European Retail Correspondent, Zurich
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Sep 6, 2013

Analysis: Retailers look to click & collect online profits

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – European retailers have gone back to bricks and mortar in the hope of turning their online food businesses profitable – racing to build pick-up points to capitalize on shoppers’ increasing demand for “click and collect” grocery options.

E-commerce has revolutionaries trade in books, music, clothes and electronics in the last decade, but food has proved a tough segment to crack. Grocery represents almost 40 percent of retail sales, but providing a profitable internet option for a high-volume, low-margin business with products that must be chilled is more complex and pricey than for non-perishables.

Sep 6, 2013

Retailers look to click & collect online profits

BERLIN/PARIS, Sept 6 (Reuters) – European retailers have
gone back to bricks and mortar in the hope of turning their
online food businesses profitable – racing to build pick-up
points to capitalise on shoppers’ increasing demand for “click
and collect” grocery options.

E-commerce has revolutionalised trade in books, music,
clothes and electronics in the last decade, but food has proved
a tough segment to crack. Grocery represents almost 40 percent
of retail sales, but providing a profitable internet option for
a high-volume, low-margin business with products that must be
chilled is more complex and pricey than for non-perishables.

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Jul 17, 2013

Testing group SGS may revise 2014 goals after earnings shortfall

ZURICH/GENEVA, July 17 (Reuters) – SGS SA, the
world’s biggest testing and inspection company, has warned it
may fall short of its ambitious growth forecasts because of a
slowdown in key European markets.

“There has been a distinct slowdown in Europe … and that’s
influenced a number of our businesses with a large European
presence,” Chief Executive Chris Kirk told a news conference,
adding the company may have to revisit its 2014 targets.

Jul 8, 2013

Bangladesh tells EU it will boost worker rights, inspections

GENEVA, July 8 (Reuters) – Bangladesh pledged on Monday to
quickly boost worker rights and recruit more factory inspectors
as it seeks to preserve European Union trade benefits after
1,129 workers were killed in the collapse of a garment plant in
April.

The EU, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi
garments, has threatened punitive measures to press Dhaka to
improve worker safety standards after the collapse of the
illegally built Rana Plaza factory.

Jul 8, 2013

Bangladesh tells EU it will improve worker rights, inspections

GENEVA (Reuters) – Bangladesh pledged on Monday to quickly boost worker rights and recruit more factory inspectors as it seeks to preserve European Union trade benefits after 1,129 workers were killed in the collapse of a garment plant in April.

The EU, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi garments, has threatened punitive measures to press Dhaka to improve worker safety standards after the collapse of the illegally built Rana Plaza factory.

Jul 7, 2013

Retailers plan Bangladesh factory inspections under safety pact

ZURICH (Reuters) – A group of mainly European retailers has finalized a plan to conduct coordinated inspections of factories in Bangladesh in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,129 people in April.

The collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, on April 24 ranks among the world’s worst industrial accidents and has galvanized brands to look more closely at their suppliers.