Global companies set sights on India's e-commerce market

The Hindu Business Line

Indian e-commerce companies may run into more competition in the months ahead with global entities such as Alibaba, Rakuten and Walmart seriously eyeing the Indian market.

Founded by two ex-Amazon employees Sachin and Binny Bansal, Flipkart has been changing its formats and strategy over the last year with Amazon’s entry.

Dick Smith's IPO to open opportunities for investors in Australian electronics business

Australia's largest retailer of consumer electronics products announced plans of listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Dick Smith Holdings Limited (Dick Smith) lodged the prosecutes for the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on Thursday.

Based on a share price of AUD2.20 per share, the company expects the offering to raise AUS344.5 million (USD).

Starbucks to roll out 800 new stores, add over 18000 employees in China for next 3 years

The Wall Street Journal Online

After nearly 14 years of working to persuade China to buy into its foreign coffee culture, Starbucks Corp. is aiming to become more Chinese as it plans a rapid expansion in the country.

Belinda Wong, president of Starbucks China, said in an interview that Starbucks aims to roll out 800 new stores in the next three years to add to its existing fleet of 700. Over that period it will increase the number of employees to more than 30,000 from the current 12,000.

Global Retail Theft Barometer Study finds shrinkage in Japan is the 2nd-highest in the world

According to the fifth annual edition of the Global Retail Theft Barometer, retail shrinkage rate in Japan is 1.04 percent of sales, the third-lowest in the world. However, this rate was up 4 percent compared to the previous year. The total shrinkage amount – profit loss due to customer and employee theft, supplier/vendor fraud and administrative errors – in Japan reached JPY774  billion (USD9.96b), the second-highest worldwide, representing almost 53 percent of the total sum in the Asia-Pacific.

Expert Opinion: Festive HR headaches and how to avoid them

December can be an unusual month for businesses. Many departments’ focus has shifted to the coming year, budgets are being finalised, sales are closing deals rather than seeking out new opportunities and there can be an air of winding-down as Christmas approaches.

But one department that certainly won’t be easing off is HR. There is no let-up in demand for managers’ time and skills. So, with seasonal headaches vying with festive calamities for attention, what should the prudent HR manager get ready for this Christmas?


Japanese Supreme Court rejects Uniqlo lawsuit over book about overwork problems

The Japan Times Online

The Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Uniqlo demanding damages over a book that describes overwork situations faced by its managers.

The top court's Third Petty Bench made a decision, dated Tuesday, not to accept the plaintiff's appeal against lower court rulings that deemed core parts of the book to be true.

According to the lower court rulings, the book, published in 2011 by Bungeishunju Ltd., claims that a Uniqlo store manager worked more than 300 hours per month, including unpaid overtime, and that the employer ignored the situation.

CEO Talking Shop: What's next for Philippine’s Jollibee?

The Philippines’ number one fast food and one of Asia’s largest restaurant chains is embarking on a new journey.

On it’s 35th anniversary last year, it has 833 stores in its network. What started as a humble ice cream parlor purely selling ice cream products in 1975 has grown to become one of the largest in Asia.

It opened its 100th store in 1991, 200th in 1996, 300th in 1998, 400th in 2001, 500th in 2004, and 600th in 2007th, 700th in 2010, 800th in 2013.

Ebay considering cutting 10pc of workforce


Online retailer eBay Inc is mulling over a plan to cut thousands of jobs early next year, as it readies to spin off its PayPal unit, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the company's thinking.

Ebay is considering eliminating almost 10 percent of its workforce, or about 3,000 employees, the WSJ cited one source as saying.

The cuts are expected to be localized in the company's marketplace division, the report said.

H&M opens Centre of Excellence in Dhaka to support textile workers

H&M, in cooperation with ILO and Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), has opened the first ever Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI )in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina B Reddy, Prime Minister of Bangladesh officially opened the Centre of Excellence during a ceremony held at the Dhaka Apparel Summit in Dhaka on Sunday (7 December).

For IKEA recruiters, nothing works better than a face-to-face interview

Shanghai Daily

In the age of the internet, furniture retailer IKEA stands out special. It has managed to rack up double-digit growth in China in recent years without operating any online sales channel.

IKEA China recently held its first open-day event to interact with jobseekers face-to-face – using but not depending on the internet. In Shanghai, about a hundred candidates who had submitted resumes to the company joined in conversation with their potential future employer.

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