after it attached the wrong colour swatch to its initial trademark application six years ago.



A job for Geoffrey ▪ The San Antonio Zoo is offering a new role to Toys R Us' mascot, giraffe Geoffrey. The zoo hopes that the character could be used to help fight for giraffe conservation, and has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Geoffrey's brothers and sisters in the wild.