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How DHL And Germany's Post Office Plan To Conquer The Online Food Delivery Business

DIE WELT (Germany)

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BERLIN - By 2016 Deutsche Post wants to have its own national online food retail operation up and running.

A spokeswoman said the company has been planning the move for some time and that the challenge was setting up a system of outlets around Germany that would stock a wide selection of foods, Die Welt reports.

Deutsche Post is presently testing ways to dispatch refrigerated and frozen items in special dry-ice packaging. The company is also looking at refrigeration units that would be installed in DHL delivery trucks – DHL is a Deutsche Post subsidiary.

Cooling issues are not the biggest problem: effective systems need to be put into place in order to get orders to customers swiftly. Customers would be advised that their order was filled and underway by e-mail or SMS, and could select the time and place of delivery – for example, the office in the evening just before they called it a day and headed home.

In December 2011, Deutsche Post bought shares in allyouneed.com, on online food store, and now owns 90% of it. The company is looking to build other partnerships with online food retailers.

Deutsche Post already delivers some pretty cool things:

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

Photo of people standing next to a cracked road in Joshimath, India

Cracked road in Joshimath

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Rohan Banerjee*

MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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