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Chinese vendor throws Philippine mangoes “in the trash”

China’s opposition to an international tribunal ruling over the South China Sea has spilled over into the fruit industry, with some traders deciding to do away with Philippine fruit. Dried mangoes

Earlier this week in a case brought by the Philippines, the Hague ruled China did not have a historical right to its existing claims on the sea, where it has been constructing artificial islands on top of reefs.

Neighboring and Western countries have called on China to respect the Hague’s decision, but the government has insisted it rejects the arbitration tribunal’s ruling.

One response from the Chinese public has been to call for a boycott of Philippine fruit on social media, singling out dried mangoes in particular.

A search on e-commerce site Taobao shows some Philippine dried mangoes are being sold, but a large portion of individual traders using the site have withdrawn Philippine products, including dried mangoes and dried banana slices.

“I am just a small seller on Taobao, but firstly I am a Chinese. I want to do everything to support our country,” one vendor told www.freshfruitportal.com.

“We will not sell the Philippine dried mangos any more – several tons of our inventories have been thrown into the trash can.

“I welcome patriotic people to keep watch. If you feel sorry for me, please buy some of my other products.”

The vendor said he was now turning to Chinese production such as dried mangoes from the provinces of Fujian or Hainan.

“If there is a war between China and the Philippines I will donate all of our income from this product to our country,” he said.

In 2012, there was a similar boycott on Philippine bananas relating to a dispute over the Scarborough Shoal, as well as a temporary ban from the government that officially related to phytosanitary concerns.

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Sprouts Taps Digital Tech Vendor

PHOENIX — Sprouts Farmers Market here has selected Mercatus Technologies, Toronto, to assist in its digital communications.

“We partnered with Mercatus because of their deep understanding of the transformation requirements we face in the grocery industry,” said Steve Black, chief information and marketing officer of Sprouts, in a statement.


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In a recent interview with SN related to Sprouts’ winning the SN’s 2013 Retail Excellence Award, Black said, “Our customers can expect to be able to access our content any time, anywhere. You have to take care of your customer across the entire spectrum.”

Mercatus said it will help Sprouts re-launch iOS and Android mobile apps and a website that adapts to any web-ready device. Customers will be able to access to features such as the weekly ad, shopping lists, recipes and digital coupons. Online ordering will be introduced for holiday special orders.

“By unifying their digital channels into the Mercatus Platform, Sprouts will deliver a unique shopping experience to their customers,” said Sylvain Perrier, president and chief executive officer of Mercatus.

Read more: Sprouts Wins Retail Excellence Award

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Technology Boosts Kroger’s Vendor Collaboration

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has taken data sharing to a new level with technology that analyzes the sales performance of products in every store and shares it with suppliers on a daily basis. Rather than simply provide vendors with reams of raw sales data, Kroger is leveraging a platform that provides both the retailer and its vendors with daily store- and item-level data that has been cleaned up and coupled with reporting and analytics. The goal is to provide insights about promotion …

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BJ’s names C.H. Robinson Perishable Vendor of the Year

Citing innovation, collaboration and creativity, BJ’s Wholesale Club presented C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. with its Perishable Vendor of the Year Award.

awardC.H. Robinson delivers BJ’s produce department a complex supply chain management and consulting program, weekly club-level pricing and quality checks, industry sales benchmarking and category reporting and analytics, according to a press release issued by C.H. Robinson, based in Eden Prairie, MN.

C.H. Robinson complements its category management and supply chain management services by supplying BJ’s with innovative packaging and product offerings in their Tropicana citrus and tropicals, Mott’s apples, Welch’s grapes, and Rosemont Farms vegetable product lines.

“For the past four years, the produce department and the quality of the product has been the number one reason people come to BJ’s to shop,” Jack MacAskill, vice president at BJ’s Wholesale, said in the press release. “The brands C.H. Robinson provides resonate with our customers that these are labels they can trust.”

In addition to its branded product offerings, C.H. Robinson assisted BJ’s in the development and delivery of the “Farm to Club” produce program, which is available in each of its 200 clubs in 15 states. The program, which provides BJ’s members with quality, fresh produce from their state’s local farms, rolled out during the spring and summer of 2012.

BJ’s commended C.H. Robinson’s commitment to community involvement and charity via the Pink Ribbon Watermelon program. The Pink Ribbon Watermelon program enables retailers to participate in a comprehensive program that includes consistent supply, in-store support and a cause-marketing component. Since 2008, the program has raised over $ 680,000 for breast cancer research.

“Collaborating with the BJ’s team allowed our organizations to develop a long-term winning strategy together,” Doug Johnson, strategic account manager at C.H. Robinson, added in the press release. “Receiving this award is a proud accomplishment for our team and one we look forward to building upon in the future.”

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