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Articles on the impact the government and regulation has on retail.

  1. Media & Marketing
A gap in my cultural knowledge, I must admit, has been that I had never seen an episode of “Succession” on HBO.  (I also never have seen an episode of “Game of Thrones,” “White Lotus,” or “Better Call Saul,” and only one season of “Breaking Bad.”  I can’t watch everything … though I must admit […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
DoorDash has partnered with local hunger organizations in Pennsylvania to deliver food boxes to the elderly. The initiative is designed to remove barriers and increase enrollment in the underutilized Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, which provides meal deliveries and nutrition services to eligible older Pennsylvanians. “It’s high time that Pennsylvania’s food assistance programs offer services […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Northern Ireland’s retailers association has urged the region’s government to relax Covid restrictions. The Northern Ireland Executive is due to discuss the regulations at a key meeting tomorrow (20 January). Retail NI’s chief executive Glyn Roberts said: “It is good to see progress in tackling Omicron with falling cases and hospital inpatients. “The Executive needs […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Retail trade union Usdaw has renewed its call for reform of statutory sick pay (SSP) to support workers who need to take time off work. As part of Usdaw’s New Deal for Workers campaign, it is asking the government to raise SSP from £96.35 per week so that it reflects average wages. The union also […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice have begun the process of rewriting merger guidelines in a way that will toughen the antitrust standards governing large mergers. CNBC reports that the two agencies are seeking public comment about where the regulations need to be revised, and the story suggests that the approach […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Carhatt’s management decided that it would keep its COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place even after the Supreme Court ruled that the government could not require it. CEO Mark Valade, in an email to employees, said, “We, and the medical community, continue to believe vaccines are necessary to ensure a safe working environment for every associate […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Kenyan B2C e-commerce company Copia Global has raised $50 million in a Series C equity round led by Goodwell Investments. The new financing round welcomed new investors such as Zebu Investment Partners, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), and Koa Labs, as well as past investors Lightrock, German development finance institution DEG, and Perivoli […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Got what I thought was a very perceptive email from MNB reader Clay Hoerauf about the Supreme Court’s decision not to allow – for the moment, anyway – the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to establish vaccinate-or-test mandates for businesses with 100 or more employees: Stop me if I’m wrong but Isn’t OSHA about […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon appears to have rowed back from a public threat to end support for Visa payments in the UK in a dispute over payment fees. The ecommerce giant sent an email to users of Amazon.co.uk today informing them that the “expected change” — which was due to take place on January 19 — will not […]
  1. Department & Category
  When consumers are evolving faster than your brand, customer relevance ebbs to the point your franchisees close stores, your profits trail off, and you watch your customers migrate to any brand that is more relevant to them.  That said, brands have value, consumers know just what they like from your brand but at times […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Biden administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) do not have the legal authority to mandate that private companies with 100 or more employees must have vaccine-or-test systems in place.  However, the Court did allow the government to require vaccinations for most health-care workers at […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the publication of correspondence from Parliament’s Treasury Committee on the rising cost of card payments for UK businesses. The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has responded to a letter from the Chair of the Treasury Committee confirming that they have not seen evidence that the costs of operating payment […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block the Biden administration’s rule that would have imposed COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirements for employees at most large companies. By a 6-3 vote, the Justices reimposed a stay of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 employer-based vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard, blocking […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Protocol, a sister publication to Politico, shares how it works with PR teams to share thought leadership and build executives a platform. The interconnectedness of paid and earned media is only growing for PR managers. As traditional media outlets continue to innovate to find new audiences and revenue streams, fresh opportunities for sponsored content have […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Also: Wendy’s celebrates ‘National Roast Day’ on Twitter, Barbie releases Ida B. Wells doll for MLK Day, and more. Hello, communicators: Wendy’s celebrated National Roast Day on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The holiday was created by the brand in 2018 to roast, or crack good-natured jokes, about fans and other brand accounts on Twitter: It’s #NationalRoastDayDrop […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
CINCINNATI — Kroger Health has won the 2022 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Immunization Champion Award. The award honors individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities. The APhA Immunization Champion Award recognizes Kroger Health as being an organization that continuously advances the role of pharmacists as valued immunization administrators. It […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The National Labor Relations Board set the date for a second union election at an Amazon.com warehouse in Bessemer, AL, after it was determined that actions taken by the company in the first vote may have unfairly affected the outcome. Ballots for the second vote, which include a mail-in option, will go out on Feb. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has scheduled a second union vote at an Alabama Amazon warehouse to start on February 2 and last two months. The balloting is the second time around at the Bessemer, Alabama, facility because after the first vote, which Amazon won decisively, the company was found by the NLRB to […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Meta has lost an appeal to disregard a Federal Trade Comission (FTC) antitrust lawsuit which could force the company to sell both WhatsApp and Instagram. The FTC was allowed to… The post Meta could be forced to sell WhatsApp and Instagram following antitrust lawsuit appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
A year after the FTC blocked Harry’s from getting acquired by Edgewell Personal Care, the direct-to-consumer razor startup raised $155 million in Series E financing to give it a $1.7 billion valuation. Now, months later, Harry’s filed paperwork indicating that it has raised another nine-figure cash tranche. SEC filings show that Harry’s has raised $139.9 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Forty-one percent of CMOs will conduct a media agency review in 2022, because reaching and influencing customers and prospects is fundamental to success, yet engaging consumers has never been more complex. From increasingly strict data privacy in government and big tech to tectonic shifts in consumers’ digital behaviors to the innovation programs to meet consumers […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
“The Securities and Exchange Commission is preparing to force more transparency from big private companies, as regulators grow concerned about the lack of oversight of the private fundraising that has fueled their rise,” the Wall Street Journal reports this morning. Some context from the Journal piece: “Private capital markets have become an increasingly popular way […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Reuters reports that “a Starbucks cafe in Buffalo, New York, became the second unionized company-owned Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) location in the United States after the federal labor board on Monday certified the results of last month’s election there … The union, called Workers United, had challenged several ballots for the Genesee Street location because it […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
On Friday, MNB reported that the US Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments over two of the Biden administration’s most controversial Covid-19 policies –  a rule set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) saying that companies with 100 or more employees must have vaccine-or-test procedures in place, and another saying that health care […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Loyalty, deals and rewards services are a rarity in most African markets. The unit economics and other factors such as currency instability make such businesses hard to pull off in the region. Yet, ThankUCash, a platform launched in 2018 by Connected Analytics, has managed to thrive, proving that not all is gloom in the deals, […]

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Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard Microsoft has reached a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash. The acquisition will make Microsoft the third-largest video gaming company. “We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes […]
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Dried pasta should be so easy to cook and yet, somehow, that delicious al dente texture Italian restaurants so effortlessly perfect often seems to elude even the biggest pasta fans. Leave the pan boiling for 30 seconds too long or too little, and it seems you either end up with overcooked mush or a bowl […]

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