Have we reached peak tipping?

Tipping has risen over the past two years, but recent data suggests it’s falling back to pre-pandemic levels.

Mia Sullivan • May 31, 2022

What’s happening in China?

Usually a source of growth, China dragged brands down in Q1.

Jacob Cohen • May 26, 2022

Flight execs are ready for mask mandates to end

The mask mandate for transit is maybe coming to an end — or so air execs hope.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • April 13, 2022

What the heck is ‘goblin mode’?

The pandemic has pushed many to embrace their inner slob.

Rob Litterst • March 17, 2022

The world is using fewer condoms than expected

Condom makers have been taken by surprise.

Jacob Cohen • January 11, 2022

What the heck is going on with airlines right now?

Airlines are dealing with bad weather, omicron, and staffing shortages during peak travel season.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 3, 2022

Employees are suing over workplace COVID infections. Do they have a case?

A California court decided a widow and her daughters can sue her employer over workplace COVID exposure.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 28, 2021

By the numbers: A $300k chicken, 29% of 13-year-olds, and a really rich dog

Plus: Electricity is about to strike India, and films’ COVID budgets.

Jacob Cohen • November 22, 2021

A Brave New World — Entrepreneurs Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

While many of us were baking sourdough and scrolling through TikTok, some audacious founders launched new ventures.

Sara Cravatts • November 17, 2021

Outdoor dining is lovely, but at what cost?

Outdoor dining saved restaurants during the pandemic, but not all of them are doubling down on it this winter.

Rob Litterst • October 11, 2021

Americans apparently loved Burger King this past year

According to search trends, Americans were all about Burger King and Starbucks drive-thrus this past year.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 21, 2021

The pandemic crimped the wedding industry. Now, business is booming.

After COVID wiped out weddings in 2020, the industry is back and booming, but the bump might be a blip on the longer trend line.

Rob Litterst • August 17, 2021

What’s the deal with digital vaccine passports?

California has a new digital vaccine card, while New York uses the Excelsior Pass. Neither may matter if vaccination rates continue to rise.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 28, 2021

How researchers are using VR to combat COVID

Virtual reality (VR) lets researchers “look” at the 3D structure of COVID proteins.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 14, 2021

Vaccine freebies may not be incentives (but people like them)

Free goodies related to vaccines may not increase the actual vaccine rate… but help stores drive traffic.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 4, 2021

Americans are prepping for the post-COVID world… by buying deodorant and toothpaste

Sales are up for deodorant, toothpaste, luggage, and condoms. But down for toilet paper and baking soda.

Kolby Hatch • June 2, 2021

Will the baking industry still rake in the dough after the pandemic?

Baking goods -- cocoa, flour, yeast -- boomed during the pandemic. The boom may be here to stay.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 27, 2021

Digits: Electric pickups, a $260m ‘floating’ park, and a DVD SPAC

Plus: Hand sanitizer sales are down and work is killing people

Jacob Cohen • May 24, 2021

The diet industry is seeing big gains during COVID

Diet companies -- from startup Noom to old mainstay Weight Watchers -- are booming as people fight the weight they are adding during quarantine.

Trung T. Phan • May 13, 2021

An oncoming mineral shortage may derail our green future

Clean tech like EVs and wind power require a lot of rare earth and minerals. We may not have enough to support our long-term clean energy goals.

Trung T. Phan • May 11, 2021

The lofty state of airline loyalty programs

Loyalty programs are huge money makers for airlines. How are airlines keeping members happy when they can’t fly?

Trung T. Phan • May 7, 2021

Grocery impulse buying is having a COVID-fueled identity crisis

Mint gum sales are down 30% YoY...because people aren’t “waiting in line” as much.

Kolby Hatch • May 6, 2021

How offices are prepping for the return of workers

In the new hybrid work arrangement, expect larger gathering spaces, fewer workstations, and a lot of touchless technology.

Trung T. Phan • April 7, 2021

a16z’s ranking of 2020’s biggest marketplace platforms say a lot about the state of the world

a16z’s new report highlights some of the biggest movers and shakers in the marketplace platform space.

Jacob Cohen • March 31, 2021

Where the hell are all the shipping containers?

A critical shortage of shipping containers is boosting cargo fees and sending shockwaves through global supply chains.

Ethan Brooks • March 26, 2021

People bought boats like crazy last year

Boat sales hit a 13-year high in 2020, thanks to younger first-time buyers.

Zachary Crockett • March 23, 2021

Keith Wasserman runs a $1.6B real estate portfolio at Gelt Inc. He tells us what he’s bullish on post-COVID.

Plus: What cities he’s targeting for expansion, his real estate investing heroes and whether he would ever buy a mall.

Trung T. Phan • February 13, 2021

The pandemic is bad news for superstar cities. Here’s why.

The sudden and widespread acceptance of remote work will lead to a number of trends that don’t bode well for elite coastal cities like San Francisco and New York.

Trung T. Phan • February 5, 2021

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