Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Business Launches in France, Norway’s Olympics Team Seriously Bungles Egg Order

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Amazon Business announced Wednesday it has extended its service to companies in France, according to a press release. Now available under the amazon.fr site, Amazon Business will allow French businesses to “meet a wide range of procurement needs with features and benefits that simplify the procurement process and increase efficiency for business buyers.”

Unique features available to customers in France include VAT-exclusive pricing and VAT invoicing, free premium shipping on orders over €25 and integration with third-party procurement systems. The launch in France brings the total number of countries Amazon Business operates in to six, the others being the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and India.

Lost in Translation

Chefs for Norway’s Olympic team ended up with for more than they bargained for when they accidentally ordered 13,500 extra eggs for athletes at their South Korean base, the Guardian reports. The chefs intended to order 1,500 eggs for their 109 hungry competitors, but ended up with 15,000 instead.

The error was possibly due to a quirk of the Korean language, where changing one syllable in the counting system would mean the difference between 1,500 and 15,000. Luckily for the chefs, the grocer accepted the return of the surplus eggs.

German Trade

Germany hit a new trade high in 2017, exporting €1.279 trillion ($1.571 trillion) worth of goods, Deutsche Welle reports. Imports totaled €1.034 trillion during the year, an all-time record, according to the country’s National Statistics Office.

Eurozone Growth

And finally, a Europe update: The European Commission raised its growth projections for the eurozone Wednesday, the Straits Times reports, saying the currency bloc’s economy would expand by 2.3% in 2018, up from the 2.1% projected in November.

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