Reinventing business

This week has seen big business models disrupted as Amazon buys into the pharma industry, GE unravels its conglomerate, Nestlé tries to adapt to the digital age and companies advance their tech. Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

© FT montage; Darrin Vanselow. Mark Schneider, the current chief executive of Nestle

Deal will help efforts to cut prices, but alliances tend not to generate big benefits

When the US internet retailer sneezes, entire industries catch cold

Struggling UK restaurants will be tempted to ask diners to fetch their own drinks

The vans in a pilot launched by Kroger seem ill-suited to urban life

Low barriers to entry and weakening rental yields mean the real worth of the office space company is closer to $3bn

The fate of the Swiss group will be a defining test for an industry under pressure from changing consumer tastes and activist investors

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