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July Fish Insights

As I wrote this month’s edition of Fish Insights, I (for whatever reason) decided to check back to see what I wrote about a year ago in July 2020. Whoa. How far we have come. Last summer was nothing short of a hot mess, so, this month, let’s take a moment to get SUPER EXCITED about stuff like Canada opening the border to us fully vaxxed folks, Peloton making working out way more fun (again), and a new Airbnb-type of app for swimming pools. Not to mention all the awkward hugs I get to give to my friends whom I haven’t seen in forever.

Restaurants

  • Delivery delays are causing major supply chain problems at brands like Taco Bell and Starbucks. (Restaurant Business)
  • Here’s how the work-from-home movement changed restaurants. (QSR)
  • Restaurant workers are fed up with low pay, rude customers, and the lack of benefits. (NPR)

Travel & Hospitality

  • Canada is opening its border to vaccinated Americans. (NPR)
  • Bimble is being called the “the Spotify of travel.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Here’s what you need to know about traveling with unvaccinated children. (Health)

Fitness, Health, & Wellness

  • Peloton inked a deal to provide fitness content for nearly 4 million UnitedHealthcare members. (Yahoo! Finance)
  • In other Peloton news, the company has entered the gamified workout world with its first fitness game, “Lanebreak.” (Engadget)
  • Wellness resorts are starting to offer treatments to help alleviate “long Covid” symptoms. (Bloomberg)

Retail

  • ICSC, formerly known as the International Council of Shopping Centers, has changed its name to Innovating Commerce Serving Communities. Here’s why. (CNBC)
  • Major retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, and Target have committed to not using facial recognition technology. (Axios)
  • Retail sales are up as consumers buy new clothes — because of gaining or losing weight during the pandemic. (Axios)

Beauty

  • Gen Z is changing the beauty biz. (Vogue Business)
  • “Clean” beauty products are a multi-billion-dollar industry. (NPR)

Home Services

  • To help offset pool maintenance costs, some pool owners are listing their pools on an Airbnb-type rental service. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • HVAC associations look at the future of the industry post-Covid (The ACHR News)

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