Success of the ski season may turn on the omicron variant

Dec 3, 2021
The ski industry is facing a labor shortage as it starts to navigate its third pandemic season.
Signage requiring face coverings is displayed at a ski resort in Alberta, Canada on Nov. 28.
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Omicron worries could keep some workers out of labor force

Dec 2, 2021
There are signs that health concerns, particularly for older Americans, are decreasing interest in being employed or “unretiring.”
Workers over 65 were the fastest-growing segment of the labor force pre-COVID but have retired at an accelerated pace over the last two years.
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How omicron may affect China's ports, a key to the global supply chain

Dec 2, 2021
China's no-tolerance COVID-19 protocols may keep the variant at bay but may slow down shipping again.
If the omicron variant were to cause port shutdowns, they would likely coincide with Lunar New Year closures. Above, workers at a container port in Wuhan, China.
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Omicron's impact on inflation and supply chains is uncertain

Dec 1, 2021
Fed Chair Jerome Powell says policymakers are monitoring the impact of the variant and are ready to act to address high inflation.
It might be too early to tell how exactly the new variant will impact global supply chains. Above, a trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 29.
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"Digital-first mentality" will accelerate for shoppers and sellers, Visa CEO says

Dec 1, 2021
Despite the omicron variant, "the recovery we're in has an awful lot of momentum," says Visa chief Al Kelly.
Visa has launched its own buy now, pay later service called Visa Installments. CEO Al Kelly advises small businesses to create effective websites and be adaptable.
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The super-fast delivery market is booming

Nov 26, 2021
Rather than waiting a day or two for an online order, ultra-fast delivery apps are promising orders can be delivered in as little as 10 minutes.
Getir employees prepare online grocery orders for delivery at a store warehouse in Istanbul in October 2021.
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Zoom is part of the business model for some pandemic-era entrepreneurs

Nov 23, 2021
Zoom's earnings beat expectations, though some businesses are trying to move away from the platform. Others rely on it.
Some online cocktail companies have thrived on Zoom during the pandemic. Above, a woman enjoys a virtual happy hour in April 2020.
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When studios delay films, that comes with a price tag

Nov 19, 2021
Between multiple waves of promotions and interest on financing, some films may be able to recoup the cost of delays.
"['No Time to Die' is] the third highest-grossing Bond film in history. And yet, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to reach profitability," says Chris Lee of Vulture.
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Americans didn't move nearly as much as you may've thought during the pandemic

Nov 18, 2021
What happened wasn't migration, it was mobility.
New Census data show surprisingly low relocation rates over the pandemic. Above, a mover places boxes in a moving truck in New York City.
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New OSHA vaccination guidelines for large employers: Who pays what?

Nov 5, 2021
Costs include time off for workers to get shots, and the cost of testing for those who don't want to get vaccinated.
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk past a sign posting COVID-19 requirements in front of a store in Hollywood, California, on Nov. 2.
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