Jun 112020

Starbucks will close up to 400 stores over the next 18 months while also expanding curbside pickup, Drive-Thru and mobile-only pickup locations.

— Read on www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2020/06/10/coronavirus-starbucks-closing-stores-expanding-mobile-only-options/5332786002/

*interesting way to reduce store footprint, rent cost. What is lost in Starbucks not actually being a third place to sit and enjoy the company of others? Maybe they will redesign parking lots to be a lot nicer. If you have design ideas for making parking lots more welcoming get to making lots of plans.

If no cafe there there is no indoor coworking space. Certainly not having the clean the cafe is a cost savings. Not having to handle and process payments between two people is helpful too.

May 312020

The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday.
— Read on www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-virus/new-coronavirus-losing-potency-top-italian-doctor-says-idUSKBN2370OQ

*Interesting if true.

May 282020

the other scenario they considered was that as Americans stocked up on food, an item that was easy to make and could keep up to 10 months in a freezer would be a logical choice to hoard.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/nyregion/coronavirus-hot-dogs-feltmans.html

*hots dogs go with baseball and Spring. No baseball yet. My demand for hotdogs has increased.

Apr 222020

‘Pure Hell for Victims’ as Stimulus Programs Draw a Flood of Scammers – The New York Times:

“Over the last month, 4,305 malicious website domains were set up to take advantage of people looking for new forms of government support, according to the security firm Check Point. The fake sites, with names like whereismystimulus and 2020reliefprogram, generally ask people to input their personal data with the promise that they can get information about their checks. But hackers then use the data against those who fall for the trick.”

Apr 222020

Social Distancing for Coronavirus Has a History – The New York Times:

“The outcome of their research was startling. By closing the schools in a hypothetical town of 10,000 people, only 500 people got sick. If they remained open, half of the population would be infected.”

Early, aggressive action to limit social interaction using multiple measures like closing schools or shutting down public gatherings was vital to limiting the death toll, they found.

Mar 112020

Warriors’ decision to play without fans could set example for the NBA:

“The Warriors will play Thursday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets without any fans at Chase Center, becoming the first NBA team to play without a crowd. It is a landmark decision that could set the tone for how the rest of the league handles the coronavirus pandemic.”

Feb 172020

Apple Warns That Coronavirus Will Hurt Revenue – The New York Times:

“Apple also said that demand for its devices in China had been hurt by the outbreak; it closed all 42 of its stores in the country last month and most have yet to reopen.”

*How much will this cost and how widespread will this be economically? Will this be a black swan like event that starts small and flies under the radar until it is on top of us and has widespread impact?