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Saturday, September 19, 2020

CORONAVIRUS SECTOR NEWS

Kuwait confirms 609 new cases of Covid-19

Kuwait confirmed 609 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total number of infections in the country up to 34,432. Meanwhile the Ministry of Health said four more people had died from the Covid-19 virus, bringing the death toll in the country up to 279 since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Mitchells & Butlers secures £100m loan; safeguarding jobs

Mitchells & Butlers has secured £100m of additional funding from HSBC UK and Santander UK as part of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). The funding will support Mitchells & Butlers through the continued disruption of Covid-19 and help to secure the jobs of over 45,000 employees.

Dubai charts a path to luxury industry’s new normal

As the pandemic lockdown slowly starts to ease in the Middle East, its world-class tourism industry and aiming to chart a new path for a gradual comeback. Luxuries that existed in a pre-pandemic world, such as normal cutlery and glassware are set to make a return in a multitude of restaurants.

Snacking in the Middle East increases due to Covid-19

Something that may not come as much suprise - snacking in the Middle East has increased as a result of the global pandemic. More and more people are now working from home and thus regular trips to the cupboard or fridge have become second nature, it would appear. Aamer...

Jakarta slowly starts to re-open

Jakarta is now slowly starting to re-open workplaces, grocery stores and places of worship, adhering to strict health guidelines that have been put in place. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world’s fourth most populous country to a standstill, having been under lockdown since April 10 to curb the outbreak.
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Dunkin’ planning to hire 25,000 workers as recovery starts

The restaurant industry is now slowly trying to bounce back from the aftermath of the global pandemic and thus are looking to employ 25,000 employees. The coffee chain are set to launch its first advertising campaign, which will focus prodominately on the benefits of working at restaurants. Dunkin' stated...

Shopping online soars in Singapore

Due to ongoing nature of the coronavirus pandemic, online shopping in Singapore has surged since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. Research from data and analytics firm GlobalData suggests the effect on the country’s e-commerce market will be long-lasting, estimated to reach $9.5bn this year. Previously, e-commerce grew at...
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Mulberry could axe 25% of global workforce amid global pandemic

Some unfortunate news to report for the retail sector as Mulberry has now unveiled plans to axe around 350 jobs across its global workforce, which equates to twenty five percent of its global workforce, the move comes as the luxury retailer endures ongoing uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic. While...

Post Covid-19 shopping trends in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Shopping behaviour among consumers is still changing even as shopping centres in the UAE and Saudi Arabia gradually return to normal, according to data by retail mapping platform GapMaps. In the opening months of the year as the virus spread around the planet, centres in both of these countries...
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Malaysian startup installs ‘Coffee ATMs’ for frontline medical workers

Coffee Star has provided self-service dispensing machines to medical frontliners serving free beverages during the coronavirus pandemic. The machines were delivered to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (currently serving as a quarantine and treatment center for 600 patients) and Sungai Buloh Hospital, providing fresh coffee for free, serving...

Record amount of new Covid-19 cases announced in Iran

There were over 3,500 new cases of Coronavirus infections on Thursday in Iran, the most in one day since the pandemic started. After reaching a near two-month low in early May, infections have been on a rising trajectory in the Islamic republic, which is currently home to the deadliest...

Sekura launches new technology

The retail technology company Sekura Global has launched two new products to enable retailers to ramp up operations post-coronavirus. These two new products are SteryBot®, which is the world’s first autonomous retail sanitising robot, and a dynamic social distancing system have been added to the company’s range of PPE...

Consumers in Spain changing buying habits

What has two months of confinement taught us about Spanish consumers? They are going out less to buy, but when they do, they spend more. In the first full week of confinement in Spain, from March 16 to 22, the Spaniards reduced their consumer purchases by 15 per cent,...

Globalisation seen as important part of post-Covid-19 future

The UAE Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh has said that countries must work together to address the global issues facing the planet. He also mentioned that efforts must be taken to “make this globalisation less toxic to those sectors of society that it left behind”. According to the International...
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Shopping centres managed by Sonae Sierra minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19

The shopping centres managed by Sonae Sierra reduce the risk of contagion of the new coronavirus, as confirmed by the risk assessment company Lloyd’s Register. The auditor has concluded that the structure and planning of Sonae Sierra’s integrated Safety, Health and Environment Management System, which is applied in all...