Europe isn’t going on vacation. That spells trouble for millions of workers

Europe’s summer tourist season may be officially past saving. There are early signs that attempts to restart travel and draw tourists back to the world’s most visited region are floundering, placing millions of jobs at risk and reducing the chance of a quick economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. TUI, the world’s largest tour operator,…MORE

Sudden sewing boom has sewing machine sellers scrambling

The Clorox wipes shortage continues to hog the attention, but there’s another product that’s been hard to find on store shelves over the past four months because of coronavirus: sewing machines. Sellers are doing everything they can to keep up with a sudden surge in demand, but they still can’t keep pace. While homebound families…MORE

Emirates and Siemens promise to help Lebanon with an airlift and free power

Emirates and Siemens have pledged to help the people of Lebanon recover from the cataclysmic explosion that rocked Beirut last week and pushed the country’s crisis-ridden economy towards the abyss. The flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates committed on Thursday to establishing an “air bridge” that will move critical aid to Lebanon. The airline…MORE

Stein Mart files for bankruptcy and will close most of its 300 stores

Discount retailer Stein Mart has filed for bankruptcy and plans to close most of its nearly 300 stores. The 112-year-old company blamed its failure on changing consumer habits and the pandemic, both of which “have caused significant financial distress on our business,” Stein Mart CEO Hunt Hawkins said in a release on Wednesday. Like other…MORE

Romantic Cartier ad featuring two men stirs censorship debate in China

A Chinese advertisement for Cartier has reignited discussion about the country’s taboo around LGBTQ rights. The French luxury jeweler released a minute-long ad Monday to promote its wares — including its iconic Trinity ring — ahead of China’s Qixi Festival on August 25, the country’s answer to Valentine’s Day. The ad features couples in romantic…MORE

Meat prices are finally falling — except for hot dogs

Americans finally got some relief in the grocery store last month as prices fell. Food prices overall fell a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in July, the first decrease since April of last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. Prices of food for the home fell 1.1% in July, compared to an increase of 0.7%…MORE

Why stores need to pay more attention to the air we breathe

During the coronavirus pandemic, supermarkets and retail stores have added a variety of safety features. Workers have been required to mask up and, more recently, most customers too. But most have yet to tackle what could be another important safety measure — changes to the systems that keep the stores hot and cold, and that…MORE

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