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Delivery wars intensify in Britain, while German food delivery start-up HelloFresh is postponing its initial public offering. Over in China, Alibaba ponders about investing in grocery ordering. These stories and more are in today's issue. Don't forget to share with your colleagues and spread the word. RetailUpdate subscription remains FREE.
Asia & south pacific
Tesco goes green in India Tesco Bengaluru, the global services arm for Tesco worldwide, wants to reduce its carbon footprint and has partnered with Lithium Urban Technologies, which will provide electric cabs for employees.
Connecting shoppers online Co-operative Food has launched an innovative online platform that will enable shoppers to interact with Fairtrade producers across the world. Meanwhile, Waitrose aims to expand its online capacity to 20,000 orders a week with its new state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in Surrey.
Arla put Rynkeby up for sale The Danish dairy giant has placed its juice business on the market. Rynkeby Foods is the largest juice producer in northern Europe with an annual turnover of EUR 150 million.
USA & CANADA
Edcon under scrutiny The Johannesburg-based retail company faces penalties after the National Credit Regulator found it had been wrongly charging consumers a fee for clubs linked to store cards that shoppers used at its franchises.
Uchumi continues rationalisation The Nairobi-based supermarket operator has terminated contracts with third parties for the supply of outsourced employees as part of an ongoing staff rationalisation. 1,238 workers have been withdrawn from Uchumi stores countrywide.
Boutique acquisition pays off Online retailer Truworths, which recently acquired Earthchild and Naartjie boutique businesses, reported a boost in sales. UK's Office Retail Group is interested in buying the South African-based company.