79: AfterPay Expands to In Store Retailing

According to retaildive.com As more retailers team up with installment payment platforms, consumers are projected to spend even more online in the future and have increasingly relied on buy now, pay later services, according to an Adobe report released this month. Findings show that installment payment platforms have seen a 215% spike in consumer use compared to last year. Adobe also predicts that e-commerce spending in 2022 will break $1 trillion.


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78: Kidstagram

Instagram sees many young people trying to sign up for its app and they know that the under 13 crowd is an important growth segment. Instagram has announced that it will build a youth app in order to ensure kids have , “a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time”. Listen to the briefing to hear how this may be off limits for advertisers.


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77: Ontario Doesn’t Prioritize Restaurant Workers for 2nd Phase Vaccines

TORONTO — The Ontario government has announced that restaurant workers won’t be included in Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Why is the Ontario government is prioritizing industries that weren’t forced to shutter during lockdown? Servers must be in proximity to customers who aren’t wearing masks but bank employees are more protected? Listen to the briefing to hear how the Ontario restaurant industry is advocating for their own protection.


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74: Facebook’s New Augmented Reality Tool

Facebook is creating a wristband-type device that can interpret muscle commands as they travel through your ar. The device will allow take action within the digital environment.

Utilizing EMG, or electromyography, which translates electrical motor nerve signals while they travel through your body via sensors. It’s game-changing technology and for some people, puts Facebook just a wee bit too close to our private thoughts. Listen to the briefing to hear how Facebook sees this technology impacting our lives.


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73: Looking at new online shoppers

Harvard Review has released some research looking at new online customers — those who were forced to start shopping online during the pandemic. COVID-19 forced many shoppers to make their first online purchases. But will these customers stick around? Listen to the briefing to hear what the research shows.


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72: Facebook Winning the Publishing Battle

Facebook announced on Tuesday March 16, 2021 that they have plans to launch a new platform for writers to self-publish their content, grow their audience and make money through monetization tools starting with subscriptions. Facebook said the platform will roll out in the coming months in the U.S. Listen to the briefing to hear how this will impact our news consumption.


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71: Female Labor Participation at a 33 Year Low

The coronavirus and its economic fallout disproportionately damaged American women. Hospitality and education were hit the hardest by lockdowns and these sectors skew more female. The greater share of domestic work that women perform in American society also prompted many to leave work and focus on caretaking. Where men made up the bulk of job losses seen during the financial crisis in 2009, the current recession has seen job losses land more equally. Listen to the briefing to hear what this might mean for restaurant and retail sectors.


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70: Is the Irish Pub In Danger?

During a third wave of Covid and a prolonged Iockdown, the pandemic has brought the Irish hospitality sector, and in particular, the pub industry, to its knees. Although each bar faces a different set of circumstances and challenges, one thing is very clear. Ireland’s iconic watering holes face a deeply uncertain future. Listen to the briefing to hear how the Irish Pub is a key part of the community and how it may survive.


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