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Pieter Pot can barely handle growth | Fairphone competes against tech giants | Total corona support in the picture

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The packaging-free Pieter Pot supermarket is growing fast. So much so that the company had to relocate twice in one year. The latest move led to logistical problems. The expansion of the packaging-free supermarket to Belgium, which was planned for October, has been postponed. “First solve the problems in the Netherlands, then go to Belgium.”

Only six percent of companies have taken advantage of all five government support packages. This mainly concerns cinemas, theaters and coach companies. Statistics Netherlands reports this on the basis of provisional figures about the support measures in times of corona. The lockdown-free summer has partly saved the state treasury.

The Amsterdam smartphone manufacturer Fairphone wants to show tech giants such as Apple and Samsung that you can make a durable phone that still works well after five years. That is precisely the reason why CEO Eva Gouwens herself is not using the latest model yet: her Fairphone 3 is still working fine.

To go where no man has gone before. The one and only captain Kirk, or William Shatner (90) goes into space. The Star Trek actor who has already made many fictional space trips, goes to the edge of the atmosphere together with space company Blue Origin of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. A Dutchman accompanied the first space journey. That was the youngest space traveler, Kirk is the oldest.

Economists and bosses gather in Washington for the joint meeting of the IMF and the World Bank. They talk about the corona crisis and the economic recovery, among other things. They are meeting tigers, the meeting will not be ready until October 17.

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This piece was the most shared yesterday: Starters in the housing market who want to conceal their student debt from the bank may have a slightly more difficult time. Since this week, banks can directly request data from DUO. You do have to give permission for that.

We think you should also read this: The cabinet is calculating a number of scenarios to see how best to do something for people and companies that run into financial problems due to the high energy price.

And this you may have missed last night: We have woken up to the high gas prices. Some hardware stores see a doubling in sales of small insulation materials such as draft strips and radiator foil. But if you want to go bigger, you have to have a lot of patience.

This could come along at the digital coffee machine:

  • We are dizzy. 31-year-old breakdancer Jeroen made a thousand cartwheels (25 km) for charity.
  • Lego no longer focuses its toys on boys or girls. The blocks and packaging are gender neutral.
  • The free train tickets that the EU makes available to young people are so popular that the website couldn’t handle it.
  • The Dutch are extremely rich: we are fourth in the world ranking. On average we have 128,557 ekkies. Show us the money!
  • Home Alone is back! These are the first images of the reboot

PS Hospitals are overloaded and desperate for reinforcements. At the same time, graduate medical specialists who could help but find it difficult to find a permanent job. We found out where this mismatch comes from.

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