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.