Cultural festivities are driving the international retail world today. Chinese New Year is inspiring many retailers to sell pig themed products, some more successfully than others. The American sporting event of the year, the Superbowl, has injected millions into the local economy and provided amusement with celebrity-laden commercials from the retail majors. Enjoy the read.




Monday, 04 February 2019





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Cultural festivities are driving the international retail world today. Chinese New Year is inspiring many retailers to sell pig themed products, some more successfully than others. The American sporting event of the year, the Superbowl, has injected millions into the local economy and provided amusement with celebrity-laden commercials from the retail majors. Enjoy the read.




Europe & Africa


Fresh buy ▪ Coca-Cola has completed its acquisition of Nigeria’s Chi juice company. The soft drink giant’s long-term investment highlights the company’s optimism about growing business in Africa.



Sustainable efforts ▪ British department store chain Marks & Spencer will be transforming the soft plastics it collects in-store into playground equipment, store fittings and furniture. In the Netherlands, dairy farmers in the Drenthe province will get financial rewards for demonstrating sustainable practices.


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Positive produce ▪ In a first for Belgian supermarkets, Lidl Belgium will only offer Fairtrade bananas for sale from mid this year. Meanwhile, Dutch retailer Plus is promoting healthy eating with a price reduction on popular fruit and vegetables as part of a new range called ‘Laagblijver’.



Calling all innovators ▪ Product Pitch is now open for applications. The annual initiative by Dutch retailer Albert Heijn targets entrepreneurs with visions for new and innovative products, with the best making it onto store shelves.




United States


Rewarding diligence ▪ Walmart is rewarding dedicated staff with an incentive to earn an extra 25% on their quarterly cash bonuses if they maintain a flawless attendance record. The world’s biggest retailer also unveiled an updated paid-time-off programme allowing staff to draw on a time bank for unexpected absences.



Hotly debated ▪ Colgate-Palmolive’s latest toothpaste product ‘Colgate Total SF’ has sparked controversy following a recipe adjustment where key component triclosan was quietly removed. The ingredient has been linked to negative health outcomes but up until now the hygiene company has staunchly backed its safety.




Asia


Fighting for fairness ▪ Bangladesh’s vast garment industry, which supplies retailers including Walmart, Gap and H&M, is in disarray after 5000 workers were fired for protesting low wages. The protests have been marred with violence and allegations of government intimidation.



Investment drive ▪ Go-Jek, an Indonesian ride-hailing and logistics service, has reportedly raised USD 1 billion in Series F funding from Alphabet’s Google, JD.com and Tencent. The company is estimated to be valued at USD 9 billion.



Special release ▪ Chinese New Year is upon us, and retailers are bending over backwards to celebrate China’s year of the pig. International luxury brands including Burberry, Louis Vutton, Dolce & Gabbana and Piaget have all released pig-related products to capitalise on the celebration.




Weird and wonderful


Store concepts ▪ Bali is now the home of Starbuck’s largest Southeast Asian store offers an experiential coffee supply chain journey for interested patrons. Check out the video here. In America, grocery giant H-E-B has opened an expansive store in Houston, complete with drive-thru pharmacy, cooking demos, and believe it or not, flying chickens.



Superbowl mania ▪ Every year the sporting phenomenon known as the Superbowl sends America into a frenzy over football, buffalo wings, beer and half-time performances. The whole event is worth billions – check out who makes what. And with over 100 million viewers expected, the commercials go next level. Check out these weird and wild offerings from the likes of Amazon, Samsung and Taco Bell.