Alibaba is expanding its reach into Europe and is also hoping to stir up the market in India. French home improvement and gardening retailer Leroy Merlin targets the South African market and Australian furniture retailer Nick Scali plans to launch in New Zealand. Find out about these stories and more. Enjoy the read!
Asia & Pacific
Workforce upped The opening of Amazon's third warehouse in Doncaster, UK, next year will create 500 permanent jobs in addition to the 3,500 that the e-tailer plans to recruit in the country by the end of 2016. Increased demand due to a heatwave in Britain has led to Morrisons sending out more than 1,000 of its headquarters staff to help at its supermarkets outlets last weekend.
Leroy Merlin eyes South Africa The French home improvement and gardening retailer, which operates in over 12 countries with nearly 400 stores, is preparing to expand (paywall) to South Africa in 2018.
Portfolio broadened Illinois-based multinational Mondelez acquires the global license to make, market and sell Cadbury-branded biscuits from British Burton’s Biscuit Company +++ Supervalu has reached a long-term supply agreement with The Fresh Market to serve as a grocery wholesaler and distributor to the specialty food retailer.
Risky checkout A study of retailers in the US, Britain and other European countries found self-service checkout technology, including dedicated lanes and smartphone apps, to lead to an increased shrinkage rate for retailers.
Tracking fish Boston seafood distributor Red’s Best has increased transparency by adding a QR code to the boxes of seafood it sells. This can be scanned by smartphones to show who caught the fish, where and how.