The concept of a "war for talent" is mainly associated with the competition between companies when recruiting engineers and other technical profiles. In the UK, an actual "war for drivers" has erupted, with more and more retailers offering all kinds of financial incentives to attract new truck drivers.
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After receiving an unsolicited takeover bid for its British department store chain Selfridges, the Canadian Weston family is now trying to entice other interested parties to come forward through an auction.
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The chances of an actual bidding war on British supermarket chain Morrisons have been reduced significantly, after one of the interested parties said it would not bid on its own.
The John Lewis Partnership, the owner of the John Lewis department store chain and Waitrose, is cutting around a thousand jobs as part of a reorganisation of its store management.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's saw its revenue rise again in the last quarter. Despite the reopening of bars and restaurants, many Brits still preferred to eat at home.
British online supermarket Ocado has the wind in the sails. In the past six months the retail revenue grew by about a fifth. On top of that, Auchan has become a buyer of its technology.
What can a retailer do to compensate for dwindling retail revenue? John Lewis, owner of British department store chain Waitrose, is considering to build up to 10,000 homes. The rent should help to keep the group revenue on par.
Gap is to permanently close all 81 stores in the UK and Ireland. The American fashion brand will remain active online.
HEMA wants to concentrate on its core markets and has therefore decided to close all six shops in the United Kingdom at the end of the summer. A decision on Spain may follow soon.
In the autumn, an initial trial of a new eco-label will take place in the United Kingdom. The new labelling system, which is inspired by the colours of traffic lights, may also form the basis for a European eco-score.
According to a British appeals court, Deliveroo meal delivery riders in the UK are independent contractors, not employees. But with that, the discussion about gig workers’ rights is not quite over.
The American investment company Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) has attempted to buy British supermarket chain Morrisons, but its bid of 5.5 billion pounds (6.4 billion euros) was rejected.
Selfridges, owned by the very wealthy Weston family, is said to be on sale for a price equivalent to 4.66 billion euros. After a potential buyer approached the British department store group, several British media reported on the story.
The British competition watchdog is about to launch an investigation into Amazon. Meanwhile, the European Union is threatening the e-commerce giant with a hefty fine.
The year ended better than expected for Marks & Spencer, but the British department store chain slipped into the red and more stores will be closing. Online sales will continue to account for 40 per cent of sales, M&S predicts.
Russian discounter Mere, which already has stores in Germany, Poland, Serbia and Ukraine among others, is looking for potential locations in the UK and in France