McDonald's will change from plastic to paper straws at all 1,300 UK locations starting next month to help cut down on the amount of plastic that goes into the trash.
Future Group's fast-fashion retail chain, FBB, sold around 200 million items in the last fiscal year and is on track to sell as many as 350 million this year, Future chief executive Kishore Biyani said. This growth would put FBB in the top 10 of global fashion retailers, along with H&M and Zara.
If registered by May 4, retailers can save up to $300 on a full conference pass for NRF PROTECT 2018. The conference, to be held in Dallas June 11-13, will feature two days of educational programming for loss prevention professionals, an EXPO hall and the Fusion Center with law enforcement representatives. Register here.
Meal delivery service DoorDash has launched a partnership with Walmart to deliver groceries to customers' doors, initially in Atlanta. The test is an important step in DoorDash's plan to branch out beyond meal delivery, according to Chief Operating Officer Christopher Payne, who said "meal delivery is really a small sliver of what we're working on."
The McDonald's restaurant in the chain's new downtown Chicago headquarters will serve popular menu items from around the world including the McSpicy Chicken Sandwich that's served in Hong Kong. Other items include the Mighty Angus Burger and Cheese & Bacon Loaded Fries, which originated in Canada and Australia, respectively.
IKEA's first India store in Hyderabad will open in July, six years after the Sweden-based furniture retailer won government approval. The store is one of 25 the company aims to launch in India over the next seven years.
Target has a deal to sell an exclusive version of the first cookbook by celebrity HGTV home remodeling expert Joanna Gaines, with additional recipes that won't be found in other versions of the book. Target's relationship with Gaines began with the launch last fall of the Hearth & Hand home goods line and expanded this month with the rollout of Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint products.
About 86% of Americans will spend about $23.1 billion on jewelry, outings and other gifts to celebrate Mother's Day this year, according to a survey from NRF and Prosper Insights & Analytics. "This year's Mother's Day forecast is one of the strongest we've ever seen," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
A proposed 25% tariff on Chinese goods would drive up prices on TVs from China by 23%, according to a new study conducted for NRF and the Consumer Technology Association. Even US-made TVs would cost 4% more, the study found.
Lenovo has decided to target the smart wearables markets in India with products such as fitness bands and smartwatches. Lenovo's Sebastian Peng reports that the smart wearables market in India is expected to increase 30% to 40% this year and that Lenovo already has 6% to 7% of the market share.
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