Gap, André, Camaïeu, Célio … The entire clothing sector in crisis

Gap announced by videoconference to its employees on Tuesday, October 20 that it intended to leave Europe: 22 stores in France and 500 employees. It is the demonstration of difficulties in the clothing sector more generally. And unfortunately there are plenty of examples.

In recent months, the clothing brands have been announcing legal reorganizations, changes in shareholders, safeguard procedures … Camaieu, The hall, André, Un Jour Ailleurs, Célio, Orchestra, Naf Naf, Absorba … Now Gap. Names that are part of our daily life as consumers and that lower the curtain. 650 stores have closed since the start of the year. The sector which employs 180,000 people in the country has lost 4,000 jobs.

These are brands that were fragile, sick, which often collapsed under a abysmal debt. Containment – which is a symptom of the crisis for these stores – has finished them.

Customers go to stores less

We set foot in stores much less. Barrier gestures greatly penalize this type of sign. At the time of deconfinement, clothing stores were one of the few local shops that had not really bounced.

On average, we spend 1/4 hour in a clothing store. Queuing on the sidewalk, trying in the cab, strolling through the shelves, it has become complicated: window shopping is difficult with a mask. Result: attendance in free fall: 17% fewer customers since the start of the year… 24.4% less activity in shopping center stores according to the Alliance du Commerce. And a further 7% drop in sales in September compared to last year.

There is also a change in consumer behavior. In fact, the virus has been dormant in the clothing industry since 2013 and the collapse of Rana Plaza, this nine-story building in Bangladesh where 1,138 workers who worked for all the major global ready-to-wear brands died. Consumers in developed countries have realized what their
consumption frenzy clothing at low prices.

Clothing became the symbol of the worst that globalization produced. Deaths on the other side of the world to feed our superfluity.

Second-hand clothes are on the rise

But have behaviors really changed on the consumer side? The coronavirus has, once again, accelerated the mutation. A few weeks ago, the Prix des Pros rewarded a young man, Davy Dao, who manufactures, in the Vosges, jeans with linen grown in the North … production locale which says a lot about the desire to bring clothing production closer to us.

Then above all, we buy less clothes and they have several lives. The site Vinted
which offers purchases between individuals of second-hand products became, in August, the 3rd e-commerce site in France. All major retailers are selling second-hand products: Leclerc, Carrefour, Auchan, System U, Ikea. Purchases of second-hand luxury goods are expected to double in the next 5 years.

We’re not just talking about a fashion for sores … There are obviously still people looking for low prices but habits are changing. You can find low prices in second-hand products that avoid overconsumption. It’s virtuous but it’s clear against the whole economic model of clothing stores.

The advantages: the French continue to save

We are close to 100 billion savings accumulated since January and we put the money on the livret A (25.76 billion euros). The French have never put so much money into this type of account in 9 months.

The score: 12/20 for the finances of the unemployment insurance

A note of encouragement. As might be expected, Unedic’s accounts are falling into the red. The organization plans to compensate 420,000 more unemployed than last year. The deficit is expected to be around 19 billion, which is amazing! But, it’s a little less than expected. This summer, we expected a loss of $ 25.7 billion. We bounced back a little better than expected after confinement.

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Volvo Cars shines in safety

Initiated by Volvo and organized by the Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors, this campaign positions the car brand more than ever as a pioneer in the field of car safety. Visible on social networks and on the Volvo Car website, this black and white digital campaign is presented in the form of several testimonials from people involved in car accidents and who were saved thanks to the seatbelt.

It must be said that when it comes to automobile safety, Volvo has always been able to pioneer. The automobile brand is also at the origin of the most important inventions and innovations in the history of automobile safety.

Past, present and future innovations
Since 1927 Volvo Cars has consistently focused on safety, making it one of the core values ​​of the company. In 1959, for example, the Swedish brand pioneered the three-point seat belt which was released in series production on the PV544 model. Thanks to this system, a million lives have been saved, a situation that then prompted Volvo Cars to give up its patent so that the seat belt could benefit everyone. Since 1959, the brand has never stopped developing innovations, each more ingenious than the next, such as side airbags and inflatable curtains. In the 1970s, it was behind the creation of the first rearward facing child seat.

“With all of these innovations and those to come, Volvo Cars aspires to save a million more lives. At Volvo Cars Maroc, we are more than ever faithful to this objective since the principle that guides us in everything we do is, and must remain, safety ”, declared Mr. Abdelouahad El Kadiri, President of Scandinavian Auto Maroc.

The safety technologies developed by Volvo are today the most advanced in the automotive industry. Volvo for example introduced in 2020 new innovations such as the speed limit to 180 km / h on all of its vehicles. Motivating drivers to reduce their speed is only part of Volvo’s commitment to take active responsibility in the fight to achieve the goal of zero fatalities.

Volvo has also implemented on-board cameras on its vehicles which allow cars to intervene automatically in the event of impaired driving or distracted driving. Volvo has also recently introduced the “Care Key” system which aims to combat speeding.

With such a system, Volvo car owners can program a speed limit to the car when they loan it to a young family member or a less experienced driver. In addition, and thanks to LiDAR sensors, the next generation of Volvo cars will be all set for autonomous driving. Volvo will continue to roll out OTA software updates to provide fully autonomous highway driving.


Thyssenkrupp closes plant in Olpe and cuts 500 jobs

Thyssenkrupp reaches agreement with works councils on social plan for the Olpe and Hagen plants. Reduction of 500 jobs by summer 2022.

Thyssenkrupp closes its stabilizer plant in Olpe and cuts a total of 500 jobs in the automotive supply division. On Wednesday, the group reached an agreement with the works council on an accompanying social plan and balance of interests. According to this, the downsizing should take place without redundancies.

The agreement was preceded by protests at the affected sites and almost six months of negotiations with the employees. In April the supervisory board of the Thyssenkrupp subsidiary decided on springs and stabilizersto close the factory in Olpe with around 330 employees. Stabilizer production in the Sauerland is to be discontinued at the end of 2021.

Thyssenkrupp upgrades its Hagen location

Production is to be reorganized in Hagen and all German development and production capacities are to be bundled there. These are in particular the stabilizer production for small series and the spare parts business as well as the series production of springs for cars, including electric cars. According to the company in Hagen, “up to 160” of the current 400 jobs will still be lost due to significantly greater automation. The conversion of the plant should be completed in the summer of 2022. Because some new jobs will also be created, 320 employees will then work in Hagen.

The social plan consists of three pillars: On the one hand, there should be offers to switch to other positions at Thyssenkrupp. If this is not an option, you can switch to a transfer company, receive further training there and receive support in finding work outside the group. Thirdly, there is assistance for older employees to transition into retirement.

Thyssenkrupp executive board sees no future prospects for the spring business

The Essen-based industrial group spun off the springs and stabilizers division from its core business and its balance sheet at the beginning of October at the beginning of the new financial year. It belongs with some other areas to the segment called “Multi Tracks”which bundles all areas that are to be sold or the majority of which are to be given to partners.

Martina Merz’s board of directors sees “no more sustainable future prospects” in the group for these areas. This also includes industrial plant construction, heavy plate steel production in Duisburg, the construction technology business and the stainless steel plant in Terni, Italy. A total of around 20,000 people still work in the “Multi Tracks”.

With Olpe, the Springs and Stabilizers division currently operates nine plants in Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Mexico and China – the number of employees around the world will drop from around 3,400 to 2900 in the next two years as a result of the restructuring in Germany.


Collusion of chickens: Group demands to compensate each Chilean with 50 thousand pesos

The Association of Consumers and Users of Chile (Agrecu) filed a complaint before the Court for the Defense of Free Competition, demanding compensation from Cencosud, Walmart and SMU for his role in the so-called collusion of supermarkets over the price of chickens.

In the legal action, to which he had access Cooperative, the recurring They ask that the chains pay a compensation of 50 thousand pesos to each Chilean.

“We estimate that a fair and representative figure of the damage caused should amount to 10 percent of sales affected by anti-competitive conduct, in the periods already defined in the proceedings that precede this libel; consequently, it corresponds to Cencosud 44,354 UTA, SMU 26,446 UTA and Walmart 42,923 UTA “, the text reads.

Agrecu states that “as non-pecuniary damage, we consider that collusion was an act that affected all Chileans, as expressly stated in the SS judgment itself, where it is stated that affected more than 90 percent of the chicken market nationwide, compensation for non-material damage must be increased by a sum in UF as of today equivalent to $ 50,000 for each consumer, considering as such any buyer over 18 years of age “.

The president of Agrecu, the lawyer Andres Parra, indicated that “the supermarkets and chains that are involved have an effect at the national level, it does not distinguish a locality or a specific sector, it is the court itself that speaks of an effect at the national level. “

“Even the chicken producers have been sued and we are not suing the producers today, but the supermarkets, due to the Supreme Court ruling that was finalized, that is why we sued as soon as the sentence was executed”, stated.

Conadecus questions legal action

Hernan Calderon, president of Conadecus, raised in conversation with A new morning that “here is something that is not right, because class action lawsuits cannot be filed at this time, because there is a voluntary procedure that Sernac opened “.

“Most likely, this lawsuit will not be granted admissibility in the Court for the Defense of Free Competition,” he said.

Calderón explained that the president of Agrecu -who worked with them previously- is sitting “a bad precedent” with this legal action.


Skip boring Bly Manor and get fed up with the dark and exuberant Ratched –

Little real snickering, somewhat far-fetched drama and just a little too many music boxes playing in the attic, dolls coming to life and creaking steps. The enthusiast needs more to be captivated by a horror series. The Haunting of Bly Manor was downright boring at times, especially if you were before Ratched have seen, surely the must of this autumn.

Bly Manor
Maybe the expectations were Bly Manor, can be seen on Netflix for about ten days, also too high after the success The Haunting of Hill House (with Holland’s own Hollywood star Michiel Huisman). In the second part, nanny Dani (Victoria Pedretty) babysits two children who live in Bly Manor with a gardener, a cook and a housekeeper. spooky villa in the British countryside. The parents of the children have passed away, just like the previous babysitter. And is the housekeeper still alive?

A plot unfolds full of ghostly apparitions and ghosts from the past. Here and there a person falls. Who is alive and who is not, and why, that is increasingly the question, while a love is also blossoming. A beautiful episode that goes back in time – completely in black and white – should clear things up. Slowly the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and a nice story unfolds, but hopefully you have not fallen asleep in the meantime.

No, then Ratched, which appeared on Netflix a month ago and tells about the early years of the evil nurse Ratched, from classic One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Mildred Ratched manages to land a job in a psychiatric institution in the late 1940s, where a deranged director is experimenting with treatments that were in vogue at the time, such as lobotomy and heating and cooling patients in a bath. At first Ratched only seems like an ambitious nurse, but turns out to have very different motives for acquiring an important position in the clinic.

The lead role is played as angelic as devilish by Sarah Paulson, who constantly makes you believe that under the rock-hard facade there is a sensitive person hiding. Meanwhile, a lot is happening in Ratched. The lady is not one to sit still for long. She encounters all kinds of eccentrics, such as the millionaire widow (played delicately by Sharon Stone), who has a son without limbs. And the director of the clinic has something to do with that.

But what really makes the series a small masterpiece is the design, which has been taken care of down to the last detail, and the color scheme is the most striking. It is unpacked with exuberant color areas, which change when the hellish story here and there demands. The images are outspoken and always carefully chosen. Ratched becomes such a beautifully styled, dark fairy tale, that you may well illuminate (or obscure) some boring autumnal lockdown nights.


There is a pandemic fatigue in society

A number of Latvian municipalities, companies, institutions and organizations have participated in the Jerusalem dance challenge, gathering a large number of dancers. At the same time, there are those who believe that Latvians have enough beautiful folk dances so that they do not have to borrow foreign traditions. The popularity of this positive challenge lies in the lack of “good news”, which is particularly important in the fatigue of a pandemic in society.

Dance challenge for a tired society

The challenge of dancing in Jerusalem is basically nothing extremely unique. The world has danced to sticky melodies before – the oldest of us will know the hit “Macarena” of the Spanish duo “Los Del Rio”, whose steps some good ones still remember today. At the beginning of the past decade, many parties were unimaginable without the Spanish band Las Ketchup’s Ketchup Song. Similar examples can be mentioned over and over again.

The challenge of dancing in Jerusalem has simply come at the right time. If we open social networks, we see that most of the content consists of information about Covid-19, war, unrest, taxes and depression. Also looking at the design of various publications, it can be seen that darker and darker tones are becoming more and more common.

Positive emotions in spite of what is happening around you

People are psychologically depressed, but very united, because Covid-19 affects all of humanity. It has served as a breeding ground for such a dance challenge. Given that many countries are experiencing a recurrent and even greater pandemic outbreak than before, there is public fatigue. There are more and more skeptics and pessimists, as well as those who are trying to bring positive emotions to life, despite what is happening around them.

We replace cultural events and travel

People are characterized by their thoughts, emotions and actions. When a person is tired of thinking, all that is left is emotions and action. Given that the sticky melody and simple dance steps evoke positive emotions, in many cases the action is not missed and people repeat this dance. This initiative clearly shows that society has longed for a carefree and carefree life, that there is currently a lack of the usual good and positive emotions that cultural events and travel have given us.

A society tired of negations, viruses and scandals

The song itself is nothing extraordinary, it is not a unique musical masterpiece. A clear example is the international song contest “Eurovision”, where extraordinary songs or compositions with a very sticky melody win – this song is clearly the second case. A society tired of negations, viruses and scandals resonates with positive emotions.

Latvian agreement in dance

The fact that several groups or local governments have preferred Latvian folk dances instead of this dance is also to be welcomed. The most important thing is that positive emotions are encouraged. The Latvian people have long had a tradition of gathering together in dance or song in both light and heavy moments, in this case it has simply manifested itself in dance that has traveled to us from abroad.

Of course, it is possible to discuss how much such a dance corresponds to the basic values ​​of the Latvian people, but I would urge you to look more broadly – how many people this dance improved their mood and provided pleasant emotions?


Tesla merges with German automotive supplier ATW

The automotive supplier ATW actually wanted to cut jobs – now the electric car manufacturer Tesla is saving the company: The US group is getting involved in ATW, the cartel office is talking about a merger.

Rescue at the last second: After purchasing the Grohmann company in Prüm in the Eifel in 2016, the electric car manufacturer takes a stake Tesla at another company from Rhineland-Palatinate. The Californian group got the green light to join the automotive supplier ATW based in Neuwied.

This was announced by a spokesman for the Federal Cartel Office of the German Press Agency. “It’s a merger.” He didn’t give any details. ATW and Tesla did not initially comment.

ATW (Assembly & Test Europe GmbH) belonged to the Canadian manufacturer ATS Automation Tooling Systems. This recently announced the closure of its location in Rhineland-Palatinate. The dazzling tech billionaire Elon Muskwho has a factory in Grünheide near Berlin for Electric cars builds, therefore saves jobs at the new auto supplier. With a workforce of around 210 employees, this includes groups such as BMW, Daimler and VW to his customer.

The Neuwied city spokesman Erhard Jung welcomed it “expressly when another international company” settles in his municipality on the Rhine: “Tesla plays a leading role in the Electromobility.”

The mayor of Neuwied, Jan Einig (CDU) argued and pointed out that Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH in Prüm is only around 100 kilometers away – that could facilitate cooperation between the two locations. The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economics in Mainz had also expressed itself positively.


ING: ‘Partial lockdown’ hits the hospitality industry hard, but less than in March | NOW

The catering industry sees a significant decrease in pin traffic as a result of the ‘partial lockdown’, but the blow seems to be less severe than after the catering closure in March. This can be deduced from ING’s pin turnover figures.

On the first day of the new measures, on October 15, pin turnover was 65 percent lower than is normally the case, according to ING. On March 16, the first day of the first lockdown, the pin turnover was no less than 85 percent lower than usual.

A possible explanation, according to ING economist Marten van Garderen, is that this time entrepreneurs know better what to expect. “Entrepreneurs may now be better prepared for the changed situation. For example, so that food can be picked up or delivered in more places.” A recent increase in the number of online delivery and collection transactions also indicates this.

On the day before the new measures, the pin turnover was still slightly above the usual level, at 10 percent. There was a little more debit card payment, but mainly a higher amount was paid: where in recent weeks an average of 15 euros was debited in the catering industry on Wednesdays, that amount was 20 euros on the Wednesday before the second catering closure.


Trump vs. Fauci: Corona as an election campaign hit

His corona management remains US President Trump’s weakest flank in the election campaign. Despite the rising number of cases, he continues to rely on a return to normal and discredits his chief virologist.

By Claudia Sarre, ARD Studio Washington

The corona pandemic is and will remain the dominant topic in the US media. At least when you tune in channels critical of Trump like CNN. Over 220,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States so far. The infection rate is steep in most states, with 64,000 Americans testing positive yesterday alone. Measured in terms of population, the USA still has far higher numbers of infections than Germany, for example.

President Trump is putting this circumstance under enormous pressure. Possibly because he sees his chances of winning the election dwindling. He lashes out and has his chief virologist Dr. Fauci referred to as a “disaster”. He reacted calmly to the attack on the KNX radio station.

“Many states that were doing quite well are now seeing an increase in the corona numbers. We have to focus on that. Everything else is just a distraction. It’s like in the movie” The Godfather “- nothing personal, just business. I want to just do my job and protect people. “

Scientists: Coming weeks “blackest phase”

Scientists across the country are alarmed. Michael Osterholm from the Center for Infectious Diseases expects the next 6 to 12 weeks to be the blackest phase of the pandemic. However, President Trump remains true to his course and continues to downplay the dangers of the coronavirus. Not that bad, he said on Fox News yesterday.

“We live with it and very soon we will have the vaccination. With or without vaccination, we are about to flatten the curve.”

Trump had to soften his sharp criticism of Fauci somewhat, after all, the top immunologist belongs to his Corona Task Force and appears as a reliable voice of science in one of his election spots. He’s a nice guy, but not really a team player. And he’s a Democrat, said Trump.

Showdown on Thursday

Which is not true because the 79-year-old scientist does not belong to any party. Fauci has chaired the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases for 36 years and has worked under six US governments – including Reagan and the Bushs.

Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden is likely to rub hands in the meantime. The faster the number of infections increases, the more dealing with the corona pandemic becomes a central election issue.

For the time being, the last showdown between Joe Biden and Donald Trump takes place tomorrow, Thursday. Then the two opponents meet in a TV duel.

Deutschlandfunk reported on this topic on October 21, 2020 at 6:11 a.m.


Several federal states affected: Again strikes in the public sector

Collective bargaining in the public sector is entering its crucial phase. The workers try to emphasize their demands with warning strikes. They reject the previous offer from the employer.

One day before the start of the third round of negotiations in the public sector wage dispute, trade unions and employees are keeping the pressure on employers high. In several federal states, employees stopped working again in the morning, as the ver.di union announced.

Depending on the region, employees of daycare centers, administrations, hospitals or garbage collectors were asked to stop work.

Closed daycare centers, museums and savings banks

In Hamburg, employees of bookhouses, museums, the trade fair and parts of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) want to go on a warning strike. In Thuringia, savings banks and the Schleiz district hospital are among others affected.

Strikes also took place in some regions of Lower Saxony and in Bremen, for example in day-care centers, council and district houses or at the garbage disposal. Ver.di chairman Frank Werneke gives a speech in Hanover.

In the Brandenburg state capital Potsdam, the call for a warning strike is aimed at the employees in the administration, daycare centers and waste disposal. In Magdeburg, employees of the city, individual daycare centers and garbage disposal want to stop work. In Leipzig, ver.di calls for warning strikes at the city administration, Sparkasse and city cleaning service.

Unions are demanding 4.8 percent more wages

According to ver.di, tens of thousands across Germany took part in the strike on Tuesday. With the actions, the union wants to put pressure on employers again before further collective bargaining on Thursday in Potsdam.

The federal government and municipalities presented an offer last Friday in which they offered the almost 2.5 million employees a total of 3.5 percent more wages and salaries in three annual stages. The unions consider this to be insufficient. With a one-year term of the new collective agreement, you are demanding a wage and salary increase of 4.8 percent, but at least 150 euros more per month.

Employers hope to graduate quickly

The employers ‘side was nevertheless optimistic: “The worsening of the pandemic means there is particular pressure to conclude now,” said the President of the Association of Municipal Employers’ Associations, Ulrich Mädge, of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “I am therefore convinced that we will come to an agreement in the next round of negotiations and not need an arbitration.”

Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer sees the employer’s offer as recognition of the work of employees in systemically relevant professions. “With our offer we honor what the heroes achieve in the crisis,” said the CSU politician. According to the Ministry of the Interior, employees in hospitals and care facilities can expect up to 1800 euros more per year as a result of the employer’s proposal.

The Tagesschau reported on this topic on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.