Global Trends 2020

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Pret launches a new monthly package of 5 coffees a day for £20 to boost business

Having seen sales fall over the lockdown period, Pret has launched a monthly coffee subscription service to try and attract customers back to quiet stores.

Source:https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/04/pret-offers-monthly-subscription-to-boost-post-covid-pandemic-sales

The British claim 100m meals as part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

In August, over 100 million meals were claimed as part of Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The scheme proved more popular than expected, and it is estimated that it will cost more than the £500m budgeted.

Source:https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/04/eat-out-to-help-out-sees-diners-claim-100m-cut-price-meals-in-august

MerryMint launch a range of experiences for remote teambuilding

MerryMint are pushing a new line of team building activities for remote teams – including watercolour painting, pie baking, mixology, succulent planting and meditation.

Source: https://www.merrymint.co/

A four day week might boost productivity

The Coronavirus has caused a radical rethink of office culture. Some people are going a step further than challenging long commutes and cramped transport, and criticising the 5-day week itself. Those that support reducing the work week believe that much of the time we spend in the office is unproductive, and that shorter, more intense bursts of work will result in higher quality output and less stress and fatigue.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/four-day-work-week-might-be-exactly-what-u-s-n1229631

One World: Together at Home raises $127m to fight covid-19

Organised between The World Health Organisation and Lady Gaga, this eight-hour virtual concert featured stars including The Rolling Stones and Billie Eilish. While a two-hour section was free-to-air, six hours were open for corporate sponsorship, which raised the bulk of the money

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/20/one-world-together-at-home-concert-lady-gaga-raises-127m-coronavirus-relief

Richard Branson wants government loan to protect future of Virgin Atlantic

To protect his challenged airline, Richard Branson has asked the government to step in and intervene with a loan to see Virgin Atlantic through this challenging time. Other airlines, including EasyJet and Delta, have received state money – in the form of a loan for EasyJet and a grant for US-based Delta.

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/richard-branson-virgin-atlantic-government-loan-bailout-coronavirus-a9474216.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

 

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

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

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

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