Kristin Schwab

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Your COVID-19 questions, answered.

by Kristin Schwab Mar 26, 2020
We've compiled a list of FAQs here that we'll update regularly.
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What's the difference between a furlough and a layoff?

by Kristin Schwab Mar 24, 2020
The distinction matters for your personal economy and the economy at large.
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Fall fashion braces for the effects of COVID-19

by Kristin Schwab Mar 23, 2020
Most apparel companies aren’t in a state of emergency ... yet.
China's supply chain problem is starting to worry retailers.
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Seeing empty grocery store shelves? Here's why.

by Kristin Schwab Mar 17, 2020
The grocery industry has up to four months’ supply of staples like beans, rice and canned goods.
One agriculture economics professor says we might have to change what we eat if grocery store supply chain disruptions continue.
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Can your grocery store restock shelves quickly? It depends where you shop.

by Kristin Schwab Mar 12, 2020
Chains and independent markets have different supply chains.
A shopper walks past empty shelves normally stocked with soap, sanitizer, paper towels and toilet paper at a Smart & Final store in Glendale, California, on March 7.
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Brick-and-mortar retail has a COVID-19 cleaning problem

by Kristin Schwab Mar 12, 2020
Stores are adding policies to help customers feel safe.
How is Sephora handling people sharing makeup samples in store during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Would a payroll tax cut work in the COVID-19 economy?

by Kristin Schwab Mar 11, 2020
Extra cash probably wouldn't get people to take cruises or go to concerts.
President Donald Trump has suggested a payroll tax cut to help with the economic slowdown caused by the spread of COVID-19.
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What's behind some of the market volatility? Algorithms.

by Kristin Schwab Mar 5, 2020
People don't buy and sell anymore. Computers do.
These days, computers and algorithms have replaced a lot of the action on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Rural communities in "Graying America" see boost in business

by Kristin Schwab Feb 27, 2020
More than 20% of Americans 65 and older live in rural areas, according to the Census Bureau.
More than 20% of Americans 65 and older live in rural areas, according to the Census Bureau.
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What's behind millennials' obsession with astrology?

by Kristin Schwab Feb 25, 2020
Sixty percent of them believe in New Age spirituality.
Co-Star has gained popularity on social media, as users post memes of their horoscopes.
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