SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Claudia Maria de Oliveira is leery of online shopping. But while browsing social media recently, the 49-year-old Brazilian spotted a bargain-priced sandwich press from local retailer Magazine Luiza SA. Frederico Trajano, Chief Executive Officer of retail Magazine Luiza S.A., poses for Reuters in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 23, 2017. Picture taken October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker She swallowed her doubts and hit the “buy” button. Two days later she picked up her first-ever online purchase at a mall in Sao Paulo. “I took the risk,” said Oliveira, who cleans offices for a living. “If I have any trouble with it, at least I know I can come back to the store.” A reassuring physical presence and fast-growing online sales have vaulted Magazine Luiza into the upper echelons of Brazilian e-commerce, lifting shares over 500 percent last year and 20 percent so far in 2018. The company is relying on deep roots in its home … [Read more...] about Amazon.com plays catch-up in Brazil as local rivals thrive
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London is finally set for some warmer weather, as we look forward to potentially breaking through the 20C barrier next week. To celebrate, we've rounded up the very best pubs around west London which have lovely gardens or riverside views. London boasts some of the best pubs and restaurants in the country to while away the hours, so take your pick from the following. If you want to tell us about your favourite watering hole for a sunny spring day, drop us an email to [email protected] The Windsor Castle A heated outdoor area with al-fresco dining and drinking, there's no need to go inside if the weather turns a little cold! It boasts a quaint secret garden well worth a visit. A reviewer on an independent website said: "The pub is quite old, lovely sloping floors, little doors to other bars and a lovely garden to sit in, it has a great atmosphere." The Windsor Castle, 114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, W8 7AR - 020 7243 8797 The Blue Anchor A family-run riverside pub … [Read more...] about Check out these lovely pub gardens to visit in the sunshine!
Soldier Field, located hard on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, only blocks from the iconic skyscrapers of Chicago, will forever be known primarily as the home of the Chicago Bears and one of the National Football League’s landmark stadiums. It comes as a surprise to many, however, that Soldier Field also has a long and strong history in auto racing. Yes, auto racing. A cinder track was built inside the stadium in the 1930s. It later was paved, and several varieties of motorsports were contested on the surface until the 1960s. Included was one visit by what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — on July 21, 1956, 15 years before the Bears moved into Soldier Field. Photos shot in the 1950s show stock cars circling the track with the stadium’s huge grandstands and columns in the background — a weird sight for those whose perspective of Soldier Field is limited to football. It seems almost impossible to imagine today, but back in that … [Read more...] about Remember when: Soldier Field in Chicago once hosted a NASCAR Cup race
In its 24th season, the event commonly called the Bakersfield Reunion tests the endurance of anyone intent on taking in the whole enchilada. One of the world’s greatest car shows and swap meets starts forming Wednesday, when the racing teams and parts vendors unload. Thursday just might be the best day you’ll ever spend at a dragstrip without drag racing (only push-start practice for Cacklefest rookies on Famoso Raceway’s fire-up road). Friday’s program starts at the crack of dawn, when uncorked hot rods and street machines rumpity-rump into the Famoso Grove. Nonstop time trials and qualifying attempts last ’til sundown, leaving just enough time to race 20 miles to Bakersfield’s DoubleTree for a Hall of Fame ceremony that runs three hours—not counting the static cackle immediately following in the hotel parking lot. You’ll be lucky to be in bed before midnight. Veterans know to arrive by 7:30 Saturday morning for decent parking. Fuel-car … [Read more...] about Traditional Fuel Altereds Star In Bakersfield’s 24th California Hot Rod Reunion
“All politics is local.” So Congressman Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, the late Democratic power broker, once famously observed. Although the legendary New England buttonholer’s succinct aphorism originally concerned an election he’d lost in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the 1930s, his words continue to resonate. As they did recently when I set off by Jaguar XJ from a rock-music festival in Latvia to catch up with Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of Estonia, the smallest, most northern, and most thriving of the three former Soviet republics on the Baltic Sea. Ilves and I once had a political connection, and while it had been some time ago, it was very local. The Jaguar part is easy: the carmaker sent an XJ — my current favorite luxury touring sedan — overland from its German headquarters, through Poland, to meet us in Riga, Latvia, a handsome port city at the mouth of the Daugava River. From Riga, we would drive an hour to Salacgriva to … [Read more...] about Through the Baltic States in a 2011 Jaguar XJ
Our Four Seasons 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking and I have been around the world together… or so it seems. By the time I grabbed its keys from the slippery fingers of the West Coast HQ staff, the 500X had trekked its way as far as the Rocky Mountains and back, accruing about 5,000 miles more than our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club had when I drove it from California to Michigan last year at roughly the same time in its Four Seasons cycle. The 2016 Fiat 500X has made it to Big Bear and Malibu, San Francisco and Buttonwillow Raceway, Las Vegas, and Palisades, Colorado and back. These trips plus the L.A. staff’s long, miserable daily commutes were enough to put more than 14k on the Fiat’s clock. This cross-country, three time zone drive, clearly, would be much different from last year’s. No attempts to keep the top down all the way, no counting gear-changes like Jim Garner at Monaco in the opening scene from “Grand Prix.” I even left the Miata fitted luggage at … [Read more...] about Crossing the Country in Our Four Seasons 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking
The man at the Swiss customs smiled indulgently when I told him that the Miura was simply a Mini Cooper turned back to front. Perhaps he did not altogether believe me; perhaps I was not altogether telling the truth. The Miura is really rather special. There are other cars whose rear wheels are driven by an engine mounted transversely in the tail, and some of them have nicely shaped and streamlined two-seater coupe bodies – but none of them can do anything like 180mph, and none of them costs anything like £8050.If all this isn’t enough to make the Miura special, there is the tantalizing thought that there are only three or four in Britain. So when the time came last September for our East End friends Lamborghini Concessionaires to go and fetch another one it seemed that the occasion should be marked in some way. What better way – from my point of view, at least – than for me to go to Italy and help drive the thing back to England? Providence, I must … [Read more...] about 1000 miles in a Lamborghini Miura (CAR archive, Dec 1967 and Jan 1968)
electric vehicle enthusiast, there can only be one answer: the annual Refuel event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the second year I've been fortunate enough to attend – thanks to an invitation from Speed Ventures, the outfit behind this battery-powered extravaganza – and both times it's rocked my socks. EV West around this iconic race track, I declined. This act of heresy is on par with the Pope refusing to enter the pearly gates, content to watch the faithful file in from the vantage point of purgatory.I could have even just taken their awesome electrified BMW M3 for a few quick rips around the new autocross course, but I balked at that too. And for all this, I am sorry. So, very, very sorry.Sure, I had a long list of excuses. I was suffering from a freshly-broken rib that might been made taking hard corners confined by a six-point harness more than a little painful; I was jet-lagged, operating on three hours sleep, four nights in a row; I was also physically … [Read more...] about Refuel 2014: the best way to spend a summer’s day in California
Honda AirwaveWe continue on our Trans-Siberian railway adventure: the last stop was Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, we are now moving 855km East to Irkutsk, which is 80km off Lake Baikal. And here again a fascinating car landscape awaits… From roughly 30% of the traffic in Omsk and Tomsk to half in Krasnoyarsk, we are now faced with a proper invasion of used Japanese imports! Jump in for the full report! If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here, or Check out 174 other car markets on my blog. Honda Stepwgn I have estimated that around two-third of all vehicles in circulation in Irkutsk are coming straight from Japan, complete with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car! This has been one of the most unbelievable evolutions I have witnessed along my trip: starting in St Petersburg and Moscow where absolutely all vehicles are ‘correct’ and left-hand … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Trans-Siberian Series Part 8: Irkutsk, Siberia
I’ll admit it. I, the millennial managing editor of an automotive blog, would absolutely rely on an autonomous car for my day-to-day errands or long-distance commutes. Why wouldn’t I? I can kick back, relax, talk with people, get some writing done, or anything else I could possibly do on an airplane. As long as all the other vehicles on a roadway are autonomous, it’ll be safer, too!Why do I think this way? The majority of the driving we do is boring. I can just imagine hailing an autonomous car on my phone, waiting for it to arrive to my home, and setting it to drive me wherever I want in relative comfort. Why should I need to stay alert at a four-way stop if technology can make that a thing of the past?Except it probably won’t work quite like that.Instead, we are seeing autonomous tech come out in trickles.While the Google autonomous car project is the one garnering the most press at the moment and Tesla is also in the running for headlines, … [Read more...] about QOTD: When Will Autonomous Cars Outnumber The Manually Driven?