China pressures Wal-Mart to settle labour dispute

The Wall Street Journal Online

Authorities in China are pushing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to settle a dispute with employees in a case that highlights the increasing power of workers in China's labour market.

Macau urges banks to curb use of UnionPay cards to cut illegal flow

Shanghai Daily

Macau authorities have urged banks to restrict the use of China UnionPay cards which racked up USD22.5 billion in transactions last year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, in a bid to curb the increasingly large amounts of money being illegally taken out of the Chinese mainland.

Macau is the world's largest gambling market, and a popular destination for mainland gamers who bet up to millions of yuan at a time.

Schweppes Australia improves warehouse order fulfillment accuracy

Schweppes Australia, a manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages, recently introduced a comprehensive voice solution at its Schweppes Archerfield Distribution Centre (DC) and achieved over 99 percent improvement in order fulfillment accuracy.

 This distribution center operates five days a week, 24 hours a day and can pick up to 16,000 cases every day. Schweppes Australia delivers to roughly 5,000 customers out of Archerfield and roughly 30,000 customers across the country.

Is Carrefour making a tactical retreat from India?

Business Standard

It's not often that Jean Noel Bironneau, the managing director of Carrefour India, makes public statements. So, when a few days ago, it came to light that he had told his employees not to pay attention to "rumours" about Carrefour's exit from India, much curiosity was generated about the French retailer's fate in the country. In spite of what Bironneau told his employees, industry sources and analysts are making a strong case for why it makes sense for the EUE76-billion (USD104.66b) company to stay away from India – at least for now.

Honeywell's payment accessory for iPad introduced in Asia

Honeywell has introduced Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled, an encasement that transforms an Apple iPad mini into a customer engagement tool, in the Asian retail market recently.

Building off Honeywell’s successful Captuvo line, which includes the SL22 and SL42 encasements for fifth generation iPod touch and iPhone 5 devices, the SL62 helps employees look up inventory, scan barcodes and securely process payments, increasing customer engagement and improving mobile point-of-sale.

METRO China opens new store in Ningbo

German Wholesale giant METRO Cash & Carry on Wednesday announced the launch of its third wholesale store in the Chinese city of Ningbo, and also its 77th store in the country.

Located in the Hengmao Commercial Centre of Haishu District, the new store covers a sales area of over 4,800 square metres, offering an assortment of nearly 14,000 items.

Fast-food workers plan global day of protest in efforts for better wages


Fast-food restaurant employees are to hold a global day of protest and strike action next week in a push for better pay and conditions, officials said in New York on Wednesday.

Convened for the first time under the banner of an international trade union, the fast-food workers agreed to launch their movement on May 15 with strikes in 150 U.S. cities and protests in 33 countries.

M&S starts big online push

Retail In Asia

Marks & Spencer has set in motion its international and multi-channel transformation plan with the launch of its new .com business and a more vigorous campaign for its online selling channels.

M& was launched in mid February as part of M&S’s drive to create an agile trading platform that caters to current consumer shopping needs.

A Hello Kitty cat-tastrophe for Singapore?


If history is anything to go by, Singapore's violent Hello Kitty obsession could soon stir the pot in a country that is known for its low crime rates and law-abiding citizens.

McDonald's rolled out a new series of Hello Kitty dolls for the character's 40th anniversary on Monday. Previous releases have seen fist fights break out among aggressive mobs.

Victoria's Secret sues local shop in Shanghai for USD818,000

Shanghai Daily

Lingerie brand Victoria's Secret is suing an investment management company in Shanghai for the unlicensed use of its trademark in a city centre retail store, the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court heard on Thursday.

The United States-based chain, which is owned by L Brands Inc, is demanding compensation of CNY5.1 million (USD817,500) and wants the store to stop using the trademark on its signage, loyalty cards and employee name tags. It also wants an apology to be printed in Xinmin Evening News and on the women's clothing website

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