Expectations lofty as Lotte Centre opens in Hanoi

Viet Nam News

High-rise skyscraper Lotte Centre Hanoi held its official grand opening ceremony on Tuesday. Built in the style of the Vietnamese traditional ao dai, the 14,000 sq. m. building also incorporates advanced construction technology from South Korea and features 70 floors with offices, shops, serviced residences and five-star hotel rooms.

The building in Hanoi would serve as a stepping-stone for Lotte Group to reach other Asian markets, Lotte Centre Hanoi General Director Lee Jong Kook said at a press briefing about the opening of the centre.

Further Insights on Shrink Measurement

Shrinkage is still a pressing issue for retailers today with the challenges of having to grapple with an exceptional increase in the numbers of consumers, more sophisticated criminal gangs stealing to resell, and an increase in gang assisted and opportunistic employee theft with more desirable and sophisticated goods on the shelves. This high demand results in the need for frequent restocking resulting in administrative errors compounding losses.

Coles, Woolworths warned about trolley worker exploitation

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

The Australian statutory office Fair Work Ombudsman has warned the major supermarket chains could face penalties if they fail to ensure trolley workers are paid fairly.

In a speech on Friday, Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said she was concerned the grocery giants were solely focused on cost, placing vulnerable staff at risk.

RetailWATCH: Tyco Awarded Chain Wide Inventory Visibility Contract to Zara

Tyco Implements Advanced New Solution of RFID Inventory Intelligence for Inditex Group

Tyco Retail Solutions has announced that Inditex Group, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, has awarded Tyco a chain wide contract for RFID-based Inventory Intelligence.

Asian labour activists team up to press wage claims


Labour leaders behind the biggest strikes in Cambodia's USD5 billion garment industry knew last year they had a strong case for higher wages: they had already compared notes with activists in neighbouring countries.

The result was a 25 percent increase in the minimum pay for an estimated 600,000 garment workers, to USD100 a month, the biggest jump in around 15 years. Now, they're asking for more.

Apple's Cook stresses need to make workforce more diverse


Apple Inc on Tuesday released a report on employee diversity, and its numbers are similar to those of other Silicon Valley companies, prompting Chief Executive Tim Cook to say there is still work to be done.

The employee survey comes on the heels of recent reports from technology companies Google Inc and Twitter Inc, but it is unique in one significant way. It alone is accompanied by letter from a company CEO, in which Cook stresses the company's commitment to being "innovative in advancing diversity."

Minimum wage set to rise 15pc in Vietnam

Viet Nam News

The National Wage Council of Vietnam will ask the Prime Minister for an average increase of 15.1 percent in region-based minimum wages next year.

Regional minimum wages are now decided by the council, which was established last year. It provides an equal voice to the Government, employers' organisations and trade unions. If approved, the wages would be applied to every private sector company, business, co-operative, farm, household, individual and organisation that hires people.

Carrefour Supermarkets deploy fingerprint recognition terminals for access control

Retail in Asia

Carrefour Supermarkets in Istanbul will be using a fingerprint recognition terminal for access control and time and attendance management.

The technology from Suprema Inc., BioEntry Plus, is a distributed IP system terminal with the high level security provided by biometrics. The system provides efficient management of access control and time and attendance for the more than 5,000 employees working at stalls located across the country.

KFC closes Thailand's Pattani, Yala stores

Bangkok Post

Restaurant operator KFC will close its outlets in two of Thailand's restive southern provinces after determining it couldn’t complete needed renovations.

The fried-chicken chain said Tuesday the closures of two stores in Pattani and one in Yala were only temporary, but gave no indication how long the shutdowns would last. In the interim, it has relocated 13 employees to other stores.

In a statement, KFC said the three stores, which have been operating for 10 years, need renovations that cannot be done due to continuing violence in the provinces.

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