Monday, September 17, 2007

Zara’s Inditex latest to join the stampede to open India stores (The Business, 08 Sep 2007, Page 11)

Zara’s Inditex latest to join the stampede to open India stores
The Business
08 Sep 2007

INDITEX, one of Europe’s largest clothes retailers, is to launch its Zara high street brand in India. An industry source said the company has produced a shortlist of Indian companies with which it will form a joint venture by the end of the year. It... read more...

Monday, August 27, 2007

How suppliers get the sharp end of the supermarkets’ hard sell (The Guardian, 25 Aug 2007, Page 19)

How suppliers get the sharp end of the supermarkets’ hard sell
Julia Finch City editor Explainer Code of conduct
The Guardian
25 Aug 2007

At last, it is said, competition watchdogs have found the “smoking gun” they have spent years hunting for: hard evidence that the big supermarkets use their muscle to bully suppliers and extract unreasonable price cuts. The Competition Commission,... read more...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tesco grasps nettle in garden centre chain race (The Business, 18 Aug 2007, Page 25)

Tesco grasps nettle in garden centre chain race
retail abigail townsend
The Business
18 Aug 2007

IT INVOLVED a bitter war of words between two retailing colossuses, but the battle for Dobbies Garden Centres has done little for shareholder value. Tesco, the supermarket giant, first made its �15 ($29, €22)- ashare move on Scotland-based Dobbies in... read more...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wal-Mart in India

Wal-Mart in India

The Wall Street Journal Europe
13 Aug 2007

America’s Wal-Mart and India’s Bharti are hoping to bring a dose of modernity to India’s retailing landscape, and good for them for trying. But it’s going to take a lot more than Wal-Mart’s legendary supply-chain management and margin-shaving acumen to... read more...

Monday, July 30, 2007


Toronto Star
29 Jul 2007

1969: Founded in San Francisco by husband-and-wife team of Don and Doris Fisher, whose family today retains a roughly one-third stake in the firm’s voting stock. The first Gap outlet — named by Doris Fisher — is located near San Francisco State... read more...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Asda, Primark and Tesco accused over clothing factories
Karen McVeigh
The Guardian
16 Jul 2007

Britain’s second largest supermarket chain last night launched an investigation into allegations that workers who make its clothes in Bangladesh are being forced to work up to 80 hours a week for as little as 4p an hour. Asda, one of three major... read more...

Monday, July 02, 2007

Who’s afraid of Wal-Mart?

Times of India New Delhi Edition
01 Jul 2007

Wal- Mart is the world’s biggest multinational. Yet, its business model, which has conquered the US, is totally unsuited to Indian conditions. Historically, MNCs have had high profit margins arising from quasi- monopolies in technology and finance,... read more...