Global Trends 2020

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Shoppers buy more processed food

Heinz and the Campbell Soup Company have seen increased sales due to demand for store-cupboard staples with long shelf-lives. Not only has the Coronavirus caused food-insecurity, but processed food also holds a comfort factor and can evoke nostalgia.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/business/coronavirus-processed-foods.html

McDonalds Brazil redesigns its logo to incorporate elements of social distancing

McDonalds Brazil has separated the two golden arches of its logo to make their brand reflect the social distancing required under the coronavirus lockdown

Source: https://www.creativereview.co.uk/mcdonalds-social-distancing/

Robots join the fight against coronavirus in Italy

“Tommy” the robot is helping healthcare staff in an Italian hospital monitor patients with Covid-19. The robots are able to monitor data from equipment on a ward and alert staff when attention is required – freeing doctors to deal with more serious cases and reducing direct contact.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-robots/tommy-the-robot-nurse-helps-keep-italy-doctors-safe-from-coronavirus-idUSKBN21J67Y

Japanese students attend graduation ceremonies through robots

The Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo held a remote graduation ceremony, with students using robots to “attend” while remaining at home. The “Newme”robots were dressed in graduation caps and gowns for the ceremony and carried tablets which displayed their student’s webcam.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan-remote-gradu/robots-replace-japanese-students-at-graduation-amid-coronavirus-idUSKBN21P0XI?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

WhatsApp imposes new limit on forwarding to fight false Covid-19 claims

The Facebook-owned chat app has announced new limit on message forwarding  to slow the dissemination of fake news. If a user receives a frequently forwarded message – one which has been forwarded more than five times – under the new restrictions, they will only be able to send it on to a single chat at a time.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/07/whatsapp-to-impose-new-limit-on-forwarding-to-fight-fake-news

Deliveroo Partners with Charity to Provide Seder Kits

Deliveroo and Jewish charity Chabad Lubavitch teamed up to provide “Seder-to-Go” kits in the UK and Ireland, allowing people who are isolating to still be able to celebrate Passover.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/06/uk/deliveroo-chabad-lubavitch-seder-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

COVID-19 prompts the creation of more bike lanes and footpaths in cities

Socially distanced public transport systems and the need for people to safely exercise has led some cities to temporarily create new bike and footpath spaces.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/11/world-cities-turn-their-streets-over-to-walkers-and-cyclists

Sainsbury’s brings back bicycle deliveries

Sainsbury’s has relaunched its one-hour bicycle delivery service in central London to support its existing team in serving customers in lockdown.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/02/sainsburys-revives-bicycle-deliveries-london

Technology is ‘winning’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

The winners in the COVID-19 pandemic are technology firms, as friends, families and colleagues try to digitally replicate face-to-face communications and socialising.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-iAZJAgUUn/?igshid=17qeuwzthhbss

Coronavirus infects 5G conspiracy theories in the UK

Existing conspiracy theories in the UK about threats to health from the rollout of 5G internet have evolved to include the claim that the technology spreads Coronavirus. The UK communications regulator has warned broadcasters who repeat these baseless theories on air will be sanctioned.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/apr/02/uk-media-outlets-told-not-to-promote-baseless-5g-coronavirus-theories

Britons are revisiting traditional recipes amid lockdown

Unable to leave their homes, Britons are retreating to family meal times – eating well and enjoying nostalgic family recipes. Adding a 21st-century twist, many are giving the recipes a vegetarian makeover.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/apr/03/anna-jones-simple-staple-recipes-for-lockdown

Dutch Design Studio Develops Model for Food Market During Social Distancing

Dutch studio Shift Architecture Urbanism has developed a model for a shared street food market where people can buy fresh produce without coming into contact with one another.

Source: https://www.dezeen.com/2020/04/03/shift-architecture-urbanism-designs-social-distancing-into-the-food-market/?li_source=LI&li_medium=rhs_block_2

Independent Shops and Producers are now delivering In London

Independent Shops and Producers are now delivering In London. From ethical butchers to dairy and a whole range of fruit and vegetables, a long list of independently run food producers and suppliers are delivering their fresh and crafted goods direct to the doorstep during the lockdown.

Source: https://thenudge.com/staying-in/independent-shops-producers-delivering-in-london/

Nike puffer jacket sofa encourages virtual social distancing

The Air Max Day Sofa “digitally upcycles” Nike puffer jackets, and allows people to use a custom Instagram Augmented Reality filter to help people to socialise, whilst also socially distancing online.

Source: https://www.dezeen.com/2020/04/02/crosby-studios-virtual-sofa-green-nike-jackets/

Look after plants whilst in lockdown

One of the silver linings of the pandemic has been a renewed interest in nature, gardening and the outdoors. However, many British garden centres suffered in lockdown as not all had an online presence. Upon hearing that the plants in these nurseries may die, Plantsavers was created. As the logistics of lockdown mean that customers aren’t able to choose exact plants, the website offers random selection boxes sourced from closed nurseries. The customer benefits in three ways: first, the boxes are better value than buying the plants individually, second they are able to support struggling businesses, and thirdly Plantsavers donates money from each sale to a NHS charity.

Source: https://plantsavers.co.uk/

Healthy Snacks whilst working from home

Snack company “Nature Box” has teamed up with corporate businesses in USA and Canada to set up snack home delivery to help engage companies with their remote teams and show support to their employees.

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/remote-office-snack-from-home-program-sells-out-first-week-301033575.html 

Outrage growing at English Premier League soccer clubs

Outrage is growing at English Premier League soccer clubs who have been furloughing support staff but continue to pay their players hundreds of thousands of Pounds a week

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52120578

 

Napolina launches frozen pasta

Responding to consumer interest in stockpiling and long life foods, Italian firm Napolina has launched a range of frozen pastas to help people create meals within minutes and make cooking at home easier.

Source: http://www.napolina.com/pasta/frozen-pasta

AirBnB launches digital experiences

Firms in the “experience economy” are particularly hard-hit by social distancing measures around the world. The holiday rental platform AirBnB has launched a new digital experience service, which aims to transport you to another country for an authentic experience from the comfort of your own home.

Source: https://www.airbnb.ca/s/experiences/online

Sound map shows effect of lockdown in the world and urban environments

The Cities and Memories website has collected field recordings from around the world for the past five years and this week launched a new campaign to build a global crowd sourced sound map, which shows how our aural lives are shifting as lockdown affects the world and urban environments evolve.

Source: https://citiesandmemory.com/sound-map/

Keeping the LGBTQ community connected amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Miami based Hotel Gaythering, described as the ‘gayest hotel in Miami Beach’, is helping the LGBTQ community remain connected amidst COVID-19 outbreak. The hotel is now live streaming its bingo, happy hour, drag queen karaoke, and trivia nights on its social channels each week.

Source: https://www.gaythering.com/?utm_campaign=Sophie%20IotD&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=85515569&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-97rs4beuqRcz1KWAg0oyAkov_46D-_ctJeoAxayuqKQuGlwug8mQldQhP6AvhWoFZwC5muC7anF8WpJMXYzpesqE8bJA&_hsmi=85515569

 

U.S. Universities accepting Duolingo English Test

With the suspension of traditional English proficiency tests in countries most affected by the coronavirus, a wave of US institutions are now accepting the results of the Duolingo English Test, either as stand-alone proof or as a supplement to other measures of English-language proficiency.

Source: https://thepienews.com/news/us-more-heis-accepting-the-duolingo-english-test-amid-uncertainty/

 

Burger King France advertises recipe for making a Whopper at home

Burger King France advertises recipe for making a Whopper at home. The burger chain is letting people in France know the secret to making a Whopper at home, through an easy tutorial on twitter.

Source: https://www.thedrum.com/news/2020/03/30/ads-we-burger-king-france-advertises-recipe-making-whopper-home?utm_campaign=Newsletter_Daily_US&utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email 

Zoom introduces new virtual background feature

As more people are using video conferencing software due to having to work from home, Zoom have introduced a series of playful backgrounds they allow people to pretend they are anywhere else.

Source: https://mashable.com/article/zoom-background-change-coronavirus-meetings/?europe=true

Fitness games running out of stock

Ring Fit Adventure, a popular fitness video game for Nintendo Switch, is selling out in stores and being sold for twice its recommended retail price – as people prepare for long stints at home.

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/nintendo-ring-fit-adventure-selling-out

Do-not-touch-your-face Machine Learning website

Launch of donottouchyourface.com, a website tool created by US-based developers that helps users follow the advice of medical experts to not touch their face during the coronavirus outbreak through Machine Learning.

Source: https://donottouchyourface.com/

Pokémon Go from home

Niantic have announced that they are putting their resources into developing features for Pokémon Go that are compatible with staying indoors. The company announced that, in the midst of the challenge that COVID-19 represents, they are “putting focus on expanding features and experiences in our games that can be enjoyed in an individual setting.”

Source: https://mashable.com/article/pokemon-go-feature-changes-coronavirus/?europe=true

Zoom Video stock spikes by more than 100% since January

The share price of Zoom, the US remote conferencing service, has doubled since the end of January, rising from $70 a share at the end of January to over $141 by 26 March. As more countries are forced into lockdown, firms which help to bring us together – for work or play –  are thriving.

Source: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/zoom-stock-price-surged-coronavirus-pandemic-video-work-from-home-2020-3-1029023594

General Mills call for appropriate response from brands

General Mills boosts marketing spending and pushes for appropriate messages during COVID-19. With U.S. shoppers scooping up on products during Covid-19 outbreak, General Mills declined to raise its sales forecast for its current fiscal year, knowing the situation can change rapidly.

Source: https://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/general-mills-boosts-marketing-spending-pushes-appropriate-messages-during-covid-19/2245051

The RHS report a rise in people growing their own vegetables

Food insecurity and a desire to return to nature have sparked a rise in people growing their own herbs and vegetables.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-52009161

Drones being used to crack down COVID-19 in China

China’s Central Government instructed authorities to employ drones in an ongoing effort to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/10/asia/china-security-police-wuhan-virus-intl-hnk/index.html

U.K. Brewery making hand sanitizer

Amid the rising need for hand sanitizer, BrewDog decided to use its distillery to make Punk Sanitizer. On Twitter, James Watt, ‘captain’ at the brewer, clarified that the company will not be selling the sanitizer, just giving it out to those who need it.

Source: https://www.thedrum.com/creative-works/project/brewdog-brewgel-punk-sanitizer

Boris Johnson bans gatherings of more than two people

Boris Johnson has banned gatherings of more than two people, and asked Police to enforce this rule.
Some are breaking it – Police break up barbecue as people see coronavirus lockdown as excuse for a party.

Source: https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/24/police-break-barbecue-people-see-coronavirus-lockdown-excuse-party-12451396/

Movement call citizens to #StayTheFuckHome

#StayTheFuckHome campaign/movement to call citizens into action stating that resolving this is not only the governments’ burden.

Their website states “it is not only the government’s burden to bear. It is time for us, as citizens of this earth, to take action now and do our part in fighting COVID-19.”

Source: https://staythefuckhome.com/

LEON giving NHS staff 50% discount

LEON is another fast-food chain to support NHS workers.  It has increased the discount that NHS staff members can secure on food, and started delivering to hospitals.

Source: https://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/18321755.leon-giving-nhs-staff-50-discount/

Spring break is still on for slap-happy students

Crowds of US university students flocked to Florida for their spring break, defying recommendations from the federal government and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the coronavirus outbreak

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-51955362/us-students-party-on-spring-break-despite-coronavirus

Fake news about Dolphins in Venice

Stories of dolphins and fish swimming in the newly ‘unpolluted waters’ of Venice have been deemed as fake news.  Waters are actually running clear because boats are not swirling up silt, and the dolphin photo being taken in a different part of Italy.

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/coronavirus-pandemic-fake-animal-viral-social-media-posts/

Plastic bag bans delayed in areas of America

In response to hygiene concerns following the Coronavirus, Maine and New York State have delayed their plastic bag bans. Not only is plastic a hygienic option, but the ban would add another pressure to shops already struggling with decreasing footfall, social distancing, and increased safety measures.

Source: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2020/03/states-delay-plastic-bag-bans/

Stocking up on guns

“One store owner told BuzzFeed News sales of tactical gear have increased 100% since the outbreak started.”

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/its-not-just-food-and-hand-sanitizer-panicked-coronavirus

UK privacy activists raise fears over social distancing tracking

Privacy campaigners have spoken out over a UK government plan to track social distancing measures.  The plan entails mobile phone operators sharing anonymised data with the government to assess whether or not people are following advice to avoid pubs, bars and restaurants.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/20/uk-privacy-activists-raise-fears-social-distancing-tracking-coronavirus

Selling loo roll

Some people are profiteering from the crisis by buying items like toilet roll or hand sanitizer and selling them on online marketplaces at trumped up prices.

“The Guardian found one UK-based seller who had pocketed £1,000 from selling packs of Andrex toilet roll at £50 each – more than double the retail price – on eBay since Saturday morning.”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/16/ebay-urged-to-clamp-down-on-coronavirus-profiteering

Panic buying loo roll

People have begun panic buying toilet roll, amid fears of supermarket shortages. In the UK this risks damaging the sewer systems as customers who are left without turn to kitchen roll or baby wipes.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/uks-sewage-system-in-danger-of-gridlock-from-toilet-paper-substitutes-coronavirus

UK jigsaw puzzle sales increase over 150%

UK jigsaw puzzle manufacturers reported a jump in sales due to Covid-19. Firms are reporting sales increases of over 150% since many people are looking to more traditional ways to pass the time under lockdown.

Source: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/puzzle-manufacturers-see-jump-in-sales-due-to-covid-19/

Vegan meat sales in the US rise by 280%

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the sales of plant-based meat have grown by a staggering 279.8% in the U.S. .

The NPR report compares sales with the same period last year and showed that sales of vegan meats soared by 206.4% and 279.8% for the weeks ending 7th and 14th March.

Source: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/20/818995256/americas-shopping-list-here-s-what-we-re-buying-the-most?t=1586947927631&t=1587123114737

The share price of Zoom doubles since January

The share price of Zoom, the US remote conferencing service, has doubled since the end of January, rising from $70 a share at the end of January to over $141 by 26 March. As more countries are forced into lockdown, firms which help to bring us together – for work or play –  are thriving.

Source: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/zoom-stock-price-surged-coronavirus-pandemic-video-work-from-home-2020-3-1029023594

Balcony singing

In Italy, which has been particularly badly hit by the pandemic, people who are under lockdown are singing from their balconies to raise morale.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/14/solidarity-balcony-singing-spreads-across-italy-during-lockdown

Supporting elderly and vulnerable customers

Many supermarkets in the UK are opening their doors earlier to help elderly and vulnerable customers during the coronavirus outbreak

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/11191342/coronavirus-iceland-elderly-lidl/

Special shopping hours for vulnerable

In Australia, Woolworths have designated 7-8am as a protected shopping window for their vulnerable customers – including the elderly and disabled. This is to ensure that they have a safe shopping space, away from aggressive panic buyers, and are able to get the food that they need.

Source: https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/health/news/special-hours-for-older-shoppers

Meditation app downloads surge under lockdown

For some, lockdown and quarantine measures have led to heightened levels of stress and anxiety. A novel way to respond is through meditation and wellbeing apps: for instance, the app Headspace is giving away free subscriptions to healthcare workers.

Source: https://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/as-anxiety-over-coronavirus-grows-meditation-apps-see-a-spike-in-downloads/

UK supermarket Morrisons is “feeding the nation”

Morrisons supermarket chain is changing its core purpose to try and provide reassurance to customers during the coronavirus pandemic and reflect the extent of the role it sees itself playing in “feeding the nation”. More delivery slots will be made available to customers both through Morrisons.com and the Morrisons Store on Amazon Prime Now, with Morrisons using 100 extra stores to pick customers’ shopping over the coming weeks.

Source: https://www.marketingweek.com/morrisons-changes-core-purpose-in-response-to-coronavirus/

Locked-down Paris takes to balconies to applaud health workers

Residents of Paris, on lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak, stepped out on their balconies on Tuesday evening to applaud healthcare workers in a collective act of solidarity. They’ve been doing it every day since

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-france-balconies/locked-down-paris-takes-to-balconies-to-applaud-health-workers-idUSKBN2143VN

 

Uber Eats is dropping its delivery fees

Uber Technologies Inc’s (UBER.N) food delivery business, Uber Eats, said on Monday it would waive delivery fee for independent restaurants across the United States and Canada during COVID-19.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-healthcare-coronavirus-uber/uber-eats-waives-off-delivery-fee-for-independent-restaurants-amid-virus-outbreak-idUSKBN21333U

Social Distancing could be beneficial for the planet

Reducing transport, both cars and flying, as a result of mitigating the spread of the virus, has already been demonstrating to be beneficial for the planet and the media has already started writing about it.

Source:https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/climate/coronavirus-habits-carbon-footprint.html

China suggest US Army was the original source of COVID-19

A new theory spread and shared widely on tightly controlled Chinese social media sites suggests that the US army introduced COVID-19 to Wuhan in late 2019.  This has led to even more tension between the two nations.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/world/asia/coronavirus-china-conspiracy-theory.html

‘Boomers’ have been ignoring the effects of climate change

Memes around ‘Boomers’ ignoring the effects of climate change for years and only panicking about coronavirus because it is likely to affect them.

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/boomer-remover-meme-trends-virus-coronavirus-social-media-covid-19-baby-boomers-1492190

An opportunity to travel the world

Some people have seen the reduced plane ticket prices as an opportunity to travel the world – as some companies have moved to remote working people have seized the opportunity to go and do so abroad.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/travel/coronavirus-travel-deals.html

Influencers sharing unsound medical advice

Some influencers have been sharing advice around dealing with the coronavirus that is not medically sound – and if followed instead of legitimate medical advice, could do real damage.

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tanyachen/hey-influencers-who-are-sharing-bad-tips-and-information/

Misinformation about how to fight COVID-19 ‘liked’ upwards of 100k times

Some people are taking comfort in sharing posts that advise people around surviving the virus – as well as mental health tips, and other helpful advice. However not all of the information shared is correct; this post which has been ‘liked’ upwards of 100k times tells people that drinking water will help fight the virus

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/coronavirus-drink-water-advice-debunk

COVID-19 poses a long-term threat to climate change

COVID-19 poses a long-term threat to climate change, as the economic fallout may damage investment in green fuel alternatives.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/12/coronovirus-poses-threat-to-climate-action-says-watchdog

Design firm launch a hotel-to-hospital concept

LEO A DALY have created a hotel-to-hospital concept, due to the decline in travel and increased pressure on hospitals. They claim both hotels and hospitals share core features, like built in food, cleaning and laundry systems, that mean the transition would be possible.

Source: https://leoadaly.com/perspectives/leo-a-daly-repurposes-hotels-as-emergency-covid-19-response-facilities/

Sex toy brand launches campaign to encourage people to #staythefuckhome

Premium sex toy range brand launches campaign to #staythefuckhome and use this time to explore pleasure and promote sexual healing.

Source: https://www.lelo.com/stayhome

Speculation that the US healthcare system will not withstand the pandemic

Many are speculating that The US is set to suffer particularly badly due to its healthcare system. Those who do not have insurance maybe bankrupted by having to pay for treatment.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-treatment-costs-america-expensive-2020-3?r=US&IR=T

Driverless vehicles ease delivery logistics pressure

Chinese driverless delivery van start-up sees demand surge amid coronavirus outbreak. Leading internet based companies; MEITUAN, JD, SUNING, BAIDU; start employing driverless vehicles to ease delivery logistics pressure during home confinement. This application is likely to continue in the future and further influence people’s daily lives.

Source: https://www.scmp.com/tech/start-ups/article/3074189/chinese-driverless-delivery-van-start-sees-demand-surge-amid

Air Asia offer a £100 unlimited annual flight pass

Budget Airline Air Asia X have attempted to shore up their fall in sales by offering an annual flight pass for less than the equivalent of £100. Passengers taking up the offer will be able to fly as many times as they want from South East Asia, India, China and Australia until March 2021.

Source: https://www.webintravel.com/airasia-x-offers-a-years-unlimited-flights-for-us118-to-restore-confidence-in-travel/

Laid-off SAS staff are being offered fast-track training as healthcare workers

Airline staff to support the Swedish healthcare system. Laid-off SAS staff are being offered fast-track training as healthcare workers. SAS has laid off more than 10,000 staff due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation will fund fast-track healthcare training for those staff, so that they can support the Swedish healthcare system.

Source: https://info.trendwatching.com/innovation-of-the-day-b-insight-sas-and-marianne-and-marcus-wallenberg-foundation-insight?utm_campaign=Sophie%20IotD&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=85311979&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9wHN5RzC0GAd57hx9erYnm0Efg3QEUfkLijFuSYZBlrEvH2pWkJxay0tle6zRH4y35BVMix23znKiTdgpiIXyw8OTrCA&_hsmi=85311979

Conspiracy theorists vs. science

Conspiracy theorists have suggested that the origin of Coronavirus was a lab in Wuhan – scientific evidence strongly disagrees with this.

Source: https://www.vox.com/2020/3/4/21156607/how-did-the-coronavirus-get-started-china-wuhan-lab

Facebook gives WHO free ads

Facebook gives World Health Organization free ad space in battle with coronavirus misinformation.  Users will see pop-ups directing them to safe sources of information about the Coronavirus.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-facebook/facebook-gives-who-free-ads-in-battle-with-coronavirus-misinformation-idUSKBN20R14A

Google and Microsoft announce extended access to enterprise software

US-based tech giants Google and Microsoft announced that they would be offering corporate customers extended access to enterprise versions of online collaboration tools in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Source: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus

Lush UK stores offer free soap to promote hand washing

Before the lockdown, UK beauty and skincare retailer Lush announced it would let people wash their hands in-store, even if they are not buying anything, in a bid to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/27/lush-offers-public-free-hand-washes-to-halt-coronavirus-spread?fbclid=IwAR3KjqtqHsygXzRQ9-d7YfHWiHR6ax4gpqSwlnc2PmPSLcUsxnD2Ri5tUUs

 

Livestreamed Nightclub

DJ Live streaming TAXXSHANGHAI night club launched DJ live streaming on Douyin – China’s version of TikTok – and created the atmosphere via the sound and lighting effects.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-quarantine-cloud-raves-china-photos-2020-2?r=US&IR=T

Alibaba supports farmers

In February 2020, Alibaba opened up its Taobao Live platform and the Foodie Livestream channel for free to farmers, as part of the Rural Support Program, to help them cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Source: https://www.alizila.com/taobao-live-keeps-china-produce-flowing-from-farm-to-table/

First class upgrades to private jet

The global covid-19 lockdown has not meant the end of air travel for the super-rich; rather it has led to further premiumisation. There has been a boom in private jet inquiries as First Class on commercial airlines has become unavailable.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51527042

Apple’s app store in China increased 27.5% year on year

Total game downloads on Apple’s app store in China increased 27.5% year on year and revenue rose by 12.1%, according to market research firm Sensor Tower.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/13/intl_business/gaming-china-coronavirus/index.html

China launches Coronavirus tracking app

A mobile app that tracks people who have been in ‘close contact’ with those infected by the Wuhan coronavirus was jointly developed and launched in February 2020 by China’s National Health Commission, General Office of the State Council and China Electronics Technology Group Corporations.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/10/china-launches-coronavirus-app-to-detect-whether-users-have-come-in-close-contact-with-the-sick.html

China employs drones to help contain the outbreak

China’s Central Government instructed authorities to employ drones in an ongoing effort to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/10/asia/china-security-police-wuhan-virus-intl-hnk/index.html

Delta Airlines aims at become the first carbon neutral airline

Delta Airlines has announced a huge investment drive to become the first ‘carbon neutral airline’. $1 billion dollars is being committed to reducing and mitigating carbon emissions over the next 10 years.

Source: https://www.futuretravelexperience.com/2020/02/delta-commits-1-billion-to-become-worlds-first-carbon-neutral-airline/