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The online grocery trade is picking up speed

Every Monday morning we report on five things that are important to start the week. This time, among other things, the focus is on the food trade, Facebook, the digital euro and the private use of service devices.

During the first Corona wave last year, online grocery retailing was more popular than ever. Regardless of the provider, here in Berlin the appointments were booked out for weeks. It looked similar in other cities. In fact, online grocery sales grew nearly 90 percent compared to 2019. However, that was also the time when, as a spoiled West child, I was confronted with empty supermarket shelves for the first time. Toilet paper and pasta were in short supply, and so the online grocery stores were not only an escape from Corona for many people, but also an additional way to somehow get hold of the coveted “luxury goods”.

Today it looks different, of course. When I visit the Rewe online shop in the morning, I usually find free appointments on the same day. At the same time, the delivery windows that last several hours now seem almost old-fashioned. After all, it would take the drivers of startups like Gorillas or Flink only ten minutes to bring me my purchases. Only: In the end, it only takes me five minutes to get to the next supermarket. I will probably no longer be a regular customer of the online grocery trade in this life. I would miss the option by now.

1. Have groceries delivered: is the trend topic really catching on this time?

So far there have been hardly any reliable figures on the success of the internet-based grocery trade. However, the market research company Appinio has now carried out a representative survey on the subject in Germany. The results can be surprising: a good third of Germans say they already buy groceries online at least occasionally. Eight percent even buy almost exclusively online. The makers of the study also assume there is significant growth potential: in just two years, 70 percent of Germans could buy their groceries online, at least occasionally.

2. Facebook unpacks the bonus card and pays a lot of money for it

Like all social networks, Facebook ultimately earns money from people sharing content on the platform that is as interesting as possible. But there is a multitude of places for creative people today where they can share their content. The company is now investing a lot of money in order to make Facebook and the Instagram platform belonging to the group more interesting for these creatives. By the end of 2022, Facebook plans to invest more than a billion dollars in programs that will then benefit creatives. Last but not least, this includes bonus payments to successful content creators, who are to be tied more closely to the Group’s platforms.

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3. Wall of Sound: Ikea Symfonisk WLAN picture frames with Sonos sound in the test

The Swedish furniture store chain Ikea has introduced a WLAN loudspeaker in picture frame format with the latest product from the Symfonisk series. The loudspeaker should blend in as discreetly as possible and can be lined with various art prints. The whole thing was created in cooperation with the Californian speaker manufacturer Sonos. In the t3n test, Symfonisk was able to convince. However, we have to complain about the limited selection of image motifs. The sound is okay for the price of 179 euros.

4. The digital euro is coming – what it will bring and what will happen now

The European Central Bank (ECB) paves the way for a digital central bank currency. How exactly the digital euro will work in the end remains unclear for the time being. That should only be worked out in the next two years. Only then does a three-year test phase begin. EU citizens should therefore be able to make payments with the digital euro in five years at the earliest.

5th practical tip of the week: Private use of company cell phones and work laptops: You have to keep this in mind

Can I use my company cell phone privately? And if so, will I be monitored by my employer? We answer these and other legal questions about the company cell phone at

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