Walmart and Amazon want to keep their workers happy with interesting health offerings. Alibaba makes its investors happy by announcing ambitious targets for 2024, and Aldi has reason to be happy over a US award the award for its efforts in sustainable refrigeration. Read on and have a happy Wednesday.




Wednesday, 25 September 2019





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Walmart and Amazon want to keep their workers happy with interesting health offerings. Alibaba makes its investors happy by announcing ambitious targets for 2024, and Aldi has reason to be happy over a US award the award for its efforts in sustainable refrigeration. Read on and have a happy Wednesday.




United States


Competitive edge ▪ Amazon has acquired US tech start-up INLT. The transaction is said to help its merchants to import goods into the United States more easily. The online giant has also launched an initiative to access virtual assistants from one single device as the competition in the market for voice assistants intensifies.



Health matters ▪ Walmart has added health-related bachelor degrees to its programme where workers can earn a college education by paying USD 1 a day. Meanwhile, Amazon has started Amazon Care, a new pilot healthcare service offering that is initially available to its employees in the Seattle area.



Unprecedented transparency ▪ C&S Wholesale Grocers has partnered with Chicago-based supply-chain platform FourKites. The alliance will give retailers a real-time view of incoming deliveries, including when a truck has left the warehouse, when it is about an hour away and when it has arrived.



Sustainability recognized ▪ Aldi has received a major accolade in the US . The discounter, who runs more than 1,900 stores in the States has been given an excellence award from a prestigious environment agency for its efforts to promote sustainable refrigeration.




Anuga Announcements


Supply chain challenges ▪ The cruise line industry is experiencing dramatic growth with more than 100 new cruise ships currently under construction. Innovative products and supply chain efficiencies in this sector will be discussed at an Anuga conference. Click here for the detailed programme.




Europe


Partners to the rescue ▪ Britain's Card Factory is rolling out its partnership with Aldi . Its products will be on sale in 440 discount outlets, after a successful trial in 130 Aldi stores. The gift store chain has posted a dissatisfactory double-digit decline to GBP 24.3 million in half-year profits.



Compensating losses ▪ Spanish retailer Dia is seeking shareholder approval to carry out a capital increase and has announced an extraordinary general meeting for October, 22. Last week, the company has reported a net loss for the first half of the year, due to falling sales and supply disruptions.



Recycling campaign ▪ Coca-Cola has launched a multi-brand 'Round in Circles' advertising initiative in Britain to remind the public that all its bottles are 100% recyclable. The launch coincides with a major recycling event in London, which will be supported by the beverage giant.




Asia & Australasia


Ambitious aims ▪ Alibaba plans to serve more than 1 billion active customers and realise more than USD 1.4 trillion in annual gross merchandise volume by 2024. The company has also acquired a third of Ant Financial, the operator of online payment system Alipay, paving the way for a possible IPO.



Speedy delivery ▪ Alibaba rivals don't stay idle when it comes to ambitious targets. JD.com said it will reduce delivery time to 30 minutes across China by adding more physical stores to its supply chain. Currently, the online major operates from 20,000 brick-and-mortar outlets, including 175 hypermarkets.



Dairy deal ▪ New Zealand dairy co-op Fonterra has sold its 50 per cent stake in drug supplier company, DFE Pharma, for NZD 633 million to a private equity fund. The sale, along with proceeds from other asset sales, would make over NZD 1 billion available for debt reduction.