Discount powerhouse Lidl does not hesitate to implement the living wage across Europe. Apple Pay is getting a boost from Starbucks and logistics companies from Australia to Africa explore the benefit of rail. If you enjoy our roundup, please invite your friends and colleagues to a FREE subscription of RetailUpdate. Have a great weekend.
asia & australasia
Online giants seal blockbuster deal Two of China’s biggest Internet start-ups are about to create the country’s largest on-demand services platform. Group-buying site Meituan, owned by Alibaba, and Tencent’s Dianping, a restaurant review app, are set to merge their operations.
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Kiwi honey seeks protection Manuka honey producers in New Zealand are seeking the same trademark protection accorded to French Champagne and Scottish Whisky. This comes after imitations that aren't made from the native manuka bush have damaged the brand.
Lidl Ireland raises wages One month after the German discount giant promised to pay the UK living wage of GBP 8.20 per hour to workers in England, Scotland and Wales it has now committed to pay the living wage of EUR 11.50 to its workers in Ireland.
Implementations and completions Rewe’s Austrian subsidiary Billa is set to improve its customer service by deploying NCR FastLane Self-Checkouts in all its stores. The move follows the success of a similar roll-out at sister chain Merkur. Meanwhile British beverage giant Diageo streamlines its global operations with the sale of stakes in two overseas brewers to Heineken in a deal worth US$ 780.5 million.
Anuga kicks off The world's leading food fair for the retail trade and the food service and catering market is about to start tomorrow. Dietmar Eiden, vice-president of trade fair management at Koelnmesse, the organisation behind the fair, explains what lies ahead at this year's event.
usa & canada
Starbucks accepts Apple Pay The mobile-payment service is getting a boost from the coffee retailer, which will begin accepting Apple Pay in some US stores this year. KFC and Chili's restaurants also will begin accepting the service.
Sustainable fruit transport Fruit South Africa, a non-profit organisation formed by the Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa, aims to have 10% of exports transported to ports by rail in the years to come, cutting down on both costs and carbon emissions.