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Apple-Samsung trial: “It’s called competition, that’s what we do in America” Wednesday, 1st August 2012
Opening statements on Tuesday set the tone for an Apple-Samsung show-down in Californian court. Having waged war in courts across the world, the tech giants are now in court in California, each accusing the other of intellectual property infringement. According to a report from the courtroom by Reuters, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny began the proceedings claiming Samsung's own internal product analyses show it deliberately chose to rip off the iPhone.
John Lewis unveils first 24 hour virtual store Friday, 25th November 2011
The department store has taken its m-commerce offering up a gear by launching its first virtual shop. Customers passing John Lewis’ window display in the Brighton Waitrose can now scan QR codes to purchase specific featured items. After scanning the code, the shopper is linked up to the johnlewis.com mobile site in order to complete the purchase.
Asda offers stores to local groups Tuesday, 11th October 2011
Asda, Britain’s second largest supermarket group today announced it would trial its “Community Life” project at 31 stores before a potential roll out to all 500-plus stores in the chain in early 2012. Under the new project the retailer will free up space in its stores and offer them to community groups, as it hopes to create a deeper involvement with its customers on a local level in order to win business.
Sainsbury's introduces price comparison scheme Tuesday, 16th August 2011
The supermarket giant is set to trial new price comparison technology in stores across Northern Ireland.
Under the “Brand Match” price promise scheme, Sainsbury's will refund the difference in price of branded groceries if customers find they could buy the same products at lower price points at rival supermarkets.
The supermarket claims to price match its rivals on more than 12,000 products.
The trial will use the same technology as the retailer's Nectar loyalty programme. Sainsbury's said that independent price data would be updated daily and would also take into account special offers available in its rivals' stores.
Sainsbury's group commercial director Mike Coupe said: "We've always been committed to offering the best price on brands and by developing and installing innovative technology in our stores we can reassure every customer that they're paying the same every time they shop with us."
If the trial proves to be successful, it will be rolled out across the UK.
Sainsbury’s trial customer food donations Thursday, 7th July 2011
Tomorrow Sainsbury’s will trial a new food donation scheme, encouraging shoppers to give an item of their shopping to local charities.
The retailer has teamed up with food redistribution charity FareShare, and will be asking shoppers to add an item to their weekly shop to be donated to local community projects.
The trial will begin tomorrow across selected stores for two days, after FairShare’s successful scheme in France brought in 13,000 tonnes of donations in one weekend alone.
Roger Burnley, Sainsbury's retail and logistics director, said: "The food we donate to FareShare tends to be fresh produce as this has the shortest shelf life. However, to make a nutritious meal, you need more than just fresh food, which is why we would like to give customers the opportunity to donate store cupboard items."
Nineteen stores including London’s New Cross Gate, Garthdee in Aberdeen and Kings Heath in Birmingham will run the charity drive, with hopes of rolling out the programme across the UK.
Linda Boswell, chief executive of FareShare said: "FareShare is a cost-effective solution to the food industry's surpluses. With more people than ever needing help just to eat, and the squeeze on charities and other organisations to provide food, we need more food companies to follow the example of companies like Sainsbury's, which last year provided us with enough food to provide 1 million meals."
John Galliano to stand trial over alleged public insult Wednesday, 22nd June 2011
John Galliano is likely to put forth medical testimony about his battle with substance abuse at his trial at the Palais de Justice in Paris today.
If Galliano's defence falls short during the trial the fashion designer could face a six-month prison sentence and a EUR 22,500 fine.
The former head designer at Givenchy and Christian Dior has ran into a swathe of controversy after his alleged outburst in a Paris cafe earlier this year, during which he is said to have hurled anti-semitic and racist abuse at strangers.
M&S abandons tap water scheme Thursday, 16th June 2011
Marks & Spencer will not be rolling out a cheap tap water scheme trialled at the chain’s flagship Marble Arch store in London. Inspired by Australian environmentalist Jon Dee, M&S teamed up with the Chill Water Company to trial the system, which they hoped “could have serious repercussions for how bottled water is drunk.”A vending machine situated in the flagship offered 500 ml servings of chilled tap water for 20p, which shoppers could fill their empty water bottles with, or buy a new one from the machine for £3.But according to reports customers shunned the idea, preferring M&S’s own label mineral water at 65p for a 500ml bottle.‘The trial was not particularly successful and we have now removed the machine from the store. We have no plans to install any further machines in any of our stores.’ An M&S spokesperson told press.