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Digital Grocery Shopping Helped Fuel Surge in Ecommerce Channel Ad Spending

By Staff
Monday, June 7, 2021 9:25 AM eMarketer’s Nicole Perrin recently observed that even before the pandemic, ecommerce channel advertising was attracting a lot of attention from advertisers—especially in verticals like consumer packaged goods (CPG)—as well as retailers, which hoped to add new higher-margin revenue streams to their businesses after seeing Amazon’s success in the area. “Amazon had become the No. 3 digital ad seller in the US thanks primarily to placements on its ecommerce property, and companies including Walmart, Target, and eBay had been growing similar businesses,” Perrin noted.

Shoppers Go Back to Stores, but Retailers Face Challenges

By Staff
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:04 AM Retailers want you in the store. They need you to be in the store so you generate more traffic. Crowds bring more crowds. (Shoppers) buy more product.

U.S. Hits Vaccine Milestone, May Miss July 4 Goal

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:20 PM The U.S. has administered more than 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, meeting another milestone in the effort to tamp down the coronavirus. Now 63.5 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose, and 51.5 percent of the total population has received at least one dose. Despite the progress, the country may fall short of President Joe Biden’s goal for 70 percent of adults to receive at least one shot by July 4.

Fauci: It Is ‘Conceivable’ COVID Came From Cave in China

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:17 PM Anthony Fauci, MD, the chief White House medical adviser, has called on China to release information about nine people who got sick with a COVID-like illness before the coronavirus began spreading around the world—six miners who went into a bat cave in 2012 and three Wuhan lab workers in late 2019.

COVID-19 Immunity Could Last for Years, Studies Say

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:14 PM Immunity to the novel coronavirus could last for a year—and possibly longer—particularly after COVID-19 vaccination. Two recent studies indicate that most people who contracted COVID-19, recovered and then got vaccinated later may not need a booster shot, according to The New York Times. Those who were never infected and then got vaccinated may need a booster shot later, the newspaper reported.

Ohio Announces First Vax-a-Million Winners

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:14 PM Across the nation, states are offering prizes to boost inoculation rates in the country. In Ohio, the “Vax-a-Million” plan has gained national acclaim, and for two Ohio residents, the plan became payday. The plan was introduced by Gov. Mike DeWine (R) as a way to get more people vaccinated in the state.

Scientists: Canceling Tokyo Olympics Is the 'Safest Option'

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:11 PM With rising COVID-19 cases in Japan and the Tokyo Olympics less than 2 months away, canceling the Summer Games “may be the safest option,” according to a new editorial published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Several U.S. public health experts called for officials to protect Olympic athletes from COVID-19 and urged a risk-management approach to reduce potential spread of the virus.

The Race Toward Full Vaccination

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9:30 AM Scientists initially estimated that 60 percent to 70 percent of a population would have to acquire resistance to Covid-19 in order for herd immunity to take effect, a threshold that has been revised upward since the start of the year with 80 percent to 85 percent quoted in some cases. The race towards full vaccination is well underway and Israel has the highest share (59.1 percent) of its population fully jabbed, according to Our World in Data.

With 42 percent of its inhabitants fully vaccinated, Bahrain comes second on the list. In the U.S., 39 percent of people have been fully vaccinated. In this case, full vaccination refers to all doses prescribed by the vaccination protocol with data only available for countries reporting the breakdown of their doses.

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Why Millions of Employees Plan to Switch Jobs Post-Pandemic

By Staff
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:04 AM Another outcome of the pandemic is the intense need for workers to find a work-life balance. And employees are willing to make sacrifices to achieve it. A survey by career site Joblist revealed that just over 30 percent of workers said they'd give up part of their pay for a better work-life balance, with parents willing to take a 5 percent pay cut.

How About a Robot Pet?

By Staff
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:44 PM Over the past year and a half, many have found that isolation and loneliness are hard to escape. This can be even more amplified for older Americans who, in many cases, are especially vulnerable to infection and illness from their human friends and family, and are also unable to care for pets. So what about a robot pet? Can it help? Does it feel real at all? Head over to The New Yorker for an in-depth look at life with an animatronic pet. 

VisionSpring Raises $1.5 Million for India COVID-19 Response, Supporting Partners Help Four-Pronged Effort

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Monday, May 24, 2021 12:27 AM NEW DELHI—VisionSpring has announced that it has secured an initial $1.5 million in emergency response commitments for the continuing COVID-19 crisis in India. VisionSpring will deliver more than 1,000 oxygen concentrators and other COVID-19 care and safety supplies to frontline health workers in India, rolling out a four pillar response, rooted in meeting critical and urgent needs in low income communities within its network of 100 health and eyecare partners across India.

Businesses Can Ask About Your Vaccination Status

By Staff
Friday, May 21, 2021 1:15 PM You may have recently heard some people (and lawmakers) declare that they'll never disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status to a business owner, calling the question a violation of HIPAA. But that's not quite true; in fact, HIPAA only applies to certain, specific "covered agencies," and business owners are well within their rights to ask about patrons vaccination status. Head over to USA Today for more information from lawyers and professionals. 

Is America Ready for Normal?

By Staff
Friday, May 21, 2021 12:04 AM Anxiety about returning to normal is setting in. Today, 61 percent of Americans say they’re anxious about returning to normal public activities and socialization, which is highest for Millennials (69 percent) vs. Boomers (59 percent). And while bars and restaurants are opening up, less than a quarter (22 percent) of Americans tell us they would feel comfortable socializing with a stranger at a bar.

What to Know Before Heading to Europe This Summer

By Staff
Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:15 PM Many European countries are opening up to vaccinated tourists this summer, and many vaccinated tourists are already packing their bags and pulling up their airline apps to get going as quickly as possible. But there are still some restrictions when it comes to travel, and those can change from country to country. Head over to The New York Times for a rundown of things you need to know before heading to six of Europe's most popular tourist destinations: Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom.