While under Shepherdson, Topshop had been nimble in its reaction to catwalk styles; the company lost this ability after her departure. Fashion companies need to react quickly to emerging trends. Bringing suppliers of products closer to home ensures that companies can capitalize on what’s hot in a speedy manner. The closer the supplier, the shorter the lead time, making a retailer more flexible in its stock turnover. However, Green’s lack of strategic supplier relationships and his proclivity for buying from Asia meant that it took a long time to get a product from concept to shop floor. … [Read more...] about Where Topshop went wrong
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PR: I am either working or going to a U2 concert. That’s [been] my mission: I want to do comedy and hear “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” in every different time zone. But because [of that], I haven’t developed skills I need. I don’t know how to drive. I’m afraid of heights. I wanted to do a show where I got to learn how to be a person while having great conversations. Doing activities [on camera] lets my guests talk about things outside of whatever project they’re trying to promote. It was fun to have [Queer Eye’s] Tan France teach me how to bake. He got to talk about growing up and things that he’s overcome. … [Read more...] about Phoebe Robinson Talks about ‘Doing the Most,’ and More
Anne says a fair minimum wage would be more empowering and would allow her to push back more on customer hostility. Tipping should remain as a bonus, Natasha says, “but I do think that we deserve a fair minimum wage on top of that.” She would not have to worry as much about her health as she does right now; she’s concerned about coming into close contact with infected customers, because her father has preexisting conditions. Nearly 70% of the restaurant workers surveyed for the report said that their employers are not consistently following all safety protocols; Natasha’s bar made staff pay for their own Clorox wipes and masks. To add to all this, an estimated 85% of service workers don’t have health insurance. … [Read more...] about ‘Maskual harassment,’ angry customers, and no tips: The life of restaurant workers during COVID-19
Many fast-food chains, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Krispy Kreme, are all too aware of the trends and are promising food specials. Still, the owner of a pizza restaurant in the swing state of Florida told Slate that she’s expecting “a pretty normal Tuesday night,” given that delivery apps ensure people are now able to order all the foods under the sun. (Just remember that if you do order delivery on this extra-busy night, you should tip generously.) … [Read more...] about What is America likely to eat on election night?
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. … [Read more...] about Why “flexibility” may be the least helpful thing companies can offer working parents right now