International Retailers TikTok, you don’t stop
We’re not sure whether you have spent the last five years with your head under a log. That would be your choice, and we do not judge you for it. But if you have, you may not have noticed that there is a vast and burgeoning TikTok-driven market of people who like to accessorise and cosmeticise inexpensively and for them, there is fast-fashion accessory emporium Claire’s… the same Claire’s that can be found in more than 110 Clicks stores right here in the BC. Now, in a stroke of genius, Claire’s has brought pop-up shops in the form of branded display units to over 2,200 grocery stores – notably Kroger and Albertsons – in the US, with more to follow. It’s already in over 2,500 Walmarts. We’re just throwing this out there, use it, don’t use it (but if this is the business you happen to be in, you totally should). Over in the UK, in the meantime, the woes of the working man and woman continue, with some supermarkets limiting the amount of fresh produce customers are permitted to buy due to supply shortages. Affected lines include tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and raspberries, with punters able to pick up only two or three packages each. It’s tempting to blame Brexit, but in this case it’s the weather: the UK imports 90-95% of its produce in the winter months, mainly from Morocco
Comment: As climate change bites, is our industry ready to face waves of disruption in the fresh supply chain?