There are some exciting environmental initiatives being employed by the retail giants. Aldi is celebrating the early success of its plastic waste initiative in the Philippines, while Big 4 grocer Sainsbury’s is increasing plastic recyclability in-store. Meanwhile, the positioning of junk food on shelves is being challenged by those concerned with the obesity epidemic. Read on and have a great week!




Monday, 29 July 2019





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There are some exciting environmental initiatives being employed by the retail giants. Aldi is celebrating the early success of its plastic waste initiative in the Philippines, while Big 4 grocer Sainsbury’s is increasing plastic recyclability in-store. Meanwhile, the positioning of junk food on shelves is being challenged by those concerned with the obesity epidemic. Read on and have a great week!




Europe


Major milestone ▪ Lidl is celebrating success in Ireland, having opened its 200th store in Tullamore. The store opening signals the discounter is making solid gains in fulfilling its EUR 200 million Irish investment plan this year.



Paying off ▪ Carrefour is enjoying pleasing results, with operating profits jumping up 2.6% year-on-year. The French retail giant boasts that its increased earnings are due to a ‘strategic overhaul’ and improving its online business.



Ramping up ▪ Ocado is preparing for its partnership with department store Marks and Spencer with plans to open a new customer service centre in Sunderland. The online British supermarket has signed a 15-year lease on the building and plans to hire 300 new staff.



Progressive practice ▪ Sainsbury’s is rocketing ahead with another eco-friendly initiative – the replacement of the hard-to-recycle black trays used for its ready-made meals with a recyclable alternative. Meanwhile, supermarkets are being lobbied by a health group to move junk food from eye-level displays to curb rising obesity rates.




United States


Reporting results ▪ Second quarter numbers are flooding in. Consumer goods company Colgate-Palmolive saw a slight sales decrease, while fast food giant McDonald’s has seen its shares jump to an all-time high after its same-store sales growth beat expectations. Meanwhile, chocolate powerhouse Hershey’s luke-warm annual projection dwarfed its profit increase.



Dicey dealings ▪ Facebook and Instagram have announced that their platforms will no longer allow the sale of alcohol and tobacco between users, following sales of counterfeit spirits. Meanwhile, e-cigarette major Juul is in court defending its role in the ‘teen vaping epidemic’ sweeping the nation.




Asia


Cleaning up ▪ German retailer Aldi’s partnership with eco-warriors Plastic Bank has had a big impact in the Philippines. The first four months of the initiative has seen over 40 tonnes of plastic collected. It will then be turned into ‘social plastic’ and used to make new products.



Advanced tech ▪ Alibaba's chip arm has unveiled the intellectual property for its first core processor, the likes of which can be used in automatic driving technology and edge computing. The e-commerce behemoth intends to capitalise on its IP by offering licenses.




Insider insights


Trade gossip ▪ The rumours around a possible merger between French retailers Carrefour and Casino are whirling, with inconsistent stories and conflicting public statements making headlines. The German Retail Blog puts it to three international retail experts to get their take on the likelihood of a deal.



Synthetic jewels ▪ China is moving to majorly disrupt the fine jewellery market by scaling up its tech production and increasing quantities of ‘lab grown’ diamonds at half the price of traditionally sourced stones. Sustainable and ethical concerns are likely to fuel demand for the ‘fake gems', thereby destabilising the current diamond oligopoly.



Christmas staffing ▪ We’re only just knocking on August’s door, but job hiring for the holiday season is about to go wild. Online jobs site Indeed has revealed businesses have started advertising earlier, with job search activity increasing at the same time. Get those ads out now!