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’ve been rewatching Living Single, because my British boyfriend—I call him British Baekoff—has never seen it. I’ve also been watching How Stella Got Her Groove Back to feel inspired. Recently, I read this book, Franchise: The Golden Arches of Black America. It talks about how McDonald’s reshaped Black communities across the U.S. I’m still listening to the U2 radio station. Their music has helped me out of the depressing energy that is 2020. It’s not all bad, though. I’m doing this interview in my apartment on the couch, and I’m actually not wearing any pants. … [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
Today, the New York Times Cooking homepage is filled with “comforting dishes to eat while the results roll in,” largely comprising all-American pub foods with global twists, including Indian-ish nachos, Mexican hot dogs, and Cantonese cream corn. There’s mac and cheese of many varieties: Southern, French onion, vegan. One of Houston’s local papers is suggesting Vietnamese shrimp spring rolls and apple pie popcorn; one of Portland’s, a pecan sheet cake, “cannabis chocolate optional.” There’s even an Election Cake, a Colonial-era fruit cake packed with raisins and pecans. … [Read more...] about What is America likely to eat on election night?
Crisis Point: The Pandemic Has Taken A Toll On Working Mothers At Every Level. Here’s A Look Salesforce, which is renowned for its progressive political stances—in the past, the company has threatened to boycott states hostile to LGBTQ rights—responded to the pandemic by allowing working parents to take six weeks of paid time off. They can also be reimbursed for backup childcare five days a month, at up to $100 per day. At the same time, public schools in San Francisco, where Salesforce is headquartered, remain closed until at least January 2021; learning hubs established by the district to provide parents with childcare have the capacity to serve just 3.3% of students. … [Read more...] about Why “flexibility” may be the least helpful thing companies can offer working parents right now