Tesco and global retail giant Carrefour are set to enter a long-term strategic alliance designed to help the businesses lower prices.The companies said the deal – which they hoped would be formally agreed within the next two months – would cover the strategic relationship with global suppliers, joint purchasing of own-brand products and goods not for resale. The alliance would have a three-year operational framework.Carrefour is one of the biggest grocery retailers in the world, with around 12,300 stores operated under Carrefour Group banners in 30 countries. The Paris-based business boasts a turnover of almost €90bn.In a statement issued by both businesses today (2 July), they said the alliance would enable them to lower prices while improving the quality and choice of products.“This agreement will also allow both companies to strengthen their relationships with their suppliers and create significant opportunities for those suppliers,” it stated. “Each company will continue to work with supplier partners at a local and national level.”Carrefour Group chairman and CEO Alexandre Bompard said the deal would combine the “purchasing expertise of two world leaders”, adding the businesses had complementary geographies and common strategies.“This agreement is a great opportunity to develop our two brands at the service of our customers.”Tesco Group chief executive Dave Lewis said he was “delighted” to be entering the alliance.“By working together and making the most of our collective product expertise and sourcing capability, we will be able to serve our customers even better, further improving choice, quality and value,” he added.This is the latest announcement in string a deals that are reshaping the UK grocery landscape and buyers’ relationship with their suppliers. In January, Tesco and Booker announced a £3.7bn merger, while Sainsbury’s and Asda recently revealed plans to merge.
March 2, 2021
A new box set honoring the legendary David Bowie called A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) is due out on September 29th. The box set is the part of a series that chronicles David Bowie’s long-running career, choosing highlights from different portions of his life, with previous releases in the series covering the years between 1969 to 1973 and 1974 to 1976. Ahead of the release of A New Career in a New Town, a previously unheard live version of “Suffragette City” has been released. This high-octane version of “Suffragette City” was recorded at the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia on April 29th, 1978.James Murphy Credits David Bowie For The Reunion Of LCD SoundsystemBowie’s April 29th, 1978 performance in Philly was part of a string of shows captured on Stage, Bowie’s 1978 live album. While this rendition of “Suffragette City” never made the cut for the original 1978 release of Stage nor the 2005 reissue, the recording was discovered during this new box set’s compilation. You can take a listen to this new live version of “Suffragette City” from 1978 below, plus keep an eye out for A New Career in a New Town when it comes out later in the month. The David Bowie box set, A New Career in a New Town, includes an expanded version of Stage (also featuring a previously unheard version of “Jean Genie”) and remastered versions of Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy (featuring 1977’s Low and “Heroes” plus 1979’s Lodger) and 1980’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). The box set also includes the Heroes EP (a previously unavailable EP with French and German versions of “Heroes”) and a number of bonus mixes, singles, soundtrack contributions, and B sides. You can check out all the contents within A New Career in a New Town here and pick it up when it drops later in the month on September 29th.[H/T Rolling Stone]
September 20, 2020
A big day for former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel in Tallahassee as the parents of students killed in the Parkland mass shooting plan to give lawmakers an earful this morning.They arrived in Tallahassee yesterday ahead of a hearing where Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel will appeal to get his job back. As the Florida Senate prepares to start a special session to consider reinstating Scott Israel as Broward County Sheriff, the parents of Parkland shooting victims are rallying to show their disdain for the former law enforcement official. https://t.co/FH6FIJvQBJ— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 19, 2019 State lawmakers will hear from Israel’s lawyer today as well as lawyers for DeSantis before making a decision on Wednesday. Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Israel for his handling of last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but a special master recently ruled the suspension was too harsh.Florida Sens. “will weigh the matter during a special session that begins Monday in Tallahassee.”Scott Israel’s failed leadership led to the murder of my daughter and 16 other innocent lives.When my daughter needed help, Israel’s deputies hidIf the @FLSenate reinstates him, they are putting the lives of every Broward citizen in danger. #FixIt pic.twitter.com/HO6BjtxHwy— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) October 18, 2019