COVID-19 latest news from around the world

19 March 2020
As government advice and consumer reaction to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in the UK changes rapidly, food-to-go operators are adapting. Here are the latest responses to the situation from the leading companies: McDonald's  From 5am today (19th March) all restaurants will close seating areas and temporarily move to being takeaway, Drive Thru and McDelivery only Toilets and h...
19 March 2020
The Chinese oil giant is offering customers a novel way to buy fresh food and grocery amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Buying grocery from a gas station with zero contact Sinopec Group, the world's largest oil refining conglomerate, started selling fresh produce in its gas stations through its convenience store banner, Easy Joy, in February. The move comes as online retailers, s...
19 March 2020
Suppliers are reacting quickly to support health and medical services fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as helping provide shoppers with products that help them too. LVMH to produce hand sanitiser free of charge for hospitals Due to the shortage of hand sanitiser gel in France, LVMH CEO, Bernard Arnault, has asked the group’s health and beauty factories to start producing h...
18 March 2020
Amazon has announced initiatives it will take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, whilst also supporting those directly and indirectly impacted by the virus. 100,000 new roles Amazon is creating 100,000 new full and part-time roles across its global business in its fulfilment centres and delivery network. This initiative aims to meet the increasing demand for Amazon’s products and servic...
18 March 2020
Iceland has announced it is encouraging stores to introduce priority shopping hours to allow the elderly and vulnmerable to shop when it's quieter, where possible. Meeting shoppers needs Priority hours for participating stores will be; Iceland: the first hour of each day The Food Warehouse: 8am - 9am each day  Managing director Richard Walker has said; "We are encouraging o...
18 March 2020
The UK government has granted permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Planning rules relaxed Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the outbreak to serve people having to stay at home.   The new planning measures will be introduced as soon as possible and will a...
18 March 2020
With ecommerce struggling to cope with high levels of demand, the physical store remains the main destination for many shoppers. Staff in stores are in direct contact with shoppers and so are at risk. It’s key to put these staff at the heart of your crisis management to protect them as they are paramount in providing food to people. Key points to consider In badly affected markets, su...
18 March 2020
Restaurant and food-to-go operators in many countries around the world are having to adapt to new advice about social distancing in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here is a summary of the latest actions some of these operators are taking: Focussing on delivery In China, the delivery sector has reportedly quadrupled its turnover in the last two months, according to a rep...
18 March 2020
Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, reported on 15th March that the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections had risen by 21 to 117. Retailers have taken different approaches to look after the well-being of their shoppers. There is no consistent recommendation on how best to prevent the spread virus spread around the world.  Keeping staff healthy  All staff members...
16 March 2020
How resilient and responsive is your supply chain?  If you didn’t know before, there’s a chance you will soon find out. There’s been a lot of talk about risk management with regards to Brexit, which seemed like enough of a challenge.  But now many nations around the world are facing the possibility of a COVID-19 (commonly referred to as coronavirus) epidemic, an event that, unlike Brexit, co...
10 March 2020
Despite challenging trading conditions, Hong Kong-based Convenience Retail Asia (CRA) has posted a robust set of annual results, with Group revenue increasing by 5.9% to HKD5,632m (US$724.8m). Revenue and profits up despite tough trading conditions Overall increase in revenue was mainly attributed to a 6.1% growth in comparable-store sales for the convenience store business (turnover increa...
21 February 2020
To help brands minimize impact of coronavirus, Alibaba’s B2B marketplace Tmall is rolling out a series of measures. A support package designed to minimize the impact Tmall has implemented a series of measures to minimize impact of coronavirus to help brands selling on its marketplace. The package includes the following: Reduced fees:  merchant operation expenses, logistics costs and ...
11 February 2020
Alibaba has unveiled measures to help small and medium-sized enterprises in China affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 20 measures across six major areas Reduced or waived platform fees Low-interest and interest-free loans Subsidised delivery personnel and increased logistics efficiency Creation of flexible job openings Tools for accelerating digitization Remote work mana...
10 February 2020
Singapore raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange status on Friday (7 th Feb) as the coronavirus spread within the community. Following the announcement, shoppers rushed to stock up on essentials, resulting in empty shelves and long queues at grocery stores across the island. FairPrice ramps up distribution of essentials Demand for daily essentials l...
04 February 2020
We take a look at how JD.com is using its capabilities in logistics, supply chain and technology to help combat the epidemic and provide a trusted and reliable shopping experience at the same time. Ensuring food supplies to meet online demands Same as Alibaba and Walmart , JD.com also saw large increase of food sales during the ongoing epidemic when compared to the same period last yea...
03 February 2020
With people significantly reduce the time spent outdoors, online grocery sales are soaring in China. Retailers saw explosion of online orders With Chinese nationals being advised to stay at home during Chinese New Year holiday amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, demand for fresh food and household items has soared. Walmart’s delivery business, JD Daojia, reported a five-fold increase ...
24 January 2020
Unilever and JD Logistics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pursue sustainable solutions in the supply chain. Building on existing relationship The MoU, which creates a framework to identify opportunities for innovative and sustainable growth, builds on Unilever’s existing relationship with Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com, as both organisations have sealed a deal, back i...