Category Archives: International

U.K. Prices Impact Retail Sales — NWAHomepage.com

Increased prices are being blamed for a drop in the U.K.’s retail sales: “Sales dropped by 0.3% last month, compared to a 0.9% increase expected by analysts. The bad news didn’t stop there: the ONS also said that retail sales dropped by 2.1% in the month leading up to Christmas, a steeper decline than previously thought. Kate Davies, a senior statistician at the ONS, said that higher fuel and food prices are to blame for the slowdown. Sales were down...

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Walmart’s “Flower” Cosmetics Launch in Mexico — WWD.com

Drew Barrymore has launched her Flower cosmetic line in Mexico’s Walmart stores: “We’ve been eager to be in that country and in that marketplace,” said Barrymore, who is Flower’s creative director and founder. “We will be there sometime in March,” she noted, alluding to plans for a launch event in Mexico City. Barrymore added that she has had the multicultural customer in mind since launching the brand.“ Supplier Takeaway If you are beauty or personal care supplier, how do you plan...

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Asda Regaining its Footing — Reuters

Walmart is supporting Asda as it seeks to regain footing in the U.K.: “Declining sales show signs of tapering off since Wal-Mart veteran Sean Clarke became Asda’s president and chief executive last July, with a focus on improving the look and feel of the stores as well as enhancing product lines. Wal-Mart will provide further firepower by ensuring Asda leverages the parent’s purchasing strength in everything from refrigerators to own-brand products and real estate to drive down prices and costs,...

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Walmart Approaches African Plans With Caution — PYMNTS.com

  Walmart is being cautious in its expansion into African countries: “In 2011, Walmart bought a $2.4 billion majority stake in South African retailer Massmart Holdings due to the continent’s growing consumer class. Massmart is the second-largest distributor of consumer goods in Africa and the largest retailer of general merchandise. Forbes reported that Walmart believed that South Africa is a key market for growth, accounting for roughly 20 percent of consumer spending on the continent. At the time, Mass­mart had 26...

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Mexico and Trade — WWD.com

What would the consequences of a trade skirmish with Mexico look like for textile and apparel manufacturers? “The U.S. ships roughly $6.5 billion worth of apparel and textiles to Mexico — $4 billion is fabric and $1.2 billion apparel parts, according to Canaive. Conversely, Mexico sends back $4.5 billion worth of clothing and textiles — $3.5 billion of apparel and $1 billion of textiles.“ Supplier Takeaway Do you source products or materials from Mexico? How will these proposed changes affect...

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China Star Food Signs Deal with Walmart — The Business Times

China Star Food is expanding its relationship with Walmart: “Five of the group’s best selling products have been selling in Walmart China since 2016 and the group has engaged a distributor who is familiar with the operations of Walmart China to move sales and replenish the products on the shelves in a timely manner, said the firm in a statement.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers No Free Time? Employees Surf for Deals on the Clock Courses for Walmart Suppliers NEW PODCAST:...

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Iceberg Lettuce Price Hike in U.K. — Retail Magazine

An iceberg lettuce shortage is causing high prices in the United Kingdom: “There are many different reasons attributed to the shortage of iceberg lettuce, the major being the climatic catastrophe Spain has been facing for the past two months resulting in huge irreparable crop damages. One of the major exporters of iceberg lettuce, Spain has lost more than 80 percent of its yield due to the bad weather condition. Floods have washed away planted crops and turned fields into lakes....

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The Status of International Trade Deals — NWAHomepage.com

  Are you curious about all those trade agreements that have been in the news lately? NWAHomepage.com recently posted a quick guide to the agreements and their current status. Supplier Takeaway If you sell items to other countries, source materials from other countries, or import products for sale in the United States, you’ll need to stay on top of changes in trade agreements. Without this knowledge, you could jeopardize your business. Resources for Walmart Suppliers Hear the One About MABD? It’s...

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Asda’s Store Changes — IGD Retail Analysis

Asda has created a new store format that centers the customer experience: “As propensity to shop little and often grows, large stores are frequently accused of being inconvenient and not optimised to top-up shopping or food-to-go missions. Yet convenience means different things to different people, dependent on the kind of shopping mission they are on. Asda Eastlands is designed to conveniently meet as many of its customers’ needs as possible; listening and adapting to their feedback.“ Supplier Takeaway Both here...

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Asda Develops Anti-Food Waste App — Produce Business UK

To help combat food waste, Asda has developed an app that helps food suppliers connect with each other when one has a surplus that another might be able to use: “Created to address the challenge of food waste in the supply chain, Asda Surplus Swap connects suppliers of unwanted food like leftover ingredients, finished produce or vegetable trimmings, with other suppliers who could make use of it.“ Supplier Takeaway No word yet on whether something like this will become available...

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