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The Perception of Aggression

Why does Tesco do it?

The company has been accused of behaving aggressively in Thailand by undercutting small local stores.  It’s response is to sue an individual for libel, claiming £16.4m damages.  What about addressing such acustaions in its corporate responsibility reporting?  Unfortunately, the relevant web page of the Thai website doesn’t appear to cover the issue.

Whether or not Tesco was acting agressively the Thai courts will no doubt determine.  But to begin a huge legal action of such a nature seems to me, well, just…aggressive.

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When every little bit helps, size is all

Tesco is willing to ‘work with government’ to draft legislation to stop itself selling alcohol more cheaply than water.

Why can’t it do this on its own?  Because such voluntary action ‘could be commercial suicide’. While I suspect legislation would be a good thing, could we first see what the financial figures are for the cheap alcohol promotions which are the main issue here?  Are the large supermarkets really as vulnerable as those who are actually committing suicide through binge drinking?

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How much is a little bit?

Tesco is planning a new green research intstitute.  This hasn’t met with an altogether happy response.  Is Tesco pushing or pulling consumer demand?  But whichever it is, is it enough?  As the overwhelming supermarket leader, being serious about environmental issues should bring an overwhelming initiative.  Perhaps every little bit does help, but £25m funding for the new institute does not match its market position.