Huawei has become the first Chinese handset vendor to ship more than 100 million smartphones in a year; in the UK, Waitrose has posted disappointing sales results for the Christmas period, and in the US, Chiquita has been ordered to pay a hefty sum to National Union Fire. All these stories and more feature in today’s RetailUpdate. Please don’t forget to share.
Carrefour expands in China A little over a month since opening a 6,790-square-meter hypermarket in China’s XiangYang, the French retailer has opened another, which boasts 6900 square meters of sales space and 18 check-outs, in Guangzhou.
Huawei crosses smartphone threshold The Shenzhen-based technology company has become the first Chinese handset vendor to ship more than 100 million smartphones in a year. Huawei Technologies Co says smartphone shipments rose 44% in 2015 thanks to strong sales in China and Western Europe +++ Meanwhile, in partnership with Flipkart, Xiaomi is expected to launch two new phones shortly.
Milestone for Meijer The retailer has announced that its free prescription programme, which was launched in October 2006, has reached 30 million prescriptions dispensed. In 2015 alone, Meijer dispensed six million prescriptions.
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