This is California’s reopening plan for stores, offices, schools, sports, concerts, theaters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California businesses seen as presenting less risk of spreading the coronavirus could open in the near future under a plan Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Tuesday, the first of what he suggested were several slow steps toward easing the statewide shutdown order. “We believe we are weeks, not months, away from making meaningful modifications” in the current restrictions, Newsom said. But Newsom’s announcement of a four-phase plan did not come with a guaranteed timetable. He said while current public health...

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White House Turns to Corporate America to Fix Testing Shortfall

The Trump administration is leaning heavily on the nation’s drug retailers and lab-testing companies to try to solve a problem that has vexed it since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic: Getting mass testing up and running smoothly. Expanding on an earlier effort to ramp up testing in store parking lots, the White House on Monday revealed plans to partner with Walmart Inc., CVS Health Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and other chain retailers and diagnostics companies to...

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McKinsey & Co.’s “Store of the Future” Yields Retailing Insights in Real Time

McKinsey & Co., the global consulting giant with $10 billion in annual revenue, opened a pop-up luxury goods store this fall in the Mall of America in Minneapolis. It’s a laboratory where the firm’s clients are studying consumer behavior and experimenting with the digital tools that will define the future of retail. McKinsey’s research approach is novel and, after just two months in operation,...

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The Video-First Future of Ecommerce

https://a16z.com/2019/12/05/video-first-ecommerce/ In the future, we’re all going to be shopping on video apps like TikTok. Whether you’re buying instant noodles or high-end sweaters, it has become increasingly clear that short video clips are the future of ecommerce. Think of them as compulsively watchable commercials—with a direct link to buy. In the US, the usual monetization system for video is limiting. On YouTube, the biggest online video platform, compensation is still largely driven through through ads. But for most creators, that amounts to...

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Daimler and BMW bet on Ride-Sharing Services as the Future

Daimler BMW Ride Sharing Venture Daimler AG and BMW AG have forged an agreement into which they will pour more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) into a car-sharing and ride-hailing businesses. They plan to take on established players like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.

Is Ride-Sharing the Future for the Auto Industry?

The new venture was first announced almost one year ago. It will combine Daimler’s Car2go and BMW’s DriveNow...

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U.S. Objects as India E-Commerce Rules hit Amazon and Walmart

HUB Consulting India Amazon Walmart The United States government has expressed concern about India’s revised e-commerce regulations, pointing out to officials in New Delhi that the policy will hinder the Indian investment plans of Amazon and Walmart. These new e-commerce investment rules kick in on Feb. 1, and they ban companies from selling products via firms in which they have an equity interest. The new rules also bar them from making deals with sellers...

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The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

HUB Consulting, microchip hack, china supermicro, technology theft, IP china hack An attack that used a tiny microchip installed onto Super Micro servers during the manufacturing process by sub-contractors in China reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
Nested on the servers’ motherboards, testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than...

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Discord Startup May Connect 2.6 Billion Online Gamers

Vishnevskiy Discord Startup Gamers HUB Consulting Discord is a voice, video, and text chat platform that connects individuals with a shared passion for video and computer games. More than 90 million people worldwide use it to communicate with friends or strangers, be it while playing an online game like Fortnite or simply to discuss the latest trend in cryptocurrency. "My whole life I've always tried to make websites or apps that connect people together," Read More...

Nike Meshes the Physical and Digital Worlds in New Concept Store

HUB Consulting News Nike Digital App concept store Los Angeles Nike is bringing some features of its mobile app to life in a new Los Angeles concept store that can adapt to consumers’ changing tastes and demands in real time. Nike hopes this will be a string of next-generation store launches. The second one will likely launch this fall on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. “We’re going to learn a lot from this store,”...

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