In Serbia, a supermarket for people who are facing financial hardships stocks unbranded food items, most of which come from the country itself, at about 20% to 30% less than products at a regular grocery store.
Marks & Spencer reached the top spot in several categories in an online customer survey, beating out purely online companies and multichannel competitors. The measures indicate that traditional retailers are enhancing their online offerings to compete. "It is interesting to look at a site like Amazon, which pioneered many of the features we take for granted on many e-commerce sites today," said Chris Russell of eDigitalResearch. "But, as we see customer behaviour evolving, multichannel retailers are closing the gap."
Kanebo, a Japanese cosmetics company, said it has renovated its manufacturing facility in Shanghai to meet China's higher hygienic standards. The plant produces cosmetics, under the brand name Aqua, developed for Chinese women.
D&S, the Chilean retailer recently acquired by Wal-Mart Stores, is planning to expand in 2009. "This year our [investment] budget is within $150 million and $200 million," Chairman Felipe Ibanez said. "We are going to open 66 new stores this year, and many of those will be rented, but some of them will be built."
Several multinational consumer research companies have offices in Taiwan and have been looking into the country's shoppers for the past couple of decades. The researchers see Taiwanese consumers as a continuously moving target as shopping behaviour and retailers evolve.
In Serbia, a supermarket for people who are facing financial hardships stocks unbranded food items, most of which come from the country itself, at about 20% to 30% less expensive than products at a regular grocery store.