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Digital technology revolutionises the way retailers engage with customers. Credit card companies are set to speed up checkout time, while robots are transforming the supply chain. Tesco commits once more to sustainability and Australia's Woolworths plans to hire a significant number of indigenous people. Enjoy your Monday edition and have a great start to the week.
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Casino sells Big C In a bid to reduce its debts, the French retailer agreed to sell Vietnam’s Big C grocery chain to Central Group at an enterprise value of EUR 1 billion. The deal follows Casino’s agreement earlier this year to sell control of Thai supermarket chain Big C Supercentre for EUR 3.1 billion.
Brewing giant pleases regulators Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has offered to sell the Central and Eastern European operations of SABMiller in order to win approval from European regulators for its US$ 109 billion acquisition of the London-based brewer.
Dunkin' Donuts extends delivery test The global doughnut company and coffeehouse chain is expanding a pilot of on-demand delivery to about 200 stores in the Greater Boston area in partnership with local delivery services Favor and DoorDash.
Engaging with mobility London-based consultancy firm Veoo has launched a new mobile wallet solution that “will revolutionise the way brands and retailers engage with their mobile customers”, while it harnesses Apple Wallet and Android app functionality.
Speeding up at checkout Following complaints from retailers, who claim that chip cards have increased checkout time by about 10 seconds per customer, financial service companies Mastercard and Visa have introduced software that will speed up check-out times for shoppers with chip-based cards.