Americans Want To Shop Small, Here’s How To Make Them Customers

With the prominence of things like Small Business Saturday during the holiday shopping season and the slow food movement attracting customers to local restaurants that also source local ingredients, consumers have grown increasingly aware of the benefits of patronizing businesses in their community.

Now a recently released survey commissioned by Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) and conducted by market research company OnePoll reveals that the global COVID-19 pandemic has heightened that awareness to a new high.

Pent-up Demand

The survey, which was conducted over the first five days of May among 2,000 Americans, showed that 75% of respondents plan to increase their support of local businesses as quarantine lockdown measures are cautiously lifted.

The survey found that the pandemic compelled consumers to confront the tenuous position most U.S. businesses found themselves in as they shut down in the interest of public safety. Not only this, but consumers were also forced to

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2020 MassChallenge Texas In Austin Details Released

AUSTIN, TX — MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, has announced the 58 early-stage startups invited to join the 2020 MassChallenge Texas in Austin program.

The selected startups have been rigorously vetted by a community of more than 500 expert judges and represent the top 10 percent of applications from around the world, officials said in an advisory.

“Today’s entrepreneurs will have a fundamental impact on how efficiently the world recovers from the current economic crisis, and the game-changing startups in this year’s Austin-based cohort are poised to do just that,” Mike Millard, managing director of MassChallenge Texas, said. “I am incredibly impressed by the founders’ abilities to navigate their businesses through the coronavirus crisis, leveraging the intersection of business and technology to create solutions across agriculture, internet of things, medical devices, manufacturing, and more. These startups have a place helping large organizations recalibrate as they adapt to

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The Greatest And Funniest Memes Of This Cursed Year, 2020

Even more than most other years, 2020 has been a time when we’ve experienced events through meme culture. Having spent almost half of the year to this point either indoors or worrying about whether we should be indoors, the glut of despairing jokes, coronavirus memes and Dominic Cummings tweetstorms have been incredibly comforting, even when they’ve been pressing on some miserable and infuriating moments.

The strange warping and flexing flow of time since about mid-March generally gets put down to lockdown, the stress of living through a pandemic and the overriding sense that we’ve been monkey-barring our way from one day to the next. But perhaps the realisation that, say, Olly Murs’s horrendous prank with the Pringles tube only happened in the middle of May, is jarring for reasons other than the fact that you’ve not been to the pub in three months.

We’ve been living more intensely online, and

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Edited Transcript of IQV.N earnings conference call or presentation 28-Apr-20 1:00pm GMT

DURHAM Jun 15, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Iqvia Holdings Inc earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 1:00:00pm GMT

IQVIA Holdings Inc. – Senior VP of IR & Treasury

IQVIA Holdings Inc. – Chairman, President & CEO

* Michael R. McDonnell

IQVIA Holdings Inc. – Executive VP & CFO

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division – Senior Research Analyst

William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division – Partner & Healthcare Services Analyst

* Shlomo H. Rosenbaum

* Tycho W. Peterson

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the IQVIA First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this call is being recorded. Thank you.

I would now like to turn the call over to Andrew Markwick, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasury. Mr. Markwick, please begin your … Read More

Atlanta police killing adds urgency to protests

Good morning, NBC News readers.

The Atlanta police killing of a Black man has sparked renewed outrage over police departments’ use of deadly force during their interactions with Black Americans. An American has been sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on dubious spying charges. And as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the U.S., the Chinese are on a charm offensive.

Here’s what we’re watching this Monday morning.

Atlanta police shooting ruled a homicide

Authorities in Georgia ruled Sunday that the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside an Atlanta Wendy’s was a homicide.

Brooks, 27, died after he was shot twice in the back on Friday night, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement.

Surveillance video shows Brooks was compliant and friendly with the two Atlanta police officers while they administered a field sobriety test and admitted he had been drinking. The situation quickly devolved

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Black Americans most likely to know a COVID-19 victim

DETROIT (AP) — African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic.

Eleven percent of African Americans say they were close with someone who has died from the coronavirus, compared with 5% of Americans overall and 4% of white Americans.

The findings are based on data from three COVID Impact surveys conducted between April and June by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Data Foundation about the pandemic’s effect on the physical, mental and social health of Americans.

While recent surveys conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research have found that black Americans are especially likely to know someone who had the virus, the new data from the COVID Impact research

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How hucksters and would-be profiteers invaded California’s online COVID-19 marketplace

In early April, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a website where people and companies could help California gear up for the coronavirus pandemic.

The portal was designed as a marketplace for middlemen, manufacturers and business giants to pitch deals and donations with the state, which was scrambling to obtain medical supplies to fight COVID-19.

For some, the site was a chance to clear out their closets.

Someone in Los Angeles found seven masks while cleaning out an apartment and asked to donate them. A Santa Rosa resident offered an ice machine, an orthopedic boot and two N95 masks that were leftover from the 2017 wildfires.

“Sorry,” the person said, “that’s all I had left.”

Along with these small gestures, the portal soon became cluttered with hundreds of questionable offers and a dizzying array of sales pitches, a Sacramento Bee review of more than 6,000 submissions found. Hucksters looked to cash-in on

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Big money may soon be chasing the ‘Robinhood’ investor: Morning Brief

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Institutional investors are underexposed to the stock market

One of the most fascinating stories in finance right now is the explosion of retail investors riding the stock market’s current three-month long rally higher.

“The global pandemic brought retail investors back into the equity market after being largely absent for a decade,” Deutsche Bank strategist Binky Chadha wrote last week.

“They were important buyers of the correction in equities.”

The phenomenon has caught the attention of more Wall Street experts, who are split on whether or not this ‘Robinhood’ class of investors is fueling the rally. However, they do seem to agree on one thing: as the retail class has been cleaning up, the big institutional money has largely been missing out.

“Institutional investor positioning in equities by contrast

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9 of the best skipping ropes from speed to weighted to beginners

Following three months of lockdown (read: three months of home workouts), it’s no wonder we’re turning our attentions to the best at-home fitness equipment. Top of our list? The humble skipping rope. Ropes can be the backbone of a solid workout, provide a cardio hit and are a super versatile tool – perfect for when your usual yoga or HIIT class is off the table.

“The first thing to consider when buying a skipping rope is what results you’re after – if it’s increased endurance, go for a speed rope. If you want to build strength, pick a weighted one,” advises Tom Jenane, a nutrition and fitness expert for Natures Health Box, adding that weighted ropes tend to be the bigger calorie burner. “Then you need to consider your ability level, there are both beginner and advanced ropes.”

“Cheap flimsy ropes are incredibly hard to improve your form on,” notes

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From materials to filters, here’s everything you need to know

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

From 15 June, it will be mandatory in England to wear them while using public transport and in hospitals. Failure to follow these rules can result in an £80 fine on public transport. These rules apply to everyone, except for children under the age of two, disabled people and those with respiratory conditions.

Uber will also be making coverings mandatory for drivers and customers from 15 June and taking additional safety measures such as regularly sanitising their cars. Customers will also be reminded to sit in the backseat only and to roll down the windows for ventilation.

These new measures are initially being introduced in London while Uber assesses … Read More