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Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

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Evelyn Maysonet looks at the food delivery from the Weber-Morgan Health Department Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Ogden, Utah. Maysonet has been isolating with her husband and son in their Ogden home since all three tested positive for COVID-19 over a week ago. None of them have been able to leave home to buy groceries so Maysonet said they were thrilled to receive the health department’s delivery.

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Vivian Zayas can’t keep herself from scrolling through photos of last Thanksgiving, when her mother stood at the stove to make a big pot of rice and beans and then took a seat at the edge of the table.

That was before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and before it claimed the retired seamstress. Ana Martinez died at 78 on April 1 while recovering at a nursing home from a knee replacement.

The family is having their traditional meal of

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  • November 27, 2020
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Digital Retail Delivered In A Physical World

It’s one year from today: Nov. 9, 2021.

It’s been 18 months since the coronavirus swept the world and changed everything about it. But finally, the citizens of the world are ready to re-engage in the physical world the way they did in January 2020.

A widely available vaccine and FDA-approved therapeutics have given consumers the confidence that sitting together indoors, in a crowded restaurant, carries little to no risk. Neither does cheering on their favorite sports teams in a crowded stadium or booking that long-awaited vacation with family to a faraway destination.

And, boy, after 18 months of so little human contact, are they ever ready.

The pent-up demand for all of the experiences impossible to replicate in the digital world promises to be explosive.

Businesses across all facets of the economy are preparing to capture some of that demand — and

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  • November 9, 2020
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The Great Divergence: U.S. COVID-19 Economy Has Delivered Luxury Houses for Some, Evictions for Others | Investing News

(Reuters) – When the temperature dipped near freezing in Columbus, Ohio in mid-October, the children had no heat. The gas had been shut off in their apartment for nonpayment. DaMir Coleman, 8, and his brother, KyMir, 4, warmed themselves in front of the electric oven.

The power, too, was set to be disconnected. Soon there might be no oven, no lights and no internet for online schooling. The boys’ mother, Shanell McGee, already had her cell phone switched off and feared she could soon face eviction from their $840-a-month apartment. The rundown unit consumes nearly half her wages from her job as a medical assistant at a clinic, where she works full-time but gets no health benefits.

Just 14 miles northwest of McGee’s neighborhood, Kiki Kullman is having one of the best years of her life.

The real-estate business she runs with her family just sold the highest-priced house in

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  • October 31, 2020
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Want something delivered by Christmas? Order way in advance

A surge in online purchases during the pandemic means that parcel delivery services are struggling to keep up with shipments. Demand for shipping has reached levels they didn’t expect to deliver until several years from now.

Now everyone in the industry — senders, recipients and those who deliver the shipments — are growing concerned about an even bigger surge in shipments as the holiday season gets underway.
“The spread of Covid-19 in the US has triggered such an increase in e-commerce since March that shipping volumes have consistently been at Christmas peak or Cyber Monday levels every day,” said FedEx (FDX) Chief Marketing Officer Brie Carere. “Now we’re headed into a peak on top of a peak. We expect there will be limits to capacity on certain days this season.”
UPS (UPS) and the US Postal Service insist that they’re working with customers to handle the
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  • October 25, 2020
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Enjoy red, white, sparkling or vintage bottles delivered right to your door

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The Independent/ iStock

Even as we start to ease out of lockdown, there are a few habits we’ve picked up in 2020 that we’re keen to continue with – and getting just about everything delivered to our door is definitely one of them. Online wine shops have really come into their own this year, with more of us wanting to stock up the home bar while our favourite drinking dens were closed – and online wine retailers have seen a dramatic increase in sales as a result. Winebuyers reported its sales increased by 817 per cent over the period of March, April and May, against an industry average of 400 per cent.

As much as we love geeking out about the latest releases in person, the online experience can often be (dare we say it) even better. Not only can you confidently set your budget and filter your preferences, without

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