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Up to now, Amazon’s drone plans have suggested the unmanned aerial vehicles would arrive at your doorstep, but it looks like they will be able to come directly to wherever your smartphone is. Sounds a bit scary, doesn't it? Read about the latest drone developments, shopping sprees, takeover attempts and a lot more. Have a great start to the week.
asia & australia
Ahold and Delhaize in merger talks Dutch food retailer Ahold and Belgium's Delhaize Group are in talks about a possible merger. The talks have started recently and are in an early stage. Both companies declined to comment.
Syngenta rejects Monsanto Swiss multinational Syngenta has rejected an ‘unsolicited preliminary approach’ from Monsanto to acquire the company, but the US agrochemical multi is set to press ahead with its takeover plan.
usa & canada
Walmart on a shopping spree Walmart Canada has reached agreements to acquire one distribution center, 12 store leases and one property formerly held by Target. The company says it will spend about US$ 165 million for the leases and properties and a further US $185 million on renovations.
State-of-the-art in Missouri Supermarket chain Schnuck Markets will begin with the construction of a new estimated US$ 100 million, state-of-the-art distribution centre in St. Louis County, which is expected to be completed in summer 2016.
developments to watch
McDonald's lags with Twitter The fast-food giant responds more slowly to Twitter commentary than other major hamburger chains, according to social media analysis conducted by the Wall Street Journal.