The tech heavyweights are making some bold moves today. Microsoft is targeting gaming developers as part of its plan to rival Amazon’s cloud capabilities, Amazon itself is one step closer to securing it’s second HQ, and search engine giant Baidu is in rejuvenation mode. Enjoy the read and have a great week.




Monday, 18 March 2019





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The tech heavyweights are making some bold moves today. Microsoft is targeting gaming developers as part of its plan to rival Amazon’s cloud capabilities, Amazon itself is one step closer to securing it’s second HQ, and search engine giant Baidu is in rejuvenation mode. Enjoy the read and have a great week.

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United States


Making gains ▪ Amazon is on its way to securing Virginia as its second headquarters, after gaining local approval of its USD 51 million financial package. Competitor Microsoft is attempting to take on Amazon’s cloud services with a new strategy combining its video gaming and own cloud businesses to win over game developers.



Plastic footprint ▪ Coca-Cola has fronted up to calls for plastic production transparency, revealing it creates 3 million tonnes of plastic packaging annually, equating to 200,000 bottles per minute. Meanwhile, the soft drink giant has struck a new sponsorship deal with British formula one racing team McLaren.



Image gallery ▪ Manhattan’s latest retail experience has officially opened with consumers celebrating the one million square feet of new shopping available. The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards boasts 100 stores, celebrity chefs and an elegant urban design. Check out pictures here.




Europe & Africa


Brexit woes ▪ The latest turmoil over Britain’s disastrous exit from the European Union has led the British Retail Consortium to urge members of parliament to move forward and give stability to retailers. Amidst the uncertainty, supermarket chain Morrison’s has reported stockpiling of necessities such as toilet paper and painkillers by consumers.



Positive steps ▪ Carrefour is continuing its rollout of surveillance cameras in abattoirs, with meat suppliers in Spain now required to comply with the mega-retailer’s monitoring system. In Egypt, Carrefour has reduced its carbon footprint with a 7% saving in energy use.



New opening ▪ Beer giant Heineken is expanding its presence in Africa with the opening of a brewery in Mozambique, its first in the republic. The Dutch brewer has invested EUR 88 million in the brewery which has created 200 jobs for the region.




Asia & Australasia


Kiwi spirit ▪ In the wake of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, retailers are uniting together to help the Muslim community. One such is Grizzly Bakery, who have donated over 400 baked goods to the hospital, other local retailers spent the weekend’s profits to victim support organisations.



Forward thinking ▪ Tech titan Baidu will see its 53-year-old company President Zhang Yaqin step down into retirement from October. The move comes as part of a wider revitalisation plan to promote younger staff and hasten its leadership renewal.




Strange but true


Feathers failure ▪ Britain's Tesco is in hot water after installing mesh above its trolley park to prevent swallows nesting at its Norwich store. Consumers have voiced concerns that the migratory birds, who travel 5,000 miles to breed at the spot, will get tangled in the netting and die.



Latest craze ▪ The latest social media consumer trend is gripping China – paying for praise. Customers feeling the need for some warm fuzzies can find praise group vendors on Alibaba’s Taobao site and pay USD 7 for a five-minute session. Social media platforms WeChat and QQ also host the service.



Custom clad ▪ Fashion giant Zara is trialling a personalised denim pop-up service across three stores in Europe. Customers can have any items of denim clothing embroidered with their choice of words in a range of fonts from EUR 20-40.