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German discounter Aldi trials a holistic approach with a new online portal, retailer Edeka partners for water protection and Sweden's ICA reports positive changes towards sustainability. In the US, Walmart puts pressure on the Dollar chains and Down Under, Domino's has been given the green light for pizza delivery via drones. Enjoy the read and have a great weekend.
asia & new Zealand
Metro becomes Mega Market Eight months after being acquired by TCC Thailand, Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam has undergone a range of changes, including a new name. Mega Market now has 19 wholesale centres across Vietnam and the Thai group is set to support Vietnamese producers.
Hong Kong accepts Alipay Alibaba’s financial platform has received approval to operate its payment business in one of the world’s leading financial centres by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Investments in financial technology have reached a record-high of US$ 9.6 billion in the Asia-Pacific region.
Flying pizzas for Kiwis Fast food chain Domino’s has been given the OK to test pizza delivery via drones in New Zealand and teamed up with drone business Flirtey. Some critics, however, are sceptical and think the world's first commercial delivery of a pizza is simply a PR stunt.
Advertising matters British retailer Sainsbury’s has ended its 40-year relationship with agency AMV BBDO and has appointed Wieden & Kennedy, which lost Tesco last year, as its new creative partner +++ Celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Selfridge's has launched a theatre with a 122-seat auditorium in its iconic flagship store on London's Oxford Street.
usa & canada
Latin America & africa