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Fast Company Winter 2020/2021

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1 min.
prime numbers

Since Amazon Prime debuted in 2005, retailers have been scram- bling to match its convenience—but never more urgently than during the pandemic, as consumers moved to shopping online. In September, Walmart introduced Walmart+, a membership that offers same-day delivery using stores as hubs. Target purchased delivery service Shipt in 2017 and rolled it out at its 1,800 locations, plus other retail partners. In 2019, e-commerce logistics company Shopify debuted a $1 billion fulfillment network to give merchants two-day shipping capability. E-commerce is trending upward Though brick and mortar still accounts for the lion’s share of the retail market, e-commerce jumped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. E-commerce as a percentage of total retail sales Key players Amazon was one of the first companies to launch e-commerce, in 1995; it continues to dominate market share, despite other…

1 min.
activist evolution

2012 As an organizer at the Center for Popular Democracy, Barkan starts the “Fed Up” campaign to push the Federal Reserve to enact more equitable policies. 2016 Barkan and the CPD secure a spot for “regular people” to speak at the Fed’s annual meeting. Shortly after, he is diagnosed with ALS. 2017 A video goes viral of Barkan urging Republican senator Jeff Flake to vote “no” on cuts that would hurt Medicare and Medicaid, though Flake ultimately backs the bill. 2019 Barkan testifies before Congress on Medicare for All, publishes Eyes to the Wind, and begins interviewing Democratic presidential candidates on Uncovered. 2020 Barkan interviews Joe Biden, speaks at the DNC, and is named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, in an entry penned by Senator Elizabeth Warren.…

20 min.
_gates versus the pandemic

ON THE EVENING OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, BILL GATES SAT DOWN FOR A SEAFOOD DINNER IN SEATTLE. IT WASN’T A VALENTINE’S DAY MEAL; MELINDA, HIS WIFE OF 26 YEARS, COULDN’T ATTEND. HE WAS GRABBING TAKEOUT WITH A HANDFUL of experts who worked with him at the headquarters of the foundation that he and Melinda cofounded in 2000 to take on global health challenges. As it drizzled outside, he pressed them on the current state of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, where thousands of people had fallen sick. A small number of cases were now beginning to show up in other parts of the world. “I kept saying, ‘Hey, won’t China be able to keep it from spreading to other countries?’ ” he tells me when we chat in late June.…

1 min.
crisis point

Labor Force Pre-pandemic, percentage of labor participation for mothers (2019) Job Growth Change in job growth since June Lost Hours Hours that parents lose each workday due to stress, anxiety, and caregiving Job Flexibility Importance of providing flexibility for caregivers during the pandemic Workers who think their employers are doing a good job Economic Hit Weekly loss in GDP due to decreased productivity among working parents Mass Exit People over the age of 20 who dropped out of the workforce in September 2020 School Reopenings Percentage of districts open for in-person learning, by locale Sources: Clockwise from far left: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; “State of Working Parents Study,” Cleo; “State of Working Parents Study,” Cleo; Center on Reinventing Public Education; U.S. Department of Labor;"How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting the Workplace?” SAP/AP-NORC Center Poll…

7 min.
the parent trap

Over Labor Day weekend, real estate mogul Rob Speyer got a call from an old friend: Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the union that represents New York City’s 75,000-plus educators. Mulgrew had a favor to ask. Could Speyer, through his role as president and CEO of Tishman Speyer, help monitor and improve ventilation in some of the city’s public schools, as he had done across his own commercial real estate portfolio? Good ventilation could reduce the spread of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces like classrooms—and lay the foundation for reopening the schools that serve New York City’s 1.1 million students. “Within an hour we had a team mobilized and ready to go,” says Speyer. On a pro bono basis, he started sending Tishman Speyer employees to two of…

15 min.
a new baseline

OF ALL THE GEAR THAT SERENA WILLIAMS RELIES ON TO KEEP HER PLAYING AT THE TOP OF HER GAME, THE PIEEE OF EOUIPMENT SHE MIGHT VALUE MOST IS TOGGL, AN APP THAT HELPS TRAEK HER TIME. BREAKING DOWN WHAT PERCENTAGE 0F EACH HAY GOES TH THE THREE THINGS THAT CONSUME HER MOST: HER FAMILY, HER BUSINESSES, AND, OF COURSE, TENNIS. “It’s really good for me, because at the end of the day I can say how much time I spent” on each area of her life “and how it adds up,” she says. Williams tweaks her schedule based on the Toggl data, especially if it shows that she has not been spending ample time with her 3-year-old daughter, Olympia. “I want my percentage with my daughter to be a lot.” Williams is a…