Australian supermarkets sign up to voluntary code of conduct

The Guardian

Australia’s supermarket giants have signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to protect their smaller suppliers, but the federal government has warned them it will intervene if they fail to abide by it.



Online latest focus of Thai supermarkets

Bangkok Post

The battle of Thailand's hyper- and supermarkets has gone to the next level, with the major players moving to online shopping platforms.

Central Food Retail Co Ltd (CFR), the operator of Tops Supermarkets, on Tuesday officially kicked off its Tops Shop Online ahead of moves by arch rivals Big C Supercenter and Tesco Lotus to expand or introduce their own online services in the fourth quarter.

Asia consumers going "green" and purchasing more sophisticated home appliances

The increasing spending power of consumers in Asia has been a boon to many industries thanks to the economic recovery, including the major household appliances sector which has managed to bounce back from its weakened performance of last year.

Poor sales hit Australian department stores

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Falling real wages, rising unemployment, and fears about their job prospects are keeping Australians away from major department stores.

Hugo Boss hosts major event to mark opening of 2 new stores in HK


BOSS Womenswear Creative Director, Jason Wu hosted a cocktail party in Hong Kong to celebrate the opening of two new Hugo Boss one at the Central Building and one on Canton Road. Solange Knowles was the DJ for the evening. The new stores carry a complete range of Hugo Boss labelled product categories and the location at Central Building is the second largest in Asia.



Programme at a glance

CARTES Asia presents a comprehensive conference programmes aside from the exhibition, bringing a high-level educational content related to the vast Chinese and Asian card & payment market. Today's conferences focus on four major themes:

Another European major to enter India's retail space soon, says minister

Business Standard

Enthused by Tesco's plan to enter the Indian supermarket segment, the Indian government expects another European major to apply for the multi-brand retail sector.

"In multi-brand retail trading, the first (application) has come. There will be more and I think another European major will come," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said in New Delhi. He, however, did not share the details of the possible applicant.

Report: Department stores in China, the Fung Business Intelligence Centre

2013 has been another difficult year for China's department store sector. Major department store operators witnessed a significant slowdown in sales last year, and growth should continue to slow over the coming year, a new report of the Fung Business Intelligence Centre predicts. The fierce competition from shopping malls, specialty stores and online retailers is key. At the same time, the concessionary model provided by many department store operators has led to poor differentiation in the market, making it harder for operators to compete with retailers in a variety of segments.

Major brands report growth in sales during IT Month in Taiwan


As crowd swarmed during the 2013 Information Technology Month exhibition over the weekend, major brands reported substantial increase in sales compared with a year ago.


India's wine market sees more sparkle

The Hindu Business Line

The impending unveiling of a range of sparkling wines from the house of French champagne major Moet & Chandon later this week is adding fizz to the still nascent sparkling wine market in the country.

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