Category Archives: International

DNA Tagging for Cotton Sustainability — TriplePundit.com

  In the wake of recent scandals involving the authenticity of cotton, some suppliers are working with DNA to track their cotton orders: “PimaCott, owned by a large Indian supplier, says it has a solution. The company partnered with Applied DNA Sciences, an American biotechnology firm, to treat its cotton so that it can be easily scanned and identified. Molecules with DNA tags are added to cotton during the ginning process, so someone on a company’s supply chain team is...

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Walmart to Invest in Chilean Operations — WHTC.com

Walmart plans to invest in its Chilean operations: “As part of the plan, the retail and supermarket chain will also remodel over 50 stores, add more than 5,000 jobs, and further develop a large distribution center near the capital city of Santiago.“ Supplier Takeaway Do you sell products in Chile? If you don’t, does the fact that Walmart is investing in the region cause you to consider the possibility of working in this market? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How Retailtainment...

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Asda Offers Shuttle Service After Store Closure — StokeSentinel.co.uk

After the closure of a local co-op, Asda began offering a free shuttle service to one of its stores: “An Asda spokesman said: ‘The bus service is being offered as a trial to provide Bucknall shoppers with easy access to a supermarket during the transformation works at the former Co-Op.’” Supplier Takeaway These kinds of services may provide sponsorship opportunities for suppliers. If you are aware of a looming store closure, how might you partner with a retailer to provide...

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Multinationals and Working With China — Bloomberg

Major corporations are developing new strategies for working with China: “The Conference Board, whose 1,200 members include Nestle SA and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is among those exploring how multinationals influence policy, including their greater focus on party organs. The research group expects to publish in May the results of a study on the “changing dynamic of party-state relations” to help foreign companies navigate the country’s vast and often secretive political superstructure.“ Supplier Takeaway China is a force to be reckoned...

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Walmart Invests in Brazil — The Australian

Walmart has announced additional investment in its Brazil business: “Wal-Mart has said it plans to spend one billion reals ($420 million), over three years on upgrades to its hypermarkets in Brazil. Its net sales in the country have been sluggish in recent years compared with its other markets, falling 4.1 per cent for the three months ended January 31, versus increases for the same period of 8.9 per cent across Mexico and Central America.“ Supplier Takeaway Do you sell products...

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Walmart Canada Adds 70 Distribution Center Jobs — ChooseCornwall.ca

Walmart Canada has created 70 new jobs, mostly through its new distribution center: “The majority of the positions are for the newest Walmart Cornwall distribution centre with measures over 1.5 million sq.ft.. Both Walmart Distribution Centres in Cornwall supply Walmart stores in Eastern Canada, from Kingston to Newfoundland.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers How Retailtainment Is Killing Your Profit Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: The 8th & Walton Conference Call – Episode 7

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Asda Tightens Supplier Terms — The Guardian

Asda has announced a change to its international supplier payment terms, requiring suppliers to wait longer for payment: “Asda, owned by American giant Walmart, is one of the first retailers to tighten the screw on manufacturers after the Brexit vote. Its George business, along with most of the big clothing chains, will have been hit by the falling value of the pound because it uses US dollars to buy most of its fashion lines. Pounds taken at its tills now...

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Walmart’s Canadian Omnichannel Strategy — IGD Retail Analysis

Walmart is taking a steady approach to introducing omnichannel sales in Canada: “Walmart initially launched its online grocery pickup service at 11 stores in Ottawa in 2015, before expanding it to 12 stores in the Toronto area early last year. The retailer has taken a relatively steady approach to the roll-out, focusing on refining its processes and building a pathway to profitability, with the service currently available in around 50 locations. This includes three downtown condo buildings in Toronto as...

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Asda to Sell “Pastured” Milk — The Guardian

Asda is selling a brand of milk that is sourced from pastured cows: “Asda will from Wednesday exclusively sell the new milk, which will carry a Pasture Promise logo, indicating that it comes from animals grazed for at least 180 days and nights a year and also offers farmers a fair price. The label could eventually be extended to cheese and other dairy products made from free range milk.“ Supplier Takeaway How do you plan to meet consumer demand for...

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Brexit Affects Pound Value — NWAHomepage.com

  The value of the U.K. pound has become unstable due to concerns over Brexit: “Leaving the EU’s free trading area is likely to bring bureaucratic pain to businesses trading across the EU. Banks and other financial institutions said they will have to move jobs abroad in order to safeguard their operations across the union.“ Supplier Takeaway Do you do business in the U.K. or E.U.? How will Brexit impact your organization? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Avoid the...

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