Briefly informed: Tesla, Amazon, Fielmann, games industry


After the renewed public display of the plans, 395 objections to the construction of the Tesla factory in Grünheide near Berlin were received by the Brandenburg State Office for the Environment. Together with the objections from the first and second public participation, the number rose to a total of 809, as announced by the Ministry of the Environment. The objections are to be discussed online this time with public participation. Most recently, environmental groups had criticized the battery factory in the new application documents for the permit is difficult to assess, “because everything is blacked out”.

Employees have made serious allegations of unworthy working conditions against an Amazon delivery service in Bavaria. Company employees had to deliver up to 270 parcels a day, and some of the vehicles provided were “ready for scrap”. For a fee, the employees were provided with a place to sleep, partly dirty and only with a cold shower. Thereupon Amazon filed a criminal complaint against the former owner. The cause lies in the system, explains social scientist Stefan Schell from the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences: In Germany, Amazon concludes contracts with small delivery companies, expresses the prices and plays the delivery services off against each other. Generally binding tariff structures are necessary.

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Fielmann sees “omnichannel” as an important driving force for its growth. In addition to stationary branches, Germany’s largest optician also wants to expand online trading into a technically complex sales channel with the help of artificial intelligence and new apps for smartphones. In the long term, the market leader is aiming for an online share of 10 percent in its own vision aids business.

The German games industry is small in international comparison – but should continue to be promoted. “My goal is to further advance this dynamic industry and Germany as a location,” said Digital and Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer at the political opening of digital Gamescom on Thursday. The German games market has grown significantly during the corona pandemic, but German developer studios hardly benefit from it.


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