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

Strike spreads at Chinese supplier to Adidas and Nike

The Guardian

A strike at a Chinese factory that manufactures shoes for Adidas and Nike has spread to a sister factory in a neighbouring province, as thousands of workers gathered to protest against what they said were unfair pay and benefits.

About 2,000 workers clocked in on Monday, but did not work, at the Yue Yuen factory complex in Jiangxi province, southern China, joining at least 10,000 employees at another Yue Yuen factory complex in Dongguan, Guangdong province, who have been on strike since 14 April. 

Retailers welcome move to deregulate trading hours in Western Australia

Retail In Asia

The Australian National Retailers’ Association (ANRA) welcomed the recommendation of the Economic Regulation Authority’s draft report to fully deregulate trading hours in Western Australia.

“Today’s recommendations are clearly sensible and show an understanding of the value of retail to the economy and its capacity to create jobs," said ANRA CEO Margy Osmond. “There’s no doubt flexible trading hours benefit employees, consumers and the economy. Technology and the changing demands of shoppers means consumers want more choice."

Shrink is a growing challenge facing Asian retailers

In the latest survey shrink remains a significant operational challenge for retailers around the world, with loss rates ranging from 1 percent of sales in Japan to 1.6 percent in Mexico and Brazil.

Rakuten workers asked online merchants to falsify prices

The Japan Times Online

Employees of online shopping mall Rakuten Inc. instructed merchants to falsify prices of products in violation of consumer protection laws, according to some of the internet mall's tenants.

Rakuten revealed the price mislabelling last November for special sales honouring the victory by the Rakuten Eagles in the Japan Series, but without discussing whether its own employees had been involved in the illegal act.

Uniqlo set to boost staff status

The Japan Times Online

Fast Retailing Co. plans to turn about 16,000 of the 30,000 part-timers at its domestic Uniqlo casual clothing stores into regional regular employees, company sources said on Wednesday.

The company has begun interviewing candidates for regular employment with the aim of implementing the plan over two to three years, the sources said.

The measure, aimed at giving part-timers stable employment, could save training costs for part-timers and would not necessarily increase overall costs by much, they said.

Westfield creates future ready HR platform with Wipro

Westfield, one of the world’s largest shopping center portfolios with 90 centers in Australia, New Zealand, USA and UK, partnered with Wipro to create a future ready Human Resources (HR) platform.

Wipro EasyU, an offshore upgrade lab and innovation tool, assisted Westfield in comprehensive impact analysis of their application landscape and accelerated the upgrade of custom components.

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