Airbnb’s Brian Chesky on repositioning the company for a new era of travel

May 11, 2022
“I do think we’re popularizing or accelerating a trend,” Chesky said of Airbnb's decision to make its workforce fully remote.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and his golden retriever Sophie in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Washington company that makes shelters for unhoused people thrives in the pandemic

May 11, 2022
The company, Pallet, says shelters have been sold for use in more than 80 communities.
Vancouver's "Safe Stay Community" officially opened Dec. 23. Tenants said they were excited to leave their tents and hopeful for more stability in the city-sanctioned site.
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Businesses grew their inventories more slowly in the first quarter. That dragged down GDP.

Apr 28, 2022
The downturn isn't surprising, considering inventories grew by a record amount the quarter before.
Inventories did rise in the first quarter, but the GDP calculation only cares about how much they changed from the previous quarter.
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Online sales of Girl Scout cookies skyrocket in the pandemic

Apr 25, 2022
What might be lost or gained as Scouts migrate to web sales, instead of going from door to door?
Nine-year-old Gianna Salcedo canvasses her neighborhood in Sacramento, California, to sell Girl Scout cookies the old-fashioned way — by knocking on doors.
Ana Tintocalis

Food businesses across the UK pivot again as crowds return to restaurants, shops

Apr 21, 2022
Food delivery operations were activated as eateries and grocery stores emptied. But with restrictions lifted, those changes are fading.
Diners eating outdoors at a London restaurant in April 2021. With lockdowns over and pandemic anxiety easing, many Brits are returning to pre-pandemic habits.
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For Black entrepreneurs in Nashville, a pop-up market brings new opportunity

Apr 14, 2022
The pandemic spurred a small-business boom, and that included many Black entrepreneurs looking for new ways to reach consumers.
Karii Jones, the owner of Majik Trap, sets up her booth at Black Market. Majik Trap sells oils, incense and crystals.
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Declining enrollment affects how public schools balance budgets

Apr 13, 2022
It can be challenging to figure out whether pandemic-related changes will end up being permanent.
Many schools have seen declining enrollment and attendance over the course of the pandemic, which makes planning for the upcoming year more difficult.
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The pandemic drove people to buy more online, and some of those buying habits are sticking

Mar 17, 2022
One retail category that remains popular: buying groceries online, something many people had not tried before the pandemic.
Online shopping has surged during the pandemic, according to data from Adobe, But inflation accounts for a significant portion of that growth.
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From AIDS to COVID: lessons and legacy

Mar 14, 2022
The HIV/AIDS pandemic, which emerged in the 1980s, left a legacy of drug research and health care gaps that affect the COVID pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of other pandemics, including HIV/AIDs.
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Is there a future in the "learning pod" education model?

Feb 23, 2022
Many of the families in a recent report said they preferred pods over traditional schooling.
Learning pods were an early-pandemic innovation, but as children return to school, some are examining if the pod model could still be a viable business option.
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