Projections about the impending failure of digital platform firms such as Uber and Airbnb were rampant as the rollout of lockdowns began in Canada last March. These firms were deemed unprepared to manage in a world where travel, mobility and ordinary activities like going out for dinner, were put on indefinite hold. And yet, ten months on, the platform economy and platform firms have demonstrated what many can only aspire to: resilience and growth.
Alphabet Inc’s Google has reached licensing deals with over 600 news outlets around the world and is seeing a “huge increase” in users requesting more content from specific publications as part of a new program, it said on Wednesday.
Over the course of the past 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically shifted how businesses operate, placing ever-growing importance and reliance on the cloud. One silver lining from the pandemic is that the topic of digital transformation has been elevated to a C-Suite discussion, with businesses seeking out new technologies and partners to help them stay competitive in today’s digital first economy.
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New Canadian Study Finds Canadians Can Reduce Household Food Waste by a Third with Just One ‘Use-Up Day’ Per Week
As part of its global mission to reduce food waste, Hellmann’s commissioned one of the largest and longest behavioural change studies on household food waste to-date to understand the interventions needed to effectively reduce food waste in the home. This Canadian study, conducted in partnership with Toronto-based behavioural science experts BEworks, featured over 1,000 Canadian families and revealed that by simply using a few easy-to-remember tools and methods, such as a ‘Use-Up Day’ and flexible recipes, participants changed their way of thinking about their left-behind food and reduced their reported food waste by an average of 33 per cent.