With Thanksgiving and Black Friday done and dusted, the retail focus now shifts towards Christmas. There are some impressive Christmas window displays around enticing customers, and shopping angst has already reared its head with customers in Aldi stores physically scrapping to get their hands on a rather bizarre product. Enjoy the read!




Monday, 26 November 2018





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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday done and dusted, the retail focus now shifts towards Christmas. There are some impressive Christmas window displays around enticing customers, and shopping angst has already reared its head with customers in Aldi stores physically scrapping to get their hands on a rather bizarre product. Enjoy the read!

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Europe


Industrial action ▪ German services union Verdi has organised a nationwide strike at Metro AG's Real Hypermarket to press for its 34,000 staff to be covered by a collective agreement. Meanwhile, Amazon employees across Europe launched demonstrations to coincide with Black Friday, as they protested working conditions and being 'treated like robots'.



Green in Italy ▪ Italian supermarket chain Conad has won an award in innovation for its new light and fully recyclable plastic pallet. The supermarket, along with competitor MD have also announced plans to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Meanwhile, discounter Penny Market Italia has developed a range of organic produce designed to limit food waste.


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Fresh look ▪ H&M is set to unveil a new store concept at its Hammersmith site. The Swedish retailer promises a focus on customer experience and customisation through a range of new services including garment repair and personalised embroidery.




United States


Record spending ▪ The Black Friday shopping phenomenon set new spending records for 2018 with online sales topping a massive USD 6.22 billion, up 23.6% from a year ago. It was also the first day in history to see smartphone sales exceed USD 2 billion.



Changes at the top ▪ Victoria's Secret has appointed John Mehas of women's luxury apparel brand Tory Burch as CEO, following Jan Singer's resignation last week. Mehas' appointment is hoped to turn the lingerie giant's fortunes around as the retailer struggles with declining sales.



Strategic review ▪ GameStop has made a bold move to get out of the mobile phone business and instead focus on video games and collectibles. The consumer electronics retailer has sold its Spring Mobile business to Prime Communications for USD 700 million.




Asia & Australasia


Intense backlash ▪ Dolce & Gabbana is facing mounting criticism in China over a series of controversial ads which have been fiercely condemned by Chinese citizens as racist and sexist. The two founders of the luxury fashion house have been forced to apologise and back out of a major fashion show in Shanghai. Check out the ad here.



Rapid expansion ▪ Ralph Lauren intends to open one new store per week in China, as the company commits to expanding its network. The luxury fashion retailer is aiming for USD 500 million in revenue from China in the next five years.



Optimising supply chain ▪ Australian pharmacy chain, Chemist Warehouse is piloting artificial intelligence technology from a New Zealand start-up, designed to help retailers get the right product – at the right place and the right price.




Holiday happenings


Carrot wars ▪ Customers have been seen scrapping in Aldi stores as they rush to get their hands on a Kevin the Carrot doll. The plush toys, based on the discount chain's Christmas campaigns, sold out both in store and online in a matter of hours.



Talking turkey ▪ For Thanksgiving this year, Amazon's Alexa took her education to the next level and learnt how to make a turkey. The voice-enabled personal assistant acquired expert turkey-making knowledge and fielded thousands of queries from stressed out households.



Image Gallery ▪ Check out these stunning series of photos showcasing the best Christmas window displays and festive scenes from around the world. Truly inspiring!