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Easter greetings!
Whether it is launching a mobile ordering device or partnering with German carmaker BMW in Japan, online giant Amazon remains in the headlines. The company's plan to use flying devices for delivering goods has triggered  German Retail Blog to ponder the idea of drones bringing our Easter eggs. Enjoy the read and have a wonderful and relaxed Easter break. 


asia & australia
Alibaba announces online manager    Yu Yongfu has been appointed president of the company’s online marketing unit, Alimama, to spearhead the business into new areas of growth. Yongfu joined Alibaba Group in June 2014 to lead the company’s mobile business unit. ▪
Amazon Japan offers electric cars   In an attempt to reach new buyers, BMW Japan has started selling the i3 electric vehicle through Amazon Japan's virtual marketplace +++ The online giant has officially launched its 'Dash' device that allows its prime members to order a product by pushing a button. ▪
Packaging goes digital   Melbourne-based packaging company Omniverse Group has launched a new packaging technology that gives consumers additional information and content on products using a smartphone. ▪
Lidl on the lookout in Ireland   Competition in the Irish grocery sector is set to become more intense following the disclosure by German discounter Lidl that it is looking for sites for more than 60 additional stores. ▪
Tesco invests in charity and tourists   The British retailer has announced that it will invest GBP 5 million into a new partnership with a charity teaching children in poor areas of the UK how to cook. The company is also targeting tourists and office workers with a new concept store in London. ▪
Galeries Lafayette cuts jobs    To save cash in order to finance overseas expansion and beef up e-commerce sales, the French department store operator has announced plans to eliminate dozens of jobs and shut down two of its loss-making stores in France. ▪
usa & canada
Walmart asks suppliers for cost cuts   The retailing behemoth is reportedly asking suppliers to cut their product costs and also seeking to expand its grocery business. New US CEO Greg Foran said his priorities for 2015 were to improve “core operations”. ▪
Radioshack survives   A US bankruptcy court has approved the sale of 1,743 Radioshack stores to hedge fund Standard General, preserving some 7,500 jobs.  ▪
US agency sues Kraft and Mondelez    Less than a week after agreeing to sell itself to H.J. Heinz, the Kraft Foods Group has found itself the target of a government lawsuit over wheat prices. Federal regulators have charged the company and its former corporate parent, Mondelez, with manipulating prices for wheat and wheat futures. ▪
McDonald’s to raise pay  The fast food giant will raise pay for 90,000 of its US employees, starting on 1 July. Only employees working directly for McDonald’s will qualify for the increase. ▪
 easter treasures
Delivery by drones   When will drones deliver our Easter eggs? If Amazon & Co. had their way, this would happen tomorrow. But, alas, there are some hurdles to come by as German Retail Blog explains. ▪
Internet of Things and the end of queuing   Thanks to the Internet of Things connecting us with what we want to buy, how we choose to pay for it, and even how it’s delivered, there is no need to wait in line for any of it anymore, analyses the Guardian. ▪

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