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LONDON (Reuters) – British retailer Marks & Spencer, seeking to avoid a repeat of last Christmas when its performance was ruined by excessive food waste, is rolling out a supply chain programme it says will crack the problem.

Reporting on festive trading in January, two months before the COVID-19 pandemic brought much of Britain to a standstill, Chief Executive Steve Rowe said that while M&S had enjoyed record food sales its profit margins were dented by high levels of waste.

M&S normally accounts for just over 3% of the UK grocery market but at Christmas it punches above its weight, selling, for example, one in four of all fresh turkeys consumed.

Nevertheless, the group has been dogged by food availability issues and waste levels that are amongst the highest in the industry.

For Rowe, attempting to boost M&S’s fortunes after a decade of failed reinventions, the antidote to waste is

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By Orathai Sriring and Jiraporn Kuhakan



a group of people in front of a crowd: Job Expo Thailand 2020


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Job Expo Thailand 2020

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Thais on Saturday flocked to a government-organised job expo with more than a million jobs up for grabs as it works to stem mounting unemployment in an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.



Job Expo Thailand 2020


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Job Expo Thailand 2020

Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy could shrink by a record 8.5% this year, with its key tourism sector taking a beating, the government predicts, leaving young and old alike searching for work.

More than 570 booths, from public organisations, private firms and for roles overseas, were set up for job seekers at a “JOB EXPO THAILAND 2020” in Bangkok, which runs until Monday.

“I got laid off,” said 23-year-old Chanissara Prommas. “I used to work for Hong Kong Airlines, but the company couldn’t deal with the cost, so they

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Real estate financial technology company, NestEgg announced today a new program for collaboration between property maintenance contractors and small-scale landlords.

Bring your own contractor, (BYOC), is NestEgg’s latest feature, which automates and streamlines the maintenance process by scheduling repairs and handling bills, while letting landlords spread the cost in accordance to their cash flows.

“We know that about a third of [independent landlords] have existing contractors who they know and have a working relationship with” says Eachan Fletcher, CEO and co-founder of Chicago-based NestEgg. “We allow contractors to come onboard seamlessly.”

When the need for a repair arises, NestEgg will work directly with the renter and the contractor, removing the need for the landlord to act as an intermediary.

“By far the most

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