Friday Five: Big rewards for Big Macs

Staff member passing McDonald’s takeaway through drive-through window

1. Big rewards for big Macs

Following a successful trial earlier this year, fast food giant McDonald’s has rolled out a brand-new loyalty scheme across the UK this week. MyMcDonald’s Rewards — an app-based loyalty programme allows customers to earn points from their orders which can then be exchanged for items from the menu.


2. Google and Oracle struggled to stay cool

Like much of the country, we were trying to stay cool this week as the UK experienced its highest temperatures on record. Tech giants Google and Oracle also suffered, as cooling systems failures at their London data centres caused outages.

Self-driving robo car with passenger at the back

3. It’s Apollo ‘Go’ for self-driving cars

Baidu — the Chinese tech company — has unveiled its new self-driving vehicle in its taxi service, Apollo Go. According to the company, the Apollo RT6, has the road skills of a driver with 20 years’ experience, although autonomous cars currently still require a safety driver’s presence under Chinese regulation.

Superdrug high street store

4. New online marketplace for Superdrug

Superdrug is gearing up to launch its new online marketplace in September and has so far signed up over 200 brands. From start-ups to premium brands, the new platform will focus on growing trends like homegrown, female-founded, sustainable and inclusive new brands, according to the company.

Piggy banks

5. A female founder’s journey to success

Zone was joined by Anne Boden, Starling Bank’s founder and CEO this week at our latest Book Club event where she revealed how she broke through bureaucracy, tackled prejudice, and shook up the banking industry.



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