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Tesco ramps up its e-commerce operations in Thailand and Baywa-subsidiary T&G goes online in New Zealand. France's Casino and Conforama form a purchasing alliance. Unilever acquires in the US, where Walmart consolidates its deal with Jet.com. Finally, Lidl wants to be the first discounter to stop selling plastic bags in Germany. Enjoy your Wednesday bulletin and don't forget to share.
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Approaching new customers Having completed its billion-dollar acquisition of start-up Jet.com, Walmart is ready to service a new online customer base +++ Drugstore chain Walgreens collaborates with health care company EnvisionRx to offer a test programme for “improving health in a rising number of patients with chronic conditions”.
Toys 'R' Us thinks smaller Dave Brandon, CEO of the US toy chain, is set to revive the company's appearance and revealed in an interview with Bloomberg that he wants to open stores, which are only a quarter of the size of a typical Toys 'R' Us outlet. He also aims to make the stores more fun to visit.
Eataly enters Canada The Italian food marketplace plans to open its first Canadian location in 2019 in Toronto and is partnering with the Selfridges Group and Terroni Restaurants for its entrance to the country. Eataly first opened in Turin in 2007, and is known as a place to shop for high-quality products.
Whole Foods cares for environment The Texas-based organic grocer has reached a US$ 3.5 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over its violation of hazardous waste regulations and says it has improved its systems to better track waste.