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Thursday, February 07


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Inclusive hour for the disabled introduced by ASDA in Llangefni and Pwllheli

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See both photosimages. ASDA is extending a trial of its inclusive hour, which aims to create the ideal shopping environment for the disabled, in selected stores across North Wales. Back in 2016, Asda was the first retailer to introduce a quiet hour and has since been working with a number of charities and local authorities to understand the simple changes which can be made to stores to aid customers to make them more inclusive for people with hidden conditions. Across the stores employees have gained a better understanding about dementia and autism by undertaking awareness sessions. Asda launched the inclusive hour and has worked closely with community groups to understand their shopping needs, including cutting out many electronic distractions, such as music and display TVs, whilst not using the Tannoy for any announcements, turning down the volume of the beeps on all checkouts, Ensure all specialist equipment e.g. wheelchairs, electric scooters are available and accessible and lowering lighting levels. Asda board member, Jodie Tate, said: “The inclusive hour trial shows how far we’ve come in recognising the needs of our customers with disabilities or hidden conditions and to promote inclusive shopping.”. Sorry, an error occurred.

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Amazon Cuts India Deal to Return Products to Website

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(Bloomberg) -- Amazon.com Inc. resurrected thousands of suspended product listings in India by selling much of its stake in top local venture partner Cloudtail, a hastily arranged deal intended to comply with stringent new e-commerce regulations that upended the market. The remaining 24 percent is now owned by a non-Indian arm of the U.S. retailer’s called Amazon Asia-Pacific Resources Ltd, they said, asking not to be identified talking about a private matter. The deal allowed Amazon to recover a big chunk of item listings frozen since Feb. 1, when newly introduced e-commerce regulations threw Amazon’s and Walmart Inc.’s plans for the world’s fastest-growing online retail arena into disarray. Amazon’s deal with Catamaran’s Prione complies with that latter rule, the people said, as Amazon’s Indian entity, the marketplace called Amazon Seller Services Pvt, has no direct relation to Prione whose stake is held by a Singapore-based Amazon entity.

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More employers nudging workers toward telemedicine

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The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and treated remotely. But patients have been slow to embrace virtual care. Supporters say virtual visits make it easier for patients to see a therapist or quickly find help for ailments that aren't emergencies. But many still fall back to going to the doctor's office when they're sick. "My little kid is sick, I want them to have the best of care right away, and for some people that might not register as a telemedicine call," she said. Some patients, especially older ones, also just prefer an in-person visit. Mental health visits were the most common use of telemedicine by patients until primary care overtook that specialty a few years ago, Harvard's Dr. Ateev Mehrotra and other researchers found in a recent study of claims data from a large insurer.

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Private Equity Could Be Plan B For Walmart If Asda Sale Is Blocked

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Thursday 7 February 2019. Private Equity Could Be Plan B For Walmart If Asda Sale Is Blocked. Walmart’s tidy-up of its overseas empire will hit a rough patch this month if regulators block the sale of its UK unit to a competitor. Fortunately, though, the division could still attract a private-equity buyer. Read the full article on the Private Equity News website. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR. INDUSTRY ISSUES. Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities for Retailers in 2019. The Way Forward in a Continuing Flatline Market. Grocery Retail – What are the Key Trends for 2019? TRENDING NEWS. Tesco Appoints New Communications Director. Eden Mill Serves Up ‘Love Gin’. US: Smart & Final Considering Sale? GERMANY: Aldi Launches Weekly Promotions Of Brands. Grocery News, Tools and Training for Key Account Managers (KAMs) working for FMCG manufacturers.

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Store’s cash boost in aid of charity

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A charity has received a financial boost to purchase new equipment. In recent years, Out of Sight was able to open Chloe’s Den, a wheelchair-accessible caravan in which families helped by the charity can stay for a free holiday. The money from the Asda Foundation will be put towards a new community hub and used for flooring, furniture, electrical equipment and an indoor hoist for this project. To find out more about the Asda Foundation, including eligibility for submitting a funding application, either contact the community colleague at your local Asda store, or go to www.asdafoundation.org.

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Riverhead Walmart reverses policy on locked items after community backlash - Riverhead News Review

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Ms. Fulford, 54, said she was shocked when she stopped at the Riverhead Walmart Jan. 26 to buy shampoo on her way to work. Ms. Fulford said she’d bought the same products from Walmart previously but this was the first time she saw them behind glass. Ms. Fulford completed her purchase, but returned the products later that day and posted about the incident on Facebook. Soon after, Councilwoman Catherine Kent, the Town Board liaison to Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force, contacted Ms. Fulford via social media. Walmart representative Casey Staheli said in a statement Friday that the locked products are “high-shrink,” meaning frequently stolen, items that are identified using internal data the company does not distribute publicly.

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REGIONAL: Second bomb alert sees supermarket evacuated

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Police and the fire service were called to Asda Blackburn on Wednesday evening. A picture circulated on social media showed one fire engine and one police van in an otherwise deserted car park at the store on Lower Audley, Grimshaw Park. A police spokesman said: "A bomb threat has been made to Asda in Blackburn. "We did not evacuate the store - it is Asda who decided to evacuate. "They are searching the premises now. Earlier in the day bomb disposal officers were called to deal with a suspicious package in Bow Street, in Oldham.

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Walmart Eliminates Third-Party Carrier's Participation in Distribution Centers

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Walmart Eliminates Third-Party Carrier's Participation in Distribution Centers. Recent headlines highlight a handful of facilities that Walmart is taking back from Wisconsin-based third party distribution company Schneider Logistics. A report by The Press-Tribune outlines plans for a Eastvale, California, facility—noting that postings on the California’s WARN Act site, which lists pending job terminations, state Schneider would terminate 461 workers in Eastvale and 51 in nearby Fontana. Walmart's Senior Manager, Media Relations, Michelle Malashock told the news source that the company plans to retain “as many people as possible” as it assumes control of the Eastvale distribution center, and she notes that the retailer plans to ultimately add more staff, possibly bringing the total of employees to 700 in Eastvale.

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walmart: Walmart remains confident of India's potential: Kalyan Krishnamurthy

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"By partnering with Flipkart, Walmart has taken a long-term view of the opportunities and hence is unfazed with any short-term hurdles,” Krishnamurthy wrote in a letter to Flipkart employees. BENGALURU: Allaying fears of employees following a Morgan Stanley report that suggested Walmart could exit from its investment in Flipkart, CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy in a letter addressed to the staff said that “the report couldn’t be further from the truth”. The Wall Street brokerage firm in a report dated February 4 had stated that Walmart’s exit was not out of the question considering the recent complications in India’s e-commerce market, after the government clamped down on players influencing prices and controlling inventories on their platforms. Morgan Stanley said that these changes made it more expensive for e-commerce marketplaces to do business in the country, adding to the massive losses that these firms were already clocking.

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Asda Blackburn bomb threat: supermarket evacuated

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Police and the fire service were called to Asda Blackburn on Wednesday evening. Store bosses took the decision to evacuate the store shortly after the call was made - and sounded the fire alarm. A picture circulated on social media showed one fire engine and one police van in an otherwise deserted car park at the store on Lower Audley, Grimshaw Park. Asda Blackburn closed off suspected bomb pic.twitter.com/zq3zmK7ugw— MaynardB (@bsfl1971) February 6, 2019. A police spokesman said: "A bomb threat has been made to Asda in Blackburn. "We did not evacuate the store - it is Asda who decided to evacuate. "They are searching the premises now. "We do not have any corroborative information and it has been assessed by the police as a standard response which is the lowest grade.

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