Originally published in RouteFifty
The long-awaited Covid-19 vaccine has arrived. As of now, three pharmaceutical companies--Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca--have announced that their vaccines are anywhere from 70 and 95% effective. And with the approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the U.S. is now embarking on the largest vaccination distribution campaign in history. As it did for keeping individuals safe throughout the pandemic, technology and data will need to be leveraged in order to ensure distribution plans are on track and successful. But in this unprecedented time, state and local governments are struggling to understand what technology is actually needed to create a safe and efficient distribution pipeline. The…
Originally published in RetailCustomerExperience
Let's face it: 2020 is shaping up to be one of the worst years on record for brick-and-mortar retailers. Physical stores have been losing ground to online sellers for years, shopping malls have been in decline for more than a decade, and the COVID pandemic has created lockdowns and social distancing rules that are making it difficult to leave home to shop.
And as if things weren't bad enough, most of the United States is entering the time of year when it's too cold to wait outside comfortably to go into a shop.
In this environment, how can retail stores possibly compete and survive? The answer may lie in technology.As we've seen for most of this year, people are willing to queue up …
Originally published in Healthcare Business and Technology
The interest in the public health branch of government has dramatically increased in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With public health officials helping governments curb the spread of the virus, doctors, hospitals, researchers, and medical professionals have become some of the most trusted people in the U.S. But with many non-essential medical services--including fertility treatments and elective surgeries--cancelled during the early months of the pandemic, will public trust waiver as services reopen?
As the number of cases begin to improve, there has been a slight increase in demand for medical services as people reschedule missed appointments. This deman…
Originally published in Chain Store Age.
Brick-and-mortar stores have been facing significant challenges in recent years, but 2020 has introduced challenges that no one could have ever predicted. Due to the pandemic, many people are staying away from physical stores. How can retail chains fight back during the 2020 holiday shopping season - especially when cold winter weather in many parts of the country will force shoppers to stand outside because of in-store capacity limits?
First, let's look at the numbers. More than 220 million Americans live in states where the winter months average freezing temperatures. In many of these places, there is also snow for several months a year - including the lucrative Thanksgiving-…
Originally Published in GCN
To say 2020 has been a challenge is a massive understatement. A year that started with optimism in January went off the rails in March, when the global pandemic led to the most significant economic disruption since the Great Depression. Millions of people lost their jobs, and while there has been a recovery, the U.S. unemployment rate is still near 7%.
As we rapidly approach a new year, it's reasonably safe to say 2021 will not be much easier. All levels of government will continue to face challenges due to COVID-19. Cities, counties and states may once again be forced to close all non-essential businesses and restrict travel for weeks. Health care facilities will likely be swamped with new cases as the ou…