What will also transform how weavers work in the post-COVID world is their eventual mobility into a digital world. Palak Shah, CEO of Ekaya, a bespoke fashion label that works with 8,000 weavers in Benares, says that they are rethinking how the entire business model will run. “Our artisans were not just used to coming in and out of our offices since there is a lot of back and forth on designs, but would also bring the final weaved saris wrapped in potlis. Now that touchpoint could be a source of infection. We are working on a system where the weavers will be invited to meet us once a week and ask all their questions about designs and other things, instead of randomly strolling in and out of the office. We have already started using WhatsApp to give instructions and designs and check their progress. A lot of our work will go digital and we are in the process of familiarising our weavers with the digital world.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus lockdown | India’s 7-million strong artisans’ community faces supply disruptions, cancelled orders & financial hardships
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Sweden has largely remained open while most of the countries observed an overall shutdown of business. Opting for the rather controversial approach of keeping restaurants, schools and parks open for public (while banning gatherings of more than 50 people and shutting museums), Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that the country is focusing on long-term sustainability over drastic short-term tactics. In fact, Sweden’s ambassador to the United States said last month that the capital of the Nordic country, Stockholm, could reach Herd Immunity in May. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
Devidayal, who opened Iktara before COVID caused a lockdown, had to shut it down three weeks into operations. “Five days after the shutdown was declared, we resumed the bakery operations first and then Iktara, using the team we still had in Mumbai. Ensuring that we picked the right people and convincing their families that we will take every safety precaution was a difficult task. We have hired private vehicles to pick and drop the team members.” … [Read more...] about Riding COVID-19 storm: Restaurants rewrite home delivery rules with special menus, DIY kits
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Especially during the ongoing global health crisis and subsequent stay-at-home orders, employees are learning how to work remotely, and companies are weighing some of the costs and benefits to this new remote world. Many companies in the Bay Area have already drastically expanded their work-from-home policies, some like Facebook have banned group meetings over 50 until 2021, and Twitter has gone so far as to allow remote work for all employees indefinitely. If a new normal includes such liberal remote work policies and the limited ability to congregate, Silicon Valley may lose some of its purpose as a technology hub as teams get distributed across the country and even the world. … [Read more...] about Here’s how Silicon Valley can avoid Detroit’s fate