Freshly Squeezed | 20.09.19

Ally Feiam By Ally Feiam | 20 Sep 2019

Coles reignites supermarket wars and all JUUL products ‘mysteriously’ leave Chinese E-Commerce platforms. Get a healthy dose of news as we uncover the day’s top stories in e-commerce and retail.

Chinese E-Commerce Sites Remove JUUL Days After Launch

The American e-cigarette company, JUUL, launched in China last week but has ‘mysteriously’ disappeared off all Chinese e-commerce sites. JUUL products had been available on Tmall and JD.com and were not provided with an explanation for the products getting pulled. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the more than 300 million adult smokers in China with a viable alternative to combustible cigarettes,” said Victoria Davis, a spokesperson for JUUL.

There has been an extreme backlash towards JUUL, with many people in the U.S. suffering from collapsed lungs and disease from vaping. The Trump administration has issued a pledge to increase the oversight of this industry.

Pinterest Introduces New Group Board Feature

Pinterest is launching a new group feature for party and event planners. “Pinners are planners, and increasingly, Pinterest is where people come to plan big celebrations like weddings with friends and family,” said the social media platform in a statement. “Pinterest is where people come for small group collaboration. In fact, 98 per cent of Group Boards have five or less people, and 77 per cent of Group Boards are between two people. Today we’re introducing our latest collaboration tools for Group Boards to make planning life moments and working on projects with others even easier, including reactions to show feedback, the ability to sort Pins to prioritise favourite ideas, and a new way to communicate with members right on the board.”

Coles ‘Revives’ Supermarket Wars

Coles has lowered its prices on hundreds of products to spark and ‘revive’ the price war between Woolworths. The supermarket’s campaign, which launched on Thursday, showcases discounts on more than 300 products, including large tomato sauce bottles, vegan meat alternatives and bundle deals. This comes as the German supermarket, Kaufland, plans to open several stores across Australia.

“Putting a focus on cutting prices 18 months before Kaufland, the world’s fourth-largest food and grocery retailer, launches is a bit risky,” explained QUT associate professor Gary Mortimer, to The Age. “As soon as one slashes the price, the other will follow.”

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