Retail news round-up September 18, 2013: Tesco to unveil own-brand Hudl tablet device; M&S to use mobile technology to communicate directly with workers in Asian factories

Tesco to unveil new Hudl tablet on 23 September

Tesco is expected to unveil its new own-brand tablet device on 23rd September. The retailer has sent invitations out to press saying “We’ve got something to show you”, featuring the ‘Hudl’ trademark.

The device is expected to have a 7 inch screen and is to be priced at around £99, according to The Guardian. It is also expected to include quick access to the Tesco-owned Blinkbox video-on-demand service, and Tesco’s online shopping services.

M&S to directly communicate with supply chain workers

Marks & Spencer plans to use mobile phone technology to get in direct contact with workers in its clothing supply chain in Asian factories, The Guardian reported.

The high street retailer has signed a one-year deal with Good World Solutions, a non-profit social enterprise, to survey 22,500 workers in 30 factories in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh via mobiles on topics including working conditions and financial literacy. The retailer tested the system on 2,000 workers in India and Sri Lanka over the past year before rolling it out for a larger audience.