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1. Bat­tery con­nec­tion

Pana­sonic and Tesla are ex­pected to set up a new fac­tory to­gether in China, where they will make cars and lithium ion bat­tery cells un­der one roof. The an­nounce­ment came from Pana­sonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga on an earn­ings call for the group’s 2018 fi­nan­cial re­sults. The Ja­panese con­glom­er­ate and Tesla al­ready have a sim­i­lar ar­range­ment in the US.

2. Our loos are open: Star­bucks

Fol­low­ing the con­tro­ver­sial ar­rest of two black men who tried to use a Philadelphia Star­bucks re­stroom with­out buy­ing any­thing, the group’s ex­ec­u­tive chair Howard Schultz said that its toi­lets would now be open to ev­ery­one, whether they’re pay­ing cus­tomers or not.

3. Pizza Hut ex­pands beer de­liv­ery

Yum Brands’ Pizza Hut chain is ex­pand­ing a beer de­liv­ery test to nearly 100 restau­rants in Ari­zona and California. Fast food oper­a­tors in the US are ex­plor­ing ways to at­tract cus­tomers as gro­cery stores that sell healthy pre­pared food and the rise of meal kit com­pa­nies con­tinue to weigh on sales. More than 1,700 of Pizza Hut’s roughly 6,300 US stores have liquor li­cences, giv­ing the chain a po­ten­tial lead over some ri­vals.

4. Nike boots ex­ecs

Nike has dis­missed more ex­ec­u­tives as it aims to ad­dress a work­place cul­ture tainted by sex­ual ha­rass­ment and bul­ly­ing. The lat­est de­par­tures — all of whom were al­legedly do­ers or en­ablers of mis­be­haviour at the com­pany — con­sist of five ex­ec­u­tives, one of them a woman, and lifts the num­ber of peo­ple fired to about 10.

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