Extreme weather conditions in Europe have caused a cauliflower crisis in the UK, Nespresso likes bicycles from recycled coffee capsules and Nike is to launch an adventure club for kids as a subscription model. Read on to find out what's going on in the delivery industry and why Britain's retail giants want to change the tax system. Have a great day!




Tuesday, 13 August 2019





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Extreme weather conditions in Europe have caused a cauliflower crisis in the UK, Nespresso likes bicycles from recycled coffee capsules and Nike is to launch an adventure club for kids as a subscription model. Read on to find out what's going on in the delivery industry and why Britain's retail giants want to change the tax system. Have a great day!




Europe


Delivery decisions ▪ British start-up Deliveroo has announced to exit the German market, where it has 1,100 drivers and a staff of 100. The withdrawal reduces competition for Dutch rival Takeaway. Meanwhile, Uber is reportedly toying with the idea of including grocery delivery in its Uber Eats platform.



Produce recognition ▪ Colruyt is testing a cutting-edge technology that is capable of identifying fruit and vegetables at the checkout. The Belgian retailer has partnered with AI business Robovision to develop the technology, which relies on images and a 'deep learning' smart camera.



Tax issues ▪ Tesco boss Dave Lewis wants the UK government to cut business rates by 20% and introduce 2% tax on online sales. The grocer is in contact with competitors to support the initiative, fellow retailer Co-op is already on board. More than 50 major UK retailers want an urgent reform of the rate system.




United States


Health service ▪ Giant Eagle is the latest retailer to ramp up its health offerings with plans to add Higi stations to 218 of its 410 stores across five US states. They offer free screenings and health education. With its ever-expanding network, Higi has seen more than 56 million people conduct more than 322 million tests.



Sneaker subscription ▪ Footwear major Nike steps into the subscription service market with the launch of a 'sneaker club' for kids, called Nike Adventure Club. It will allow parents to order shoes for their kids ages 2 to 10 either on a quarterly, bimonthly or monthly basis, paying monthly fees.



Eco-friendly efforts ▪ Kroger has revealed results of its Zero Hunger, Zero Waste initiative and said it reduced its food waste footprint by 9% in 2018. The retailer continues to invest in solar energy. Its subsidiary Ralphs announced the installation of a photovoltaic solar power array in a distribution centre in California.



Store art ▪ Target is lifting community spirit with local artists. From murals behind the registers to installations in the parking lots, locally-designed art can be found in the retailer's small-format locations across the nation. The discounter has collaborated with nearly 30 local artists for pieces at 60 stores.




Asia


Fuelling competition ▪ Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries will join forces with Microsoft's Azure platform to enter the cloud services market offering website hosting and data storage. The move could intensify competition in the country which is dominated by Amazon.



Employee education ▪ Indian e-commerce platform Flipkart has partnered with Government agencies to train 20,000 of its delivery staffs across the country. The Walmart-owned company also envisions to have a robust training program for its additional 30,000 strong supply chain workforce.




Strange but true


Gearing up recycling ▪ Nespresso is partnering with Swedish bike brand Vélosophy to produce a bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules, claiming to bring sustainability and style together to create a meaningful experience. Click here to watch it on video.



Cauliflower crisis ▪ Due to heavy rain and the continental heatwave this summer, Britain is facing a shortage of cauliflower supply. Tesco has already informed its customers accordingly, and one leading supplier is telling restaurants to take cauliflower-related meals off the menu.