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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CORONAVIRUS SECTOR NEWS

Three quarters of shoppers feel safety measures needed

Nearly 75 per cent of shoppers said they are happy to return to shopping centres, but will only do so if stores encourage compulsory hand sanitation, protective screens, limits on numbers and two metre markers. Over 60 per cent also mentioned that they would actively encourage temperature scans on...

Australian online retail sees highest growth on record

Amid store closures and self-isolating customers, online retail saw the largest month-on-month growth in the history of NAB’s online retail sales index in April. Growing 16.2 per cent on what was seen in March, and 58.5 per cent on April 2019, NAB recorded sales growth in all eight categories.

Ministry announces new figures

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) announced 596 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday after conducting over 35,000 additional Covid-19 tests. According to the ministry, the new cases are in a “stable” condition and are receiving medical treatment. It takes the total number of cases in the...

Online buying still growing even after shops reopen

Grocery shopping online is poised for explosive growth in China, with more than half consumers saying they are buying more online even after stores reopen. According to research by GlobalData, consumers in the region got used to purchasing online during the Covid-19 lockdown and the habit has stuck. The...

Bigthinx to create first Live 3D Virtual Fashion Show online

Commencing this Friday (05/06/2020) Bigthinx, an Artificial Intelligence fashion startup, in a partnership with Fashinnovation, will live stream the first 3D Virtual Fashion Show since the global pandemic forced the fashion industry online. The ‘virtual’ aspect is that all of the models and the clothing will be created using 3D...
H-E-B

H-E-B highest scoring in Covid-19 consumer satisfaction ranking

H-E-B, Circle-K and Walgreens score highest in their sectors in meeting consumer expectations for Covid-19 precautions. According to Bond Brand Loyalty’s latest Covid-19 Consumer Tracker study which ranked consumer satisfaction with Covid-19 precautions/services in the grocery, pharmacy and gas/convenience store sectors.  In the grocery category, regional powerhouse H-E-B scored...

Covid-19 to affect long-term design of office buildings

The long-term design and specification of office buildings are being reviewed by landlords and their tenants, due to Covid-19, according to a new report from Savills Ireland. Sanitation, lift capacity, social distancing and air conditioning are just some of the factors being considered, should the Covid-19 pandemic become prolonged.  "The...

The Gym Group making plans to reopen gyms across UK in July

Richard Darwin spoke to Ian King on Sky News today and stated that they are planning to open gyms in July. "We are going to limit the capacity and we can use our technology to do that, we have portals that people use to enter the gyms, so we...
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Abu Dhabi imposes travel ban; launching a permit system

Abu Dhabi Police have now launched a permit system which allows residents to enter and leave the emirate on Tuesday. The mechanism - for essential travel only - was put in place as a one-week ban on travel came into effect. For the next seven days, residents of Abu...
Pizza Express feared to be next high street casualty....

Pizza Express to offer takeaway pasta in scramble against Covid-19

Pizza Express are now planning to launch a pasta delivery service as it scrambles to bring in sales during the virus crisis. The company, which is owned by Hony Capital, a Chinese private equity group, is considering introducing the delivery-only service as a separate brand to its pizza business.

Nordstrom believes it has ‘sufficient liquidity’ to beat Covid-19

Nordstrom has reported a $521 million loss and a forty percent drop in sales as its stores closed during the pandemic. However the retailer sounded a confident note, saying its financial position will allow it to successfully get through the current crisis. “We successfully strengthened our financial flexibility by increasing...
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Britons believe commuting to work will change significantly after Covid-19

According to a news article published on the Sky News website, the world will never be the same again after the global coronavirus pandemic and a majority of Britons wouldn't want to go back to the way that things were before, after a poll was carried out. The coronavirus...
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CapitaLand Singapore Malls are to test new technology amid Covid-19

CapitaLand Singapore are set to roll out “innovative tech solutions” in its properties as the city state prepares for phase one reopening tomorrow, June 2. The new measures will feature anti-micobial coating for high-contact surfects and areas, which include lifts, handrails, door enterance buttons and touch screens.

Burger King are set to launch Social Distancing Crowns

Burger King are set to launch 'Social Distancing Crowns' in a bit to help customers keep a safe distance from each other in a fun way. The initiative is a play-off of the brand's tradition of giving out paper crowns with meals. However, it's not just Burger King that...
Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch reports drop in sales amid global pandemic

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has unfortunately reported a loss in both earnings and sales, they both failed to meet expectations as its stores remained dark due to the global pandemic. However business will hopefully pick back up once stores start to reopen. “With stores reopening in the U.S. and...