In the age of automation, your car drives you, and your dishwasher orders its own detergent. The first partner machines with Amazon's auto-refill programme are available in the UK, while rival Walmart is rolling out self-driving shuttles for shoppers picking up online orders. The future is looking a little less bright for Nestlé, however, which has seen its Kitkat trademark annulled in the EU. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




Thursday, 26 July 2018





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In the age of automation, your car drives you, and your dishwasher orders its own detergent. The first partner machines with Amazon's auto-refill programme are available in the UK, while rival Walmart is rolling out self-driving shuttles for shoppers picking up online orders. The future is looking a little less bright for Nestlé, however, which has seen its Kitkat trademark annulled in the EU. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to share.




United States


Tapping on tech ▪ Walmart is collaborating with influencers to add their content to its website. The Bentonville-based retailer has also partnered with Waymo to shuttle shoppers in self-driving cars. Customers in the Phoenix area who place orders on the grocer's website will be able to get rides to and from a Walmart store to collect their shopping.



No sugar, all profit ▪ Coca-Cola's sales and profits beat analyst estimates for the last quarter, as consumers increasingly turn to its low sugar offerings. A focus on healthier drinks, including a new version of Diet Coke, reaped rewards for the Atlanta-based beverage maker, with sales from its core beverage business rising 5% in the quarter.



Ebay expands ▪ The San Jose-based company has announced that it will begin accepting Apple Pay on its marketplace from the coming autumn. Support for the payment service will initially be available in the United States. Ebay has also completed its acquisition of Japanese e-commerce firm Qoo10 in a deal worth USD 306 million.



Facebook struggles ▪ Facebook's scandals are finally hitting the company where it hurts: growth. Although sales in the second quarter grew 42 percent to USD 13.2 billion compared with USD 9.3 billion a year ago it is the slowest pace in nearly three years. Amid the new EU's General Data Protection Regulation, Facebook's daily active users in Europe declined by 3 million.




Europe


Overruled ▪ The European Court of Justice has annulled Nestlé's trademark for the shape of its four-fingered Kitkat bar, deeming that the chocolate was not well known enough in all EU member states to merit protected status. Meanwhile, the Swiss firm expects a better second-half after solid growth in Asia and Europe in the second quarter.



AI around the house ▪ Machines that automatically order their own refills have been rolled out in the UK for the first time. The devices, which are part of Amazon's Dash Replenishment programme, include dishwashers from Bosch and Siemens that can order their own detergent.



Tickets for trash ▪ Theme park operator Merlin has partnered with Coca-Cola to install "reverse vending machines" outside the entrances of amusement parks in the UK. The machines will reward users for dropping plastic bottles in with half-price discount vouchers that can be used at all Merlin attractions.



Going green ▪ French retailer Leclerc is relaunching its cookware recycling programme for the sixth year running, an initiative which the retailer says has seen over 200 tonnes of aluminium recycled. Coop Italia has pledged to make all packaging for its own brand products recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.




Asia & Australia


Even more loyal ▪ Australian supermarket chain Coles is trialling a new premium subscription tier to its loyalty scheme. For AUD 10 a month, the new service offers members a range of benefits, including discounts on fresh produce in Coles supermarkets as well as free home delivery for orders above AUD 50.



Sights on Singapore ▪ Singaporean apparel e-tailer Love, Bonito is opening its first physical retail space after testing the market through a series of pop-up stores. Japanese beauty product mail order service Beauty Garage has opened its first overseas base in the city-state, in the form of an e-commerce platform and merchandise showrooms.




Supermarket Shifts


A helping hand ▪ Kiwi supermarket chain Countdown has reduced the price of some of its own brand sanitary products in order to increase their affordability for women struggling with poverty. The price reductions could see women saving from NZD 6 to NZD 18 a year.



Olá Sushi ▪ Grocer Continente has opened sushi kiosks at some of its Portuguese supermarkets and hypermarkets, which see the Japanese dish prepared on the spot throughout the day by a trained sushi chef. Accompaniments, including drinks, and utensils for those preferring sushi of their own making will also be on sale.