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FOCUS ON RETAIL: CARREFOUR IS MAKING A COMEBACK ...

Carrefour
Up the right aisle

Georges Plassat is reviving the world’s second-biggest retailer



Feb 16th 2013 | PARIS |From the print edition





UNTIL recently, Carrefour’s supermarkets in France were run along Napoleonic lines. Strict orders emanated from its headquarters in Paris. Every store sold a similar range of products. If selling groceries were like marching an army over the Alps, this strategy would have worked brilliantly. But it isn’t, and it didn’t.










Customers enjoy choice, and their tastes vary. In Orange, for instance, a town in Provence where many north Africans live, E. Leclerc, a rival chain, was offering 20 varieties of chickpea. The local Carrefour had only two brands, sighs a big shareholder. Sales were flatter than pitta bread.




Enter Georges Plassat, the new boss who joined Carrefour last year. One of his first acts was to give store managers the power to adapt to local tastes.





 At the big Carrefour in Monaco, for example, out went the racks of cheap luggage, of the sort chic …

USA IRRADIATION FACILITIES CREATE OPTIONS FOR MANGO IMPORTERS ...

Mangoes

New irradiation sites designed specifically for food




02/13/2013
Coral Beach










Importers could have an additional option for phytosanitary treatment of fresh produce this spring at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, easing logistics and decreasing costs, particularly for mangoes from Pakistan.





Now many mangoes from Pakistan are routed from their port of entry to the Sadex Corp. facility in Sioux City, Iowa, for irradiation before they can be distributed across the U.S.





Frank Benso, president of Gateway America, said with the installation of a Genesis II cobalt-60 irradiation machine at Gulfport importers will be able to save time and money. The project was recently completed, and Benso said he is working on final certification from the Animal and Plant Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.








Courtesy Gray*Star






Designed specifically for food irradiation, the Genesis II machine uses constant volume variable pressure underwater bells (stainless steel boxes) that c…

CHINA PLAYS BY ITS OWN RULES WHILE GOING GLOBAL ...

Feb 16, 8:11 AM EST





BY JACK CHANG
ASSOCIATED PRESS











AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko








MEXICO CITY (AP) -- When Venezuela seized
 billions of dollars in assets from Exxon Mobil and  other foreign companies, Chinese state banks  and investors didn't blink. Over the past five  years they have loaned Venezuela more than $35  billion.






Elsewhere around the Caribbean, as hotels were
 struggling to stay afloat in the global economic
 slowdown, the Chinese response was to bankroll
 the biggest resort under construction in the
 Western Hemisphere - a massive hotel,
 condominium and casino complex in the
 Bahamas just a few miles from half-empty
 resorts.


All over the world, from Latin America to the South 
Pacific, a cash-flush China is funding projects
 that others won't, seemingly less concerned by
 the conventional wisdom of credit ratings and
 institutions such as the World Bank.

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EDITOR'S NOTE - This story is part of "China's
 Reach," a project tracking China's influence on
 its trading par…