Collaborations and endorsements are the flavour of the day. Nike is revelling in increased sales since the launch of an advertisement featuring a controversial athlete. African fashion designers are enjoying time in the spotlight after links with A-Listers, and a UK charity store has taken a creative approach using a well-known actor's image to move merchandise. Enjoy the read.




Monday, 10 September 2018





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Collaborations and endorsements are the flavour of the day. Nike is revelling in increased sales since the launch of an advertisement featuring a controversial athlete. African fashion designers are enjoying time in the spotlight after links with A-Listers, and a UK charity store has taken a creative approach using a well-known actor's image to move merchandise. Enjoy the read.




Asia


Fresh blood ▪ Jack Ma will step down as chairman of Alibaba in exactly one year today. Current CEO Daniel Zhang will replace him as chairman and Ma will stay on the board of directors until his term ends in 2020. The 12-month succession plan, announced on Ma's 54th birthday, took 10 years to put together.



Held to account ▪ Walmart has been asked by a local semi-judicial body in India to give details of its business plan with Flipkart. This follows objections from an Indian traders' group who said the acquisition will drive local stores out of business.




Europe


Changes at Tesco ▪ Britain's number one supermarket is facing backlash after changes in banana pricing methods resulted in prices doubling. Vegans can rejoice with the collaboration between Tesco and Swedish brand Oumph who offer a pizza loaded with plant-based alternatives to meat and cheese.



Coffee and clothes ▪ Coffee giant Nespresso has revealed its long-term strategy to help revive Zimbabwe's coffee industry in a sustainable way. Meanwhile, African fashion is starting to go mainstream with the help of celebrity endorsements from the likes of music icon Beyoncé, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.



Making amends ▪ Luxury British fashion retailer Burberry is trying to repair its reputation with the announcement that they will significantly increase their efforts to reuse or donate unsellable merchandise and will also stop selling any items that contain real fur.



Fashion moves ▪ Catalogue retailer Argos has partnered with the Google Assistant platform and started a voice shopping service that allows customers to reserve products in local stores. Meanwhile, online fashion retailer Asos is set to unveil 'Collusion' a cheaper line of clothing designed to appeal to Generation Z.




United States


Cashierless Technology ▪ While Amazon is set to open its first checkout-free store in New York, the retail giant faces competition from a tech start-up in San Francisco that has opened a pilot cashierless store. Unlike Amazon Go, this shop functions without the need to collect biometric data, allowing customers to remain anonymous.



Thinking ahead ▪ PepsiCo has launched a 'Nutrition Greenhouse', a new accelerator programme in North America designed to support emerging brands in the food and drink industry. Meanwhile, in Europe the cola giant has unveiled plans to use 50% recycled plastic in its bottles by 2030.



Just do it ▪ Nike's provocative ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, an NFL quarterback known for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against police brutality against African Americans, has resulted in a sales surge of 31%, despite shares taking a tumble. President Trump has slammed the sportswear giant for sending a 'terrible message'.




Unusual and remarkable


Head shots ▪ A UK charity store has made global headlines with the comical way it attracts and amuses customers. All the photo frames in the store, and there are many, feature actor Jeff Goldblum of Jurassic Park fame in different poses and expressions. Click here for the entertaining image gallery.



Booze news ▪ Irish drinkers are snubbing whiskey for a different tipple, with a new study discovering that gin is the fastest growing spirit in Ireland. Meanwhile, Down Under sales of non-alcoholic beer are surging and breweries are getting creative to cater to the market.