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Walmart to Invest in Chinese, Indian Markets — ETRetail.com

Walmart plans greater investments in India and China: “‘In order to grow our business profitably, we’re making strategic choices to simplify our portfolio and be more focused. For example, we’ve sold non-core assets like shopping malls in Chile and the Suburbia clothing chain in Mexico. Our emphasis for capital allocation is on our core North American markets (Mexico & Canada) and key growth markets (China & India). We are intentionally focused on investing in markets, channels, and formats that position...

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Walmart India Seeks Woman-Owned Suppliers — Forbes India

Walmart India is seeking to partner with woman-owned suppliers: “In September 2011, Walmart launched its Global Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative and through it, by the end of 2016, it could source $20 billion from women for its US business. In India, where Walmart has about 21 cash-and-carry stores, it currently has a pipeline of about 50 women suppliers on board.“ Supplier Takeaway Walmart is staying true to its commitment to purchase from woman-owned suppliers. Is your business woman-owned? If so,...

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Canadian Grocers Push Back Against U.S. Competitors — Financial Post

Canada’s grocers are locked in an ongoing battle with Walmart and Costco: “Grier notes general merchants in Canada, mostly Walmart and Costco, saw year-over-year gains in food sales of about one per cent more than the food stores did in the third quarter of last year compared with the third quarter of 2015.“ Supplier Takeaway If your products are being sold in Canada, how does this battle for market share affect your business? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Where Can You...

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China Liquor Firm Edging Out Competition — NWAHomepage.com

China is poised to be the home of the world’s top spirits company: “The company that makes China’s eye-wateringly strong Moutai drink is edging out Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker, as the world’s most valuable liquor firm.“ Supplier Takeaway China is getting more competitive by the day. What are you doing to stay in front of your industry? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Where Can You See the Future of Retail? Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: The 8th & Walton...

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Retailers Form Coalition Against Border Tax — Reuters

Retailers have formed a coalition against a border tax that could raise the price of consumer goods: “The anti-border tax coalition, known as Americans for Affordable Products, includes large corporations that require imports like automakers and retail giants like Target (TGT.N) , Best Buy (BBY.N) and Walmart (WMT.N). The tax opponents will target 40 members of Congress in 11 states, said coalition spokesman Joshua Baca.“ Supplier Takeaway How closely are you monitoring the border tax situation? How would such a...

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An Interview with Massmart’s Kuseni Dlamini — African Business Magazine

  A recent interview with the head of South Africa’s Massmart: “While this slow and steady approach appears to be paying off under the leadership of chief executive Guy Hayward, it’s a strategy that few would have foreseen several years ago. When the firm was controversially taken over by US giant Walmart in 2011, most retail watchers expected Massmart to follow its owners’ titanic ambitions by hoovering up retail space across sub-Saharan Africa in a bid to capitalise on the...

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Gas Protests Blamed for Slow Walmart Mexico Sales — Barron’s

Walmart Mexico experienced a recent slowdown in sales, some believe this was due to recent protests over gasoline prices: “The unit of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) said protests over Mexican gasoline price increases, which shuttered several dozen Walmex stores in January, shaved 1.5 to 2 percentage points off sales growth that month, and negative calendar changes also were a factor. First quarter sales of 131.7 billion Mexican pesos ($7 billion) were up 7.3% from the first quarter of 2016.“ Supplier Takeaway...

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Asda Beats Aldi Prices on Garden Items — The Sun

Asda’s new yard and garden assortment is beating Aldi on price: “Asda also beats Aldi on price when it comes to solar garden lights (£2.50 vs £5.99), decorative garden stakes (£2 vs £2.50) and a bee house (£6 vs £6.99). Asda said: ‘[We’re] offering a selection of cut back outdoor products under the George Home label, rivalling Aldi’s new outdoor living range.‘” Supplier Takeaway Whether here or in the United Kingdom, Walmart is clearly noticing the challenge posed by Aldi. What...

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Asda Adopts Vegan Label — The London Economic

Asda has adopted labeling for its vegan products: “George Gill, Chief Executive of The Vegan Society, said: “We are very pleased that yet another major retailer has listened to its customers and decided to make the shopping experience easier for vegans and those shopping on their behalf.“ Supplier Takeaway Consumer diets are diverse and they often appreciate clear labels that let them know what they are buying and eating. Have you considered labeling that highlights a product’s suitability for a...

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Walmart China Focuses on Food Transparency — FoodSafetyNews.com

Details about how Walmart is fostering food safety transparency in China: “Last year, we announced the Wal-Mart Food Safety Collaboration Center in China and called for partners in the food system to participate. Our aim is to help accelerate the development and adoption of food safety solutions that can be openly shared and scaled throughout the supply chain. We will bring together Chinese and international expertise to help identify food safety issues in China and to find practical solutions to...

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