For years to many of us, the day after Thanksgiving otherwise known as “Black Friday” has been the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Consumers search ads sent by retailers to find the best deals, plan the big day in advance in hopes to score the season’s hottest items. We’ve even waited in line to get into stores on Thanksgiving Day. In recent years, some retailers have pushed the start of holiday shopping a bit earlier, but have we ever seen it start THIS early?
In the face of a global pandemic, millions of consumers are turning to alternative methods for receiving groceries and other products. As over 75% of Americans are under shelter-in-place orders, services such as Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods have been essential resources as we adhere to social distancing. On Monday, workers at these companies expressed actions they are taking this week which include conducted walkouts, strikes and sickouts to demand hazard pay and other safety protections that are not currently afforded to them.
FedEx and Amazon have called it quits after FedEx decided this week to terminate its contract with Amazon.com for small-package ground deliveries. An article from Reuters stated, “The move by the U.S. package delivery company comes two months after it decided not to renew its contract with Amazon for U.S. cargo delivery through its plane-based express service.”
Auto makers have begun to produce Electronic vehicles or EV’s at a rapid pace in order to comply with Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standards. As of yesterday, another auto manufacturer has announced its 2019 entrant into the competitive EV landscape. Audi announced the global launch of their new electric sport utility vehicle, named the e-tron midsized SUV. Surprisingly enough the announcement was made in San Francisco which is the home of Tesla. It can be inferred that the “launch site” choice is a direct shot at Elon Musk’s Tesla operation and the current leader in the EV market. According to Reuters, “The Audi e-tron midsize SUV will be offered in the United States next year at a starting price of $75,795 before a $7,500 tax credit.” To further increase their chances of surpassing Tesla, Audi has chosen to partner with Amazon to tackle the recharging problems with EV’s.