Canadian operator Couche-Tard continues its merger spree with its fourth acquisition this year which is also the largest in the chain’s 36-year history. In Australia, Woolworths has scrapped its unpopular loyalty scheme while Walgreens in the US becomes the first retailer to have its loyalty card supported by Android Pay. Find out about these stories and more. Enjoy!
Asia & Australia
Payment options German start-up BlockPay, which enables merchants to accept one or more digital currencies at zero cost, pushes its platform to new levels with an imminent crowdfunding. Contactless payments in the UK soared to a record of GBP 9.27 billion spent during the first half of the year compared with GBP 7.75 billion over the whole of 2015. Over in the US, Walgreens has become the first retailer to integrate its loyalty program with Android Pay.
Tesco stores open all night In line with the new night timetable for the London underground, Tesco will open additional stores along the Victoria and Central lines for 24 hours on weekends. The supermarket chain denied reports that it was planning to exit Hungary.
USA & Canada
Office Depot CEO to retire Following the announcement of Roland Smith to step down from his role as CEO early next year, the office supply retailer is on the hunt for a successor.
It's in the name Apple is changing the way it brands its stores by replacing the word "store" with the individual location of each particular outlet. Employees at the stores are likely to go under one of the new job titles "Pro", "Creative Pro" and "Technical Expert". Over in the UK, supermarket chain Morrisons has invented the position of "Bake Officer", whose responsibilities focus on trends around the latest edition of hit TV series "The Great British Bake Off".
It's about the looks "The appearance barrier" describes the phenomenon of being distracted by your own physical appearance on video calls preventing from fully engaging in the discussion. Some adjustments around positioning and behaviour might help.