It’s all a bit grim today with Walmart dealing with a devastating act of violence, British consumers stashing goods in the midst of Brexit chaos, and Amazon getting to the bottom of an orchestrated robbery scheme. For light-hearted reading, check out the latest developments in clothing. It’s unreal! Read on and have a great week.




Monday, 05 August 2019





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It’s all a bit grim today with Walmart dealing with a devastating act of violence, British consumers stashing goods in the midst of Brexit chaos, and Amazon getting to the bottom of an orchestrated robbery scheme. For light-hearted reading, check out the latest developments in clothing. It’s unreal! Read on and have a great week.




US & Canada


Twin tragedies ▪ Two Walmart stores have been the target of mass shootings in America. On Saturday, 20 people were killed in an act of domestic terrorism in El Paso, Texas, while days earlier two people lost their lives at a Mississippi store. The retail giant says in the latter case its ‘active shooter’ professional development program likely saved lives.



Objectionable acts ▪ The FBI has uncovered a theft ring in operation by delivery drivers for Amazon, and one analyst has weighed in claiming it is unlikely to affect customer demand. In Europe, the online powerhouse has confirmed it will make consumers and business partners pay the costs of the new French digital tax.



Too little ▪ The Hudson’s Bay takeover saga continues, with an offer by the executive chairman and governor being rebuffed. The board for the department store denied an offer of CAD 9.45 per share, although it will continue to analyse the package and release its decision in September.



Listening in ▪ Apple and Google have responded to privacy concerns and are halting their programs that saw contractors listen to users’ conversations with voice assistant Siri. The tech giants also aim to improve the transparency of opt-out features.




Europe


Legal matters ▪ Big 4 grocer Asda is heading to the Supreme Court for its final attempt to appeal an equal pay case overturned. In The Netherlands, a regulatory committee has approved Dutch supermarket Jumbo’s acquisition of Agrimarkt.



Tough times ▪ The UK’s political scene is nothing short of chaos as pundits weigh in on whether it is possible to avoid a no-deal Brexit under new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Consumer panic is starting to set in with people stock-piling food and other goods, while the Bank of England claims Britain could enter a recession next year.



Women on top ▪ German wholesaler Metro AG has appointed Andrea Euenheim as its labour director, making her the first woman to join the retailer’s executive board. In the UK, adult fun chain Lovehoney has named ex-Sainsbury’s big wig Sarah Warby as its CEO.



Environmental wins ▪ Polish Carrefour stores are experimenting with ‘bee hotels’ on the roof of hypermarkets, in an attempt to safeguard bees in cities and promote biodiversity. Meanwhile, retail dynamos such as Sainsbury’s and John Lewis have cut their carbon emissions by a third since signing up to the Better Retail Better World project.




Asia


Boosting capacity ▪ Food giant Nestlé is set to invest EUR 90 million in Indonesia to expand the production capabilities of three factories specialising in liquid drinks and seasonings in the region. It is expected production will increase by 25%.




Totally tech


Simulated clothes ▪ Fashionistas are always searching for the latest trends and styles. Enter virtual clothes or ‘skins’. Starting at EUR 10, users can upload an image and have a designer ‘dress’ them virtually, with the photo then available for sharing and bragging on social media. No clothing is ever physically produced.



AI caffeine ▪ A robotic barista is now a permanent fixture at San Francisco International Airport. Customers can order in advance using the app or interact with in-person via a touchscreen. The ‘Coffee Haus’ is capable of producing 100 cups per hour.