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"louise metaxas" Discussed on The Daily Dive

The Daily Dive

08:14 min | 7 months ago

"louise metaxas" Discussed on The Daily Dive

"And that has really caused concern because consumers are dealing with that at the same time that. are more uncertain or their income is already low. Any SPYRO reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Thanks for joining us any. Thanks for having me. Talk about one of the interesting things that came out of the coronavirus. Pandemic food prices have gone pretty high right now and consumers are starting to look for value. They're starting to look for different packaging. They're starting to different stores hunting for that value because you know what's happening. Obviously, we've been keeping an eye on what's going on with the economy. Lot of people lost their jobs. A lot of people are claiming unemployment benefits, but the grocery bills remain the same or maybe even more people are cooking more at home because they're not going out as much and they're finding out that these prices have risen a bunch so any. Tell us a little bit about these prices. We saw a pretty sharp increase in the middle of March and April. It peaked in late. April and even at the end of May prices were still over seven percent higher than the same week the year before in two twenty nineteen, so there was this sharp increase, and that has really caused concern because consumers are dealing with that at the same time that their jobs are more uncertain, or their income is already low because of unemployment or underemployment. Just this past weekend got together with a small group just for a little barbecue and we're talking about the meat prices all the stuff they were getting for the barbecue and the meat prices in particular have gone up and we've heard stories about the meat packing plants, and how they've been affected by corona virus through illnesses, and then also having a scaled back production, and it's been a whole thing with the meatpacking plants, so that's one of the things in particular that has gone up really high. We have seen those issues sort of trickle down to the consumer in the form of higher prices, and even as the companies and the meat packing plants resolve some of supply shortages. They had to implement expensive safety measures. They have had to get more safety equipment hire additional labor, her slow down certain lines, which makes their factories less efficient, and this is all making the cost of doing business higher, and that leads to higher prices. Transportation and logistical costs for food makers are rising a lot of air traffic is canceled their example you heading your article of his company that makes a protein drink and. Harder a plane to get their main ingredient. They had a charter the plane. Get it from Ireland specifically, because that's part of their product, but those are the lengths that they had to go to to continue operating. So this company was on a video chat and they were trying to decide. Do we take this risk? Do we spend this exorbitant amount of money to charter? A flight for this protein like we have to decide that now in this twenty four hour period if we're going to make that huge bet that we will be able to offset that cost in some way or just shoulder in. have their margin. Go Down, so they're all having to make these really tough decisions because they don't want to raise prices for consumers, but they also don't want their margin to go down for the retailers perspective. They don't want people to stop coming there to their store and start going to the dollar store for food and grocery costs rose a lot, too. Because a lot of these supermarkets pulled back on the discounts that they apply and I didn't know this. They usually applied discounts and promotions to about a third of the items that they sell, so they had to pull back on all of those things, so that also increase the costs a lot of people. We saw with the promotions that one of the reasons they didn't do. It was because demand was already so high. So why bother with a promotion, but also just because they didn't have enough food, so they already were out of stock on those things. How do you offer a two for one deal on something? That's already out of stocked. So that was another reason. There weren't a lot of promotions during the. Majority of the crisis through April and May and now into June. We are starting to see that comeback a little bit, but that promotional level is still at like twenty three percent, instead of thirty two percent is the normal, so it's definitely not backed up to those normal levels, and that is a big reason for the price increases. You have the meat shortages contributing largely lack of promotions, and then just the higher cost of doing. Doing Business, and that's all led to this increase that in April was the biggest monthly increase that the government data has shown since nineteen seventy four. So, what is the outlook like at least for the near future? It's still seems to be that these prices will be high for some time to come. We have heard from manufacturers and retailers that they are trying to combat this by offering more deals like we were talking about and. And different packaging sizes so sometimes. That's more family sizes that it's a lower price per ounce, and sometimes it's a little to go packs that are lower price point overall, but this combination they're all trying to strike the right balance, and we really will see shakeout a lot this summer. Because so far higher prices have not hurt the retailers or the food makers because restaurants are still largely closed to in restaurant dining so a lot. Lot of people are still going to the grocery store. These products are still in such high demand, plus everybody's still. Has this stimulus money that they're working through or the bonus with unemployment, and as people get through their stimulus as the unemployment bonuses expire, then we'll start to really see the true impact at these higher prices have on people, and he goes furrow reporter for the Wall Street. Journal thank you very much for joining us. Thank you? I think that a lot of people don't understand is that these are not knock you ass- tools right? They can still harm. They might not be as lethal as live rounds of ammunition, but that doesn't mean that they can't kill you. Joining us now is Louise Metaxas writer at wired. Thanks for joining US Louise. Thanks for having me. As calls continue to grow around the country for police reforms, all eyes are on states and cities, and what they can do to end police brutality. And while there are wider calls for defunding police and really big sweeping police reforms, you know a lot of them are going to start doing smaller things actions that they can get done right away. For example. The LAPD just instructed their officers not to use carotid restraints is a choke holds that restrict or blocked blood flow to the brain in Minneapolis. The city council already voted to ban the police department from using chokehold. They would be required to report other officers. They see using show colds, and also to intervene in such cases, also something passed recently in Minneapolis to the police chief was authorized the use of crowd control weapons, such as rubber bullets and tear gas, and this is something that we saw a lot when the protests, I started police using less than lethal rounds. They call them crowd control weapons like spray, tear gas and rubber bullets, but oftentimes these less than lethal rounds can also be very dangerous, Louise tells us a little bit about these non lethal weapons, and how they can cause some serious harm. So these crowd-control weapons referred to by researchers are not well understood. They're not extensively research, which was really surprising to me because they're so widespread around the world, so what we've been seeing in the US recently is tear gas. Protesters in Washington, DC who are tear gas to make room for Donald Trump to take photo. We've seen a lot of her.

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"louise metaxas" Discussed on Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

04:38 min | 11 months ago

"louise metaxas" Discussed on Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

"There is high demand online for disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer facemasks. Things people hope will prevent corona virus so much though that we've seen inflated prices for those items on Amazon and Ebay even on Walmart's online store in places like oetzi other online sellers are making claims that certain products will help. When there's no proof they actually will. Amazon has removed over a million items from third party sellers and says it's working with officials in multiple states to prosecute the quote worst offenders for price gouging on corona virus related items and Ebay is blocking new listings of disinfecting wipes and ninety five surgical masks and hand. Sanitizer LOUISE Metaxas covers online platforms for wired. I think the Ebay story says two things. One Ebay doesn't really have the capacity to handle this on a listing by listening. So they're just like you know we're not going to deal with this anymore and then secondly I think it points to how these platforms are really responsive to public relations. Crises doesn't sell something that a bunch of people are really upset about Amazon doesn't either but I think that Amazon is more willing to kind of go listing by listing. And try and take a scalpel at this rather than a hammer and Ebay is just like we can't even we don't have the capacity to even deal with this right now. What ABOUT AMAZON? Does it actually have the resources to sort of scalpels this problem in the near future and beyond? I honestly don't think so. I'm still seeing a lot of price. Gouging still seeing a lot of misleading listings for the kinds of face masks. That actually won't protect you from the virus so I think that these issues are going to continue to be a problem and I think that they show that just like social platforms how to respond to misinformation about a public health crisis. These e commerce platforms also have to figure out how to have like a very controlled response. I think that this is one of the first big crises where these ECOMMERCE platforms have had to figure out a content moderation strategy just like the social platforms. Have it and I don't know if they were really ready for that in the same way. I wonder if this is an an arena where it like with so many things with tech platforms some regulation would help you know a tech platforms have resisted a lot of regulation and oversight but I wonder if they might be just. It would be helpful for them to have a rule to follow. Instead of having to sort of like going to a secret boardroom and make a role. Actually think that that's a great idea. I've gotten a ton of emails from people who work in contracting and construction because they actually need to wear these masks to do their job by law and a lot of places I mean. They can't get a hold of so they're contracting jobs. That are on hold right now because they can actually get the supplies that they need those sorts of unintended consequences or the sorts of things that regulation can prepare for ahead of time. I think that'd be great. It also makes it a lot easier for Amazon to make this decision very quickly. And not have you know. Pushback from their cellars or pushback from consumers. And they can just point off the regulators and say this is already a pre made decision and we're following the regulation rather than having to exactly scrambling come up with their own piecemeal decisions here which I think is is really ineffective and creates a lot of backlash for them. I think they would actually welcome. Not and then as a result of course we're seeing sellers inflate prices and other sellers even offering products that they say will guard against Krona virus when they actually won't right. How widespread is this sort of generalized? Misbehavior with complicated here is that there are legitimate. Supply chain issues. As well. So on one hand I think there are opportunistic sellers who are trying to kind of Jack up the price of hand sanitizer Jack Up. The price of face masks to entice. Shoppers were scared and willing to pay more than they usually would. But I think that there are also issues where I've heard from sellers were saying that distributors are actually raising their list prices. Because they're having trouble getting a hold of stock or they're having trouble actually producing these goods at the level of which their demand. So I think that you are seeing some legitimate supply and demand issues here. In addition to opportunistic people who are trying to make a off of a crisis. So I think this is a really kind of you know multifaceted issue and it's not a simple just like. Oh you know this guy wants to make a bunch of money off people who want to sanitize their hands more than usual. It's also that this. Is this really complicated? Supply chain that we've created where people are accustomed to going on Amazon and getting something cheap in you know as little as twenty four hours to their doorstep when that's not possible you kind of see the cracks in the infrastructure here where there are legitimate issues. Where within China? Where was the epicenter of the virus? Originally where all these factories are. Where a lot of things I can't sanitizer and mass are actually created so. I think that they're kind of more issues here than you might expect. From a from a supply chain perspective Louise Metaxas covers online platforms for wired. Facebook announced late last week that it would also ban ads and commerce listings for medical face masks.

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How online retailers are handling the COVID-19 gold rush

Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

04:27 min | 11 months ago

How online retailers are handling the COVID-19 gold rush

"There is high demand online for disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer facemasks. Things people hope will prevent corona virus so much though that we've seen inflated prices for those items on Amazon and Ebay even on Walmart's online store in places like oetzi other online sellers are making claims that certain products will help. When there's no proof they actually will. Amazon has removed over a million items from third party sellers and says it's working with officials in multiple states to prosecute the quote worst offenders for price gouging on corona virus related items and Ebay is blocking new listings of disinfecting wipes and ninety five surgical masks and hand. Sanitizer LOUISE Metaxas covers online platforms for wired. I think the Ebay story says two things. One Ebay doesn't really have the capacity to handle this on a listing by listening. So they're just like you know we're not going to deal with this anymore and then secondly I think it points to how these platforms are really responsive to public relations. Crises doesn't sell something that a bunch of people are really upset about Amazon doesn't either but I think that Amazon is more willing to kind of go listing by listing. And try and take a scalpel at this rather than a hammer and Ebay is just like we can't even we don't have the capacity to even deal with this right now. What ABOUT AMAZON? Does it actually have the resources to sort of scalpels this problem in the near future and beyond? I honestly don't think so. I'm still seeing a lot of price. Gouging still seeing a lot of misleading listings for the kinds of face masks. That actually won't protect you from the virus so I think that these issues are going to continue to be a problem and I think that they show that just like social platforms how to respond to misinformation about a public health crisis. These e commerce platforms also have to figure out how to have like a very controlled response. I think that this is one of the first big crises where these ECOMMERCE platforms have had to figure out a content moderation strategy just like the social platforms. Have it and I don't know if they were really ready for that in the same way. I wonder if this is an an arena where it like with so many things with tech platforms some regulation would help you know a tech platforms have resisted a lot of regulation and oversight but I wonder if they might be just. It would be helpful for them to have a rule to follow. Instead of having to sort of like going to a secret boardroom and make a role. Actually think that that's a great idea. I've gotten a ton of emails from people who work in contracting and construction because they actually need to wear these masks to do their job by law and a lot of places I mean. They can't get a hold of so they're contracting jobs. That are on hold right now because they can actually get the supplies that they need those sorts of unintended consequences or the sorts of things that regulation can prepare for ahead of time. I think that'd be great. It also makes it a lot easier for Amazon to make this decision very quickly. And not have you know. Pushback from their cellars or pushback from consumers. And they can just point off the regulators and say this is already a pre made decision and we're following the regulation rather than having to exactly scrambling come up with their own piecemeal decisions here which I think is is really ineffective and creates a lot of backlash for them. I think they would actually welcome. Not and then as a result of course we're seeing sellers inflate prices and other sellers even offering products that they say will guard against Krona virus when they actually won't right. How widespread is this sort of generalized? Misbehavior with complicated here is that there are legitimate. Supply chain issues. As well. So on one hand I think there are opportunistic sellers who are trying to kind of Jack up the price of hand sanitizer Jack Up. The price of face masks to entice. Shoppers were scared and willing to pay more than they usually would. But I think that there are also issues where I've heard from sellers were saying that distributors are actually raising their list prices. Because they're having trouble getting a hold of stock or they're having trouble actually producing these goods at the level of which their demand. So I think that you are seeing some legitimate supply and demand issues here. In addition to opportunistic people who are trying to make a off of a crisis. So I think this is a really kind of you know multifaceted issue and it's not a simple just like. Oh you know this guy wants to make a bunch of money off people who want to sanitize their hands more than usual. It's also that this. Is this really complicated? Supply chain that we've created where people are accustomed to going on Amazon and getting something cheap in you know as little as twenty four hours to their doorstep when that's not possible you kind of see the cracks in the infrastructure here where there are legitimate issues. Where within China? Where was the epicenter of the virus? Originally where all these factories are. Where a lot of things I can't sanitizer and mass are actually created so. I think that they're kind of more issues here than you might expect. From a from a supply chain perspective

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"louise metaxas" Discussed on Tech News Today

Tech News Today

01:38 min | 3 years ago

"louise metaxas" Discussed on Tech News Today

"Presentative decides kind of their line of thinking i mean it really is i mean we always talk about oh this is so new but it's the same argument about sex education really like yes as a parent i know it's my responsibility but there has to be something else because all parents aren't going to fulfill this responsibility and what is that something else without you know i don't know it's it's a tough one but thank you so much for writing about this article really interesting really enlightening lightning louise metaxas has written for motherboard and mash able and she is now writer at wired thanks so much for coming on so much having me appreciate it take care coming up it's been a long road to nowhere for theranos and we'll examine what that means for other silicon valley's up starts but i stick a minute to thank the sponsor this episode that is cloud spanner from google cloud platform we've all come to expect the district distributed databases can't be both relational and scalable but what if you didn't have to make trade offs what if you could have a fully managed database service that's consistent scales horizontally across data centers and speaks sequel introducing cloud spanner a mission critical relational database service from google cloud platform built from the ground up embattled tested at google for strong consistency and high availability at global scale plowed spanner deliver scale bility high transaction performance and strong consistency across rose regions and continents with an industryleading ninety nine point nine nine nine percent avail.

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