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Super-apps Grab, Now, Zalo and Go-Viet in battle for market share

While many businesses are still busy developing e-hailing and delivery apps, Grab, Now and Zalo have triggered a new battle among super-apps. On September 11, Grab announced strategic cooperation with Moca to boost non-cash online payment activities in Vietnam. And just one month later, Grab launched GrabFood service in Hanoi. …

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Parliarment members suggest provincial mergers to cut civil servant numbers

Thousands line up to apply for positions at tax agencies in Hanoi. 57,175 public workers on the payroll are actually not needed.

National Assembly deputies Friday proposed more mergers of provinces and cities to reduce the number of civil servants. During a National Asembly (NA) discussion on national socioeconomic development, Ta Van Ha, NA deputy from the southern province of Bac Lieu, said that the process of reducing redundant government positions was …

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Speed up transportation projects to avoid cost overruns: parliament members

An artist impression of the Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai province, Vietnam.

National Assembly deputies Friday called for faster implementation of transportation projects to avoid cost overruns caused by huge delays. Duong Trung Quoc, a National Assembly (NA) member from Dong Nai, expressed concerns over signs of delay in the construction of the Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province. “Funding …

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Ha Long casino continues to lose staff on poor business performance

Ha Long’s only casino continues to lose employees due to a number of reasons, including its persistent losses. Hoang Gia Joint Stock Corporation (RIC) in Ha Long, Vietnam’s resort city, which runs the Casino Gaming Club, said the number of employees has fallen by 275 now compared to the beginning …

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Grab: becoming a taxi company a step back from Industry 4.0

Grab opposes to be treated as traditional taxi firm.

Ride-hailing firm Grab says giving in to traditional taxi companies’ demands is akin to bowing before “angry workers threatening to smash machinery.” Grab has written to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressing concern over the latest draft of a decree prepared by the Ministry of Transport under which transport firms …

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US sports apparel firm mulls ditching China for Vietnam

Brooks Running Company shoes displayed at a supermarket in Kang, Malaysia.

U.S. sports apparel company Brooks Running is considering shifting its manufacturing operations from China to Vietnam to avoid trade war tariffs. The firm’s CEO Jim Weber said Monday that the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is going to put a 45-percent tariff on his company’s running …

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Tea-based drinks outplay coffee in caffeine-loving Vietnam: report

Milk tea has quickly become a drink preferred by many Vietnamese.

Vietnam may be a coffee-exporting country but local consumers have grown fond of tea-based drinks, a report by Kantar Worldpanel shows. Tea-based drinks, including RTD (ready-to-drink) and RTS (ready-to-serve) beverages, are now consumed by over half of Ho Chi Minh City’s population. Coffee, on the other hand, reaches just one-third …

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Vietnam’s VinFast in deal with PV Oil for electric car charging stations

A PV Oil filling station.

VinFast on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with PetroVietnam Oil Corp. , or PV Oil, to build charging stations for its electric cars and scooters, its parent said. The company, a unit of Vietnam’s largest conglomerate Vingroup JSC, is building a $3.5-billion scooter and automobile complex in northern Vietnam, …

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