The New York Times
While companies traditionally are conflict adverse, some are taking a stand on racial injustice and police violence. Companies like Nike, Nordstrom, Ben & Jerry’s, Twitter, WarnerMedia and Citigroup have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. “As Netflix posted on Twitter on Saturday: “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter."
DoorDash is launching an initiative called Storefront to help restaurants create websites and directly manage online pickup and delivery orders. “The goal is to help the businesses survive the pandemic, but it also makes DoorDash the exclusive delivery partner,” according to The Verge. “Forty percent of DoorDash’s partners don’t have any online ordering system, by the company’s estimate.”
The Boston Marathon, which was already postponed from April to Sept. 14 due to the pandemic, has been cancelled. It will instead be held as a virtual event, which can occur anytime between Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. The Boston Athletic Association has been studying the alternatives for everyone who invests time and energy in this race: the runners, the sponsors, the charities, the local businesses and the spectators.
The Washington Post
An email with a parody video was sent around AmerisourceBergen, one of the nation’s biggest drug distributors, according to a court filing. Featuring the theme song for “The Beverly Hillbillies,” it describes how “pillbillies” drove south to obtain drugs at Florida pill mills. “The email was made public this past week as part of a filing in a mammoth federal case in Cleveland, where thousands of cities, counties, Native American tribes and others have sued companies up and down the opioid supply chain,” reports The Washington Post.
This year’s graduating class was denied the pomp and circumstance usually afforded to their rite of passage due to the pandemic. Pizza Hut is trying to ease the pain by giving away 500,000 free pizzas. “The pizzeria chain is teaming up for the giveaway with America's dairy farmers, who along with other farmers and ranchers have seen their markets collapse
as the pandemic upended supply chains," according to CNN.
Amazon has created a permanent homeless shelter inside one of its headquarters buildings in Seattle. The eight-floor, 63,000-square-foot facility is kept separate from Amazon offices through private entrances and acoustical isolation. The shelter is housing 50 families in private rooms, but eventually will accommodate up to 100 families at the facility, with an anticipated 1,000 families per year being helped.
It’s starting to look like 2020 is going to be a bust for in-person conferences. The latest conference to get cancelled would have brought 50,000 radiologists from 137 countries to Chicago in late November. Dr. James Borgstede, the group’s president, said the group “concluded it would be impossible to safety conduct” the event in person.
The New York Times
Automotive shoppers love the versatility and comfort of sports utility vehicles and crossovers. “SUVs made up 47.4% of U.S. sales in 2019 with sedans at 22.1%,” Tom Libby, automotive analyst at IHS Markit, tells The New York Times. “By 2025, we see the light-truck segment that includes SUVs vans and pickups to make up 78% of sales compared to 72% now.” Why the seismic shift? It comes down to practicality, ride height, baby boomers and, well, vanity, per The Times.
Originally slated for April and postponed to late August due to COVID-19, the New York International Auto Show is now cancelled. Javits Convention Center continues to be closed due to its role as a field hospital. Although it currently has no patients, the facility remains set up as an active hospital and is in standby mode for the foreseeable future. The new Ford Bronco Sport was supposed to debut at the show along with Volkswagen’s electric ID.4, an electric crossover from Cadillac and the first production model from Lucid Motors. “Instead, we’ll likely be seeing those cars debut in less dramatic …
Gyms are still closed across much of the country. As the economy slowly emerges after weeks of shutdown, there are “serious challenges ahead” for the fitness market, according to Beth McGroarty of The Global Wellness Institute. The widespread lockdown in March left gym owners struggling and a number of fitness chains continued charging membership fees after shutting their facilities. “At least six major fitness chains are facing legal challenges from customers after allegedly charging fees during lockdown,” per ABC News.