Amazon launches marketplace site in India
New York — Amazon has launched an online shopping site in India, but, in line with the nation’s rules, it will only be able to service other retailers.
The e-commerce giant has gone live with an e-commerce marketplace where local retailers can list books and DVDs under Amazon’s banner and use its delivery services to get them to buyers, according to The Financial Times. Amazon will start selling mobile phones and cameras within weeks.
Amazon has one warehouse outside of Mumbai and will use a mixture of its own couriers and local delivery trucks, the report said. Customers will be able to pay cash on delivery or by credit card online.
Dole wants America to have a banana
WESTKLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole is on a 4,800-mile banana truck tour in an attempt to get Americans to eat more fruits and veggies, namely bananas. Company representatives will travel for a total of 102 days in a pink-and-turquoise truck during the Peel the Love Summer Food Truck Tour.
The truck will stop at supermarkets, public events and other venues. Dole representatives will offer banana recipes, recipe cards, product samples and other free giveaways, such as Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk, Dole Fruit Bowls and Dole Squish’ems product samples; banana-themed coloring books, T-shirts, hats and discount coupons and brochures. Healthy-eating experts will also lead nutritional rallies, games and contests at after-school centers and other nonprofits in select cities.
Co-sponsoring the trip are Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk and Dole Packaged Foods featuring Dole Fruit Bowl and Dole Squish’ems.
The truck will stop in Seattle; Sacramento, Calif.; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Houston; Des Moines, Iowa; Baltimore/Washington, D.C. and New York City, all of which, according to the company, enjoy significantly higher per-capita banana consumption than the national average.
The tour is targeting health-, fitness- and lifestyle-oriented consumers and partnering with retailers to suggest new serving, pairing and entertaining options.
The truck will be outfitted with oversized screens that showcase a variety of educational videos showing the journey of bananas from the field to the store.
“After months of planning, we’re excited to finally be hitting the road to take our message that bananas and nutrition can be fun to cities from coast to coast,” explained Bil Goldfield, communications manager of Dole Fresh Fruit. “We’ll be bringing free samples, coupons and compelling new recipes to banana lovers at public events, nonprofit agencies and some of the most popular supermarkets in America.”
“The Peel the Love Food Truck Tour is a perfect fit for healthy-eating brands like Dole and Blue Diamond,” said Suzanne Hagener, senior marketing manager of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. “Now, instead of just reading about healthy summer eating, families from Seattle to New York City can see firsthand just how simple and healthy summertime cooking and entertaining can be.”
Gymboree Corporation’s Q1 net sales dip
SAN FRANCISCO — The Gymboree Corporation is looking to leverage the rebounding economy and trends for the rest of 2013, following a dip in its net sales for the first quarter ended May 4.
The company reported net sales of $293 million for the quarter, a 1.7% decrease from $298 million for the first quarter ended April 28, 2012. Comparable sales for the quarter decreased 5% versus the first quarter of the year prior.
The company’s gross profit for the quarter was $121 million, or 41.3% of net sales, compared to $121.8 million, or 40.9% of net sales, for the first quarter of the year prior. Adjusted gross profit, which excludes $2.6 million for the first quarter this year and $3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, respectively, relating to the company’s acquisition on Nov. 2010 by Giraffe Holding, was $123.6 million, or 42.2% of net sales, for the quarter, compare to $124.8 million, or 41.9% of net sales, for the first quarter of the year prior. Giraffe Holding, Inc. is an entity controlled by investment funds sponsored by Bain Capital Partners.
The company says it is focused on improving its inventory discipline, strengthening its product assortment and continuing to drive its growth opportunities of real estate, e-commerce and international. It plans to open approximately 100 new stores, with the majority being Crazy 8 stores.
The Gymboree Corporation operates 634 Gymboree stores (584 in the United States, 43 in Canada, 1 in Puerto Rico and 6 in Australia), 160 Gymboree Outlet stores (158 in the United States, 2 in Puerto Rico), 134 Janie and Jack shops and 352 Crazy 8 stores in the United States, as well as its e-commerce sites. It also offers directed parent-child developmental play programs at 718 franchised and company-operated Gymboree Play & Music centers in the United States and 42 other countries.