There are lots of ethical topics to consider in today’s edition. Jeweller Tiffany’s is tackling conflict diamonds, global food giants are undermining China’s obesity battle and cash-strapped families are being looked after by Morrisons. Enjoy the read and don't forget to share.




Monday, 14 January 2019





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There are lots of ethical topics to consider in today’s edition. Jeweller Tiffany’s is tackling conflict diamonds, global food giants are undermining China’s obesity battle and cash-strapped families are being looked after by Morrisons. Enjoy the read and don't forget to share.




Europe


Under fire ▪ Amazon’s Wi-Fi enabled ordering devices known as Dash buttons have been ruled illegal in Germany for failing to provide adequate information and pricing. The online behemoth is also copping flak over reports that its smart doorbell ‘Ring’ allows employees to spy on customers.



Optimum shopping ▪ French retailer Carrefour has revealed it will open over 30 new Pedestrian Drive outlets in Paris and Lyon by the end of the month, allowing more customers to pick up online orders placed on their website or app from the previous day.



Generous offer ▪ British grocer Morrisons has unveiled a new dining deal to help cash-strapped families at the start of the year. For GBP 10 customers will receive four mains, four drinks and two pieces of fruit, with the offer available until early February.




United States


Ripple effect ▪ The government shutdown in the United States is now the longest in American history, and consumers and retailers are beginning to suffer. The Food and Drug Administration has been forced to reduce its food safety inspections and restaurants in the Washington DC area are empty as federal employees avoid eating out until they get paid.



Transparency assured ▪ Jewellery juggernaut Tiffany’s is vouching for its diamond supply chain with guaranteed country of origin certification accompanying its stones. It is a significant move for the diamond industry which has historically sourced its diamonds from war-torn countries and contributed to human rights violations.


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Plant-based food ▪ Tex-mex major Taco Bell is trialling a new vegetarian menu this year as it looks to appeal to younger consumers. Meanwhile, check out the video showcasing San Francisco start-up New Wave Foods on their mission to create a sustainable alternative to shrimp – out of algae.




Asia & Australasia


Undermining health ▪ Western food giants Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé and McDonalds have had an insidious influence on China’s obesity policies, with a collective push on exercise over nutrition. The discovery released by Harvard University is damning evidence of the corporations pushing their own interests against policies recommended by the World Health Organisation.



Digital economy ▪ Alibaba has unveiled its ‘A100’ strategic partnership programme which offers companies a one-stop solution to transform their digital business. The launch solidifies the e-commerce giant’s shift as an integrated technology provider to companies around the world.



Store closures ▪ Bath and body retailer Crabtree and Evelyn is continuing its business wind down and has announced plans to close all 12 of its Australian stores by the end of January. The company will move its operations online.




Inspiring innovations


Billion-dollar problem ▪ Dealing with returned merchandise is becoming an increasing issue as online sales boom and consumers return 15-40% of what they buy online. Check out how smart return policies can increase customer traffic and get ideas on innovative ways to deal with returns.



Privileged customers ▪ Loyalty schemes are nothing new, but increasing numbers of retailers are gambling that their best customers will pay to belong to a loyalty programme. Lululemon, CVS and Amazon Prime are testing paid reward programmes and it is expected more companies will follow suit.