Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Aarian Marshall

Gummy Bears and Candy Bars Are Casualties of the Pandemic

Shopping online means fewer unplanned purchases. Manufacturers and retailers are testing tactics to bring impulse buying to the web.Standing in line to pay at a grocery store, you’re in an optimized selling environment, carefully fashioned by marketers and retailers....

The WFH Exodus Creates an Opportunity for Small Cities

Workers from urban centers will continue to work from home, at least part-time. Officials and developers are planning the shops and services they'll want.Much has been made of the pandemic-era exodus to Lake Tahoe, Martha’s Vineyard, or Aspen. White-collar...

A Fatal Crash Renews Concerns Over Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ Claim

The company offers a feature called “Full Self-Driving Capability.” But it remains far from a self-driving car. Tesla offers a $10,000 feature called Full Self-Driving Capability. It includes futuristic goodies like the ability to summon the car via app in...

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

During the pandemic, insurers accelerated the use of automated tools to estimate repair costs. Garage operators say the numbers can be wildly inaccurate.In the Before Times, Jerry McNee wasn’t always a fan of appraisers. McNee is the president of...

Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train

The president's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal boosts funding for buses and rail. It even envisions actually tearing down some freeways.The US is car country. Its 4.1-million-mile road network is the world’s most expansive. It has more motor vehicles per...

What Will It Take to Get a Cargo Ship Unstuck From the Suez?

The task won’t be easy: Tugboats, excavators, and cranes all may be enlisted to help the Ever Given, while at least 34 other ships wait around the blockage.Every day, some 50 ships pass through the Suez Canal, the waterway...

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

More containers have fallen off ships in the past four months than are typically lost in a year. Blame heavy traffic and rolling waves.Since the end of November, this is some of what has sunk to the bottom of...

Uber Says Its UK Drivers Are ‘Workers,’ but Not Employees

The ride-hail giant shifts its stand following a court ruling, part of a global push for a “third category” of workers.For years, Uber has deployed lobbyists to world capitals to protect its business model. Its lawyers have argued that...

The Pandemic Prompts Cities to Rethink the Parking Spot

Some urban designers have long wanted to reduce the area set aside for cars. Covid is giving them a chance. One morning last March—Maura Thomson can’t recall specifically when in the early haze of the pandemic—Thomson and...

Gig Companies Fear a Worker Shortage, Despite a Recession

The pandemic sapped demand for rides from Uber and Lyft, and government aid has cushioned the blow for workers. Execs are feeling the strain. Unemployment in the US remains stubbornly high at 6.3 percent. Job growth has...

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